Cease Fire is a short story written by Frank Herbert and published in 1958, and is now being faithfully adapted into a short film.
*PLEASE NOTE: Added to the $25 reward is a DVD of the film - due to popular demand, the DVD will now be included for your $25-and-up pledge!
Frank Herbert's Cease Fire is a short student film currently in production, adapted faithfully from the story by the same name written by Frank Herbert, world-renown author of the Dune series, in the late 1950's. Shot on location in and around Denver, Colorado, by students in the University of Colorado at Denver film program, this is a throwback to the style of film that director Jacob Collins grew up on, and an homage to Frank Herbert and the influence of his works.
The story itself tells the tale of Corporal Larry Hulser, a man drafted into a war for resources, stuck on watch duty in the arctic. While under attack, Hulser discovers a new science, a theory distilled from technology and techniques that are necessary to survive in a war-ravaged future, but what Hulser doesn't know is that the new weapon he creates will change the game of war forever...
The story is ambiguous, with the both the enemy and the winning weapon never truly identified, but it makes a clear anti-war statement, without trivializing our basic need for security and safety - in other words, it asks that we think about a better way to achieve harmony, while still recognizing us for who we are.
This is a tough topic to get across in a short story, but Frank does it, and we (many hardworking students, actors, and crew), are trying to bring this topic to light, especially given the political climate in today's world.
What we're trying to do now, though, is get up enough money to pay for the final scene, and take care of production costs (see FAQ below) - this means accommodations for a large crew, equipment rental, gas, food, shelter, etc, all for two days of work, for what is essentially a sci-fi period piece - this is a huge challenge for student filmmakers, but it is all done in the name of both education and love of the craft, as there is no profit to be made from this film, and no distribution.
This film is unique in a lot of ways outside of the story and the effort put into it - the script is almost completely verbatim to the original short story, the film showcases the beauty of the mountains in the Front Range, with shooting taking place outdoors in both Dillon and Nederland (if you've skied or kiteboarded in Colorado, then you've been to or through at least one of these places), everything regarding production has been done in Colorado by UC Denver students or graduates, and it is officially authorized by the most prestigious literary estate in science fiction today.
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Because we did this right, but still owe for the process! This is the kind of student film that most film teachers would advise against, being that it is not only a period piece, but a war story, and science fiction all at once - the three most expensive kinds of films that are made! To do this film the justice it deserves, it requires costumes, set pieces built from scratch, food for actors and crew, accommodations for travel to sets far from home, and equipment rental, all of which is single-use, and much of which we still owe money for. For that, we've scratched together every penny of our own money, but we need to put together just a little more funding to get across the finish line, and pay the bills that are still open from production, as many of these costs have not been paid yet.
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Apr 16, 2011 - May 16, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
For a mere $5, you will be thanked in the credits of the film! BE IMMORTALIZED, and accept the warm fuzzy you'll receive from supporting both education and the arts!
Pledge $25 or more
For $25, you'll get the reward listed above, an 11x17 poster signed by the crew and cast, a DVD and a Cease Fire 2gb USB thumb drive, which will include a link to a digital edition of the film for your viewing pleasure!
Pledge $50 or more
For $50, you'll get all of the rewards listed above, plus 2 tickets for reserved seats at the private screening to be held here in Denver, Colorado!
Pledge $100 or more
For $100, you'll get the rewards listed above, a copy of "Eye" by Frank Herbert, and a numbered, limited-edition, full size poster print signed by cast and crew!
Pledge $200 or more
For $200, you get all of the rewards listed above, as well as getting to move up into the ranks of FILM PRODUCER! Yep, that's right, you get an Associate Producer credit, AND an Official Cease Fire sponsor t-shirt! Huzzah!
Pledge $500 or more
For $500, you get all of the rewards above, along with dinner for 2 with cast and crew the night of the private screening! Rub shoulders with people who love you! (Not including travel or lodging costs)
Pledge $750 or more
Uh, oh - high rollers in the house! For $750, get everything listed above, but for this, we frame your poster, and you also receive a limited edition, hand printed, numbered, and signed DVD which will include the complete film on DVD, but also the original score to the film! (Not including travel or lodging costs)
Pledge $1,000 or more
For $1,000 you get EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT. Yes, that's right, everyone knows that you helped make this happen! You also get everything listed above, as well as an executive producer t-shirt, invitation to the cast/crew wrap party, and hotel in Denver overnight the evening of the screening! An absolutely great deal! (Not including travel costs)