A dramatic comedy science-fiction television pilot following the adventures and misshaps of a young man working a dead end job in space.
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Decktechs is a Dramatic Comedy television pilot set in the not-too-distant future. It is the story of a young man named Don who wants to work in outer space, but his eagerness exceeds his skill. After disregarding the advice of a mentor and exaggerating on his resume, he finds himself stuck on the maintenance team of a poorly managed corporate space station. Dissatisfied with his job and the isolation of space, he struggles to adjust to life while earning enough money to make the expensive trip back to Earth. Though Don's situation seems bleak, it allows him the opportunity to discover his strengths and ultimately become a man.
The pilot for Decktechs will be produced with help from our investors, donors and you! Decktechs is visual effects-heavy, employing digital sets and extensive previsualization to help with the planning. Our cast is made up of committed and seasoned actors from L.A. and Chicago, as well as local talent from right here in Savannah. We feel this is an exciting opportunity for those involved to be a part of a youthful, energetic and high quality production!
If you haven't already seen our pitch video above, please watch and learn even more about this exciting project.
HOW ARE WE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THIS?
To help tell the story and place the actors into the rich, worn and torn environments of the Solar Beacon space station, Decktechs will employ many of the same techniques revolutionized on recent visual effects blockbusters. It is incredibly easy to get lost in the details of filmmaking, especially visual effects filmmaking. To help, Decktechs is being planned down to the iota using computer previsualization. This means that the team is making rough versions of sets and characters to scale on the computer, and figuring out the shot design, lighting, and even editing. Using previs to this extent turns the filmmaking model on its head by giving an incredible amount of creative control early on in the process and creating a hyper-efficient workflow during post-production. Previs has rarely been used this extensively to support an independent project, and has the potential to open a lot of doors for independent filmmakers and artists. Decktechs is an exciting opportunity to get involved with emerging technologies just becoming accessible to independent filmmakers.
Although a dramatic comedy, Decktechs is a serious production. We've booked MEDDIN STUDIOS, the new state of the art facility in Savannah, for greenscreen photography, followed by another week of location shoots. Money raised through Kickstarter will help pay for studio space and equipment rental.
This project is a labor of love, and everyone from the creative team, the cast, and the crew are committed to making this great story spring to life. The extensive planning we are undertaking now with previs ensures a quick turnaround for post production. Next year, we will have a polished and high quality pilot ready to shop to the networks and cable. When it's all said and done, you can say, "I launched that!" as the Mercury Shuttle lifts off carrying Don to his adventures on the Solar Beacon.
Listed to the right are several fun reward categories. Everyone will receive a downloadable desktop wallpaper pack for your computer, laptop, ipad, iphone, droid or blackberry! This will be delivered via email once the Kickstarter campaign concludes. If you select the $25 dollar reward level, the comical Autopilot Robot character will answer your emailed questions, no matter how ridiculous, in his logical manner! Questions will be submitted via email and the session posted to the Decktechs website as a podcast once fundraising concludes. Other rewards include receiving a digital copy of the production documentary to be produced in December during filming, signed photos of the cast and crew, original signed concept artwork (see the video for examples), and a chance to appear in the actual pilot. Thanks for your time and consideration!
Nothing like a dead end job... in spaaaace!
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