About this project
BEHIND THE SCENES - SOUND DESIGN
VFX TEST - TIME TRAVEL TEASE:
SHORT SCI-FI FILM: REALITY CHECK
There is no future in time travel...
Elion is an insurance agent who time-travels to check the validity of insurance claims. A job known as “The Watcher,” Elion, has one last assignment as a “Watcher,” which if she can solve will lead to a promotion.
The reward? Elion will gain the ability to take her own time trip and gain information as to the whereabouts of her missing family, and the inner workings of Reality Check. She discovers along the way that corruption begins on a personal level. A decision she makes in the past will change the course of her future forever.
For a short film, you’re going to go on a crazy trip. Violence, love, relationships, deceit, told in a visually-kinetic style, and with a suspenseful story.
It features a strong female protagonist, in the vein of Alien or Serenity, and a tale that will excite, emotionally engage, and entertain you. The best stories are not just situations, but events that unfold, and we follow a character study about what someone will do to get ahead, and what they will leave behind to get there.
STYLE AND INFLUENCES:
Think "Memento" meets "Minority Report," or "Primer" and "Twelve Monkeys," all within 15 minutes. A style best described as a glass of Hitchcock, a splash of Aronofsky, and a slice of Christopher Nolan. It's a story where we as a viewer uncover the truth by moving backwards in time, and forwards in the story. If you like the concept, have been screwed over by insurance companies, or really dig time travel movies you’re going to like this film. Another key influence has been Chris' fascination with mathematics, primarily the Fibonacci sequence found in nature. It represents a powerful symbol in the film, and is a source of inspiration for its many aesthetic elements.
WE ARE HERE:
We have been in pre-production for over a year, with our key crew members generating ideas, scouting our locations, completing the special effects tests, and polishing the storyboards. We really have taken our time to map out this story, and create a universe that will surprise and delight you, the viewer.
The director, Chris Buchal, has worked with the majority of the crew since he started filmmaking. He and key crew members have come up with visual concepts that are striking, and a plan to make something truly memorable.
Chris Buchal, who has an English degree from University of Oregon, grew up reading both classics like Shakespeare and more Philip K Dick and Robert Heinlein than can be considered healthy by today’s standards. His love of film is second to his love of story, and this love can be seen within the very short two-year time span he has been in the movie-making business. Now it's time to show you a deeper glimpse into the worlds that reside within his imagination.
Director Work Samples:
A Commercial prize winner, “Baquon”
City Liquidators (Commercial)
Bad Cop Bad Cop - Monopoly Man (Comedy)
Funny Thing Is (childhood)
Cloudy October - 4play (Music Video)
Female - A Slam Poem (One of his first film projects)
Cora Benesh, Lead
Cora, plays the lead role of Elion, and is a talented actor, writer, and producer. City Baby, a feature film she co-wrote, produced, and starred in, is currently on the festival circuit. Her acting, was noted as, "a striking lead performance" by Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter. She’s a SAG-AFTRA actress, and brings a level of professionalism, experience, and leadership necessary for the role.
Kc Guyer, Phillip Heinlein
Kc’s character is named after two of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, and Kc will be playing a character whose scene will bring to mind echoes of "Citizen Kane" and "Inception." Kc is stoked to play the CEO of Reality Check, and add some flavor in a visually stunning scene that is sure to excite and entertain.
Greg James, Tom Bombadil
Although Greg and Chris met under unusual circumstances, a friendship formed, and this will be another collaboration between the two. Greg is an experienced actor who loves the work, and will attack the material to get the best performance possible. He plays Tom Bombadil, a genius scientist in the film, aka the “Steve Jobs” of time-travel, whose life comes under scrutiny, and whose inventions prove valuable.
Coltron James, Leland
Coltron plays the role of Elion's love interest, and has worked with Chris Buchal on a variety of projects in the past. There are very few actors who work as hard on the craft as Coltron, and he is sure to provide behind his blue eyes, a true embodiment of real emotion.
Jeffree Newman, Stranger
Jeffree is looking forward to delivering an emotional performance, and a real one. The role calls for darker overtones. He'll be in the opening scene by setting the mood of Reality Check.
Priscillia Prosser, KHLOE
She will be playing “KHLOE” and represents an insurance agent we all feel we have seen before...
It would be delightful to gain access to a Big 3 film festival. We’d personally love to get into South By Southwest [SXSW]. We hope on a long-term scale to use this as a showcase to launch a feature/TV show/web-series. We have been generating content for awhile and have some cool and well defined ways that this can happen, via this project's good execution. That’s where you come in. We would love to have everyone on the crew have what they need to make this film. We know that the money we are trying to raise will barely cover costs as it is, but we wanted to see if the community could help us get what we need in order to get over the top. We want to tell a story that has social commentary, plot twists, and is emotionally engaging. We feel confident that with your help, we can show you something you’ve potentially never seen before, and accomplish a character study on ambition and corporate America. We are also very keen on gaining camera sponsorship, or access to above DSLR grade cameras, but still content to film the movie on them if necessary, as we believe that its merely a tool to tell the story.
UPDATE: We are now shooting on the REDONE cinema camera, thanks to our newest Producer, Todd Freeman!
Director of Photography: Paulius Kontijevas
Paulius Kontijevas, is a full-time freelance cinematographer. Immigrating from Lithuania to the United States in 2002, most of his influences come from architecture, culture and people. He has worked on a wide variety of digital video production: from music videos to feature films, from web videos to broadcast commercials.
Camera: Harrisen Howes
Went to “Steadicam” school, taught by Garret Brown, the man who shot “The Shining” and “Rocky,” and is an up-and-comer in the Portland film scene. Chris and Harrisen work extremely well together, and are excited to tackle this project. Harrisen has a love of Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, and sci-fi.
“Eric Wahl - ‘Unthink’ Book trailer”
Assistant to Camera: Dylan Wilbur
Did you like our opening animation? Then you'll love Dylan's past
work. Dylan has worked with Chris for over a year on various projects,
and will be helping out as an assistant to camera department as well as
any post-production needs that arise. Check out his work, as he directs
films as well.
Consultant/Producer: Ray Buckley
Ray was one of the first cinematographers to work with the DSLR revolution, starting with the Nikon D90. He has shot a sci-fi on the 7d, and along with Chris and Harrisen, developed the visual structure of the film over the past year.
Visual Effects Supervisor, Post Production: Chris Herrick
Chris cracked his teeth on a past sci-fi “Ambrosia,” and has been developing the special effects with Buchal over the past year. Extensive tests and pre-production planning have gone into this project, and with his talent, we are able to create some effects that are truly breathtaking on the indie level. Herrick and Buchal have a music video coming out called “Burning” about a man who comes to consciousness as gasoline is poured on his head, by a woman whose body ignites into fire. They’re pretty excited about it, and it should come out during the kickstarter run!
Ashlee Branham: Wardrobe
Ashlee has worked with Chris for over 5 years, and is the costume designer for "Reality Check." She is a very hard worker, a talented writer, and without her this project would not be possible. Chris and Ashlee plan to work together for a very long time, and bring stories to audiences worth telling. She also is a terrific storyboard artist and possesses infinite practical skills in both regular life and on a film set.
Claire Brooksbank: SPFX Makeup
Claire and her husband Damien, will be doing the special effects
makeup on this project. They have a true love for the craft and more
experience creating gorey and gruesome stuff than this writer would care
Assistant Director/Executive Producer: Rowan Spiers Floyd
Assistant Director, organizer extraordinaire, and producer on "Reality Check." He helps the ship run smoothly, handles scheduling, and is very organized. Also a director in his own right, he works with TRIFECTA FILMS out of Portland, Oregon.
Todd Freeman: Producer
Todd Freeman, runs Polluted Pictures, and is the director of the horror film CELL COUNT, which has gone on to many festivals worldwide. Todd has shot a variety of feature films, and will be bringing his experience on board to help in the producing process in various aspects of problem solving, networking, and helping the film once its finished get out to festivals. We are delighted to have his experience on board, and thrilled to have him.
Emma Pelett: Producer
Emma, a producer who is also acting on this project, has appeared as a Maxim Model, and acted alongside Ron Jeremy in an upcoming Portland feature entitled “Bad Signs.” Recently Harrisen, Chris, and Emma created a video love poem about bacon together for a commercial competition entitled “Baquon.”
Kimber Dion: Producer
Kimber Dion, a filmmaker who has been in the industry for 7 years and has produced features, shorts and documentaries, and also worked in reality t.v., is ecstatic to be working on "Reality Check" and help bring the project to life. She is also the owner of Boulevard Studios, which is currently moving to New York City, and right now has four films submitted to Sundance.
Grip: Alex Fulmor
Grip, a lover of movies, and works at a haunted house. Helping out with set construction and all things grip. A nice person and a fantastic problem solver to have on set.
Gaffer: Cole Fiala
Chris and Cole met about a 2 years ago, and both started in film at relatively the same time. Their growth has been exponential, and Cole got his start working in lighting theater. Having a great eye for detail and problem solving, he will help the ship run smoothly.
Production Designer: Clifton Chandler
Our Production Designer has been a part of the project for the past year and is itching to see it start production. He brings an enthusiasm for the process and a knack for making it work (and believable) within a limited budget. With a rich heritage in storytelling, he is excited to be a part of bringing this story to life.
Our post sound man extraordinaire, Johnny5 will be behind the post production foley and sound design mixing work. He is a true class act, and without him we would not be able to do the film to the best of our abilities.
Sound: Shawn Willis
Shawn, who is also a fan of Darren Aronofsky, will be providing production sound. We love sound in our movies, and so he will have a very important job bringing to life all the snaps, hisses, wheezes, and sounds that make a sci-fi come to life. We have done some sound tests in pre-production, to ensure high quality in this department.
Sound: Shawn Hale
Shawn will help in mixing and creating sound effects for the film for use by our post sound supervisor, and he is also a musician within the 12 Angry Artistry Collective. He currently earns his living as a sound engineer, and as a mixing artist.
Music: Adam Green-Halley, SHK THT
He will be scoring and composing music for the film. He and Chris worked together last year to bring a song of his, “Burning,” to life via a music video set to come out in August, and is a DJ in the Portland area. Also part of the 12 Angry Artistry Collective! A good example of the musical style can be found on the track "Will Kill For Food," specifically the last min of the track.
Chelsea Dixon, Vocals
Chelsea's voice has a layered depth, and a dark vibe fitting for the story. She will be lending her voice for music+effects. Chris is a fan of her style and hopes to implement echoey and surreal sounds with her voice for distant sounds in the film.
There is money already set aside for this film, but we need your help to actually push into principle photography. We estimate that the total cost of production will be ~$15,000 and want to use kickstarter to help us get the additional $10,000 we need to be successful. The money will breakdown into the following:
$3,000 for SPFX + Post Production
$1,000 for Camera
$1,000 for Sound
A. $500 for sound recordist
B. $500 for post sound Foley artist Johnny 5
$1,000 for Art Department
$1,000 for Actors
$1,000 for Crew
$1,000 for Lights
$1,000 extra (kickstarter taxes, prizes, gas, food, etc.)
Please help us reach our goal. Truly this is the bare minimum we need to make this film, and every little bit helps. If you want to sponsor us or offer us help in other ways, just shoot us an email! Things like locations, lenses, cameras, gear, food, coffee, warm thoughts. We would love the support. Help us make this short film have a big impact, and most importantly tell a great story. And if you can donate, or even if you're unable to, please share this
with your friends via social networking (FaceBook, Twitter, etc.) as we
truly need all the support and chatter we can get!
(With a budget this size, cast can be subject to change if scheduling conflicts occur. We love our cast though, and excited to be working with them)
Risks and challenges
Filming a sci-fi on the indie level is a challenge. Filming a movie that has good special effects requires time and money. We have the talent within our crew, but need your help so that while we work on this project, we can feed our stomachs, and pay our rent! While the majority of this film is going to be told via macro shots and cool cinematography, a vision of the future worth seeing requires massive post-production techniques. The right camera package and lenses will enable us to create a movie worth seeing. Also personally, I've lived in a less than ideal living situation, and have been saving up every dollar I have to make this film, because I know that with your help it will kick some serious ass. Since we are a SAG-AFTRA project, all actors will be paid on this project, and that means additional costs for every day we shoot. Everyone is passionate about the project, but without resources it's very hard to bring it to life and that’s why we need your help! Thank you so much!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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