My name is John Stephen Baltazar and I work in Dubai, UAE as film director. I have directed TV commercials and online content for brands like Ford, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Halls, Havoline, Land Rover, Maserati, McLaren Automotive and others.
I grew half of my life in the Philippines and in the UAE. Since I was young I've been passionate about moviemaking and keen on making natural disaster movies to show the importance of nature and how it can back fire at us if we do not take care of it. The one in the video is one of my old university video project back in 2010. When I was in the Philippines, I saw different cities having earthquake drills and a huge crowd fill entire streets. They seem very relaxed and calm, which is good. But when the real thing happens, I don't think anyone will be calm and relaxed especially when the phone lines are cut off and nobody is there to help you when you get stuck under a huge slab of concrete at least not right away.
I want to show the impact and potential danger right at the moment of earthquake up to the aftermath. I want to entertain people at the same time inform them what to do in case when the real disaster happens. I believe that movies influence people in many ways, in this movie I want people to have vivid images in their head in this movie of what the actors did in order to survive. If you help me bring this project to life, we can potentially save lives.
As preparation on a strong earthquake continues, a humble city ambulance driver talks to his family on the phone who lives 3 hours away from the city when suddenly a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 hits the country. He steals an ambulance to rescue his family and help people on the way, as more and more people need help, his attempt to rescue his family diminishes. Will he be able to save his family? Will he be there on time?
What We Need & What You Get
This film will involve a lot of special effects and a bit of visual effects. In the beginning, the crew will visit several locations in Pasay and Muntinlupa City to discuss what is feasible for production and what resources they can provide us to get this project have more impact and production value. Then we continue on accordingly following the 3 stages of production. We have already made contact with several entities in Muntinlupa City like the MCDRRMO or Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and Department of Education. We will also approach PHIVOLCS - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology for assistance. While this is going on, we will have an office setup for us, even a small apartment space where we can conduct rehearsals, build storyboards and plan for the production stage. Being part of the movie, you will see updates on our private Facebook page exclusive to all backers and executive and associate producers. You will be part of the movie every step of the way.
Moviemaking consists of 3 stages: Preproduction, Production and Post Production.
Above the Line costs - 20,000 USD (includes: travel and expenses for cast, directors, producers, fee for Cast, Directors, Producers)
Preproduction costs - 15,000 USD (includes: travel, living expenses for directors, producers, office paperworks, office rental, pre-visualizations, storyboards)
Production costs - 40,000 USD (includes: props, carpentry, assistants, carpentry, camera and lenses rentals, wardrobe, sound, location permits, set operations, extras talent, food, travel and living expenses, special effects, insurance)
Post Production costs - 25,000 USD (includes: editorial, music, sound effects foley, color grading, visual effects)
Marketing - 15,000 USD (includes: print ads, social media, tv networks, radio and posters)
Miscellaneous and contingency - 5,000 USD
The show must go on even if we don't reach the target.
- Development (October 2017 to March 2018)
- Preproduction (January - April 2018)
- Principal photography (May - June 2018)
- Editing (July 2018)
- Trailer release (August 2018)
- Reshoots if any (August 2018)
- Post Production end (October 2018)
- Official release (depends on the distributor)
We cannot prevent natural disasters from happening but we may prevent mass casualties if people know what to do in times of danger. This movie will be shown to all schools nationwide.
Here is my recent feature film project entitled "The Signs" that was supported by PAG-ASA - Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and the City of Muntinlupa. This movie is made to create awareness about future super typhoons.
Risks & Challenges
We have a few challenges ahead of us - Earthquake means ground shakes and fire.
Collapsing building effects - We will build miniature set pieces made up of concrete and film them as we crush them down. We will also look for demolished buildings and add as a backplate to the final composite.
Emergency response vehicles - We will ask the City of Muntinlupa and Pasay to provide us with police, ambulance and fire trucks for the shoot.
Earthquake effect - We will use miniatures, live action footage and debris to mimic an earthquake.
Fire - We will hire fire specialists then we will add some more in Post.
Preproduction is key. If everything is well prepared in preproduction, then production will run smooth. Camera test and special effects test will happen while casting is being done.
Other Ways You Can Help
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