What is the project?
Sundays (working title) is a feature film idea created and written by Dutch commercials director Mischa Rozema. It is a project he has been living and sleeping with for the past years. It is the result of stories inhabiting his head, images that need to be visualised and the the desire to create a film completely different to anything we’ve seen before. The story is there, so is the research. What we are asking your help with is the opportunity to create a short film - the first step on the path to realising a feature film - using the skills and passion of Mischa and his team at PostPanic and Savage.
We're raising money through Kickstarter to make this short film. We want to show what is visually possible when creative integrity is closely guarded from the beginning. We don’t want to risk diluting Mischa’s vision by 3rd parties forcing him to become more mainstream and commercial. We want to show what he is capable of as a storyteller when he has complete control over the direction.
What is 'Sundays' about?
We are fast approaching an event, unparalleled in our history. A tipping point known as a technological singularity. It's the moment when computer power surpasses human intelligence. This moment is inevitable. Our world will change forever.
We are on the verge of having to decide the future of humanity. In order to maintain we might have to change the very definition of what it means to be human. So what exactly is 'human'? Where does it begin and where does it stop. Are we willing to stretch its definition and our ethics to corners we never could have imagined. Is there an infinite deadline on our existence?
This is the story of what it means to be human and how the characteristics of what makes us special stand the test of time. It's evident that technologies are now tied to our evolution as a species. Does our biology define us as human beings or is it the ideals for which humanity stands for?
Original Sundays concept art.
A dreamy sequence. Open on the sun. A massive sun flare shoots out. Mexico City. A little kid looks up and sees multiple planes drop out of the sky. Our lead looks out his high rise apartment window; all the city lights go out. In the dark background a few comets rain down. Suddenly all communication stops.
A new day.
Our protagonist works at a software and robotics company. A talented software developer. Has a nice family. Lives in Mexico City but is American.
There's a certain strangeness to the world he occupies but we can't quite put our finger on it. For now we act like it's Mexico City in the near future; a bilingual huge post modern city with big social extremes. The world is being surveilled and maybe even guided but we don't know by who or what. The people don't even seem to notice or mind this clear difference to our reality. The sun's light is different and very present.
Family life and career seem to be going the right direction until a piece of space debris crashes through the office and takes away his cubicle along with 2 of his colleagues. When he comes home he seems a different person. He starts to see the world around him differently, questioning. When he's in the bathroom, ready to go to bed, he pulls out a huge piece of space debris from the back of his neck. Wondering but telling no one, not even his wife.
We also get to know a poor Mexican female factory worker doing her shifts in the same factory in sterile surroundings. She has a radiation accident without anyone witnessing. She also starts to behave differently.
Together they start a search for truths.
The more they search, the more questions they find; this world is slowly revealing itself as a very strange place. They even start to doubt their own lives. What about the holes in their memories? Major events are just not there.
There are forces attempting to silence him as he gets closer to the truth. Our lead grows more paranoid as he is followed by complete strangers. Who are they?
One day the Mexican woman mysteriously disappears. Later on our lead thinks he sees her, following her past the city's borders where he makes a strange discovery: that outside of town, civilization has eroded. There's nothing except nondescript, unfinished structures and landscapes. Some are merely facades, others simply concrete boxes. Whole mountain ranges look low poly and very abstract, only looking good from a certain distance. It's as though we're looking at an unfinished render of our planet. Our lead is rapidly becoming aware that the world as he knows it, the world he thinks he knows, is a lie. Everything we've seen before us throughout the story is simply an emulation of humanity. A copy of the world right before the solar flare.
But like any copy; it has flaws.
What will your money do?
Your money will help us film in Mexico City and then come back to carry out the post-production at PostPanic's home in Amsterdam.
The vast majority of the manpower, time, post-production equipment/resources and creative investment will come from ourselves at PostPanic and Savage.
We promise to only spend your money on additional equipment, resources and staff we don't have in-house. For example, we need to pay for the local film crew and their equipment in Mexico City plus the costs of local guides, casting staff, actors, location managers, insurance and transport. Back in Amsterdam, we need to bring in a few specialised CG artists to support our own in-house team, go externally for some specific post-production grading services and then also spend the money on music composition and sound design.
Why are you not following traditional paths of fund-raising for a short film?
We were but when we saw Kickstarter we realised there was another way to realise Mischa’s dream, which was much more suited to our philosophy of work. PostPanic has always been determined in its creative visions and uncompromising. Traditional investments come with conditions attached and one of them is allowing them access to creative control. We want to retain creative control on Sundays - Mischa wrote and will direct this film. He knows what it has to be and he needs to be able to set the visual ball rolling with his own clean, uncompromised vision. This is our first step in realising our ultimate goal - to make Sundays into a feature film.
Sundays MoodBoard. A glimpse of the imagery that inspired the world of Sundays.
Want to see an example of our production methods?
PostPanic were asked to take on the challenge of creating the main titles of the 2011 OFFF Festival (with a theme of 'Year Zero') in Barcelona. With Mischa Rozema directing, it was never going to be your standard short film. You can check out the film below - be warned it's dark - but most importantly, it shows clearly the multi-media techniques (encompassing live action, 3d animation, motion graphics, graphic design and visual fx) that PostPanic is most famous for.
You can also read an article about 'The Making of Year Zero' here
Want to see some of the rewards?
We've got lots of goodies to tempt you with hopefully. First up, for those contributing money - even the smallest donation - we have the exclusive Sundays postcards, which you will receive numbered (and signed by Mischa if you put that extra bit of cash in).
We're also offering up the t-shirts - special Sundays ones so you can help spread the word on the film, as well as an exclusive run of some homegrown PostPanic designs which you won't be able to get anywhere else. They're available for rewards from $100 upwards.
For those looking for that unique piece of PostPanic magic, feast your eyes on the prints we have on offer. You can choose either framed or unframed prints (signed and numbered) taken from the film.
Or if you want that extra special one-off Mischa Rozema piece for your wall, check out this artwork created for the 2012 PANL exhibition (and book) in Amsterdam. With a message just for you on the back and certified by Mischa of it's uniqueness, it can be yours - along with all the other goodies on offer - for the princely sum of $5000. A little bit of history just for you.
As an extra special thank you for donations from $2000 and up, you will receive a very rare 'PostPanic' book featuring storyboards, illustrations and designs taken from Mischa Rozema's own, very special sketchbooks. Perfect coffee-table size and beautifully presented, this book will give you a unique, first-hand glimpse into the workings of Mischa's creative mind.
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