TARTARUS is the beginning of the end, a science fiction short film about the basest of all human instincts: the will to survive.
THE CAST OF TARTARUS
TAHMOH PENIKETT, famous for his role as Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon in the Emmy Award winning 'Battlestar Galactica', leads the exceptionally talented cast of TARTARUS as the tortured and honor-bound Aulus Pateras.
AMY SCOTT, a recurring guest-star in hit television shows 'Mad Men', 'Veronica Mars', and 'Desperate Housewives', joins the cast of TARTARUS as the indomitable and strong-willed Aurora Theia.
TOM KONKLE, with decades of experience in television and having recently finished a guest-starring role on HBO's 'Luck', completes the cast of TARTARUS as the weathered and compassionate Pontus, a man for whom everything has seemingly been lost.
THE WORLD IS NOT WHAT IT ONCE WAS.
Once upon a time science fiction was so powerful, so innately human, that it inspired audiences of all ages. Filmmakers such as Spielberg, Cameron, and Kubrick inspired us to gaze into the future, and challenged us to look into ourselves. Now, hopelessly dominated by stereotypes and cliches, this underrepresented genre is in dire need of a new life; a new energy.
Tartarus is an emotionally powerful, yet epic, science fiction short film, more than two years in the making, that explores the most primitive of all human instincts: the will to survive.
More than 30 years ago increased solar activity destabilized the world's geomagnetic field, causing temperatures to rise and oceans to evaporate. Nations scrambled to build massive underground storage tanks, but too few were finished in time. Water is sold by the barrel and international tensions mount.
The largest of the water tanks ruptures; prices skyrocket, setting off record inflation and mass public protests. A mysterious sickness spreads globally, claiming the lives of millions. They call it the RUST, and there is no cure.
Fearing infection, Western nations stage coordinated nuclear strikes against the most infected countries. Months later, the first cases of RUST are recorded in the West. Alliances fracture under pressure to quarantine outbreaks.
War. Howling Sandstorms. RUST. Extinction seems certain.
Welcome to the beginning of the end. Welcome to Tartarus.
With the world in its final death throes, two former soldiers rely only upon one another to survive. AULUS, stricken with advanced stages of the RUST, worsens with each new day. AURORA, young and impulsive, desperately wants to save him, her guardian and protector in this hell.
Hope arrives one day in a radio signal, indicating a location for the rumored Cure to the RUST. Perilously, they forsake the protection of the deteriorating city and brave the spanning desert wasteland.
Lingering upon the precipice of disaster, a dying man and a young woman struggle to emerge from the darkness.
With over 30 years of combined post, VFX & stereoscopic experience, LUMEN ACTUS has done leading-edge work with clients such as Paramount, Universal, Disney, Warner, ESPN, Sega, Nintendo, Toyota and NASCAR. LUMEN ACTUS will be responsible for creating and compositing the world of TARTARUS.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: KALEN RIXON has written and directed more than nineteen short-film and commercial projects, including Base Code, a short film playing in the 2013 festival circuit, and the 'Trust Your Gut' televised commercial campaign for Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom. Kalen directs with a 'visceral camera' that captures the attention of the audience from the first frame.
WRITER: JAMES SALMON has been actively developing TARTARUS for the last several years, and finally came to the decision that it was a film worth making. After a single meeting, Kalen Rixon enthusiastically agreed. Ever since, the pair have been actively creating the world of Tartarus, and writing the feature-length version of the story.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: THOR WIXOM is an extremely talented director of photography, evidenced by his amazing work on recent projects such as Killer Holiday and House of Hope. Innovative and resourceful, he has been an invaluable asset to the development of TARTARUS.
FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER: JIN KELLEY, has been studying martial arts since he was just four years old. Following his career as a professional fighter, he has worked as both an action choreographer and a casting director for several years. His numerous credits include The Hitman Chronicles, the Last Eve, and LoveFinder.
OUR CAMERA: THE RED EPIC
Released little more than a year ago, the RED EPIC has already earned a reputation as the 'go-to' digital camera for both studio and independent films. Upcoming productions of the highest caliber, such as The Amazing Spiderman (2012) and The Hobbit (2012), are utilizing this amazing camera to achieve results many thought to be impossible only a few years ago.
TARTARUS will be shot in October 2012, with a private premier screening in February 2013, in Los Angeles. We have already raised $38,000 through a number of private investors and are now running this Kickstarter campaign to finance the remainder of our production budget.
Through your contribution, you will become a part of the community responsible for the creation of TARTARUS. In a few short days we will unveil a regularly updated production website (www.tartarus-film.com) to ensure that all donors are kept up to date with our progress. Content will include production diaries, interviews, and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos.
We have some great rewards up for grabs, listed on the right-hand side of your screen. These include HD Copies of TARTARUS, posters, Mammon Industries employee ID badges, scripts, custom-made props, T-shirts, and exclusive experiences.
In addition to these rewards, we will also be offering something that many do not consider: YOUR SECONDS. If you break a film down by its budget and divide that by the number of frames, you arrive at the cost for each frame. TARTARUS will cost $2.25 per frame. For every contribution, you will receive the frames that you helped to create.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Contributors can pledge any amount they choose, then select a reward from the list. Once the campaign ends, if the total pledges for TARTARUS meets or exceeds the $20,000 goal, pledges will be charged and we will receive the funds we need to make our film. If this goal is not met, then no money is withdrawn and no rewards are provided. Any additional funds beyond the $20,000 goal will be used directly to make our film the best it can be.
- Can I increase my pledge or choose a different reward? YES YOU CAN! Once you make a contribution you may sign into your Kickstarter account and either increase your pledge or choose a different reward.
- How can I/We contact you? We'd love to hear from you! You can reach us directly at: RoughSeas.Prod@gmail.com
- How can I find out more about production? We love our fans! You can follow our production blog at www.tartarus-film.com or follow us on Twitter @TartarusMovie.
Music used under creative commons license:
- "Welcome to Lunar Industries" - Clint Mansell
- "The Mighty Rio Grande" - This Will Destroy You
- "Cold Summer Landscape" - Blear Moon
*If you do not already have an IMDB page, you will be able to create one once credit is given for the film.
(Pages above have been sampled from our official production pitch-book for the feature length version of Tartarus)
Glad You asked! Of course we want everyone to see Tartarus at the best quality possible; however, the Blu-ray duplication process is still quite expensive. If you would like a Blu-ray instead of the DVD version listed in the reward, please add $10 to your pledge and notify us via a comment. You will also get a chance to request the Blu-ray once the project ends via a survey we will send out to all backers.
Yes! Most definitely. In the "reward" section, we have just recently added 'BLUE ENERGY ENGINEER," you'll find what you're looking for there!
Sorry we did not include this on the reward section, we made sure to add it to our first update. If all backers residing outside of the US, could add $5.00 (for shipping) to their original pledge we can have their rewards to them as soon as they become available!
Yes, of course! Just make sure to let us know your preference, and to add $10.00 to your original pledge of $25.00 or more.
Live-Action. We know that the concept art may throw people off, but you need not worry. We are filming on multiple RED epic cameras to capture every angle and performance.
Yes, they definitely are. We wanted to make sure we could please all backers worldwide.
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RUSTED! You've contracted the fatal disease that has claimed millions of lives. Rumors of a Cure have been circulating. You will receive a downloadable copy of the script and our eternal thanks for supporting Tartarus.Estimated delivery:
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SURVIVOR! Bombs fell and disease ran rampant. You're still alive, and that's something. You will receive a downloadable HD copy of the finished film and script. (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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GATHERER! You find a use for almost any piece of junk in this wasteland. THE DIGITAL PACKET! You will receive a massive downloadable digital folder containing an HD copy of the film, the script, concept art, production photographs, storyboards, and notes up to and during production.Estimated delivery:
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LEGION SOLDIER! You've participated in many questionable atrocities, but hey - they were orders. You will receive a DVD copy of the finished film, A MAMMON INDUSTRIES EMPLOYEE ID CARD (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), a hard copy of the shooting script (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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BLUE ENERGY ENGINEER! The discovery of Cold Fusion yielded unexpected rewards... You will receive a BLURAY copy of the finished film, A MAMMON INDUSTRIES EMPLOYEE ID CARD (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), a hard copy of the shooting script (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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RAVAGER! Twisted by war and disease, you mercilessly pillage survivors, searching…for something... You will receive a SIGNED "THE END" poster, a SIGNED DVD copy of the finished film, a Mammon Industries Employee ID Card (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), and a SIGNED script. (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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AULUS! Tormented by guilt and driven by hope, Aulus will find the Cure. He will save us all. You will receive a custom created CAPTAIN AULUS T-SHIRT (See Project Description), a signed DVD copy of the finished film, a signed script, a Mammon Industries Employee ID Card (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), AND your name will be included on the film's website (see Project Description) as a public 'Thank You'. (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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AURORA! Desperate to save her companion, she will risk everything to find the Cure to the RUST. You will receive a custom created PRIVATE AURORA T-SHIRT (See Project Description), a signed DVD copy of the finished film, a signed script, a Mammon Industries Employee ID Card (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), AND your name will be put on the film's website (see Project Description) as a public 'Thank You'. (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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MAMMON JOURNALIST! A true reporter of your time; you update the world on the latest news of devastation, disease, and death. You will receive a HARD COVER COPY of THE OFFICIAL "TARTARUS" PITCH BOOK - SIGNED BY CAST & CREW. This book includes, shooting locations, concept art, character bios, crew bios, the script, props, director & writer statements, our sponsors, SPOILERS of the feature film, + MUCH MORE, a Mammon Industries Employee ID Card (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), AND your name will be put on the film's website (see Project Description) as a public 'Thank You'. (+Your EXTRA Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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MAMMON RESEARCHER! Brilliant and creative, Legion Command tasked you with curing the RUST. You will receive a special thanks in the film's credits (your name or any you choose), a Mammon Industries Employee ID Card (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), a signed "THE END" poster, a signed DVD, and a signed script. (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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MAMMON ARCHIVIST! Prior to the end, you were tasked with saving all you could, and you almost succeeded. You will receive a custom-made prop from the film, a Mammon Industries Employee ID Card (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), a signed DVD, and a signed script. (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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LEGION CAPTAIN! Gathering the lost bands of survivors, you lead them to safety; to a new beginning. YOUR NAME IN THE FILM! Your's, or any name you choose, will appear in the film at a specific point. Also a signed DVD, a signed script, a Mammon Industries Employee ID Card (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), and a ticket to the premier in Los Angeles, California. (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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RECLAIMER! The world is not as far-gone as many would say. Hope remains for our survival. You will receive ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT (Your name will appear on IMDB*), a signed DVD, a signed script, a Mammon Industries Employee ID Card (see rewards section and indicate preference in pledge), and a ticket to the premier in Los Angeles, California. (+Your Seconds) *If you do not already have an IMDB page, one will be created for you.Estimated delivery:
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REMEMBERED! Gone, but not forgotten; your sacrifice will not have been in vain. You will receive EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT (Your name will appear on IMDB*) AND EVERYTHING LISTED ABOVE. ALSO, you will receive a ticket to the LA premier, a VISIT TO THE SET WHILE FILMING, and a DINNER WITH THE CAST AND CREW OF TARTARUS. (+Your Seconds) *If you do not already have an IMDB page, one will be created for you.Estimated delivery:
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REBORN! In every end, there is a new beginning. Your story is not finished. You will receive EVERYTHING LISTED ABOVE! In addition, you will also receive THE ORIGINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT (complete with director's notes and signatures), a hardcover copy of the project book, and tickets to each festival that TARTARUS screens in. Only one of these is available. (+Your Seconds)Estimated delivery:
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