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Paralarva is a thesis film that explores madness, nostalgia, grief, elation, dependency, infatuation--love.

Think of it as The O.C. meets Un Chien Andalou (imagine Adam Brody slitting open Mischa Barton’s eyeball).  PARALARVA is a teen melodrama with a surrealist experimental edge.  We are seeking to create a genre-bending piece that is at once easily consumable and entertaining, as well as thought-provoking. 

Following the untimely death of her best friend and first love, Laura Bishop must find a way to escape the menace of her dreams, and navigate the monstrous landscape of her fragmented reality. 

We are taking a DIY approach to this project, or rather, a do-it-yourself-and-with-fifty-of-your-closest-friends.  We will be staging elaborate dream sequences in lush environments, and everything you will see on screen will be touched by hundreds of hard-working fingers.  We are forgoing any post-production tricks with the intention of bringing Laura’s dreams to the screen with a healthy dose of elbow grease (and love). 

***Unlike most things in life, what you see in this kickstarter video is not necessarily what you get!  This video contains footage from a preliminary shoot on location in Westport, CT with a skeleton crew of just 5 people!***

PARALARVA is a project that is depending on an extraordinary amount of man(and woman)power.  Every aspect of the production is tied to a strong human element.  We will need support from our community in shaping and developing some of our larger subprojects, such as the tree composed of handwritten love letters.  We are also dependent upon your financial support.  In order to accomplish our ambitious goals, we need to raise our budget of $20,000.

Kickstarter is ALL-OR-NOTHING (as is our filmmaking philosophy).  This means that if we do not reach our goal, all of your donations will be refunded.  We will not receive a single cent--leaving us with big ideas, swollen hearts, an insatiable desire to make something ground-breaking, but no resources to do so.

Your donations will go towards funding transportation, location permits, food, raw materials (to construct our set), equipment rentals, and any number of small hiccups, which we are prepared to meet and overcome with your help.

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 If you see an octopus in your dreams, it is a sign that you are possessed or infatuated; someone or something has a tremendous hold on you.  Your heart beats in the palms of another.   You may be juggling relationships, or it may be a sign that you are in too deep--swimming at the bottom of the sea with an eight-legged, suction-cupped cluster of flesh.

To eat an octopus in your dreams indicates the end of a tumultuous romantic entanglement.

Octopus young are known as PARALARVAE when they are in the stage between hatchling and young adult.  Paralarvae are planktonic, meaning they cannot swim against the current.  As they mature, they will gain the ability to coexist with a greater number of creatures, allowing them to sink deeper into the colder waters of the ocean.

Octopi (or octopuses, or octopodes) are extremely smart, with rather advanced problem-solving skills.  They lack a structured spinal column, which allows them to slip through the tightest of spaces.  For these reasons, they are almost impossible to keep as pets.

The octopus has many ways of escaping its predators.  The octopus can detach a limb at will.  The octopus may also employ advanced techniques of camouflage, not to mention their ability to eject thick, black ink into the waters around them. 

Octopuses have three hearts, and the larger species have been known to kill and eat sharks.

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The budget is just the beginning!

One of the most ambitious aspects of this project is the way in which we have decided to bring Laura's dreams to life. There are great challenges that come with creating a dream world with no computer-animated effects. Everything will have to be constructed by hand and appear otherworldly despite the fact that all of our resources will be coming from familiar places. But we have an immensely talented art team working to create captivating, hand-made environments with limited resources!

Time is not on our side, and compromises may have to be made in terms of the scope of this project. Every single mind at work on this film is a student, with a handful of other obligations and aspirations. This is a passion project that we have all willfully and excitedly devoted most, if not all, of our free time to. However, this only leaves us with the weekends to shoot a very demanding, complex, and ambitious film. But we are certain that it will all be worth it in the end!

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