Local filmmakers bring dangerous trade to the big screen
Local filmmakers, Krystina Figg and husband Mike Byrd, are working hard to bring their script about electrical linemen to life. And they are asking local residents to get involved.
“Building Lines” is a short film about 25-year-old Burke, an audacious apprentice working to become an electrical lineman. Although Burke is a natural at building power lines, his father died recently on the job doing line work. Burke is now figuring out if this unpredictable, but rewarding trade is right for him.
Burke’s closest friends are also on his crew. Moorehouse is a crazy journeyman lineman in his early 30’s who brings levity to every work site. Family man Dan, 40, creates a safe and fun environment as their highly-respected foreman.
Traveling around the wild midwest, these modern day cowboys find that in order to survive, they must learn about sacrifice, brotherhood and integrity through the perilous world of building power lines.
“‘Building Lines’ is just a glimpse at what these power lineman and their families experience. We took a story that Mike encountered in the line trade and added some dramatic elements to give the audience and up-close and personal look into the life of the electrical lineman” said Figg who is producer of the short film and a Mount Pleasant resident. She is currently working locally on the show “Reckless.”
“We’ve worked hard to get this script as perfect as it can be,” said Byrd, the writer and director of “Building Lines.” “Since I have experience in the line trade, it was easy for me to relate. Our goal is to spotlight these hardworking men and women who sacrifice a lot to bring us power every day.”
Figg and Byrd are relying on a Kickstarter campaign to fund the $15,000 project. With this money, they will be able to board and feed the cast and crew as well as film, edit and submit the short film to movie festivals. They will also accomplish a huge dream.
The Kickstarter video and campaign can be seen at: kickstarter.com/projects/buildinglines/building-lines. There are donation levels and prizes that include an array of rewards ranging from a digital copy of the film “Building Lines” to having the bar in the film named after you or a loved one, or even Byrd getting your initials tattooed on his arm.
“Building Lines” is also looking for local members of the community to join the team as actors, actresses and crew.
If interested in any involvement with “Building Lines” please visit buildlinglinesfilm.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.