About this project
A massive thank you to everyone who made the success of the campaign possible so far. We couldn't be happier to have funded in our first four days! INCREDIBLE!
With so much campaign left, we want to keep this going, and have come up with some exciting stretch goals that we think everyone will really enjoy.
Every dollar raised beyond $3000 will go toward improving the quality of the film, but we want to make sure you get something cool out of it, too!
$3500 - Two commentary tracks - a story track w/ Peter and James, and an acting track w/Eric and Elias - included on DVD/Blu-Ray only
$4000 - Professionally designed DVD/Blu-Ray cover art in full retail cases - Shelf Interview With a Time Traveler alongside the rest of your library! (current plan is to do a simple disc design in a clear clamshell case)
$4500 - One hour Google Hang-Out (or Skype chat or equivalent) w/ Eric, Elias, James, and Peter. All our backers will be invited to join in (at a time to be determined) for a Q&A about whatever people are interested in.
$5000 - Screening/Signing Party - We'll find a venue (in Toronto) that will let us screen the film a couple times on a weekend or evening, so everyone can see it on a big screen with the cast and crew, and in between the screenings, people can come bring their games, comics, posters, DVDs, etc to be signed by Eric and Elias!
About This ProjectInterview With a Time Traveler is a sci-fi short film about the future inventor of time travel technology, who has been traveling through time alone for most of his life. Time travel has taken its toll on his body, though, and he has come to terms with the fact that he is dying.
Not wanting to disappear from the world without a trace, he travels back in time to meet Paul, a journalist with a penchant for the unexplainable, to share his story before he dies. Underneath the interesting anecdotes and fascinating tales, however, The Traveler has an alternate purpose for his meeting with Paul that will change the course of his life forever.
This short film is a passion project for some very skilled film and television professionals, most of whom are donating their time to the project. Those being paid are taking a fraction of the fee they usually make in order to help make this film a possibility. They include, but are not limited to:
Director/Producer: James Cooper (Elijah the Prophet - view the opening scene here)
James is a Toronto-based Director and Producer whose most recent work includes the short film Elijah the Prophet, from the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition-winning screenplay. The film stars Art Hindle (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Melanie Nicholls-King (The Wire, Rookie Blue) and has played 11 film festivals around the world so far this year. He also recently directed/produced a television commercial for the band BBOSS that aired on MTV 2 and MTV Hits, as well as a promotional video for the Image Comics series Hoax Hunters.
Writer: Peter Rowley (XIII: The Series, The Gate)
Peter Rowley has spent the last ten years working as a writer, producer and development consultant. A graduate of the CFC's Prime Time Television Program, Peter has written for web (Go For Gold TV, Tights and Fights: Ashes!, The Gate), stage (The Bob Saga, Come And Get It!) and film (Sawbones, Wilson). Most recently Peter co-wrote an episode of XIII: The Series for Showcase and Canal+, and spent time as a member of the digital team for Space and BBC America's acclaimed sci-fi series Orphan Black. He may or may not be a time traveler himself.
Director of Photography: Pasha Patriki, csc (view his work at www.dop.ca)
11 years in the business, Pasha Patriki’s expansive body of work includes over a dozen of dramatic feature films and numerous feature documentaries. He’s also framed up more than 50 shorts and countless music videos and commercial spots. Films composed in Pasha’s lens have screened internationally and won awards in the United States and Canada. His most recent “Best Cinematography” awards come from the NY Independent Short Film Festival, the Wildsound Film Festival, and a nomination at the Schweitzer Lakedance Film Festival. Music video for a popular band “Down With Webster” has been nominated for Best Pop Video Of The Year at this year’s Much Music Video Awards. Starting by shooting on film 11 years ago, today Pasha continues to upgrade his skills with ever-changing technology.
Composer: Erica Procunier
Erica Procunier is a Canadian film composer originally from Bright’s Grove, Ontario, Canada. She is classically trained as a pianist with a MMus in Theory and Composition (The University of Western Ontario 2008). After becoming the recipient of the 2008 Screen Composers Guild of Canada Mentorship, she worked closely writing music for media with Q Music Inc. She co-wrote the score to 3 seasons of the animated series By The Rapids, which currently airs across Canada on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN).
Editor: Lauren Brandon
Lauren is a Toronto based Editor and Assistant Editor. She has worked on such projects as “Pacific Rim”- a feature film directed by Guillermo Del Toro, "Best Man Holiday" - a feature staring Taye Diggs and Terrance Howard, and “The Borgias” - a Showtime series staring Jeremy Irons. Most recently Lauren has been working on the Family Channel Series “The Next Step” and cutting a documentary about Ontario Craft Beer called “Indie Suds”.
The Traveler: Eric Johnson (Rookie Blue, Smallville, Splinter Cell: Blacklist)
ERIC JOHNSON has been working in the film and television industry exclusively for over 20 years. Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, he started in theater and local television at the age of eleven. His passion for performing never ceased and he has gone on to build an impressive international career in over 50 productions. His credits include, LEGENDS OF THE FALL, SMALLVILLE, FLASH GORDON, SCORN, GINGER SNAPS BACK, EVEREST 82, THE UNIT, CRIMINAL MINDS, ALCATRAZ, ORPHAN BLACK, the Global/ABC hit series ROOKIE BLUE and recently starred as Sam Fisher in the video game SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST for UBISOFT.
He is currently in New York shooting a new television series, starring along side Clive Owen in a production titled THE KNICK for HBO/Cinemax, Executive Produced and Directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Steven Soderbergh (TRAFFIC, ERIN BROCKOVICH, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA).
Paul: Elias Toufexis (Alphas, Smallville, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Splinter Cell: Blacklist)
The name Elias Toufexis is synonymous with Science- Fiction television and video games. Not only has Elias performance captured and voiced characters in countless games including, Ubisoft's Splinter Cell series, Assassin's Creed series, Shawn White Skateboard and I Am Alive, but Elias was the lead role of Adam Jensen in Eidos' production, Deus:Ex: Human Revolution, a game which has sold over 3 million copies earning over $50 million and gave Elias the honour of being nominated for an ACTRA Award and winning Best Character in a Video Game at the 2012 Canadian Video Game Awards. (Elias even hosted the 2013 edition of the award show broadcast nation wide).
On-screen, Elias can be seen in such films as The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Conduct Unbecoming, Decoys, and Ba'Al to name a few. Most recently on television, Elias has held recurring roles on ABC's, Zero Hour, SYFY's Alphas, CTV's The Listener, ABC's Rookie Blue, and appeared on CBS's Flashpoint, Showcase's Lost Girl, Smallville, Supernatural, and the list can go on and on. He's been on most every TV series shot in Canada. Apart from his video game work, you may recognize Elias' voice in the animated feature, The Legend of Sarila starring fellow Montreal actor and 2012 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor, Christopher Plummer, or as the villain in Imaginaerium and you have definitely heard his commercials for Yellow Pages, Lexus cars and many other major corporations.
Elias is currently traveling around Canada attending comic and sci-fi conventions meeting fans and working on secret video game contracts that we wish he could tell you about. Elias is also working on various TV shows (like Space channel's new show Bitten and CTV's new show Played) and he is writing a book about his experience working in the video game industry.
Why We Are Raising Money
Short films are infamous for being passion projects, as the opportunity to make money from them doesn't really exist. The Producer/Director wants to make the film regardless of if the Kickstarter campaign succeeds, but if he has to fund it himself, it will mean more time to get the money together in addition to having to cut some corners to make it possible. Even with the $3000 goal, we will be putting in some of our own money to make the film happen.
The film is being crewed by people excited about the project who are in it for the love, and the cast is taking bare minimum rates. This ensures the money is going on the screen and into the costs of production in order to ensure we deliver as great a film as we possibly can.
That being said, we're so committed to making this film, that even if this Kickstarter fails spectacularly, we're still going to make it. Even if that means James shooting the damn thing on his iPhone with iPad screens as for lighting.
We would really prefer it didn't come to that, though.
Thanks for taking the time to check out our project. Even if you can't directly support the campaign, please consider spreading the word to your friends/acquaintances/enemies etc. via Facebook/Twitter/carrier pigeon etc. This is a project we're all very excited about, and would love to have you be a part of it!
Risks and challenges
Film production is full of challenges, but as we've mentioned before, we plan to shoot the film regardless of the success of the campaign. The money from this campaign means we can afford a better location, better equipment, and an overall better finished product (in addition to an earlier shoot date), but if we have to make this thing on our own dime and make a few sacrifices along the way, we will.
With a cast and crew of working professionals like this, the only real risk is production delays. We currently intend to shoot mid-November, with post production taking place over the months of November and December. With this proposed timeline, backers should receive their rewards in mid-late January.
That being said, we don't want to release the film until it's 100% ready, so if we need a couple extra weeks to really nail it down before sending the finished product off to our backers, we'd rather give you a better product than deliver "on-time".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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