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A dark comedy following a neurotic artist who is persuaded to take a drug to cure him of his mind-body illness called being "Artistic."

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ABOUT THE STORY

“The Compositor” is a dark comedy that follows, Paul, a struggling neurotic artist, who works as a digital compositor for a colossal futuristic film corporation.  Paul is an honest man and hard working creative, who suffers from ongoing severe anxiety and physical symptoms.  The overwhelming tension in his life cause his hands to become physically disabled--no longer capable of using them.  With his job in jeopardy and his livelihood at stake, his psychological wellbeing begins to shift for the worse.  

After visiting a questionable doctor, he is persuaded to undergo a treatment to cure himself of a so-called mind-body condition, coined by the medical community as being “artistic." Wanting relief from his crippled condition, and the ability to work again, he reluctantly takes the treatment, and he is cured.  As the story progresses, he becomes deathly ill, and discovers the treatment he underwent, causes irreversible symptoms none as "artistic" withdrawal.  

When the withdrawal hits, it hits hard. The digital glue that once creatively held his reality together, begins to break apart.  He falls into a chaotic, visual deconstruction of his own reality.   Every part of his visual understanding, the appearance of what he believed was his reality, will begin to dismantle, break apart, and fade away.  The entire story will be witnessed through the eyes of a modern day, digital film compositor.  Those eyes are Paul’s. 

After his world dissipates piece by piece, frame by frame, and pixel by pixel, Paul finds himself separated from his mind-body, left in darkness, floating in outer space.  It is here he will be approached by an entity greater than him, who will share the wisdom he will need to believe in a healthier and more spiritual life; One that can free him from the grips of physical and psychological slavery.

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The Cast

Paul Paxton - John Mattiuzzi

The Doctor - Thomas Hoyt Godfrey

The Boss - Bill Cory

The Moon - Steven Shoup

The Depressed Clown - John Mattiuzzi

The Mood-stamp Caseworker - TBA

The Dancer - Sarah Chiesa

Production Crew

Written, Directed, and Produced - John Mattiuzzi

The Director of Cinematography - Eric Branco

Casting by Alexa DiCambio

Sound recording - TBA

Production Assistants

Tatiana McCabe

Yiu-Chen Yang

Emilie Liu

Tracy Toscano

Justin Thomas

Post Production Crew

Editing and Compositing - john Mattiuzzi

3D Animation - Ashley Gerst

Original Sound Score by Edward Mattiuzzi

3D modeling & rendering - Jasper Lin and Gib Patterson

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DETAILS AND COSTS

PRODUCTION 

The production dates will be in Mid-December of this year.  Around a month from now.  Production cost for a crew, the actors, food, transportation, equipment rentals, and location costs are piling up.  

I need to make sure the stomachs of the crew and cast that are helping me will be fully fed and paid for.

POST-PRODUCTION

Post production will also be a costly process.  The story will be reliant on a good degree of  special effect shots.  I will be working with a handful of 3D computer artists, who will help build, animate, and render all the necessary 3D props and characters that will be composited with the real aspects of the film. 

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PERSONAL NOTE:

No one should work for free in this business.  It is one of the themes of this story if you remember?  The film world can be brutal at times.  I personally want to take care of everyone on my side, so that the final product has all the energy it needs to be completed.  If everyone is happy, then the quality of the product will increase.

The total cost of the production will be around $3000.

This will cover everything from the ground up.

If I raise anything higher than $3000, the production quality will increase with it.

So anything you can donate will dramatically help the films potential.  

Thank YOU to EVERYONE that took the time to read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEMES & RESEARCH

The surreal and dark world that makes up Paul’s reality is a  combination of themes I am personally interested and invested in.  Some of the major ones are below.

Mind-Body, and the Machine

The year is 2011, and the potential fusion of  mind, body, and machine in the near future, is no longer science fiction.   As I work more and more with computers on a daily basis, I am beginning to think that perhaps we have already begun the process of fusion.  We may not even need to physically merge in the future?  Perhaps our minds are already generating new neurological pathways for us?  Possibly to prepare us?

The Singularity Theory

The idea of someday FULLY physically fusing with the machine may seem crazy to some people.  But many people actually embrace the idea.  Some scientists believe it will happen soon, and some think we are not even close.  One leading visionary named Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and advocate of the Singularity Theory, has predicted it will happen in 2045--The year of the Singularity.  Kurzweil believes the human role in society will become less important as technology advances.  He is convinced that someday soon we will be able to bring the dead back to life, begin uploading and connecting all of our brains on the Internet, and filling our bloodstream with nanobots to fight off cancer and regenerate cellular tissue.  He is predicting human immortality.  The machines will become our new Gods, and we will exist as a binary spirit for eternity.  Basically, he believes in the Matrix.

Compositing Reality, Questioning Appearance

As I sit day to day in front of a computer, 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, I am beginning to notice a shift in my perception.  In the past 2 years in graduate school, I have been obsessively preparing myself as a compositor for film, TV, and the art world.  What is interesting about this, is how my eyes have unusually adapted to the computer screen.  When someone is forced to manipulate images on a pixel by pixel basis, you’d imagine what that could do to their perception?  I know what it did to mine.  As I know what it does to other’s who work in other digital disciplines related to a screen.  When I think of pixels, I can easily relate them to atoms and molecules.  When I walk around the city streets, I notice myself questioning what I once thought was a clear idea of my reality.  But when the computer screen begins trickling over the remnants of a day of compositing, I start seeing the world through a different lens.  Sometimes this is positive reaction, and sometimes negative.  This will be addressed in the film.

The more and more comfortable I become with working with HD video and high resolution images, the more I begin to understand my brains reaction to my environment.  All day long, I am working with imagery that looks, as good, and at times, better than the reality outside the sliding doors.  And if it doesn’t look better, I can force it, technically, through the illusion of compositing.  

This beautiful imagery of reality and fiction is all I consume and create.  Thousands of hours of manipulating, enhancing, and romanticizing the world around me.  I am not surprised when I take a stroll down the block, and catch myself moving things around with my mind, fixing them, and correcting what is imperfect.  I feel like I am constantly looking through a lens of a camera, that is recording the pixels, that make up my reality.  

This is the major theme behind the film.  When the digital tool bleeds so far into our conscious, it begins to add a new layer of perception to our vocabulary; Hopefully helping to keep our sanity, and arm us with the ability to mentally deal with exponential times--An evolutionary process.

Tension Myositis Syndrome

Let’s take machines out of the mix for a moment. That leaves us with Mind-Body.  I have personally met a doctor who is considered one of the gurus on mind-body disorders.  His name is Doctor John E. Sarno and he practices at The New York University.  His simple belief is that people all over the world are suffering physical symptoms that are basically related to what he calls, “Repressed Rage.”  All the anger and stress from childhood, mixed with the problems and anxieties of becoming a responsible and GOOD adult, create a reservoir that eventually overflows.  This surge of emotions become too much for the person to handle, so the conscious mind creates distracting physical symptoms.  Sarno believes the conscious mind is doing us a favor, by repressing the harmful emotions and redirecting them into our limbs, backs, stomaches, and hands.  Unless the patient shows clear scientific evidence of some muscular or skeletal disfigurement or neurological condition, Doctor Sarno simply believes that our mind can heal ourselves.  All we have to do is become aware, practice that knowledge, and fight off the symptoms that may convince us otherwise.

UNDERLYING THEMES

The state of the economy.

Automated industries.

Labor conditions, exportation, and exploitation.

Technological addiction.

The role of the artist.

Western medicine and prescription drug addiction.

The metaphysical mind.

The human spirit.

THE STYLE:

The Visual style of the story will be a fusion of several stylistic approaches.  After all the compositor is an assembler.  His goal is to create a seamless reality.  Believability--merging elements from all mediums and formats.  Time and space are ever changing, and the compositor is challenged by each and every element that comes his way.  

At times throughout the film, the viewer will experience the flawless beauty of image integration, and at other times, the flaws of the process will surface. Half of the film will be shot on green-screen, and the other half will be shot on location.  Elements of 3D modeling and motion graphics will complement the film’s world.  

The style of the overall film will change from scene to scene.  Since I am trying to stay true to the concept, some scenes will be shot in a documentary fashion, and other’s as more controlled environments. Other scenes will be completely computer generated and some will combine all of the styles I have listed so far.  Lighting will change from scene to, and genres will merge with other genres.  The entire concept of the film is about the process of compositing.  I’d like to stay as truthful as possible as I interpret the mind of a compositor. 

So, in other words, the stylistic approach is open!  Free to build upon itself.  Free to expand in any desired direction.  This process will feed the film, and the film will feed the process.  

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