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Set in the near future, “I’s” is a small story of humanity on the precipice of an unimaginable transformation in our civilization.

Welcome to Singularity Hub members!  We hope you enjoy the trailer!  Great rewards are still available for your support!

What will we do with funding over our target?  We will:

- Improve the quality and interactivity of the augmented reality interfaces.

- Further explore the inner mind of the AI character.

- Add depth to the sound and music.

If you want to learn more, check out our Kickstarter video, which features interviews with the actors and the director!

Why did we make this film?

In the next 20 years, it is likely that humankind will develop an artificial intelligence with mental abilities greater than our own. That idea has been fodder for many films, from 2001 to the Terminator to The Matrix.

But those films missed a much greater possibility.

As author and mathematician Vernor Vinge first suggested - if we create an intelligence greater than our own, it can develop an intelligence even greater than itself, perhaps in a matter of only days. This resulting exponential intelligence escalation has come to be known as the Singularity. Once we start the process, it is very unlikely that we can stop it, and we have no idea what a hyper intelligence could - or would - do. 

What is I's about?

Four years ago, we embarked upon the science fiction feature film, I's to explore this next great leap in evolution. The film opens on a time in our near future when the first artificial intelligence wakes up. The story takes place over the last five days of our civilization as we know it, leading up to the Singularity - an utterly unknowable future in which there may be no place for us at all. We follow bike messenger Mason Turk as he faces the few final days of humanity's journey, and his choice between finding solace in the present or racing to reforge the only connection that has ever truly mattered to him.

The film moves from the urban streets of San Francisco through suburbia all the way to a pastoral community farm - and then pulls us back to the heart of the city. Along the way, it explores what it means when humans - the toolmakers - have invented our greatest tool: the device that can out-invent us.

The World of I's

The world of the film is similar to our present day, but our mobile phones have morphed into an interface known as the Third Eye, worn by everyone but the poorest among us. The Third Eye provides instant connection to the internet and each other - but it also alienates us, cocooning us in individual bubbles of reality. And while many of us remain wrapped up and unaware, the artificial intelligence carefully lays the groundwork for its successor to take over.

In I's, we have a chance to reveal characters with each Third Eye interface. We are creating imagery one step beyond Google Glasses and other similar displays, with highly customized graphic interfaces that take mobile phone "app" customization to the next level. With these devices as a new unique storytelling device, we will have a chance to look out from inside a character’s head, to see what the character might be thinking, doing, or looking at. We have an exciting opportunity to predict the future of human interface design and to explore what these technologies will actually mean to us and our interactions. 

Your contribution to the film will directly translate to the color and vision of this world, providing richness, texture, and mind-blowing visual effects.  Contributions above the target will greatly expand our ability to dazzle, invent, and investigate the future of digital connection.

In addition to the Third Eye effects, we are creating the internal world of the artificial intelligence. Through satellite shots, aerial photography, and a dense layering of images and digital artistry, we will create the internal vision of the machine that surpasses us. The Intelligence is one of the great characters of the film, a character unique in the history of cinema.

So your contribution will help us bring intelligence, presence, and a sense of awesome brilliance to the screen.  The preliminary effects shown in the trailer are just the beginning...

Time Is Of The Essence

For this project, timing is critical. It appears to be the first narrative feature film about the Singularity, and it deals with the implications of technologies like Google Glass - though the film was actually conceived before Google even existed. We want to complete the film in advance of the LA Film Market in November, which represents the best chance we have of getting distribution. We will also pursue the global film festival circuit in order to build acclaim for the film and its ideas - but this process can take a while, giving us even more reason to get this project finished as soon as possible.

Why We Need Your Help

We have put everything we have into this film and have gotten it all the way through production. We wrapped shooting last year and the full rough cut is complete. So now it's on to final post-production, which, as you can imagine, can be quite expensive - especially given the extensive visual effects we hope to utilize to create the world of I's.

The effects work has been started as you can see, and our composer is already doing fantastic work, as evidenced by the trailer. Now we need your help to finish the project!

Our goal is to raise enough funds to complete:

  • Visual Effects 
  • Music Composition
  • Color Correction
  • Sound Mixing and Design
  • Final Editing

Please help us surpass our goal! You have the chance to contribute to a vision that is unique in a rich history of film.

Bringing I's to life has been the result of years of effort on the part of over fifty creative people from the Bay Area, Seattle, and New York. But we need your help to give the film the life it deserves. In return, we will do everything we can to give you a creation that you can love, enjoy, and wonder about as we step together into our own shared future.

That, and some really cool rewards!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

At this point, the risky work is done. We spent two months on a grueling low budget shoot on a variety of complex locations, gathering top notch sound and gorgeous footage. We now have a cut of the film that lets us see exactly what remains:

- The effects shots have already been distributed to two effects artists
- The colorist, composer, and sound artists have already been engaged
- Preliminary effects shown in the trailer are already started
- The first trailer is complete, the poster created
- We have priced out the DVDs and the other kickstarter rewards

This is a team who has executed on an entire feature film project, from writing to casting to shooting to editing. The director/producer has managed multi-million dollar solar construction projects and understands how to hit a budget. This funding will allow the post-production artists to bring it over the finish line.

Contributions to the film above the target will allow us to make the film that much more vivid and expansive. We are prepared to make the best possible visuals and sound with every dollar you contribute.

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