CONCEPT FOOTAGE - ACTION SEQUENCE
Update: Stretch Goals
Thanks to all to the kind donations by our backers, we're able to broaden the horizons of App for Life. Here's what we'll do if we exceed our target:
£6500: More bang for your buck
If we reach £6500, we will spend the additional money on our action sequences. The money for this will allow us to afford the use of pyrotechnics, and for the construction of improved costumes and props.
£7000: Festival Fiesta
From this fund, we hope to be able to fund the entry of App for Life into film festivals. This will improve the odds of a distribution deal, which would increase the money raised for the Hospice exponentially.
The year is 2060. Samantha works for a shadowy pseudo-government organisation that manipulates thoughts and memories, while her husband James (Adam J. Bernard, Thriller Live!, Dreamgirls and Star Wars: Force Awakens) is losing his mind over visions from a past he can't remember.
Following the minor nuclear exchange, the world lies in ruin. To prevent future atrocities, society has seen fit to implant the surviving population with computer-brain interfaces; brand name Retina. Ripe technologies maintains a monopoly of these devices, assuming a pseudo-governmental role, which allows its employees to create a safer and fairer world. Negative thought has been removed, people are given careers and relationships they 'deserve' based on a Karma rating system.
This world in which every citizen lives connected to Retina seems almost perfect, at least at the surface. But the digital utopia in which our characters live is not without its ghosts. As our story progresses the reality with which our characters surround themselves starts to unravel, as the true nature of the world surfaces.
Personal privacy and relationships are at the heart of the film. In a world where personal interactions are mediated through technology, how does the nature of romance and friendship change? Is an authentic relationship even possible in such a world?
In our film, we follow a natural extension of our increasing reliance on smartphones and the internet to it's conclusion. We will explore not only how technology affects how we communicate, but also how its misuse can manipulate not only thoughts and behaviors but even our collective memory as a society.
We hope to deconstruct our relationship with technology and each other in the modern world, whilst speculating about the future of advertising, politics and the changing nature of personal interaction.
We believe that this is a story worth telling, now, at this pivotal moment in the development of communications technology. The world of the film, where technology is used to manipulate the world population, which is a scary thought, but in today's society we all rely on technology and so much data is recorded from what we do on our devices that these ideas don't seem so far from reality.
We conducted initial proof of concept shoots for the film in December 2015, with stand in cast and mock locations. Take a look at the results below. We also conducted additional proof of concept shoots in February 2016, producing a set of scene extracts, that we'll release throughout the Kickstarter campaign.
Creating a complex science fiction world for a micro-budget film is always a daunting task, but with our strong team, we are more than up to the challenge. For our film, we're going to focus on practical in-camera effects, blended with a smattering of computer generated visual effects.
We will shoot the entire film on locations scattered around Berkshire, principally in the quiet english town of Ascot, to which many of the cast and crew are local, or have strong connections to. In recondition of this connection, the profits from this film will be entirely donated to a local charity: the Alexander Devine Children's hospice (Website: http://www.alexanderdevine.org), to aid building a new facility in the Berkshire area.
We're planning to have the final cut of the film locked for December 2016 and released in January 2017, when we will organise charity showings at local venues. We also hope to enter this film into the festival circuit, before self distributing on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally.
Kickstarter Budget Breakdown:
Its important to us that we're accountable to backers, and so we've published our planned budget below. This chart only accounts for our Kickstarter funds, as we're covering the remainder of the production costs out of our own pockets.
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Karma Rating Analysis:
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Perception Filter Necklace (ALL GONE!)
These devices allow you to become invisible to anyone with a Retina device, Georgia's secret weapon against Ripe's oppression.
The character costume complete with custom armour.
The full robotic suit used in the final film.
"James" - Adam J Bernard
Adam is an incredible talent who has had a vast career, from touring in Michael Jackson's Thriller, working as a stunt performer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to securing the lead in Dreamgirls. Adam brings a unique charm and charisma to the role of James.
"Samantha" - Vanessa Russell
Vanessa is a hugely versatile talent with a strong theatre background (I, The Jury, Women Of Twilight, Aftercare) and has starred in the independent period drama "Lacey" with over 250k youtube views.
"Georgia" - Jessica Andrews
Jessie has starred in over 18 films, several TV Series, treaded the boards in 8 different shows and even featured on radio productions. Trained in the method techniques of Stanislavski, Strasberg and Adler and coached by non other than Jack Waltzer (coach to Dustin Hoffman and Sigourney Weaver) and Ivana Chubbuck (coach to Charlize Theron and Halle Berry) Jessie gravitates to powerful challenging roles.
"Young Samantha" - Hattie Gotobed
Hattie plays Ghita in Game of Thrones Season 5 and she has just filmed as a terminally ill girl with EB in the title role of Daisy for an award winning writer Nancy Paton, alongside Max Brown. Hattie has starred in 4 feature films playing Lily alongside Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, A young girl in Jack the Giant Slayer with Nick Hoult, She doubled as Brad Pitt's daughter in WWZ and she filmed the co-lead role of the Colonel alongside Bonnie Wright in Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? Hattie has also filmed lead roles in adverts for Vtech, Homebase, B&Q, Coolcardz, Shakermaker and Barbie.
"Peter" - Gareth Lawrence
"Anna" - Alexandra Parker
"Dan" - Philip Ridout
"Hunter" - Ben Probert
"Personal Trailer App" - Nigel St Lewis
"Young Georgia" - Elizabeth Rogers
"Helen" - Sadie Parsons
"Lady Date" - Kata Sabo
Our team of skilled filmmakers are donating their time to this project, and represent a broad range of local talent from Berkshire and the surrounding area. Between them, they have the abundance of industry experience required to make such an ambitious project a reality.
Director / Writer / DOP - Luke Tedder
Born in Woking, he begun making one to two minute shorts from the age of 9 with a handed down 8mm camera. His passion grew through his childhood and at the age of 17 he released his first home made feature length film "Single Minded" which has 300k Youtube views. He has had a career as a freelance camera operator and since forming Landa created over thirty shorts.
Producer / Production Manager / Stunts - Ben Probert
While being apart of Landa, Ben has been apart of creating over thirty shorts in various roles as producer, writer and stunt coordinator.
Producer / 1st AD / Production Coordinator - Rory Yeung
Rory started in post-production, where he rose to the role of Post-Production coordinator on such UK features as Rise of the Footsoldier 2. Since then, he has worked on numerous smaller projects, from shorts to music videos.
Producer - Helen Rogers
Helen has directed and produced several theatre productions and has taught drama for over twenty years.
2nd AD - Luke Bryan
Has worked as a PA / AD for HBO and VICE.
Assistant Producer / Sound Recordist - Tom Woods
Props - Bill Hargreaves
Worked as props master on Star Wars Return of the Jedi, American Werewolf in London and the Golden Compass.
Music / Sound Mixing - Shane Keen
Make Up SFX - Hannah Twigg
Pyro / SFX - Ian Warboys
Lighting / Gaffer - James Murray-Obrien
Lighting / Gaffer - Sabrina Corda
VFX - Jack Rafferty & Kevin Malone
Proof of Concept Credits:
Starred: Laura-Giselle Hardie & Stephanie Pezolano
BTS Cam: Richard Moore
Risks and challenges
Creating a feature film on this scale and with such a small budget is always a challenge. With this, completion of such an ambitious project is never certain. It is possible for a major cast member to fall ill, or to loose permission for a central location, and these are risks inherent in the production of any film.
In order to mitigate these risks, we plan to allow ample room for contingencies, allowing space in our shooting schedule to allow flexibility. Whilst we lack the budget to be able to buy our way out of problems, we have the production experience to solve problems without such resources. We have produced a very large number of short films, available on our youtube channel, and three extended shorts, of over thirty minutes duration each.
The film has been in pre-production since November 2015. We've been careful to make sure that the effects and concept of the film will translate well onto screen by shooting a proof of concept and shooting full scenes which have allowed us to address any creative or production issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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