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"The technological singularity"

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MANDALA

Mandala is a film about an Astronaut that dies in deep space due to a catastrophic accident.
He drifts for aeons, frozen in a state of accidental biological stasis. He is intercepted, and reanimated tens of thousands of years in the future by an intelligence that goes beyond our primal biological comprehension.
He awakes in what seems to be a contemporary hospital. Exploring, he finds it to be a huge, almost infinite physical and gravitational trick. A mobius strip to house him.


He encounters a conduit for the intelligence that brought him back to life. It appears to him in human form.

Now given the choice to live in the world of their making, built from his memories of earth and society. Love, life and happiness, or to know the true nature of the universe.
To surrender his flesh and ego and join their collective consciousness and the future form of humanity, the universe, time and space for what they really are.

As a group of young filmmakers this is a project we are all hugely passionate about;

Meet The Crew
WritersAdam Barnett & Simon Sharrock
Director Benjamin Plummer

Producer Kirsty Barham
Director of PhotographyAdam Barnett
Production DesignLulu Eden
EditorRoss Neil
Visual Effects Michael Battcock http://www.michaelbattcock.com/
1st ADRyan Faulkner
2nd ADJack Downs

Composer - Sam Slater http://antibang.com/

After much inspiration and research into directors and films such as Stanley Kubrick (“2001: a space odyssey”) and Lars von Trier (“Melancholia”) we have developed different ideas on how to tackle the obvious issues that arise when dealing with a science fiction drama and we strive to make this film a cut above the rest in an incredibly inventive and beloved genre.

Our goal is to capture a piece of what makes our favourite science fiction films great: texture, grit, and substance. Through building a world with custom props, digital effects and costumes we hope to make Mandala a truly original film.

We will be building props, sets and customised space suits with a retro futuristic feel,

Risks and challenges

The money we are raising will go towards our production design team, helping us to create the astronauts transition into space by building sets such as the spaceship cockpit and training facilities.
Our biggest risk is recreating space itself as well as shooting a scene where the astronaut is jettisoned from the spaceship as he suffocates.
It will be a challenge to create a stylish, sleek Sci-fi with substance on a budget, but we are more than ready to face it.

We are collaborating with an extremely talented visual effects artist and will be using green screen technology to replicate the vastness of space and the ship, Icarus.

In relation to the Astronaut's death, this will be shot with trick photography to replicate the sensation of anti-gravity movement, along with the use of GoPro cameras fitted on the interior of the Astronaut's helmet placing the audience in the hectic action that ensues.

We are asking for £400 initially but if you can give more or believe in our project it would help us out so much!

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