In 2014, five hundred years after the birth of Andreas Vesalius , the founder of modern anatomy, we propose to create a film that will show how the legacy of Vesalius is still challenging new generations of artists and scientists to create groundbreaking work. A group of contemporary, brilliant scientists and innovative artists will be questioned about their work and what they perceive the future of “humanity and the physical human body” to be. It will be fascinating to record their unique visions of man’s mortality, decay and death. Along with the ecorches of the 'Fabrica', the exploration and 'dissection' of these pioneering minds will be the backbone of this documentary.The film will glorify the wonder of corporal anatomy as we know it and will ponder upon the revolutionary technological physical enhancements which have transformed and will further change the future of the hitherto “organic carbon man”. The speakers in this documentary share an intense passion to understand the physical body and in their research often push against the boundaries of our knowledge and social acceptance. They experiment with the crossover between art and science to create innovative ideas and deserve to be heralded, like Vesalius, as brave and great pioneers. And of course the spirit of Vesalius will be omnipresent. We will cross reference with true Vesalius experts and delve deeper into the complexity of the mind of the man himself and try to find out who Vesalius really was.
We are searching for the lost grave of the great anatomist, which is somewhere on the Island of Zakynthos, and if we do find his remains this story will of course become part of the film. The progress of this quest can be found on the website;www.vesalius2014.be
Risks and challenges
We will need more funding to finalize the film, as the money from kickstarter will be used as a travel fund, we still need to find the funds for production. We only have one year left to make this film as September 2014 is our ultimate deadline, The film will be shown during the Vesalius conference at Zakynthos Greece. We are very passionate about making this film and are confident we will raise the money and meet the deadline, we just need your help to get enough funding to kickstart the film and get it rolling. This initial funding will enable the team (2 film makers, and myself as interviewer) to travel internationally to meet and film the artists and scientists.
The costs of filming and the hours of personal involvement could be subsidised, by ourselves , to enable the filming to go ahead if in the first instance there should be insufficient funds to pay the production cost. We would be prepared, in the worst-case scenario, to go ahead with the project to meet out deadline and wait for funds to become available at a later date. We are confident , however ,that we have generated sufficient interest in this project to be reasonably sure that these funds will become available. We estimate the total cost of the film will be in the region of 30,000GBP. We have, however had the experience of making films on a shoe string budget and we would be prepared to adapt our intentions to the available cost if this should prove to be necessary. This is a pessimistic view of our situation and we mention this to assure any future investor that nothing is going to make us give up on this project