AIM HIGH Short Film

Brody is on his way to save his deteriorating relationship with Clare. Unfortunately for him, she’s not considering a break-up. She’s considering a murder. Chilling inner-demons battle with a hopeless romantic in this visually striking dark comedy.  

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A visually striking dark comedy submitted to film festivals

AIM HIGH SHORT FILM

Toronto-based Rising Films is excited to share a truly memorable piece of indie Canadian cinema.  AIM HIGH is a darkly comedic short film written and directed by Daniel McGuire. Countless test audiences have proven that we have something very special with this film; its gripping story line, striking cinematography, and captivating performances make audiences beg for more. With your help we are eager to get this film out to appreciative audiences as soon as possible! Visit www.aimhighshortfilm.com



Who We Are

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We are a group of impassioned Canadian artists with the goal of making a splash in the world of cinema with AIM HIGH. This short film is written and directed by Daniel McGuire and produced by Maria Gagliardi. Featuring trained actors Rebekka Gondosch, Michael Pearson and Trevor Ketcheson, all of whom graduated from Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. 

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After viewing the final product, every person that has been involved in the making of this film is convinced that this short film is special and NEEDS to be seen at film festivals around the world. We want to showcase and celebrate indie Canadian talent both in front and behind the camera and truly believe this film can achieve that. 

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We are currently touring our film with private screenings around the Greater Toronto Area to prove these claims to audiences. The impact AIM HIGH has on its audiences has been palpable after every viewing we have shown. For those who have not had the opportunity to see the full film, we apologize, as public copies are forbidden during circuit runs with film festivals. 

But take it from the consensus of the many test audiences and private screenings we've held: this film is worth your attention. We are so close to our final product, but we need your help...

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What We Need & What You Get

Additional Information

This crowdfunding is an absolute necessity to get this project in the right state to achieve international attention. The film has been shot. The film has been edited. It has been colour corrected. It has been scored. And it is that musical stage that requires your help.  

We are seeking at least $5,000 to support a three-pronged development approach. 

The first area requiring your financial support is our musical score. We wish to acquire the music rights to a selection of songs that our entire cast and crew have agreed are absolutely necessary to perfectly underscore crucial moments within the story of AIM HIGH.  

We are proud of how frugal and creative our film making process has been so far, but this step is the first monetary hurdle that we cannot confidently work around. Acquiring the rights to our desired songs is quite expensive. We discovered new strategies for some moments in the film which work even better, (such as bringing on local up-and-coming Canadian musicians) however there are certain moments in our film that DEMAND the use of perfectly-fit well known classics. Simply put, supplementing anything else does not leave the audience in the same sense of awe that our original score has consistently done time and time again.

Your donations will allow us to purchase rights to two classic and integral songs. Tonal shifts and competing atmospheres are such an important part of this film, and our score truly underscores those moments perfectly. Allow us the ability to be unhindered by the steep price tag that comes with obtaining music rights, so that we can give you an exceptional film scored the way it should be. 

The second area that our raised funds will support is our ability to submit to as many international film festivals around the world as possible. We have already submitted to many major festivals such as The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), however most festivals require a submission fees commonly ranging from fifty to a hundred dollars each. Those fees can add up quickly! The more funds we raise, the more additional film festivals we can afford to submit to, and lets face it, Canadian cinema deserves more international attention. Help us showcase and celebrate Canadian talent by donating today! 

Finally, our third focus. Our director has an exciting vision to turn AIM HIGH into a ground-breaking full length feature film. We are so incredibly proud of our short film; it is a full and complete story on its own, but we believe there are many exciting opportunities to extend this story even further. The success of the short film will directly link to the possibility of extending it into feature length. Why is a feature film so important? Well besides the fact that it would be such a fun ride to experience, extending AIM HIGH into feature length would provide us with the opportunity to approach studios and/or digital streaming service providers with a full concept product to sell! We passionately believe the caliber of this film is competitive enough to gain the attention of professional studios and distributors. Your financial support will help us turn that goal into a reality. If we meet our $5000 goal, all stretch goals will go directly into funding a truly head-turning feature length cut of AIM HIGH!  

The Impact

We truly want to showcase and celebrate Canadian cinema. There have been some great Canadian projects in the last few years, and we want to continue that trend with this film. We truly believe that AIM HIGH will be another spectacular Canadian piece of cinema. Every single person connected to this project, the director, producer, cast and crew are all impassioned and proud Canadian artists with a drive to celebrate our local talent.  Help us get this film out to the world to make people think twice about ever skipping over Canadian content again. Long live the Maple Leaf!


Risks & Challenges

Strategically we are in a great place should we not reach our $5,000 target due to the fact that we have multiple songs that require funding. The integral songs that we require have a wide range of costs. Depending on how much we raise we will strategically choose which songs to put the money towards to get the best bang for our buck.We will also strategically pick the best additional film festivals to submit to around the world. No matter how much we raise be assured that we will put your donated funds to extremely good use. Every dollar we raise will go towards building the successful future of AIM HIGH. 


Other Ways You Can Help

As a group of artists,  we completely understand that providing financial support is just not a possibility for all people. Luckily there is still SO much you can do to help the future of this film - help us build as much online attention as possible! The more buzz we can produce about our film the higher the likelihood of international film festivals selecting our film. 



Frequently Asked Questions

When will the HD Digital Copy / Physical Blu-Ray copy be available?
Before we can release a full copy of the film out to the public we must first finish the entirety of our international film festival circuit. Depending on how successful AIM HIGH is, its possible that could take over a year. Please be patient for delivery of full copies of our film. Smile and remind yourself that the longer it takes to release, the better we are doing in sharing our great project to the world!

When will AIM HIGH screen in film festivals?
Different film festivals have different selection times throughout the year. By the end of summer we should begin seeing selection notices. We will also continue to submit AIM HIGH for different film festivals around the world for months to come.

Where can I stay up to date with AIM HIGH and its cast and crew's progress?
We're so happy you wish to follow our journey! Our film's website will provide updates on AIM HIGH's festival journey www.aimhighshortfilm.com But for to-the-minute updates and more personal content, add us on Instagram! @AimHighShortFilm You can follow our actor's Instagram pages as well if you wish to stay updated with their work! Michael Pearson - @michaelpearsonactor Trevor Ketcheson - @tretheactor

The Perks

$5 Our Gracious Thanks

Any tiny bit helps. With a simple donation of 5 dollars you will help support the future of this film and thus the impassioned artists who tirelessly collaborated on its development.


$15 Social Media Shout Out 

We will give you a shout-out on our Instagram page to thank you for your donation!


$25 Film Credit

See your name on the big screen! With a $25 donation we will include your name as a supporter in the film's end credits! 

Also includes: Social Media Shout Out


$50 Digitial Copy of the Film

Once AIM HIGH completes its festival run you will be among the first in the world to receive an HD digital copy of the film!

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit


$75 Theatrical Poster

Receive a physical 11x14 print of the official theatrical poster for AIM HIGH.

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy


$100 Signed Theatrical Poster 

The same as above, but now hand signed by the entire cast and crew!

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy


$150 Blu Ray with Behind the Scenes + Extras 

Once the film has completed its festival circuit, get a physical Blu-Ray of AIM HIGH loaded with behind the scenes footage and commentary!

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy, Signed Poster


$250 Skype Session with Director 

Schedule a 20 minute Skype session with AIM HIGH's director and writer Daniel McGuire. Discuss the film's vision and themes. Explore his cinematography strategies. Discuss the challenges of creating an indie micro budget film. Or just get to know the guy. You decide the conversation!

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy, Signed Poster, Skype Session with Director, Blu-Ray of AIM HIGH with Behind the Scenes Featurette


$250 Skype Session with Actor

Schedule a 20 minute Skype session with one of AIM HIGH's actors (Rebekka Gondosch, Michael Pearson, or Trevor Ketcheson). Discuss the actor's character development or creative process. Ask them about their lessons learned and wisdom gained as up-and-coming actors.  Discuss the challenges and highlights of pursuing acting as a career . Or just get to know them. You dictate the course of conversation!

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy, Signed Poster, Skype Session with Director, Blu-Ray of AIM HIGH with Behind the Scenes Featurette


$350 Cast & Crew Signed Blu Ray with Behind the Scenes Featurette

Once the film has completed its festival circuit run, you will receive a physical Blu Ray copy of AIM HIGH loaded with behind the scenes featurette and commentary, hand signed by the cast and crew!

Also includes: Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy, Signed Poster


$500 Portrait Session Service from our producer Maria Gagliardi. / Silver Sponsor Package

Receive a two-hour portrait photography session with our producer Maria Gagliardi with www.blackrammedia.com and 

www.marypics.com

Silver Sponsor Package: TBD

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy, Signed Blu-Ray of AIM HIGH with Behind the Scenes Featurette


$1,000 Associate Producer Credit / Gold Sponsor Package

See your name on the big screen in big letters! Become part of the film's history by becoming a credited Associate Producer. 

Gold Sponsor Package: TBD

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy, Signed Poster, Cast & Crew Signed Blu-Ray of AIM HIGH with Behind the Scenes Featurette


$5,000 Platinum Sponsor Package

Platinum Sponsor Package: TBD

Also includes:  Social Media Shout Out, Film Credit, HD Digital Copy, Signed Poster, Cast & Crew Signed Blu-Ray of AIM HIGH with Behind the Scenes Featurette

The future for AIM HIGH SHORT FILM

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