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John de Menil - Co-Writer/DirectorJohn is from New York City. He attended NYU’s Tisch school of the Arts and directed the documentary MAX ERNST HANGING about surrealist Max Ernst. Before studying at the American Film Institute, he was assistant to producer Chris Meledandri (DESPICABLE ME) and directed a short film included in the bonus features on the DVD of HOP. He wears a size 11 shoe, enjoys a good gyro, and hopes to one day have dinner with Bruce Springsteen.





Jennifer Elmas - ProducerJennifer was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to Houston, TX to get her bachelors degree in communication from the University of St. Thomas. Fluent in four languages, she served as translator for documentaries in production. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has produced commercials, coordinated event filming, and worked as assistant to the director on several Lifetime movies. By producing both narrative and documentary content internationally, Jennifer hopes to see the world through the stories she tells.




John Barr - Co-WriterJohn Barr is an AFI Screenwriting Fellow, a Sagittarius, and has no relation to Roseanne. He has a handsome oeuvre of produced, un-produced, written, and unwritten works. He lives in Hollywood with his loving girlfriend and their mercurial chihuahua.







Daryl Gilmore - CinematographerAfter serving in the military as an intel analyst, Daryl earned a film degree from the University of Hawaii. He went on to work as a PA and camera assistant on the shows LOST, HEROES, HAWAII FIVE-O, INDIANA JONES 4 and FAST & FURIOUS 4. He has been the director of photography on several music videos, as well as the short films THE DRIVE and EVE, which screened at both the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Shanghai International Film Festival. He has collaborated twice with Pyromance director John de Menil on the AFI short film THE PRINCESS AND THE PARAKEET, and on a swimwear commercial for the apparel company DIAMONY.




Susannah Honey - Production DesignerSusannah was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. Her love of film began with Star Wars at age 5. Her brother had told her that it was a true story, so for a long time she viewed it as a very interesting documentary. She studied History and German at the University of Western Australia, and then happily segued into Production Design at AFI. She recently found out that she is descended from an Antiguan pirate, and hopes to bring that level of tenacity to designing this film.






Noah Cody - EditorNoah’s jaw dropped as blood spewed from the astronauts stomach. He buried his face in Dad's shoulder as screams filled the theater. Nervously, He gathered the courage to look. A vehement creature with razor sharp teeth emerged from entrails quivering in viscera like a newly born child. A confusing surge of emotions came over Noah watching Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) that day. It was in that moment of horror in which his love for film was born. He received a bachelor’s degree in film studies from UC Berkely, drummed in several metal bands, and always gets the last word.






Linda Phillips Palo & Paul Palo - Casting DirectorsLinda Phillips Palo C.S.A. (MA) is a casting director who won the Artios, the highest casting honor for her work casting Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett). She has also worked as the casting director for Francis Ford Coppola on his films The Rainmaker (Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight) and Jack (Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher), as well as for George Lucas on Radioland Murders, Phil Joanou on Heaven’s Prisoners, Dwight Yoakam on South of Heaven West of Hell, and Eduardo Sánchez on Seventh Moon. Some of her other films include The Secret Garden, Wind, Jeepers Creepers II, and The Young Black Stallion for IMAX/Disney. in addition Linda and her partner Paul have cast over 15 short films with USC, UCLA and AFI winning numerous awards.







Steve Jeffries - Technical AdvisorSteve is a veteran of the pyro and special effects industries, with over 20 years of experience as special effects supervisor and fireworks operator. He currently works with Pyritz Pyrotechnics Group, performing shows at a variety of venues across the southland as well as touring with major stage performers such as Usher and Mariah Carrey. Previously, he spent two years at Fort Irwin, as the lead pyrotechnician for the U.S. Army's largest battlefield simulation training facility. Steve has served as technical advisor throughout the entire development of PYROMANCE, providing a uniquely personal insight into the both the technicalities and emotional realities of being a pyrotechnician. No one knows how to make things go boom like Steve, and team PYROMANCE is thrilled to be working with him.



















There's no looking back. Just up.



LOGLINE:

A pyrotechnician attempts to rekindle an old flame, and unwittingly sparks a new one.

SYNOPSIS:

As a professional pyrotechnician, DONNIE spends his life on the road, drifting between events. He revisits a town for the Fourth of July, and attempts to rekindle a flame with park ranger RORY. When she rejects Donnie's advance, Donnie meets ROSE, a fiery older woman, whose compassion reinvigorates his dashed spirits. As the night of the 4th closes in, Donnie finds himself torn between loves new and old.

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With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate level film program.

Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.

AFI alumni continually celebrate critical recognition, including wins at the Academy Awards (Wally Pfister, INCEPTION, cinematography class of 1988), Emmy Awards (Dante Di Loreto, TEMPLE GRANDIN, producing class of 1991), Tony Awards (Anne Garefino, "The Book of Mormon," producing class of 1988) and the Grand Prizes at the Cannes Film Festival (Terrence Malick, TREE OF LIFE, directing class of 1969) and Sundance Film Festival (Drake Doremus, LIKE CRAZY, directing class of 2005). Most recently, multiple AFI alumni received 2011 Emmy Award nominations, including Patty Jenkins (THE KILLING, directing class of 2000), Anne Garefino (SOUTH PARK, producing class of 1988), Brad Falchuk (GLEE, screenwriting class of 1996), Dante Di Loreto (GLEE, producing class of 1991), Bradley Buecker (GLEE, directing class of 2003), Jeremy Podeswa (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, directing class of 1984), Manny Cotto (DEXTER, directing class of 1984) and Paul Starkman (TOP CHEF, cinematography class of 1998).

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Visit the official AFI Website donation page. Make sure to select 'Pyromance - number 1406.'

AS STUDENTS AND INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS, THE SUPPORT OF OUR RELATIVES, FRIENDS, AND THIRD PARTY DONORS IS CRUCIAL IN HELPING OUR PROJECT TO BECOME A REALITY.

PYROMANCE IS SLATED TO GO INTO PRODUCTION DECEMBER 3RD - 12TH, 2013. WE NEED TO RAISE A TOTAL OF $50,000 BY OCTOBER 31ST, 2013. YOU MAY STILL DONATE AFTERWARDS, AND THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS WILL BE ALLOTTED FOR POST-PRODUCTION.

AFI HAS PROVIDED US WITH A $13,000 GRANT, AND WE NEED TO RAISE $37,000 TO REACH OUR GOAL. YOUR SUPPORT OF PYROMANCE IS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURES AS FILMMAKERS. A CONTRIBUTION OF ANY SIZE GOES A LONG WAY, AND WE APPRECIATE ALL YOUR SUPPORT.


ALL DONORS WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE CREDITS AS:

FRIEND: $1-$199

SPONSOR: $200-$499

PATRON: $500-$999

BENEFACTOR: $1000-$4999 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: $5000+

Any donation you can make toward our film, no matter how small, will make a difference.

$25 will pay for an actor’s travel reimbursement for one day.

$100 will pay for the printing of custom graphics and logos created for the film.

$250 will cover makeup expenses for the entire shoot.

$500 will cover the cost of renting camera lenses for a week.

$1,500 will pay for our pyrotechnics expert to coordinate the fireworks show for the film’s climax.

$5,000 will cover the entire post-production cost, including sound design, scoring, color correction, etc.

AS A SECTION 501 (C) (3) NON-PROFIT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE HOLDS A TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. DONATIONS TOWARD THE MAKING OF THE FILM MAY BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE UNDER SECTION 170 OF THE US TAX CODE.

Any IN-KIND SERVICE DONATION including: film stock, soundstage rental, equipment (camera, grip, lighting), locations, catering (food and beverage), construction supplies, art department supplies (props, set dressing), post production services (visual effects, digital effects, lab work or coloring), or any other contribution will be gladly accepted and mention of donors will be published in the credits, depending on the donation.

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PYROMANCE

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CONTACT

Jennifer Elmas - Producer
Tel. (310) 589-0292

jenniferelmas@hotmail.com




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