A film that supports families going through separation & domestic issues.

Scarborough A Project of Shorts

When his father leaves after a heated argument, a young boy named David has to come to terms with the fact that his parents' relationship is coming to a close.

OUR GOAL

As filmmakers, the goal is to start a conversation about divorce and the effects it has on a child. Concentrated in the Los Angeles area, the film will be showcased at community centers and nonprofit organizations that provide mental health, education and additional services to children, adults and families. Our social impact campaign ties heavily on where we distribute and share this film. We have been reaching out to organizations that utilize counselors and classes that provide emotional support to both the student and the parents. These programs service families that are on the brink of having their child separated due to financial problems, emotional/physical neglect among other scenarios. Scarborough can be viewed as a source of comfort for children and families going through these very tiring, personal issues.


The Stories and Fables o' Scarborough

Marriage and divorce are not new subjects for films or TV shows, yet they are often dramatized with melodramatic speeches that pontificate about the nature of relationships and why they fail. Instead of fetishizing the implosion of a relationship, Scarborough explores the quiet emotion of a family slowly, but inevitably separating. David is our first-hand account on how life-changing divorce can be to the traditional American family, as well as his transition from a kid to a young man.

What gave birth to this concept was director Walker Sayen's desire to put one's family on a pedestal, even if the family is broken. Living one's life almost as a dedication to their heritage, while trying to break free from bearing the cross of familial obligation, is an age-old conflict. "What does it mean to be part of a family? Who am I as an individual?" These themes portray the human experience of youth. By combining both live-action with animation, Scarborough utilizes two visual mediums to boldly elucidate nuanced moments of how each family member changes through this life-changing event.


ROUGH CUT OF ANIMATED SHORT FILM FEATURED IN "SCARBOROUGH"

OUR PRODUCTION BUDGET

Compensation (Cast)

$1,500

Equipment

$1,600

Production Design

$800

Location (Permits/Fees)

$2,000

Insurance

$2,000

Post Production

$800

Crafty

$800

Estimated Total: $9,500



While tackling a production in the Greater Los Angeles area is not necessarily a new challenge, Team Scarborough wants to ensure a professional set that goes as smooth as possible.

Key Locations: A portion of our budget is going to locking down: a house that a Middle-Class family could seemingly live in, a classroom and hotel room for the final scene. Realism is vital to the intimate, dramatic moments of Scarborough alongside its world-building.

Actors: There are four key characters for the movie: David, James the Father, Rachel the Mother and Miss Harris. Our wonderful actors authentically portray the nuances and emotions of all these characters; especially with such a personal matter. Compensation of a flat rate is being offered to make our actors happy and get the best performances possible.

Production: Financing will allow us to provide great stop motion animation, compensation for our crew, and high-quality resources for our production team. Any additional money we raise over our goal will go directly into the finished film and its distribution to community centers and nonprofits in LA and beyond!


Key Personnel

WALKER SAYEN (WRITER/DIRECTOR)

Originating from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Walker Sayen's fascination with myths and legends, along with a deep love of storytelling and drawing, ignited his love for film. Walker's decision to pursue directing as a career was in part influenced because of his father who made documentaries for a television station. Directing was a way for Walker to connect with his father and reflect on his relationship with him, which has deep ties to the story of Scarborough.

For his Emerson College BA Thesis film, The Tin Cowboy, Walker ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that allowed him to film an ambitious Western styled family drama. It was a large undertaking that proved a perfect training ground for directing. Managing a crew of 20, SAG actors, and prepared and shot at a remote location during the winter, the director acquired the skills and grit to undertake any production. The Tin Cowboy explores themes of alienation, separation and recompense that ties directly to Walker's new film. Scarborough is a spiritual successor of sorts and a quasi-prequel. While The Tin Cowboy depicts a broken family attempting to reconnect after many years apart, Scarborough depicts the early stages of a family on the road to separation.


CHANDLER KILGORE-PARSHALL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

Living in beautiful Los Angeles, Chandler embarks on starting a professional career in screenwriting and development for television. Chandler has worked at The Jim Henson Company as a Creative Affairs/Development Assistant and in Casting on America's Next Top Model at VH1. Having experienced this demanding work culture has made him more efficient and resourceful in both problem solving and production. Important assets for a producer! He was the creator and showrunner of an original comedy series called Reverse Psychology. Reverse Psychology's pilot episode has received praise at 2015's Austin Film Festival and received an award for "Best Narrative Writing" at EIV's 50th Anniversary Gala that celebrates new and original web content. He has always been passionate about uniquely intimate stories that make people laugh, cry and reflect after the credits. When reading the script for Scarborough, Chandler knew he had to make this film.

TORI LOUBERT (LINE PRODUCER)

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BFA Producing for Film and Television Major and Business Studies and Leadership & Management minor at Emerson College. Following her track record, Miss Loubert is a multitasker extraordinaire! Team Scarborough is happy to have Tori onboard for this new venture.



EVAN YEE (CINEMATOGRAPHER)

Evan has been fascinated with storytelling since he was young. However upon realizing that he couldn't keep spinning all of his favorite cartoon show characters into one big story, he began to create his own, both onstage and on camera. He graduated with a Film Production Major at Emerson College. He also served as President of Emerson's chapter of the National Broadcasting Society, an organization dedicated to teaching students about film and television production. He has also attended the college's Prague Summer Film Program held at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU). Dedicated to the craft, Evan has contributed to many professional productions (both film and TV) as a cinematographer and director.

TOM COYNE (STOP MOTION ANIMATOR)

Tom is a Los Angeles animator with experience in stop motion animation, 3D printing and Flash programs. Having worked at Jim Henson and Dark Horse, Tom has the know-how of the animation business while producing original works like Whole.



ACTORS

Jake T. Getman as David Woodman

Jake is an young and rising actor, known for Reflections in Time, Little Dead Rotting Hood (2016) and Adam Ruins Everything (2015).




Heidi Rhodes as Rachel the Mother

A woman of many talents: acting, interior designer, tango dancer and parallel park extraordinaire! Check out all of her fantastic work on http://www.heidirhodes.com/

Darren Kendrick as James the Father

Coming from small beginnings in Georgia, Darren graduated with a B.F.A in theater and film at Long Island University. He then moved to NYC to continue his studies. He has been in LA for 5 years now and has been keeping busy, doing what he loves.


REWARDS

When you donate to the campaign, you become part of Team Scarborough! You can become a team member at these levels:

Dreamer (When you donate $25 or more)
- Receive a thank you card from the Director & Producer
- A link to the finished product

Knight (Donate $100 or more)
- Original story art from Walker Sayen
- Receive a thank you card from the Director & Producer
- A link to the finished product

Dragon (Donate $500 or more)
- 3D model of Cara the Dragon
- Original story art from Walker Sayen
- Receive a thank you card from the Director & Producer
- A link to the finished product

Storyteller (Donate $1000 or more)
- Receive EP credit
- 3D model of Cara the Dragon
- Original story art from Walker Sayen
- Receive a thank you card from the Director & Producer
- A link to the finished product

Scarborough is proud to be sponsored by the these production companies:

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION ART BY WALKER SAYEN






$3,413 Raised
35% towards $9,500 Goal

Supported by 28 Donations:

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  • Susan D.
    I Gave $50
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    I Gave $50
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $500
    Good luck and Love!
  • Guthrie S.
    I Gave $100
    I am delighted to support this worthy project by young artists.
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $100
    This film may indeed be helpful to families going through separations.
  • Marla  R.
    I Gave $100
    Love from Rick and Marla
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    Anonymous
    Good luck pals!
  • Gavin G.
    I Gave $25
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    I Gave $100
  • Arlene G.
    Jake's donating from his savings!
  • Jim A.
    Good luck!
  • Peggy and Harold G.
    This sounds like a beautiful film - can't wait to see it.
  • Pamela W.
    I Gave $100
    Dear Walker--Good luck with your film! All of our love, Pam, Todd and Will
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  • Alexandra B.
    I Gave $25
    I'm proud of you guys. Can't wait to see the final piece!
  • John  H.
    HELL YEAH!!!!
  • Susan T.
    I Gave $250
    Dear Team Scarborough- wishing you a meaningful and moving journey.....
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  • Patricia K.
    I Gave $50
    Love and Support!