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Help Mechanical Dreams come true. The Seattle-based virtual reality content company is producing six innovative 360 films.
Help Mechanical Dreams come true. The Seattle-based virtual reality content company is producing six innovative 360 films.
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Six VR films in six months!

We at Mechanical Dreams VR have been working at a break neck pace to produce a slate of six innovative VR films. VR stands for virtual reality; each of these films are being created as 360 films that you watch in a headset for a fully immersive experience. Our first piece, Eagle Bone screened at Toronto International Film Festival as one of five pieces chosen from around the world. We were chosen among projects that had budgets that dwarf our project which was made for next to no money and relied upon sweat equity.

The Projects

Ch'aak' S'aagi (Eagle Bone) 


Director - Tracy Rector
Featuring the voices of Ken Workman and Nahaan, Eagle Bone is a collective step in a new direction of visual storytelling rooted in being unapologetically Indigenous. Through freestyle spoken word and lush Pacific Northwest scenes, the viewer experiences a VR journey of remembrance and reflection on the lessons of the old ones. Teachings that remind us that we are all individual vessels of spirit and change, yet inextricably connected.

POWER 
Director - Lynn Shelton 
Cast: Cherdonna Shinatra, Matt Smith, Jody Kuehner 
A VR experience created by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Shelton. Part improvised narrative, part performance art, POWER deals with authority, wealth, vulnerability, drag queens, and more. Featuring the amazing Cherdonna Shinatra!

 

Experience PRIDE
Director: Dacia Saenz
The pilot episode in an eventual VR doc series of intimate portraits of LGBTQ community members sharing stories of times they were alienated and/or discriminated against, illustrated by comic artist Robyn Jordan. The project invites viewers to immerse themselves in the experiences of those who have been marginalized, discriminated against, and then step into an environment flooded with acceptance, celebration and pride--specifically, footage of the Seattle PRIDE parade.

Dom: A Story of Rebellion
Director: Netsanet Tijrongo
An immersive doc experience where viewers meet Evanna, a black dominatrix who gives us a glimpse of what it's like to be under her control.

Slow Moving Houses
Director: Mischa Jakupcak
A comedic, dreamlike cinematic journey about a young girl who interrupts a stranger at his lowest moment and leads him through a surreal discovery, proving his life is not over yet.

Arcadia Flats
Director - Joe Jacobs
Cast: Jessica Martin, Evan Mosher, Marc Kenison A short VR horror film about a young woman struggling with a newly discovered condition that puts her--and everyone she comes into contact with--in grave danger.

Our first project, the poetic documentary experience Eagle Bone, was selected to screen as one of only five VR films at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. It was made with sweat equity and we need funds to compensate the amazing performers for their contributions, and send director Tracy Rector to other film festivals. 

For our other projects, POWER and Arcadia Flats have both been filmed. But to complete them, we need some resources to finish post production. 

Dom, Experience Pride, and Slow Moving Houses are all budgeted at next to nothing, but there are some hard costs we can't get around. These include rental of spaces for the locations, food and catering for our crew and small stipends for actors.

Hello Mechanical Dreamers!

We have another video to share with you. This one is highlighting Arcadia Flats, the werewolf thriller piece written and directed by Mechanical Dream's own Joe Jacobs!

With less than 50 hours to reach our goal, we want to take this time and thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your support. Please help us spread the word about our Kickstarter so we can successfully see all of our projects through to completion.

In the meantime, don't be too scared...Enjoy sneak peak of Arcadia Flats...

Who are we? 

MDVR Team at Gasworks Park, Seattle
MDVR Team at Gasworks Park, Seattle

MDVR was founded by five filmmakers: Lacey Leavitt, Mischa Jakupcak, Joe Jacobs, Mara Auster, and Chris Mosson. Our backgrounds include everything from award-winning Sundance feature films to high-end, glossy commercials. We're so excited about the new VR medium, and the new storytelling possibilities it's opened up. We're equally excited about starting a new industry with equality in mind. VR is unique in that the viewer gets to be completely immersed in a new perspective. We're excited to work with a diverse range of filmmakers and artists, to give audiences truly unique perspectives.

Help us build the future, together!

Risks and challenges

We are seasoned professionals and have already been through the VR film pipeline. As we know well from independent filmmaking, sometimes things come up that we can't anticipate, but we are used to juggling the odds and delivering no matter what. We have been working full-time for over nine months, learning all the ins and outs of VR productions and we know the work that we have cut out for us. The VR industry is rapidly growing, with many new distribution models currently being developed and launching in the very near future. So we're not sure how exactly we'll be distributing screeners, but we know that we will!

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    Try on a different reality. Experience virtual reality with a Mechanical Dreams VR Cardboard viewer, for use with your compatible smartphone.Includes digital access to VR projects.(Will ship worldwide for cost of shipping.)

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    VR or Script Consultation

    Producers Lacey Leavitt & Mischa Jakupcak will consult with you about your VR or feature film project: read your script, offer notes, and consult in person (Seattle area) or Skype on next steps for getting it made.

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    360 Shoot of your choice

    Six hour shoot provided by MDVR team includes filming with our 360 camera, sound recording and post stitching for a three minute project of your choice. Could be a short film, music video, branded content, etc. You bring your dreams and we work out the mechanics. (Contingent on mutually available date for shoot. Does not include payment for actors, production design, locations, etc.)

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