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Set in a future Bangladesh, a hacker creates an AI child to save real children.
Set in a future Bangladesh, a hacker creates an AI child to save real children.
187 backers pledged £25,129 to help bring this project to life.

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PROJECT OMMI: A Sci-Fi Thriller Feature Film

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Hi, I’m Amit Ashraf, the writer and director of Project Ommi. 

A few years ago I saw a successful online campaign designed to expose criminals operating in the Darknet. Project Ommi is inspired by this event. This online campaign was run by international children’s charity Terre des Hommes. It featured a lifelike digital girl in 3D, which they called Sweetie.

Project Ommi takes this idea into the future where an AI boy is created to live in the net, and fight criminals online.

Project Ommi takes the concept of AI and asks whether it's computer intelligence which threatens humans, or is it the way we choose to use it, which counts. 

Our film is unique as it’s set in my home country of Bangladesh and filmed in English with an international team, to be shown to a worldwide audience. We’ve filmed a part of the story to show you and we’re excited to be shooting the main scenes early in 2019.
Your support is crucial in helping us transform our main filming location - a ship graveyard on the life-giving Ganges - into a futuristic world setting for the main shoot.


In the near future, beyond the neon cityscape of Dhaka, Bangladesh lies a desolate ship graveyard home to outcasts. In this mysterious and dangerous place, a reclusive but expert techie named Ravi, hides out. 

Ravi has been commissioned to create a child which exists in virtual reality. He teams up with a talented digital artist named Sammy, to bring this child to life. They give their creation artificial intelligence (AI). They call him Ommi.

 Ommi has one purpose: to track down online criminals who threaten the safety of children. As he becomes more aware, he appears to think and feel just like a human child. As a family bond builds between the boy and his creators, Ravi and Sammy are faced with a moral dilemma: can they wilfully send their AI child into the Darknet?

Time is running out as a dangerous anti-tech terrorist group closes in on Ommi’s creators, forcing Ommi to take a decision that will change his fate, that of his family - and of us all.

The Sweetie campaign which inspired this film launched a 3D CGI model of a young girl into chatrooms to trap child predators online. The charity behind this campaign is Terre des Hommes. We are very pleased to be endorsed by them. Their campaign was incredibly successful. It highlighted the growing issue of child exploitation online. This is a major concern in developing countries, including Bangladesh. For more details about the impact of the ‘Sweetie campaign’, see a BBC news report here.


Inspired by the Sweetie campaign, Ommi is an AI creation who lives in virtual reality. Resembling a real boy, Ommi is fully self-aware. His mission is to find online criminals and save the kidnapped children. Our film asks the most important question of future tech: if this digital entity has a soul, do we have a moral responsibility to take care of him? Or can he be sacrificed it to save real children?

Sci-fi is a powerful genre. It allows us to take a step back from everyday issues and explore them from a new perspective. I’ve been inspired by a wealth of powerful sci-fi feature films which offer social commentary.

Visually Project Ommi borrows from the anime verve of Ghost in the Shell (1995), combined with the gritty aesthetic of Children of Men, while exploring the themes of machine use and abuse reflected in The Matrix and Blade Runner 2049.

District 9’s socially engaging take on apartheid in South Africa through a sci-fi lens inspired me to do something similar in Bangladesh. I’m creating Project Ommi as a cautionary tale to bring a Bangladeshi perspective to a social issue which concerns us all.

I spent my childhood in Bangladesh and the USA. The contrast between these two colourful cultures has shaped my view of the world. After I graduated in filmmaking from New York's TISCH Film School, I wanted to bring my experience of Hollywood filmmaking back to Bangladesh. I shot my first feature Runway (Udhao) here. IT showcased the country's technical skills and emerging film industry in festivals worldwide. 


Amit and his cameraman reviewing footage, with onlookers.
Amit and his cameraman reviewing footage, with onlookers.

By teaming up with UK production company FoR Films, I’m creating Project Ommi in a way which gives this film a local sensibility and a global reach. We will be spending the production money we raise here on Kickstarter, in Bangladesh. It will make a positive impact on the local economy. In Bangladesh £25,000 | $30,000 will go a long way. We will use it to create jobs and grow specialist skills to leave a legacy of experience and confidence here.

It’ll take a touch of magic to turn our ship graveyard location into a cinematic spectacle using Special Effects (SFX). It takes a highly skilled team of designers, concept artists, architects, prop makers and fight coordinators working together to create the world of the film. Our concept art shows the specialized props, set designs and futuristic costumes we’ll be making.

Your support will bring these special effects to life on screen.

Ravi’s cabin: Concept art visualises Ravi’s cabin showing robot parts, computer tech and machinery.
Ravi’s cabin: Concept art visualises Ravi’s cabin showing robot parts, computer tech and machinery.
The marketplace: a colourful arena where merchants trade robot and computer parts.
The marketplace: a colourful arena where merchants trade robot and computer parts.
Wooden struts covered in cotton sheets will be transformed in post into solar panels.
Wooden struts covered in cotton sheets will be transformed in post into solar panels.

SPECIALISED PROPS

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STUNTS

Our expert fight choreographer, Ed Gomes rehearsing a fight scene.
Our expert fight choreographer, Ed Gomes rehearsing a fight scene.



PYROTECHNICS

Small explosives create the effect of a gun bullet ricocheting off the ground. Larger explosives simulate fire from weaponized drones.
Small explosives create the effect of a gun bullet ricocheting off the ground. Larger explosives simulate fire from weaponized drones.
Welding sparks illuminate the world of Project Ommi.
Welding sparks illuminate the world of Project Ommi.

There are a large number of deserving projects all seeking finance on this crowdfunding platform. 

There are 6 very good reasons why you will want to be involved with us on Project Ommi:

  • This film is ready to be made. We’re fortunate in having most of the finance we need. Your support is crucial in getting us over the finish line to complete the shoot.  

  • You will be supporting a project with important and progressive messages including those of child protection online, issues affecting the developing world, and debate about the future of technology. 

  • You will be part of the first major international sci-fi film shot in Bangladesh creating opportunities and showcasing local talents to a worldwide audience. 

  • Join the club! You will become a celebrated part of our community and first to know about key updates from production, including exclusive behind the scenes footage.  

  • You will be the first to see this film! £25 | $32 pledged, will secure you a special edition of the film with many additional exclusive features.  

  • You will get to own a reward from a truly unique range of enticing and original merchandise to thank you for choosing us!

    Have a look at the range of exclusive and exciting items below.
We have an amazing team working on creating a range of original merchandise to say thank you for supporting us.


Please note - this Kickstarter is launching from the UK, so we’ve shown pledge amounts in UK Pounds GBP and given US Dollars as a guide. Kickstarter’s conversion rate shows the exact amounts you’ll pay.

If you’ve donated to the project, THANK YOU!

Please spread the word by sharing our Kickstarter page - a share can go a long way! You can also follow our progress and join our community: @PROJECTOMMI

FacebookTwitter / Instagram / #AwakenOmmi 

Also, please do join us on our website, www.ommimovie.com to read our blogs and sign up to our newsletter for more exclusive content and project updates.

Feel free to email us with questions or for more information: ommi@for-films.com

YOUR SUPPORT IS MASSIVELY APPRECIATED.

THANK YOU, from the Project Ommi team. 

Risks and challenges

Having completed my own projects in the past, I understand the commitment needed to make a project like this work. I know my team has the passion, tenacity and ability to bring this vision to life.

As you all know, Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the World. But there’s a catch: we have to meet our funding goal before the campaign expires - or we don’t get any of it.

No matter how large or small, any amount you can pledge, will get us over the line to bringing Project Ommi to life.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    JOIN THE COMMUNITY

    Welcome to the team! You’re an official supporter and will be listed on the ommimovie.com site. You'll also stay in the loop with our updates.

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    THE STICKER COLLECTION

    Get 2 collectable Project Ommi stickers- Strong hold for your phone, laptop, backpack or wherever you choose to stick them!
    PLUS Join the Community

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    THE FAN PACK

    Watch the movie! You'll get a digital download of Project Ommi and of the original movie soundtrack from Hollywood composer, Jacob Yoffee.
    PLUS The Sticker Collection (delivery December 2018)

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    Pledge £27 or more About $35

    *SPECIAL EDITION* GRAPHIC NOVEL SIGNED

    NEW PERK:
    This 70-page special edition of the Project Ommi graphic novel is written by Amit Ashraf and signed by the director and cast!
    It contains stories from the film universe about a hero's quest to save children on the Darknet with the threat of anti-tech terrorists.
    See the characters jump out of the page with the AR app!
    PLUS you'll have the chance to BE IN THE MOVIE! We're offering our backers the opportunity to be in a scene of the film where lots of computer screens of people using Skype are seen. You can film yourself from anywhere in the world!

    Includes:
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    POSTER AND STORYBOARD

    Pin up the original poster for the movie and see where it all began with the digital storyboard for an insight into the the making of a movie!
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    Pledge £50 or more About $65

    AUGMENTED REALITY T-SHIRT

    Who knew sci fi could be so trendy? As well as the movie, soundtrack and poster you will get the Project Ommi T shirt!
    You will also get a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Project Ommi AR app so you can bring your T-shirt to life.
    PLUS The Fan Pack + Poster

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    Pledge £70 or more About $91

    GRAPHIC NOVEL COLLECTION

    3 fully illustrated graphic novels based on the script of Project Ommi. Watch the characters jump out of the pages with the AR app, free with this perk.
    PLUS The Fan Pack + Poster

    Includes:
    • x3 Graphic Novels
    • AR App download
    • Poster
    • Project Ommi Screener
    • Soundtrack
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    THE ART PACK

    You've seen the film and heard the soundtrack, now go behind the scenes with the Project Ommi art book and a framed piece of concept art.
    The art book is a perfect coffee-table book for film fans. See the artistic process behind the production of the film, featuring director’s annotations. Watch sets and props come alive through the Augmented Reality App.
    PLUS The Fan Pack + Poster

    Includes:
    • Art Book
    • Framed Concept Art
    • AR App download
    • Poster
    • Project Ommi Screener
    • Soundtrack
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    Pledge £150 or more About $194

    THE ESSENTIAL MERCH PACK

    Like the perks you've seen so far? Kit yourself out with the Essential Merchandise Pack!

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    • Art Book
    • Framed Concept Art
    • AR App download
    • x3 Graphic Novels
    • T-Shirt
    • Poster
    • Project Ommi Screener
    • Soundtrack
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    Pledge £250 or more About $324

    Q & A WITH THE DIRECTOR

    Your chance to talk to the creator of Project Ommi- ask him anything in a group or one-to-one Skype session.
    PLUS The Essential Merch Pack

    Includes:
    • Q & A with the Director
    • Art Book
    • Framed Concept Art
    • AR App download
    • x3 Graphic Novels
    • T-Shirt
    • Poster
    • Project Ommi Screener
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    Pledge £500 or more About $648

    THE SIGNATURE MERCH PACK

    DIRECTOR'S ORIGINAL SIGNATURE!
    You'll get a signed poster, art book, framed concept art, graphic novels and a signed copy of the film's script- talk about exclusive!
    PLUS everything else in The Essential Merch Pack.

    Includes:
    • SIGNED Script
    • SIGNED Art Book
    • SIGNED Framed Concept Art
    • SIGNED Graphic Novels x3
    • SIGNED Poster
    • AR App download
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    • Project Ommi Screener
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    AUGMENTED REALITY YOU

    Send us an image of yourself and our visual effects wizards will create a digital version of you which you can view in our downloadable augmented reality app. You can also share your digital you with friends!
    PLUS The Signature Merch Pack

    Includes:
    • Customised AR Version of You
    • SIGNED Script
    • SIGNED Art Book
    • SIGNED Framed Concept Art
    • SIGNED Graphic Novels x3
    • SIGNED Poster
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    THE EXO-ARM

    You’ll own an original prop from the film! A life-size prop which you can display, play with or just wear around the house! Perfect for cos-play. The Exo-Arm fits over your arm and is adjustable. Many sizes available.
    PLUS The Essential Merch Pack

    Includes:
    • Exo-Arm Prop
    • Art Book
    • Framed Concept Art
    • x3 Graphic Novels
    • T-Shirt
    • Poster
    • AR App download
    • Project Ommi Screener
    • Soundtrack
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    EXCLUSIVE SCREENING

    You and a friend will be invited to an exclusive screening of the finished film before its general release.
    PLUS The Essential Merch Pack
    (Screening available in UK or USA)

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    • Exclusive Screening x2 tickets
    • Art Book
    • Framed Concept Art
    • x3 Graphic Novels
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    • Poster
    • AR App download
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    VIP PREMIERE EXPERIENCE

    You and a friend are invited to the VIP premiere of Project Ommi. Enjoy mingling with the cast and crew of the film at the champagne reception before the screening. Arrive on the red carpet in style as travel to the venue is covered! (Available in USA or UK)
    PLUS The Signature Merch Pack

    Includes:
    • VIP Premiere x2 tickets
    • SIGNED Script
    • SIGNED Art Book
    • SIGNED Framed Concept Art
    • SIGNED Graphic Novels x3
    • SIGNED Poster
    • AR App download
    • T-Shirt
    • Project Ommi Screener
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    The biggest thank you we can give! To show our sincere thanks we’ll put your name up in lights as the Executive Producer of Project Ommi.
    PLUS ALL OF THE PERKS!

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer Credit
    • VIP Premiere x2 tickets
    • Exclusive Screening x2 tickets
    • Exo-Arm Prop
    • Customised AR Version of You
    • Q & A with the Director
    • SIGNED Script
    • SIGNED Art Book
    • SIGNED Framed Concept Art
    • SIGNED Graphic Novels x3
    • SIGNED Poster
    • T-Shirt
    • Project Ommi Screener
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