UPDATE JUNE 11:
We were recently interviewed and featured on Lookat's Independent Filmmakers Best-of Series for the month of June! Check out the interview here: http://www.lookat.io/2015/06/11/junes-monthly-independent-filmmaker-series-star-wars-emergence/
Alenna, a Jedi Apprentice, wakes up after an attack in the forest, and finds herself alone and blinded. "Emergence" portrays her journey to redefine her purpose and identity as a Jedi Knight. We explore the Force, and how she might use it to supplement her loss of sight, and we see her overcome personal, inner battles as she becomes a powerful, confident Jedi once again. "Emergence" is a short film, 8-10 minutes long, that will be distributed online, and submitted to various film festivals, including the Star Wars Fan Film competition at the Star Wars Celebration in 2016. As filmmakers, we have an amazing team coming together to create an artistic, cinematically beautiful film. This is so much more than a lightsaber fight. "Emergence" is a story we can all relate to, as we all overcome fear and uncertainty in becoming who we are meant to be.
A little backstory: I have been blessed to know, quite closely, some amazing people - some of whom deal with chronic depression and/or anxiety. And these people are literally the strongest, bravest people I know. But somehow, it's still a little stigmatic to talk about mental health issues like depression. So I wanted to write a character that portrayed the strength, determination, and bravery that I so admired in these people so dear to me. And break down some stigmas. So I thought a Jedi knight would be perfect! Why wouldn't some Jedis deal with diseases like these? They're human too. Well, some of them. And I thought it would be an interesting study to see a character who is supposed to be nearly all-powerful overcome very personal, inner battles. This is what we explore, along with the little detail about being blinded, and relying on the Force to compensate, in Emergence.
Meet The Team:
After extensive auditions, we are extremely pleased to announce the cast of Emergence. These actors are insanely talented and we are so excited to work with all of them!
Original Concept, Writer, Director, VFX
I have always loved film, great characters, and Star Wars. Being able to combine all three in this passion project is a dream come true. I've spent years learning film-making, and am so excited to use those skills to tell this awesome story! And what better way to prepare for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December than creating a Star Wars film of our own? See examples of my work at brysonscottfilms.com!
I love Star Wars because of its originality, and because it’s awesome! I love making films because I can be original in my own way. Over the past several months, I have been working with a Gopro attached to a quad-copter, allowing me to explore new ways to make film. That is why I love this project so much; we are bringing new, original ideas to the already original Star Wars. Check out my newest videos at my channel JaketheSnake14069 on Youtube.
Writer, Costume/Makeup Design
When Bryson asked me to join the team, my response was a totally geeked- and psyched-out YES. My love for Star Wars is no secret, and my love for writing, stories, design, and aesthetics might be almost as deep. Having worked on makeup/costume design on several other projects, I'm looking forward to applying that passion, along with extensive research and my own creative touch to a story within such a beloved universe.
We are thrilled to have Jared on board as our DP/Cinematographer. He is an amazing artist that produces beautiful imagery. Included in a link below is a sample of his work; you can see why we are so excited to see his unique style applied to the story we are telling. With his help, this film will truly be a work of art!
Zona Marie Parker
Special Makeup, Character Design
Marie just graduated from BYU with a degree in Theatre Art Studies, specifically Theater/Film Make-Up and Hair Design. She does amazing work, and has lent her talents to such productions as BYU's Studio C and a certain Dark Lord Funk video that recently went viral. We are super excited to have her on the team!
Concept Art, Storyboards
My love for Star Wars started about the same time as my love for art- before I can remember. I'm thrilled to be involved in something that sparks my imagination! The opportunity to work on this project is so incredible. Storyboarding for this film has already expanded my experience in illustration and I can't wait to continue developing concepts.
Our Team is constantly growing! As we raise funds, we will be able to hire a Gaffer (lighting specialist), a composer, additional special effects artists, etc.
With your help, we hope to raise $5,000. This will allow us to rent high-end cameras and lighting equipment, hire skilled artists, and create the costumes and props for the film. Contact us for exact budgetary breakdowns and equipment lists if you're interested.
$5,000 is our base goal, but there's no need to stop there! There is no limit to the majority of the rewards given, and with more funds, the quality of the film will only increase, allowing us to use progressively better equipment!
We will spend the summer months in pre-production, building costumes and props, and completing the team. The film will be shot at the end of August, with editing, visual effects, audio, and color grading beginning immediately after. "Emergence" will be released in November, just in time to stoke the fire of excitement for the seventh Star Wars film coming out in December!
We want you to be part of the team, and to actually feel included in the process! We're offering some great rewards, from behind-the-scenes access to invitations to the premiere party. Want to make your own film? We're going to give you access to exclusive, in-depth videos and tutorials covering the techniques we use to make the film. Learn to create both practical and computer generated effects, and then make sure to put them to use, and share your own videos! We'd love to see them!
Hey Everyone! To thank you for joining our team, the FIRST 20 PEOPLE to back the project here on Kickstarter will be bumped up a reward level!* That means if you donate 5 dollars, you will receive the 10 dollar reward! If you donate 40 dollars, you will receive all the benefits of having donated 50 dollars! Keep spreading the word, sharing with all your friends! Thank you all so much!
*$100, $500, and $1000 Level Rewards Excluded.
Risks and challenges
Every film comes with an element of unpredictability, but that's the nature of creating something new! We have spent countless hours preparing the story and creating something that everyone will relate to, and enjoy watching. We have an amazing team coming together, with years of professional film experience. We are confident in our ability to handle any technical challenge in creating this film, and producing a polished piece of art!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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