About this project
Freya comes to Cloudville in search of her estranged cousin, only to discover that she is the only person awake in a town that is frozen in time.
The rule of time and season is different in Cloudville. In the current season, her cousin succumbs to random bouts of narcolepsy.
To Freya, Elliot feels not much different from a stranger except their partially shared ancestry, a piece of knowledge that was passed down from parents and testified by an old photograph .
When Elliot manages to fight off the seasonal slumber, he and Freya struggle to connect, while Freya hides a family secret regarding Elliot's mom who disappeared from Cloudville in disgrace.
Inspired by ancient Chinese story of Confucius and the "three season man", Three Seasons is set in a fantasy world where different cities have different rules of seasons and time. Depending on where they are from, people in this world experience time and the flow of a year differently. This physical boundary sometimes increases difficulties for cross time-zone communication, yet also could become a strong force that creates collective recognition of selves among individuals.
Freya and Elliot, the two protagonists of the film, struggle in search of an unfamiliar sense of kinship in the strange flow of time. Will they be able to restore the ill maintained cousinhood despite their physical and cultural differences?
The issues the film addresses are important, as urban environment, growing technologies and our enhanced mobility have created new forms of relationships where the biological and the emotional are often separated from one another. Three Seasons invites viewers to look inwardly at their own relationship with families.
Elliot visited Piyan one time when he's extremely young. Laura took him. That's when this picture was taken. They played together. Freya stuck a carrot into Elliot's nostril. He screamed and scratched Freya's face. The adults were horrified. Dad was mad. Later they were bathing together, looks like nothing just happened. In fact, neither Freya nor Elliot remember any of this.
Where the hell is Cloudville? And what does it look like?
As the center stage of the story, Cloudville is a fantasy town where a year only has one rain season and one cloud season. Paralleled with our world, Cloudville has a historical but timeless look.
We are going to construct the Cloudville exterior you will be seeing on screen in Center City Philadelphia, suburb Philadelphia and "Switzerland of America" Jim Thorpe, PA. For the interior, we found a beautiful 187-year-old historical home in Philly currently in the process of renovation. The home owner is extremely kind to us and willing to let us borrow his place to temporarily turn it into Elliot's house through rigorous set dressing.
We will also be designing and manufacturing our own costumes for Freya, Elliot and all the towns people, to make sure that we bring you the most "authentic" experience.
How Can You Help?
Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our email list through our website. The fund we can raise will determine the scope of the world we can create. We have an ambitious blue print, but will need your help to turn it into reality.
Most of the money we raise will go to the art department: set dressing, props, fixing holes on the floor (yes, the 187-year-old house has 4 holes on the floor and we have to fix them before going into production), buying fabric and sewing materials, make-ups -- we are building up a fantasy world on a blank canvas so could use all the help we can find.
Your donation will also help feeding the cast and crew. Everyone so far has agreed to work on this project for free, and we would like to at least be able to provide them healthy and nutritious food. Your donation will also help with transportation of people and equipment, from Philly to Jim Thorpe. It will also help with paying for accommodations.
We have to empty some streets and turn off street lamps (in Center City Philadelphia? Maybe!), and your donation will help us getting those permits (they are expensive!).
The post production cost for Three Seasons includes color correcting, CGI and SFX. We have secured a wonderful musician who is willing to compose for the film for free, but it still costs to get the final sound track properly mixed and mastered.
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Risks and challenges
Our shooting location in Philadelphia is an 187-year-old historical house. It has safety issues -- holes on the floor and we are not sure about the power supply. We will do a safety orientation before start shooting, and make sure we fix the floor before going into the space, and purchase general liability insurance for extra security.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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