A lot has happened since the Kickstarter campaign for Inside the Mind of Ayn Rand ended on May 10th, and I wanted to
bring you the latest news!
Writing of the “treatment” for the
documentary has progressed significantly over the past several weeks and is now
approximately 60% completed. The
treatment describes, in detail, the creative approach for each component of the
film and is essentially the blueprint for the film, and the basis of the final
the Mind of Ayn Rand we started with Rand’s
own assessment of what is essential about her philosophy. She was once challenged to describe
Objectivism while standing on one foot and she easily did so by identifying its
four major components:
Metaphysics - Objective Reality
Epistemology - Reason
Ethics - Self-interest
Politics - Capitalism
Given our subject
matter, the biggest challenge of writing a treatment such as this is finding
the most effective way to showcase these four key concepts in a cinematic
way--with clarity and depth--and to also seamlessly blend in the epic story of Rand’s life and times.
The intent is to delve deep inside Rand’s
mind and communicate her ideas in an accessible and engaging manner. Our goal
is to inspire a mainstream audience that tends to be resistant or indifferent
to the importance of philosophy in
general, and perhaps Rand’s ideas in
particular. At the same time we are making sure that the treatment powerfully
demonstrates the relevance of her ideas to the disturbing problems facing the
but we are putting together a talented team that can meet the challenge!
TALENT & PRODUCTION CREW
We have been pulling
together the key team members for the upcoming production. This includes co-producers, associate
producers, co-writers, videographers, video editors, graphic artists,
animators, and so much more. We’re taking
special care that each new member is not only exceptionally talented but, wherever
feasible, shares our passion for the subject matter.
Additionally, we have
approached a politically sympathetic film star about providing the voice-over
for our film, and will keep you updated as more key talent joins our team.
FILM AND PHOTO ACQUISITION
In the past two months we have acquired
over 1200 historic still photos and an additional 16 hours of archival film and
video. This is in addition to well over
40 hours of material we already had before we launched our Kickstarter campaign.
Once the film is edited together with
newly filmed segments, this rich treasure chest of material will provide deeper
visual context and background. We
anticipate that by early August we will have sufficient archival footage to
begin assembling some sections of the film that are particularly biographical
or historical in nature. (Special thanks to those of you who made additional
We continue to seek the additional
funding that will allow us to see this documentary to completion. We continue to encourage donations and, in
recent weeks we have focused our efforts on individuals and organizations that
are potential investors in the film. We are thrilled to have the support of the
Moving Picture Institute in our fundraising efforts. New promotional materials were created in late
June, and in the coming weeks look for expanded use of our web page,
Facebook page, and other social network outlets.
We encourage you to contact us if you
know of any person, or any organization, that shares our passion for Ayn Rand’s
ideas and might consider donating or investing in this vitally important film
We are happy to tell
you that some Kickstarter donor awards will be shipping in early August. The DVDs of We the Living, Objectivist History Project Part 1 and Objectivist History Project Part 2 are
standing by. The brand new Objectivist History Project Part 3 is at
the manufacturer’s and we expect to receive the first shipment within a few
weeks. All these DVDs will be shipped
together in August. The original We
the Living poster will
also be shipped in August.
We are in the process of licensing the
graphic image that will be used in much of our promotion, including the donor
award t-shirts, which will be shipped at a later date.
Most of the other
donor awards will be available after the completion of Inside the Mind of Ayn Rand.
On behalf of everyone involved with Inside the Mind of Ayn Rand, thank you again for your generous
support and your messages of encouragement. We look forward to updating you with all the
details as we move deeper into the production.
All the best,
Inside the Mind of Ayn Rand