Past, Present, and Future are only illusions...
Past, Present, and Future are only illusions...
“The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.” -- Stephen Hawking
The Scoop on Chronology
Chronology is a tricky one to nail down to a specific genre. It's a psychological thriller, has elements of horror, elements of science fiction, delves into the supernatural, but is also an ensemble character drama about regular people dealing with the after effects of a phenomenon.
And even a little romance. So there truly is a little something for everyone. Plus, we are producing an accompanying graphic novel series that will dig deeper and unfold the mysterious story lines of the characters and how their lives intersect.
Chronology delves into the mysteries of time and space -- even inspired by actual people and events throughout history. Those who’ve recorded, even experienced, unexplained phenomenons relating to past lives, re- and pre-incarnation, soul swapping, and so on…you know, the stuff movie geeks like us get excited about!
The idea for Chronology took life a few years ago as a single story following Aaron, who attends a New Year’s Eve party in 1999. During the party, he steps out of a room for just a moment and when he returns, none of his friends recognize him and they all refer to him as Jacob. It is soon revealed to him that "Aaron" disappeared six years ago at the same house. The mystery started to unravel from there...
But in developing the story, there was always ‘the other side of the coin.’ The other man affected by this phenomenon. Jacob. In a story about soul swapping, who is Jacob and where did 'he' end up? So Jacob's story started to take shape. The two men soon realize that their paths had crossed before on a dark back road when a violent car crash derailed both of their lives. The image of conjoined twins hanging from a nearby tree and a date that both of them remember for some reason -- November 31st -- have haunted them both ever since. And now they have a chance to find out why.
We quickly realized these two stories were bigger than we could tell in one film. So Chronology became two films.
Each is a stand-alone film, neither prequel, nor sequel, but rather companion films. The questions and ‘gaps’ in one story will be answered in the other story. And the questions that aren’t answered there, will be dealt with in our graphic novel series (more on that later).
As movie fans, we were excited about this new concept...two companion films...you can watch them in either order...you can watch only one, or both. It was enticing to us and everyone we told about it! Then came the most difficult part of filmmaking: the "F word". Financing. We explored the usual financing avenues which ended with us being told the same thing...”Sounds amazing. I’d definitely go see that. But I wouldn’t take a chance on financing that. You never know, with marketing and...” Well, you get the picture.
We knew we needed to try something different to get our dream project onto the big screen.
“Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.” -- Faith Baldwin
How Do You Get a Film Financed These Days?
We’ve watched the recent rise in financing films through crowd funding, specifically through our new “Besties” at Kickstarter. It’s been inspiring to see and it struck us…this is it. Finally! This is how we fund Chronology, through the support of the very individuals who we are making it for: You! So we ask you, the movie fan, the independent film enthusiast, friends and family, to join us in this experience. It’s exciting to think we now have a choice in what we get to see on the screen. By funding through Kickstarter, it provides filmmakers the opportunity to create passion projects while keeping their original vision intact and give the movie fans what we all really want.
It will be your generous contributions that will make this a reality (see "How To Pledge" below), and as a small token of our thanks, we have compiled a list of almost 50 different rewards, which you can check out on the right.
For your generous contributions we have some great rewards, merchandise, screenings, chances to be on set and even an opportunity to become an Executive Producer. And lots more! We know it's a long list, so make sure to scroll alllllll the way down to check out every reward and see which one (or which ones) are best for you. And remember, the further down the list, the more extra stuff you get along with each reward! Also, if you prefer to just make a quick donation, minus the 'stuff', you can do that, too.
In addition to your rewards, your name will also be added to the special thanks on Chronology's DVD Kickstarter special features section.
We've been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support we have received so far in putting this fundraising campaign together, and we will give everything we have to delivering the most entertaining, evocative and moving final piece. With your help, we can and we will. Keep reading and we hope to answer all of your questions about our film. Also feel free to message us with additional questions and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.
When you decide to join us, we’ve included step-by-step instructions at the bottom of the page on how to donate and help bring Chronology to life. Please help us surpass our goal and share with us in making Chronology a great movie experience. We sincerely thank all of you for your generous contributions...are you ready to go on this journey with us?!
“…past, present and future are only illusions, however persistent.” --Albert Einstein
Who We Are
You can read all about us in the bio section of this page. But for a quick intro...
We are Kipp Tribble and Derik Wingo. Nice to meet you! The two of us met back in 1999 and were both working in the industry in several different capacities. But we had both already written, directed and produced our own films -- films that had won festival awards and been distributed domestically and internationally. Great! You guys are set!
But that’s not always the way things work in this crazy business. Financing your next film can be a very long and steep uphill battle. So we continued to make our own smaller feature films -- and get them in worldwide distribution -- but all the while we continued to work on many other films, large and small, constantly honing our skills.
Derik has worked for legendary special effects studios and been behind some of the most memorable effects and makeup jobs on film in the past few years. Kipp has continued to work the production side as a line producer on films large and small, handling budgets, schedules, crew and the nuts and bolts of a film set. In addition, we’ve both worn many hats on a film set. We do it because we love movies!
Below, we talk a little bit more about Chronology:
“Time is the longest distance between two places.” -- Tennessee Williams
Visualizing the Films Through Graphic Novels
As we began the process of storyboarding Chronology, we teamed up with the extraordinarily talented Michael Iannece and Johnathan Anderson, the talent behind New York-based design company, Shadowmark Productions. To say they took the ball and ran with it would be an understatement. What started as storyboards to assist us in visualizing the look and feel of the films, has now evolved into something much more...
Now, not only are we creating two companion films, we are also creating companion graphic novels to go with them. But we won't just stop at two graphic novels. There are many untold stories in the Chronology world and we'll use our graphic novel series to tell those stories and delve even further into the characters' backstories.
For example, the story of Dyon, the accused heretic and sorcerer that was executed by the church on November 31, 1581 -- a date that no longer exists -- will be told in one such novel. Zoey, who was nine-years-old and at the house that New Years Eve night when it first happened, will also receive her own novel (in the meantime, check out her blog here).
Our graphic novel series will also introduce many new characters that this phenomenon has happened to. Aaron and Jacob are not the only ones with this story (80 reported cases to date). Our series of graphic novels will reveal more of this strange and fascinating world.
Below, see Michael working on some of the early visuals for the graphic novels:
“Not only does God play dice, but he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.” -- Stephen Hawking
Rent Control, Inc. provided us with our first Chronology teaser poster and will continue working on the projects’ artwork. Check out the poster below and then watch the Rent Control team give some insight into what went into making the Chronology poster.
“Everything happens to everybody sooner or later, if there is time enough.” -- George Bernard Shaw
Special effects and makeup effects are going to play an integral role in the look, design and feel of Chronology. From the conjoined twins to "aging" the characters in Aaron and Jacob’s stories, special effects can make or break this film. Luckily, we have personal and professional relationships with some of the best effects artists in the business. Chronology’s effects will rival any on film today.
Below is a glimpse of our tour inside Vincent Van Dyke’s Effects studio in Burbank, CA. There will be more to come on the special effects operation there, so keep checking in for updates!
“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.” -- Kurt Vonnegut
Music & Score
There’s an old philosophy in filmmaking that what you hear can be even more important than what you see. That is why the music and score will be such an important element of Chronology. Our good friends at Shadowmark Productions are so multi-talented, they even have a facet of their company that creates music and scores for film and TV. This music will also accompany the digital version of the graphic novels. Below is just a sample of some of the music they’ve been creating for Chronology. Kinda’ disturbing, huh?
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” -- Albert Einstein
We are honored to have the great Kevin Sorbo appearing in this project! Kevin became an international star in the early 90's when he was cast as Hercules. He has gone on to great work in various genres: from action/adventure, to comedy, to drama...along the way, adding author and spokesperson to his list of talents. You can read more about Kevin and what he has coming up on his website KevinSorbo.net!
Be sure to check in with us every day to see a new photo or video of Kevin from one of his many projects. And follow Kevin on Twitter for news about Chronology!
"...in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream." -- Edgar Allan Poe
More from Bruce Davison
We are thrilled to also have the support and participation of the amazing AcademyAward® and Emmy® Nominee and Golden Globe® Winner, Bruce Davison, on board with Chronology! Here's more from Bruce:
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot
The Money Details
How can you do not one, but two films for so cheap when others ask for so much? The answer: Magic. But seriously, we’ve been around productions and budgets for so long, we know how to squeeze a nickel when we need to. And while our amazing production friends have to eat and support their families, they love this concept so much, that they have agreed to work for the bare minimum and even provide equipment at cost. And for that, we are eternally grateful. Both films -- while separate -- will be shot simultaneously in order to save on the budget. For instance, the location of Tom’s house will be filmed as 1999 for a few days, then the designers will go to work and redecorate the house for the shoot that will play as 2005. The crew never has to leave the location. Small details like that will save us immensely on this project.
Maximizing our production dollar is something we and our team understand. The money must go onto the screen so that we deliver a final product that far exceeds whatever final budget we end up working with. Of course, the more we raise, the greater the production value and final product we can deliver to you. We're all in this together!
"Life is but a day: a fragile dewdrop on its perilous way. From a tree's summit." -- John Keats
Who Will See This?
Our last film had a limited theatrical release, did extremely well in over 30,000 RedBox kiosks, as well as Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon, and is still going strong internationally on DVD and TV. We have already discussed going even further with Chronology with several distribution companies, but won't decide on which company we sign with until after the films are completed. But rest assured, your contributions and participation in these films will be seen by millions worldwide!
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." -- Henry David Thoreau
People We Love
This Kickstarter campaign could not have been possible without the extraordinary help of many people.
Of course, our enormous gratitude to Kevin Sorbo and his family, as well as Bruce Davison and his family for being a part of this special project (and for letting us invade your homes). It is once again, a privilege and honor to work with you both.
The guys at Gearmark Pictures -- Alex, Tony, Guy, Fonz...and especially Roy (our hero), who've been involved from start to finish. Seems there's nothing they can't do! We look forward to continuing our collaboration with them on this project.
The artistic prowess of Rent Control Inc., Shadowmark Productions, Vincent van Dyke Effects, Sasha Camacho, Missy Patterson at Simply Grateful, and Bernhard Eicholtz...all of you are amazing!
A huge thank you to Mike Stern for his additional photography on set. He sure knows how to make us look good. To our make-up guru, Monica Giselle (who truly had her work cut out for her with us), and our rockstar production-everything, Elisa Nixon. Thanks to KevinSorbo.net for use of the stills and footage, courtesy of Skyrocket Productions, Larry Levinson Productions, Universal Television and MCA/Universal.
And thank you to Kickstarter for providing this great platform that offers independent filmmakers a new and exciting way to finance and support their creative vision.
And thanks to YOU! Your contributions and support are appreciated beyond words. We're thrilled to have you along for the ride!
And keep checking back as we'll have video messages from our team, as well as some testimonials from people we've worked with before...let's hope they say nice things about us!
How to Pledge
Thank you for joining our team! It’s very easy to make a pledge and just takes a couple of minutes. Here’s what to do:
1) Click on your selected pledge and reward on the right. Or if you'd prefer to just make a quick donation, minus the 'stuff', just click on the green "Back This Project" button at the top right.
2) This will take you to a Kickstarter log-in page. If you are a member of Kickstarter already, you can sign in now, or you can sign up to be a member (don’t worry, there is NO obligation beyond this pledge and it takes just seconds to sign up!). And even easier, you can log in with your FaceBook account!
3) This will take you to the donation verification page and provide a link to take you to Amazon to make your payment (this is the easiest and quickest way, especially for those of you that have an Amazon account, as you can use your existing account info).
4) Almost there! By now, you should be on the Amazon sign in page. Simply sign in with your existing Amazon account. If you don't have one, it takes about a minute to create an Amazon account!
5) Last step! The Amazon payment page. Make your pledge on the secure page and you’re done! You can also share the news on FaceBook and Twitter! And there is one more thing…THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Risks and challenges
For anyone planning a visit or participating on our set, we anticipate shooting in late 2013 or early 2014, in or around Los Angeles County. Of course, schedules and locations are always subject to change. You will be kept in the loop on the schedule and locations, so you can plan your trip accordingly.
The estimated delivery date for a reward is approximate and can be delayed depending on weather, location changes, scheduling, etc. If there is a reward that includes a screening along with other rewards such as a copy of the script, the estimated date of reward delivery will be for the earliest reward available. (Example: the script would be available in January, 2014, but the earliest possible screening would not be until May, 2014)
If you become an extra or an actor in Chronology, you have to be a United States citizen or posess a United States work visa. You also may not be a member of an acting union. Additionally, if you choose the "Become A Crew Member" reward, we also must ask that you also not be affiliated with any union.
If you choose to be our spokesperson and introduce our Kickstarter DVD special features section, you must properly introduce the segment. We want you to make it your own, but we can't have R-rated language or 30 seconds of shout outs. Remember, you'll be on our DVD forever!
If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend screenings or pay us a visit on set. To work on the set or be an extra/actor, you must be 18 and over. Sorry, Kiddos.
If you visit the set, participate in an apprenticeship on set or in the effects shop, or become an extra/actor, you must adhere to all set, studio and stage rules. You are paying for this opportunity and we are excited to have you, but alas, there are certain protocols to follow. So that means no streaking. Okay, streaking is fine. Besides, the directors will probably be escorted off the set by security before you will anyway!
We are excited to hear your music and have your songs in the movies. And as much as we love some good sailor talk, no profanity or inappropriate material in the lyrics, please. You must also own ALL RIGHTS to the song, so no covers unless you are authorized to do so. You will be asked to prove this. Also, our audio team may have to work with you to remix your song in order to comply with the technical requirements of a film. This should not require any additional costs to you.
For those providing your wonderful artwork, you must own ALL RIGHTS to the piece or be authorized to use it.
Sometimes in making movies, there's paperwork involved, so for some of you, there will be some papers to sign. Appearing in the movies, having your song(s) heard in the movies, and several other rewards will require a signed release or license agreement. We promise the paperwork will be short and to the point.
On screen credit will be at producer's discretion, but will be in the appropriate section of credits. For instance, a song credit will be in the music portion of the credit and not in the craft service section.
All screenings and premieres will have a fixed date and it will be up to you to schedule your travel and accommodations. We will do our best to provide you with enough time in advance to plan your trip.
If you choose the filmmaking intensive, we will answer all your questions and give you advice on how to get your own film made or distributed. We of course cannot guarantee your film will get made or distributed, but we'll supply you with the knowledge and the advice of other professionals to give you the best chance possible. We've been where you are and want to give you any advice we can.
If you or your music appear in the movies, we will insure it will be in the final cut. However, on occasion other countries further edit films to adhere to their countries technical specs. We cannot guarantee the cut once it is released into international distribution...although we plan on delivering a final cut that will adhere to most all international standards.
For those of you amazing generous folks who opt for the Executive Producer credit, we thank you and proudly put your name on our films. But again, we have to ask that you have no entertainment industry union affiliation.
Everything here is subject to all applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If there are any conflicts, we will do our best to give you a substitute reward and work with you in good faith.
There seems to be a lot of 'cannot guarantee' phrases here, but we will do our dead-level best to make this all happen according to plan. Unfortunately, sometimes unforseen things happen that we have to prepare ourselves for. Bottom line is we want you to go on this journey with us -- from those of you getting the download of the scripts, all the way to the executive producers. Chronology is all of OURS and we promise to work our hardest to make movies we will all be proud to say we were a part of.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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