A Science Fiction romp through the collective consciousness of the digital world.
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"Material Things" is a science fiction short film which will act as a pilot for a future web series based in the same realm. This first introductory episode into the world of the network follows a player who steals a rare item from another player's control box. He's later caught and brought before a court to answer for his crime. As the verdict is passed he is found guilty and given the choice of his punishment. He can either leave the network for good spending his banishment in reality alone and free, or spend one year of his life (real time) in isolation in an empty part of network to lament.
WHAT IN THE WORLD?!
Is this a revisit to the Matrix?
For those of you that remember the 1999 blockbuster from the Wachowski brothers, we know that the citizens didn't have a clue that they were under the thumb of their virtual masters. Lets step away from that concept and begin to imagine what life would be like if people deliberately made the decision to spend their lives in the recesses of a digital universe to experience their fantasies. In "Material Things" families, businesses, governments, and society as a whole have done just that.
As our technology progresses and becomes more advanced so does our dependency upon it. From cell phones to computers, personal lives to business affairs we allow our lives to be run by our needs for them. In many cases, we use computers at work only to find ourselves in front of our own at home.
"Material Things" takes a trip further down the road of technological advancement and combines the world of science fiction and fantasy into a gamer's haven all within a virtual world.
We understand that $5000 seems like a lot of money for a short film when compared to others that have been made for a lot less; why should ours be any different? Where does it all go?
Great questions! Aside from the genre and visual effects we'll be bringing to the table, here's a list of just some of things it will go towards.
- Fuel for generators.
- Cost of Transportation of Equipment
- Shipping of Wardrobe and Costumes
- Set and Prop Construction
- Rental of Special Rigs for advanced shots
- Union Fees
Loren Marie Story was born in 1984 to a family of artists in Orlando, FL. Pulling from her father's experiences as an animator at Walt Disney and her mother's gifts for mural painting, Loren forged her own sense of style. Diving head first into the world of art she explored painting, drawing, writing, and eventually found herself in the world of photography which led to her love film.
After graduating Florida State University with a BS in studio art, she managed to publish her first post apocalyptic and controversial novel , "Birth" from the Tenth Revolution series. Upon it's successful completion she moved back to Central Florida, where she met her husband and partner, Joshua Story.
Loren has been involved with television and motion pictures for the last 3 years as an executive assistant and wardrobe supervisor. In that time she has worked on such projects as Renee, My Fair Lidy, Two Days, as well as several commercials.
*She made her directorial debut in 2011 where she directed the veteran's film "Welcome Home," which was selected for exhibition at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington D.C.
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Challenges of the Project:
- Finding adequate locations to meet our filming needs
- Coordinating with the studios to get Green Screen Time.
- Gathering enough Creative Costumes for our background extras.
We've made several contacts with local location scouts and managers that work primarily in the Central Florida area. As this is one of the most difficult tasks, it helps to have their experiences and assistance at our disposal.
Another issue that might pop up is in dealing with the sound stage and their availability. Its a possibility that may come up given their constant payload. As a backup plan, Loren and Josh are graduates of the film program at Valencia College (placed in the nation's top 5 best film programs) and may be able to gain access to their green screen.
Lastly the only other concern that comes to mind is the fitting and acquiring of all the outfits necessary to portray the characters and background talent. Having developed a great rapport with local film professionals, we have been fortunate enough to have a motion picture wardrobe company owner offer their services to us free of charge. The only thing we would need to provide would be the cost of shipping from their warehouse located out of state, which we have already taken into consideration when we drew up our budget.
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