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MILES is a movie about blurring the boundaries between humanity and technology, set in the off-roading world of Central California. Read more

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MILES is a movie about blurring the boundaries between humanity and technology, set in the off-roading world of Central California.

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UPDATE:

Help us reach out stretch goal of $45,000 so that we can include flying cameras!
 

Check out our recent press mentions:

Studio System News: http://www.studiosystemnews.com/the-next-veronica-mars-the-top-10-kickstarter-films-currently-funding/

Indiewire: http://blogs.indiewire.com/bent/crowdfunders-forum-oliver-daly-on-melding-the-digital-experience-with-the-physical-world-in-miles-20140307

Screen Crave: http://screencrave.com/2014-02-26/indie-trailers-the-sacrament-it-felt-love-in-blood-miles/

Agents of Geek: http://agentsofgeek.com/2014/03/miles-short-film-geekstarter/

Motorcycle USA: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2/18034/Motorcycle-Article/Help-Miles---The-Greasy-Hands-Preachers.aspx

THE STORY

Miles, a teenage dirt bike rider has stumbled upon Max, an infant specimen of the most advanced military creation in history. The creature quickly develops into something highly intelligent and nearly unstoppable.  

Soon, Miles discovers that Max's species was developed in absolute secrecy as a breed of remotely controllable beasts, genetically engineered to replace American soldiers on the front lines, and kill remorselessly. As Max becomes less conspicuous and as their bond grows stronger, Miles is forced to make decisions that will affect not only his life but those he cares about. 

 THE WORLD

California's Inland Empire is a series of vast valleys where everything is big: the roads, the trucks, the industry. Many military technology and life science corporations have facilities here, and it's not hard to imagine that a highly classified experiment could be hidden in the surrounding hills. 

This is a place where people fly through the air on every off-road vehicle you can imagine. If you're any good, you probably started riding when you were in the single digits. Motocross is a sport that requires an enormous amount of talent, dedication, and bravery. 

 THE PROOF OF CONCEPT

We're creating a proof of concept film for MILES because it has become one of the best ways to get an original idea for a feature film noticed by studio executives and financiers, especially as a first-time filmmaker. Neill Blomkamp (DISTRICT 9 & ELYSIUM) got his start this way with District 9. Other examples include emerging filmmakers Wes Ball, who made waves with his proof of concept film Ruin, and Rob McLellan who is developing his short Abe into a feature with MGM.

THE FUNDING 

We've already completed preproduction, and are ready to shoot!  Half of the funds raised will contribute to shooting the live action portion of the production in California over 2 days. The film needs to look every bit as good as something up on the big screen. That means shooting with a professional crew using 4k cameras with high-end lenses that will capture every spec of dirt flinging across the screen in brilliant slow motion. 

The second half of the funding will go toward bringing the creature to life, which is no easy task. We will be collaborating with a team of animators to make Max's incredible physical abilities come to life. We want Max's movements to mimic the angular momentum that propels motocross riders at the apex of their jumps. Once we've finished his design, we will endeavor to seamlessly integrate him into the live action footage. We'll be shooting in a variety of exterior lighting conditions so each shot will present a different, but exciting artistic challenge. 

THE INCENTIVES 

The MILES decal
The MILES decal
Beanie, Flat-Brim Cap, T-Shirt
Beanie, Flat-Brim Cap, T-Shirt
The MILES Poster
The MILES Poster

THEN WHAT...

The proof of concept film is only just the beginning of the journey for MILES. Once we’re done, you’ll get an exclusive first look at the film before we release it to the general public. Following its debut, we hope you’ll continue be a part of our vision for MILES by sharing it with the rest of the world. At that point, we will also be sharing the film with a number of film studios and independent financiers in order to find a creative partner ready to take MILES to the silver screen. Your support along the way will be an invaluable and integral part of our process and we’re very excited to embark on this journey with all of you.

MILES on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter 

Email: inquiries@miles-movie.com

Risks and challenges

Working on such a long term and ambitious project has been a huge lesson in patience and persistence. I have no doubt that this is a viable idea, worthy of its end goal. The failure of a good idea occurs when you don't make the additional attempts required to get something right. Every component of this project so far has consisted of dozens of revisions, tweaks, and at least one or two trips back to the drawing board. At this point, I've taken the project far enough that I'm confident that we'll get the proof of concept film done in a manner worthy of the images and ideas that I've assembled.

As for getting the feature film financed after the short is completed, I can't think of a major reason why not, but making a feature is an uncertain journey. What's great is that there's an ever-growing group of people coming onboard who all bring their own experiences and talents. I'm also very much looking forward to having this community of backers to further bolster our momentum.

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  • You selected
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    47 backers

    Come along on the adventure. You'll get access to ongoing BEHIND THE SCENES videos at each stage of production. You’ll also receive a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

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    35 backers

    A MILES DECAL. It's gonna look great on your laptop, dirt bike, or robot dog.

    You'll also have access to BEHIND THE SCENES videos, and a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

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    27 backers

    A MILES HAT OR BEANIE.

    You'll also have access to BEHIND THE SCENES videos, and a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

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    16 backers

    A MILES T-SHIRT.

    You'll also have access to BEHIND THE SCENES videos, and a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

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    14 backers

    A MILES POSTER.

    You'll also have access to BEHIND THE SCENES videos, and a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

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    10 backers

    Your name will appear in the SPECIAL THANKS section in the credits.

    You’ll receive a DECAL, T-SHIRT, HAT (or BEANIE) and POSTER, and also have access to BEHIND THE SCENES videos, and a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

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    7 backers Limited (8 left of 15)

    You will receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film and join us with a guest for a special screening of the film upon completion in Los Angeles.

    You’ll receive a DECAL, T-SHIRT, HAT (or BEANIE) and POSTER, and also have access to BEHIND THE SCENES videos, and a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

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    9 backers Limited (3 left of 12)

    You will receive a CO-PRODUCER CREDIT and an invitation to a SPECIAL DINNER in Los Angeles cooked by Oliver (a gifted chef). Dine with members of the team and get a special preview of the movie.

    You’ll receive a DECAL, T-SHIRT, HAT (or BEANIE) and POSTER, and also have access to BEHIND THE SCENES videos, and a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

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    2 backers Limited (4 left of 6)

    Watch us in action! JOIN US ON SET while we shoot MILES and receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit. Travel and lodging not included.

    You’ll receive an invitation to the SPECIAL DINNER, a DECAL, T-SHIRT, HAT (or BEANIE) and POSTER, and also have access to BEHIND THE SCENES videos, and a DIGITAL COPY of the film.

    Estimated delivery:
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Funding period

- (30 days)