Kick Starting Movies: Grow Up, Tony Phillips

Welcome to another Kick Starting Movie Post, this time we’re going to be featuring Grow Up, Tony Phillips , a new feature film by Emily Hagins.

About Grow Up, Tony Phillips
Grow Up, Tony Phillips may take place on Halloween, but it has nothing to do with horror movies and everything to do with that crystalline moment in time everyone has when they realize life marches forward and they’re the youngest they’ll ever be. It’s a coming-of-age story, but this isn’t an indie drama about a boy becoming a man. It’s a comedy about Tony Phillips, a guy who doesn’t think childhood passions should have an expiration date.

This won’t be teenage life as viewed from an adult’s nostalgia-tinted rear view mirror. This is in every sense a teen’s story told from the perspective of actual teenagers, both behind and in front of the camera. That means no hyper-meta dialogue, no larger-than-life scenarios, and no over-the-top style. This is all straight from Emily’s heart.

About the Production of Grow Up, Tony Phillips
Grow Up, Tony Phillips is the fourth feature film from 19-year-old Emily Hagins. Her first, undertaken at the impossible age of 11, was Pathogen, a zombie film; second, the ghostly The Retelling; and third was the vampire comedy My Sucky Teen Romance, which was released on DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes/VOD through Dark Sky Films on September 4th, 2012.

Arcanum Pictures is an Austin-based producing team founded by Peter Hall and Paul Gandersman working in narrative short and feature films, as well as commercials. We are currently in pre-production on Grow Up, Tony Phillips, with principal photography set to begin in and around Central Texas in late Fall of 2012.

How the Rasied Money will be used on Grow Up, Tony Phillips
The funds we’re hoping to raise are only a part of the budget and will allow us to cover the assets we have yet to finance. Yes, it’s a high number, but we didn’t just pull it out of thin air. The entire production has been budgeted and scheduled from start to finish. We know what it is going to take to bring this film to its audience.

First and foremost, we need your help to buy us time. Not metaphorically, mind you — We will be shooting in the Fall of 2012, but how long that shoot will be is directly proportional to our budget. We need you to help us carve out as much shooting time as possible.   Then it comes down to crew, production design and location. Being able to pay actors and artists their working rates isn’t a luxury, it’s the way it should be. And considering we’ll be giving Central Texas more of a Halloween-worthy Fall than it actually has, we’re going to need all the help we can get.   We have an amazing team assembled that we have been lucky enough to work with on many projects already and feel more than confident in their talents to help make this film a winner. As for what we’ll be shooting on, that’s easy: A RED Epic.

I wanted to let the production team know that The Movie Guide Blog, will be supporting Grow Up, Tony Phillips in tweeting and trying to raise money for the film as much as we can!

You can yourself donate money at:

Go and Support an Brand New Film by Emily Hagins and Arcanum Pictures!


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