Set in 1851, "Occam’s Razor" is about a post-mortem photographer who is called into a small community where dozens of children have mysteriously died. He soon realizes the spirits of the deceased are trying to communicate to him, leading him to uncover the town’s dark and twisted secret
"Occam’s Razor" is at once a graduate USC thesis film as well as a proof of concept for a feature length version of the same story. The film is a classic Gothic horror with a unique twist, set in a conservative religious town in 19th century Pennsylvania. The film is to be directed by USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA-candidate Alex Parslow, who co-wrote with Andre Kovalov. The two recently made a splash with their script Apex Dark, which landed them on both the "Hit List" and "Young and Hungry List," for best unproduced screenplays in the industry. Through this they have secured representation with Lee Stobby Entertainment and are already taking meetings on the development of "Occam’s Razor", and are eager to develop a fully conceived version of the short. In addition, both Director Alex Parslow and Producer Jonathan Maurer are co-writers on upcoming James Franco films, "Actors Anonymous" and "Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha".
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Risks and challenges
The filmmakers of "Occam’s Razor" have spent the last 3 years honing and developing our skills as filmmakers at the #1 ranked film school in the world, the USC School of Cinematic Arts. This is not the first large production we have tackled - director Alex Parslow recently produced two USC thesis films and producer Jonathan Maurer was a sound designer for another. In addition, our Director of Photography Guan Xi has shot many thesis films and recently finished directing her own. This is a team that has the education, training and experience to make a film like "Occam’s Razor" come to life.
For a period film like this, filmmakers often face complicated challenges with production design, costumes and locations. But our team has already secured a period-appropriate Cathedral and director Alex Parslow is currently working closely with production designer Desirae Hepp and costume designer Kate Fry to create a realistic look for the film. Every dollar donated will go towards constructing the unique and mesmerizing world.
Because Occam’s Razor is a graduate USC thesis film, we have the support, guidance and backing of the USC School of Cinematic Arts behind us. With dozens of professors advising us along the way, we know that whatever production problems we encounter, we have many professional mentors to guide us through them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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