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The story of a paranoid recluse and a sketchy extrovert surviving in a harsh world. A feature film released for free on YouTube.
The story of a paranoid recluse and a sketchy extrovert surviving in a harsh world. A feature film released for free on YouTube.
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$6500 - END OF TIME short film (REACHED!)

The story for LaMOE originally came about while I was recovering from surgery, where I wrote a short story titled END OF TIME that was so bizarre and disturbing that I made up a fictional character as its author, Henry LaMoe. You can read the short story by clicking here.

During my first year at CalArts, I attempted to adapt END OF TIME into a short film shot on Super 8. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish the film because I ran out of money and got sucked into other projects (specifically LaMOE). 

If we reach $6500, we'll have made enough extra money with this campaign for me to buy the props and extra materials to finish END OF TIME properly! Here are a few excerpts from what I've completed so far.

END OF TIME will be included with all digital downloads of LaMOE (i.e. in every reward tier of $15 or more) and with all DVD/Blu-Ray packs as a special feature!

$7000 - Henry short film

There was an earlier draft of the LaMOE screenplay that followed Henry exclusively throughout the entire film. This included bits that explored Henry's reclusive lifestyle before he ever met J.D.

If we reach $7000, I'll shoot these portions which were previously discarded and turn them into a short film titled Henry, which will be an interesting exploration into Henry's life that would not be in the feature film itself.

Henry will be included with all digital downloads of LaMOE (i.e. in every reward tier of $15 or more) and with all DVD/Blu-Ray packs as a special feature!

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We'll reveal what's in this tier if we approach $7000.

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Hi there, cool person! Thanks for checking out our campaign! My name is Marvin Choi, and I am the writer/director of LaMOE!

LaMOE is a feature-length science-fiction post-apocalyptic chamber piece being produced as my graduate thesis film at California Institute of the Arts. (wow, that was a mouthful!)

Basically, it's about the growing but uneasy friendship between two very different characters, Henry LaMoe and Joseph "J.D." Dauber, in a harsh, bleak world that forces them together.

Henry LaMoe and J.D. are played by veteran actors Joseph Price and Darnel Powell, respectively.
Henry LaMoe and J.D. are played by veteran actors Joseph Price and Darnel Powell, respectively.

Henry LaMoe is a 50-year-old former U.S. Marine who has lived by himself in a cabin hidden deep in the mountains for sixteen years, essentially since the beginning of the viral outbreak that brought the world into chaos. Living by himself for so long has made it so that he has lost his "social mask," and he is unable to deal with the outside world in any normal or meaningful manner. Henry often spends his spare time confessing in his journal or writing bizarre short stories.

J.D., on the other hand, is in his early twenties and has spent his entire life surviving in "the wilderness," the decaying remnants of modern society. Though he once lived a very secure and happy life with his friends and family, he has spent most his adult life wandering the wild and avoiding confrontations with militant factions vying for control over what remains of North America, such as the Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (ERP), Los Carnales Rojos, and the N.U.S.A. (New United States of America). J.D. also holds a lot of regrets about what happened to his friends and family.

The story begins with J.D. running away from one of these factions and stumbling upon Henry's cabin. Henry, bewildered by J.D.'s sudden appearance, immediately locks up J.D. in the basement, but he is too intrigued by the temptation of human interaction to keep him there for long. Over time, Henry gives J.D. more and more freedom, and, after J.D. soundly trounces Henry in a game of chess, a friendship begins to develop. 

However, their friendship becomes strained as they they learn more and more about each other. Henry reveals that he often has wild, traumatic flashbacks that manifest as violent, paranoid hallucinations. J.D. then reveals that he survives in the wilderness by working as a "scout," a specialist who locates potential sources of food or supplies then sells those locations to the highest bidder. Eventually, Henry's manic paranoia combined with J.D.'s questionable morality and the ever-looming threat of other outside forces discovering Henry's cabin bring their friendship towards a head that will irreversibly change both of their lives.

An uneasy friendship in a harsh world.
An uneasy friendship in a harsh world.

LaMOE is a project I've been working on for the better part of three years. The screenplay for LaMOE was invited to the second round of the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, which was very encouraging. You can read the first fifteen pages of LaMOE's screenplay by clicking here. 

I've been living with these characters inside my head for quite a while, so it's been exciting to finally get the opportunity to bring them to life on the big screen.

Oh, and by the way, when all is said and done, LaMOE will be released in its entirety for free on YouTube. 

About half of our production budget is being provided in-kind by people donating free equipment, working at reduced/deferred pay, or, in some cases, working completely for free, which has been incredible.

The remaining half of our budget breaks down as seen below:

Most of this I will be paying for myself. However, we still need $6000 in order to make this film a reality! We're really depending on you guys to make this project possible!

It's just like how it sounds! Once all is said and done with the film (festival tours, private screenings, etc.), LaMOE will be released for free on YouTube.

However, people who donate at least $15 to the campaign will get HD digital downloads of the film before anyone else can see it! These digital downloads will also come with 5.1 surround sound and commentary tracks which won't be available anywhere else!

Even if you can't donate any money to campaign, it would be a huge help if you could spread the word! You can refer people to our campaign using lamoekickstarter.com, and it would also be super rad if you referred people to our facebook page!   

As with any good self-respectin' Kickstarter campaign, we've got a bunch of cool rewards for you to pick and choose from!

$1 - REFUGEE

  • Every last bit counts! You’ll get a thank you in the credits! + 
  • You’ll get a shoutout on our facebook page and our website!

$15 - WANDERER

  • Thank you in the credits! + 
  • Shoutout on our facebook page and our website! +  
  • HD digital download of the film with 5.1 surround sound mix, commentary tracks, and subtitles! +  
  • Exclusive access to video diaries during production and post-production!

$25 - HUNTER

  • All of the above + 
  • Kickstarter-exclusive download of original song "Uncertainty" composed by Julian Beutel and performed by Julian Beutel and Jake Sucher for the film! You can click here to see how it was made. +  
  • Digital high-res copy of Kickstarter-exclusive poster! 

$35 - SCAVENGER

$60 - COLONIST

  • Everything in the “Scavenger” perk + 
  • Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt, designed by John C. Velez, signed by cast and crew on request!
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$60 - SURVIVOR

  • Everything in the “Scavenger” perk +
  • Kickstarter-exclusive DVD/Blu-Ray pack, which will include 5.1 surround sound, commentary tracks, video diaries, and other content not available anywhere else!

$60 - FACTIONIST

  • Everything in the "Scavenger" perk +
  • Kickstarter-exclusive dog tags! Show your allegiance to one of the three factions in the LaMOE universe: Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (ERP), Los Carnales Rojos, or the N.U.S.A. (New United States of America)

$60 - SETTLER

  • Everything in the “Scavenger” perk +
  • Kickstarter-exclusive poster, designed by John C. Velez, signed by cast and crew on request!

 $100 - MERCENARY

  • You get everything above! That's everything in the "Scavenger" perk + T-shirt + DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack + dog tags + poster! What a bargain!

$150 - SCOUT (limited to 10)

  • All of the above +
  • Two VIP tickets to exclusive pre-release screening in Valencia, CA!

$250 - RAIDER (limited to 5)

  • All of the above +
  • Physical copy of shooting script used on set, signed by cast and crew on request! +
  • Dinner with cast and crew in Los Angeles!

$500 - HERMIT (limited to 1)

  • Everything in the “Raider” perk +
  • Be immortalized at the top of our credits with an Associate Producer credit! +
  • An IMDB credit! +
  • Invitation to cameo in the film! +
  • Henry’s copy of “SLAPSTICK,” the Kurt Vonnegut novel, an on-screen prop from the film, complete with certificate of authenticity, signed by cast and crew on request! +
  • Open invitation to visit the editing room anytime you want and have the opportunity to provide notes during the editing process!

$500 - RECLUSE (limited to 1)

  • Everything in the “Raider” perk +
  • Be immortalized at the top of our credits with an Associate Producer credit! +
  • An IMDB credit! +
  • Invitation to cameo in the film! +
  • J.D.’s journal, an on-screen prop from the film, complete with certificate of authenticity, signed by cast and crew on request!
  • Open invitation to visit the editing room anytime you want and have the opportunity to provide notes during the editing process!

$1000 - LAST MAN ON EARTH (ALL GONE!)

  • Everything in the “Raider” perk +
  • Be immortalized at the top of our credits with an Executive Producer credit! +
  • An IMDB credit! +
  • Invitation to cameo in the film! +
  • Henry’s chessboard, an on-screen prop from the film, complete with all its pieces and a certificate of authenticity, signed by cast and crew on request! +
  • Open invitation to visit the set or the editing room anytime you want and have the opportunity to provide notes during the editing process!

Darnel Powell - "J.D."

Darnel Powell is a longstanding actor who has worked in many of Marvin Choi's previous short films, including Rosewood, Two Rooms, and gunshot. In 2010, he won "Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film" at the Long Island International Film Expo for his performance in Rosewood.

Joseph Price - "Henry LaMoe"

Joseph Price hails from New Orleans, LA. He studied theater in University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has performed in numerous short and feature films. 

Geeking out at San Diego Comic-Con.
Geeking out at San Diego Comic-Con.

Marvin Choi - Writer/director/editor

Marvin Choi hails from Los Angeles, CA, where he grew up writing stories and loving movies. He graduated with a degree in cognitive science from University of California, San Diego, where he made a crapload of short films and fell in love with carne asada fries. He also previously enrolled in the cognitive science PhD department at University of California, Irvine, but he promptly dropped out after three months to pursue a career in filmmaking. He currently lives in Santa Clarita, CA, where he attends California Institute of the Arts and spend his time writing, editing, scheming, and brooding. His short films have screened at film festivals all across the U.S., and he's even won a few awards. You can check out his website here.

Sara Razack - Producer

Sara Razack was born in Toronto, Canada into a family of seven. In such a large family, there was not much space for individuality, and it was through music, books and film that she found her escape. She currently attends California Institute of the Arts and is pursuing her MFA degree in Film Directing. She has made many short films, and she works closely with YouTube Studios LA directing music videos and interviews with bands. When she's not directing her own films, she works as a makeup artist, assistant director, producer, editor, and photographer. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and lives with her adorable cat and her sister.

Darrell with his grandfather's Leica M2
Darrell with his grandfather's Leica M2

Darrell Brett - Director of Photography

Darrell Brett received a BA English, a BA Film Studies, and BFA in Film Production from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is expected to graduate in 2015 with a MFA in Film & Video from CalArts.

Music, painting, and poetry were Darrell’s very first artistic pursuits. His preoccupation for the photographic image was sparked in his senior year of high school when he inherited his grandfather’s old Leica M2—see the picture above. After taking multitudes of still images, both on celluloid and digital, his curiosity delved into the moving image.

Starting in his undergraduate education, Darrell has strived to refine his grasp of the cinematic language. After shooting countless films, image making has grown into more than a proclivity for Darrell; it has become an intrinsic form of self-expression.

Risks and challenges

This is an ultra low-budget feature film. Our total production budget is only a little over $20,000, and many of our cast and crew are working at reduced pay or, in some cases, completely for free. Suffice to say, we are stretching every dollar as much as we can.

As a result, if this Kickstarter campaign is not successful, we will be unable to make the film. Though we do have a contingency fund built into our budget, it is only around 10% of our total budget and not enough to cover the remaining 1/3 of the budget this Kickstarter would provide.

In addition, since this is an ongoing artistic endeavor, there is a chance that certain aspects of the story can change over time. Though the story and the main plot points are likely to remain unchanged, there is always the possibility that something you may really like about the film may change or be removed entirely, so please understand and bear with us if that occurs.

Since this is my thesis project at CalArts which I need to finish in order to graduate, I MUST finish the film by May 2015, so, rest assured, the film will be completed in a timely, efficient manner. People who pledge at least $15 to this campaign will get regular updates in that regard.

Also, should LaMOE be accepted into any film festivals, it is likely that we will be holding off on distributing the film to anyone until the film has finished its festival run. After that, backers will get their copies of the film first, and then some time afterwards the film will be released publicly on YouTube.

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