DUST - A Sci-Fi / Horror Short Film
DUST is a post-apocalyptic short film based on the upcoming novel THE DISTANCE, by bestselling sci-fi / horror author, Jeremy Robinson.
When the human race turns to dust, the few survivors must find each other before they are found. Their journey begins...at the end.
"Just when you think that 21st-century authors have come up with every possible way of destroying the world, along comes Jeremy Robinson." —New Hampshire Magazine
In addition to creating a vivid and powerful short film with the hope of entertaining our audience, DUST will be used as a “proof of concept” film, allowing us to generate interest in creating a feature-length film, based on the novel, The Distance. The ultimate career goals for both Ken Dodge and Jeremy Robinson have always been to make feature films. A high-quality short puts that goal in reach and puts this moving science-fiction story one big step closer to the silver screen.
Peter, a young man and blogger, is spending the evening with his parents. It’s a typical evening filled with frustrating parental conversation, dinner and television. But when a strange grinding noise fills the air, frantic news reports come from the TV, and then the power goes out, their night is cut short. What happens next changes the lives of every person living on planet Earth—Peter’s more than most—because unlike untold billions, he is one of few who survives the event...and encounters those responsible for it.
DUST follows a single character witnessing the end of humanity. It is a standalone story that parallels the events in the upcoming post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller novel, The Distance, by bestselling author, Jeremy Robinson, and his wife, Hilaree Robinson.
THEIR JOURNEY BEGINS...
On the night Poe McDowell visits her parents, the topic of discussion ranges from art and poetry to the small baby growing in her belly. The comforts of home and family help to ease her concerns over raising a child alone. But when a grinding noise fills the air, the night’s peace is shattered. Her parents, in a panic, drag her to the basement, shove her inside a strange, coffin-like device and before the door is closed, turn to dust.
Twenty seven hundred miles away, and two miles deep, at Arizona’s Dark Matter Research Center, August Morrison is oblivious to the strange phenomenon sweeping across the planet. When he rises from the depths, he finds his co-workers reduced to a fine white powder that fills the air, his mouth and his lungs. The human race has been reduced to dust—overnight.
Alone on opposite ends of the country, Poe and August discover each other through the HAM radio network, beginning a cross-country trek as August heads from Arizona to New Hampshire. But they soon discover that they’re not alone. The human race’s demise was not natural, and the architects are searching for survivors.
...AT THE END
Kenneth Dodge is the Telley award-winning director and editor behind scores of commercials and online promotional videos for clients such as: DTS, Sony, Carl's Jr., Mazda, Konami, The U.S. Army, ZICO and NBC/Universal. His sixteen years of professional experience, working with a range of budgets, has given him exceptional skill behind the camera as well as in the editor's chair, enabling him to fully execute his vision.
Dodge began his film career at the age of 16, using his sister's VHS camera, filming dance recitals, hundreds of "film-school" shorts (that no one will ever see) and finally receiving a BA in film from Emerson College.
For more about Ken, visit: www.kennethdodge.com.
Samples of Ken's work:
Jeremy Robinson is the bestselling author of more than forty novels and novellas, including Xom-B, Island 731, SecondWorld, the Jack Sigler thriller series and Project Nemesis, the highest selling original (non-licensed) kaiju novel of all time. He's known for mixing elements of science, history and mythology, which has earned him the #1 spot in Science Fiction and Action-Adventure, and secured him as the top creature feature author.
Robinson began his creative career as a comic book illustrator and writer before turning to screenwriting and selling The Screenplay Workbook (Random House), and shifting his focus to novels. Robinson is also known as the #1 Amazon.com horror writer, Jeremy Bishop, author of The Sentinel and the controversial novel, Torment. His novels have been translated into eleven languages. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.
For more about Robinson, visit: www.jeremyrobinsononline.com.
"Robinson puts his distinctive mark on Michael Crichton territory with this terrifying present-day riff on The Island of Dr. Moreau. Action and scientific explanation are appropriately proportioned, making this one of the best Jurassic Park successors." —Publisher's Weekly - Starred Review for Island 731
Jeremy's most recent hardcover trailer:
Samples of projects Ken and Jeremy have worked on together:
Hilaree Robinson is a long time writer, influenced by greats such as Margaret Atwood and Madeline L’Engle. The Distance is her debut novel. When not writing, she can be found in her art studio, creating works for display in local galleries, hiking the woods of New Hampshire or homeschooling her three children.
Originally hailing from New England, Matt moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Special Effects. Matt has worked on films like I AM LEGEND, Martin Scorsese’s SHUTTER ISLAND, and Frank Miller’s 300 during his twelve years in the world of Special Effects and Makeup, as well as on TV shows such as CRIMINAL MINDS, WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, and NBC’s GRIMM. He also created alien prosthetics for STAR TREK - INTO DARKNESS.
Chris Munton has always had a love for unsettling cinema. Inspired by horror flicks of the ‘70s and ‘80s, he seeks to push the envelope in psychologically disturbing soundscapes. Having collaborated with Ken Dodge on film projects since their college years, they share a common vision of paranoia. Major influences include Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick.
All funds raised will go directly into the production and release of DUST. We will be using professionals every step of the way, working with casting companies, actors, sound designers, composers, make-up artists, practical and digital effects companies and various other creative and technical contributors. Our goal is to film the entire 10–12 minute short in two, tightly scheduled days (which is how we’ve kept the budget as low as it is). While those of us directly involved in the film’s creation (Ken and Jeremy) will not be paid for our efforts, almost everyone else will be paid. A good portion of the non-stretch goal funding will go directly to our practical effects, which are going to be unique and potentially ground breaking.
Stretch Goal #1: If we reach $30,000, the film will include a bonus scene featuring August, leading directly into the novel. This will also allow us to use the short film as a long-form book trailer.
Stretch Goal #2: If we reach $40,000, the film will include the above mentioned scene with August, AND we'll be taking the film to major film festivals. While we’re already planning to attend a few on our own dime, hitting this goal will allow us to visit all the big festivals for maximum exposure. Money will cover festival fees and travel. Festivals we intend to show the film at include: SXSW, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, New York Film Fest and New Hampshire Film Expo.
Stretch Goal #3: If we reach $60,000, we will be endeavoring to include a well-recognized actor in the production, most likely in the leading role. We have a short list of actors we would like to play the role of Peter, but can’t make them a reasonable offer to star in the film unless we hit this number.
Stretch Goal #4: If we reach $1,000,000, we will make the short into a feature-length film, no production company or movie studio required. Let’s face it, if Kung Fury didn’t reach this stretch goal, we probably won’t either. BUT, if we do, we will film a complete adaptation of The Distance for theatrical release.
Risks and challenges
With our team assembled and all equipment already in hand, there is very little risk involved with this project. All we really need is funding support! And that's where our small amount of risk comes from. There is a small chance that our practical effects, which are going to be unique, might run over budget. If that happens, the film's "producer", Jeremy Robinson, who will be partially funding the project even with your help, will cover the difference.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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