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Staff Pick w an award-winning script, multiple animation styles, live-action & powerful allegory: this is "Borders of the Imagination!"
Staff Pick w an award-winning script, multiple animation styles, live-action & powerful allegory: this is "Borders of the Imagination!"
275 backers pledged $30,716 to help bring this project to life.

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Borders of the Imagination - An Epic Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short

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Imagine a world in which imaginary friends are coming to life out of the minds of children...by the thousands. 

How would the United States government react to such a strange new reality? How would we, as individuals? 

 Borders of the Imagination explores these surreal questions to get at some of the very real questions of politics and identity of our day. 

Our Trailer:

(Best watched in full-screen)

The Story:

Borders of the Imagination centers around the story of Joe, a rookie agent at the III-Z, "the Illegal Imaginal Internment Zone" (or triple-eye-zee). This is a big fenced-in camp in the deserts of Arizona where imaginary beings unable to attain legal status are detained by the government. The day is Joe's first on the job; and the challenges he faces -- as he learns the ropes from his gun-slinging partner Rick -- will bring him face to face with the darker realities of a system designed to keep the human imagination at bay. 

The III-Z Badge
The III-Z Badge

Background:

Borders began as a concept inside the mind of screenwriter Ben Friedman -- probably brewing there since childhood -- and the short screenplay he eventually wrote won accolades from the Irish National Science Fiction Film Festival (Golden Blaster for Best Screenplay, 2014), the Roswell Science Fiction Film Festival (Finalist and Grant Winner), and the Denver/Starz Film Festival (Finalist - Best Short Screenplay). 

Most importantly, the script impressed his old childhood friend and current independent filmmaker Reuben Meltzer enough to make him jump on board as director. 

Working with visual effects artists across the globe and building excitement with many future team members, Reuben and Ben worked together to create the trailer you see above, collaborating between New Jersey and Melbourne, Australia, using funds from the Roswell Science Fiction Film Festival...as well as their own shallow pockets (hint hint). 

A 17-page treatment for a feature length Borders film also exists, as does an idea for a series of episodes in the Borders universe.  

One step at a time though!

They hope to shoot in Los Angeles, where they have many friends and contacts, but they are also exploring cheaper shooting options in New Mexico and Austin, Texas. 

Artwork by Joseph Shivery
Artwork by Joseph Shivery

 The Team

Reuben Meltzer - Director and Editing

Reuben studied film production at the New School in New York City, where he directed a number of dark and inventive shorts. He is also the organizer and founder of Nameinwhite Films, an experimental film festival that ran in New York for a number of years. After creating a series of micro-documentaries about indie music artists for his web series "The Moment," Reuben engineered a daring feat of gonzo filmmaking by directing and producing an unauthorized feature length documentary about the music festival Bonnaroo, which was recently authorized by film festivals -- including the NJ International Film Festival...where it was awarded honorable mention for Best Documentary. He lives with his wife Thy and daughter Beatrice in Cairnlea, Australia.

To read more about Reuben's film, The Moment: Bonnaroo, check out this interview with the director:

http://www.newjerseystage.com/articles/getarticle.php?ID=6009

Ben Friedman - Screenwriter and Producer

Ben studied creative writing and film at the University of Pennsylvania and has authored six feature length screenplays and numerous shorts. His screenwriting has received accolades from the Austin Film Festival, the Screencraft Screenwriting Competition, the Shore Screenwriting Competition, The American Gems Literary Competition, The Denver Film Festival, The Roswell Science Fiction Film Festival, and The National Irish Science Fiction Film Festival. He is also a performing poet whose prose and poems have been published in a number of online literary magazines including Everdayfiction.com and Sonic Boom.  

Jehd Diomampo - Camera Operator

Jehd's passions lie on the crossroads of videography/photography and cars. Not only does he run his own videography/photography business, he also organizes and promotes events for automotive enthusiasts.

https://www.facebook.com/JDMedia.3/

Andrew McDonald - Camera Support and Set Design

https://vimeo.com/documentaryshop

Thuy Vy - Technical support and location scouting  

Thuy is an independent cinematographer out of Melbourne, Australia

Jordan Service - VFX compositing

Jordan is a visual effects artist, compositor, actor, and director known for his work with the sketch comedy team Future Space Cadets.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4523373/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

https://www.youtube.com/user/FutureSpaceCadets

Rafik Gevorgyan - 3D Animation

Rafik is a very talented CGI artist working out of Armenia, skilled at rigging, modelling, texturing, and animating. 

https://www.behance.net/RafikGevorgyan

Waqar Khan - 3D Animation

Waqar is a highly skilled graphic artist, illustrator, and animator working out of Mumbai, India.

https://waqarkhanlee.wordpress.com/gallery/

David Szmit  - Puppet fabrication and Stop-Motion Animation

David is a creator of wonderful stop-motion creatures and effects. You can see his other works here:

http://www.davidszmit.com/

Tanya Ariel - Puppet fabrication and character design

Tanya works with David to bring their stop-motion creations to life. 

Gary Finkler - Storyboard and design support

Gary Finkler is a great graphic designer, animator, and storyboard artist whose clients have included the Blue Man Group, Verizon Wireless, ABC Sports, 500 Level Apparel, and many others.

http://garyfinkler.com

Joseph Shivery - Concept art and creature design 

Joe is a fantastic fantasy artist and visionary doodler out of Maryland whose first book of artwork was recently published. 

https://www.facebook.com/The-Broken-Mind-of-Joes-Ink-1438197316486036/

http://www.amazon.com/GDG-presents-Broken-Mind-Joes/dp/879338503X/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_10?ie=UTF8&refRID=06D74CA9CW77XQF693J2  

The Cast of the Trailer:

Peter Cassidy - Actor, model, presenter, broadcaster, and voice-over artist - "A Man For All Seasons." 

See more at: http://www.starnow.com/peteypops 

Tom Liddy - Tom trains at Richard Sarell's 'The Rehearsal Room' and has been in multiple shorts, indie features, a commercial and a corporate video. 

http://www.starnow.com/TomLiddy 

Simone Oula - Simone is a Lao born Australian actress having worked in film, TV, and stage, currently set to work on 2 independent feature films next year, 2016. 

https://www.facebook.com/J.Magicarpet

Samjo Ryan - Samjo has been an avid life-long entertainer. From instrumentalist for the band, Cheque, Savings or Credit, to stand up comic, voice actor, and writer, he's truly a jack of all trades.

Tony Nicholas - Tony is not just a proficient martial artist but a passionate and devoted actor who, when he's not playing his most important role of Father and Husband, can be seen in many shorts and features.

Lawrie Fildes - For over 40 years Lawrie has been acting in theatre. It's only been in the last couple of years that he's begun to branch out to film and television work.    

Chris Gaffney - Over 40 years ago Chris began acting and he has appeared in theatrical productions all over Australia and even in Europe. In addition to running theatre companies he also acts for film and television and has two weekly radio shows.   

Julia Farrell - Julia is a seasoned character actor who has performed in film, television and theatre. 

http://www.starnow.com/juliafarrell/

Mick Preston - Trained as an actor in New York & his credits range from a Godzilla film in Japan to the Letterman show in NYC. 

His website is www.mickpreston1.com.

John Dellios 

 Abs Nuristani

http://www.starnow.com/abdullahnuristani/

"Lung-Bo" and "Space Giraffe" -- sculpture, illustration, and animation by Ben Friedman
"Lung-Bo" and "Space Giraffe" -- sculpture, illustration, and animation by Ben Friedman

Where your money will be going:

With location shoots in the desert, a sequence involving dune buggies (and insurance!), and the myriad design and effects elements we've planned for, Borders is not going to be a cheap production. But we believe, with a minimum of $28,000, that we can pull it off with aplomb, and do the screenplay and concept justice. After the cost of creating and shipping incentives, sales tax, processing fees, as well as Kickstarter's cut of the action, we're not asking for much more than that. And based on a $28,000 production budget, we estimate the following breakdown of costs: 

Of course the more we raise, the more diverse a group of artists we can hire, the more we can reward our hard working cast and crew, and the greater detail, scope, and beauty we can achieve on screen. No matter what though, we will do our absolute best to bring you an unforgettable film!

 

Risks and challenges

Of course, with a film project of this magnitude, it would be really, really silly to try and say that there are no risks involved...but let's give it a try anyway:

"If you help fund Borders of the Imagination we can personally guarantee that absolutely, positively nothing will go--"

Nope. Can't say it. Even with your help, Borders of the Imagination is going to be a very complex undertaking with a great many moving interconnected players and pieces, often operating at a distance.

Acquiring permits, renting dune buggies, coordinating on the many design elements involved -- casting, location scouting, getting actors to sets on time, keeping track of all our artists and animators -- all of these are going to pose challenges. Something will invariably go wrong that will require hair pulling or deep-breathing. There are no absolute certainties when it comes to large-scale collaborations of this nature.

But what we can guarantee is this:

We're a bunch of finishers -- perseverant and determined. If we get delayed, we'll reschedule. If we're running low on funds, we'll think of creative production solutions. If we run out of funds altogether, we'll take the footage we've got and hit the fundraising streets again hard.

After all, in creative work, problems can often be opportunities -- to try and learn something new. To explore an approach you've never taken before. To reach out and work with somebody in a field or medium you may not have even known existed...

So part of the reason we're so excited about this project is exactly because of the risks and complications - because it's experiences like these that truly challenge one's imagination to take flight and grow.

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