Evan Yee, Verona High School class of 2012, is entering the first semester of his senior year at Emerson College, where he is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree. He’s got to create a short film for his senior project and he’s set up a Kickstarter campaign to help finance it.
Yee has built a set, styled to look like an apartment, on a school sound stage and the actors are appearing for free to build their portfolios. But the film must be submitted fully edited, with music. “Emerson is great because they give us a lot of equipment,” he says, “but we need some things that the college doesn’t have. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done in post-production like music and coloring the film and there are not a lot of colorists at Emerson.”
Yee is seeking $5,000 for “Buying Bouquets”, which he says is a romantic comedy like “(500) Days Of Summer”: “A guy tries to win back his old girlfriend with heroic acts of love,” says Yee, who wrote the script.
This isn’t Yee’s first foray into crowdfunding for his art. He did a successful campaign on Indiegogo for his band while he was still at VHS, and a second for a music video while he was a sophomore at Emerson. (He’s a senior now because the Boston-based school gave him credit for many of the AP classes he took at VHS.)
The Kickstarter runs until February 8, and Yee will be shooting the first two weekends of February in Boston. In case you haven’t helped a Kickstarter before, you pledge a donation, but you don’t get charged unless the project raises all the money it has committed to raising. Kickstarter projects often come with rewards, which in the case of Yee’s film range from a thank you note in the credits to an actual bouquet of flowers.