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When Jacob, an apathetic young man, travels to a foreign country to move into his dead parents house his life begins...
After the death of his parents an apathetic young man travels to a foreign country to live in their house and look after their turtle.
After the death of his parents an apathetic young man travels to a foreign country to live in their house and look after their turtle.
121 backers pledged £18,450 to help bring this project to life.

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Dusky Paradise - a feature film about the potential of life.

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A SPECIAL CHANCE

You may be asking yourself - "how on earth are you expecting to shoot a feature film with an international cast and crew, in a foreign country with a budget of 18,000!?"

Well... the answer is quite simple. Our budget/opportunities do not end at 18,000. Not only is the entire cast and crew willing to work on this film for free, we have also secured housing, catering and locations (see video below) for the film. In addition to that we have attached some great sponsors for our post-production phase, as well as a very talented british band called 'Oh So Quiet' who will be scoring Dusky Paradise.

This means that all the money that is funded will go into three essential things:

- Travel (20%)
- Equipment (50%)
- Post-Production (30%)

This project seems to be growing every day and we would love for you to get involved. So check out our great rewards and become part of the Dusky Family!

DIRECTORS STATEMENT

Dusky Paradise was written out of my admiration for the outsider character, his concealed emotions and the comedy that comes with it. 

Jacob is the kind of personality we have all come across in our lives and to some degree find a piece of ourselves in him. He is that person who needs to be woken up! I wanted Jacob to enter a new world, an overwhelming place that resembles paradise, and show no excitement or emotion about it. Although appreciative of the comfortable, physical joys of the world Jacob’s apathetic attitude towards life prevents him from experiencing any kind of human emotion, not even the grieve over his parent’s death.

However, this film is not only about one but three lost individuals who come together by chance and learn from each other over the course of a short period of time.

Ultimately, Dusky Paradise is about the potential of life. The message I most try to communicate with this film is that within the monotony of every day life there is always room for excitement, passion and to some degree adventure. (LIKE THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!!!!)

- Greg

THE CAST

KES BAXTER as Jacob

Kes has been working as an actor since he was fourteen years old. He was first cast in ‘Soldier of Orange’ , which turned out to be Holland’s longest running show ever (it’s still running). Over the years he has worked with directors such as Peter Greenaway, and acted opposite Carice van Houten and Lotte Verbeek.

MARTIN UMBACH as Matteo

Martin has been working in theatre, television and movies since 1978, including roles in international productions oppostite actors like Jean-Paul Belmondo, Christopher Walken, Jeremy Irons and Klaus Maria Brandauer.

Martin is also known for his voice. He is the german voice of George Clooney, Russel Crowe, Javier Bardem and many others.

CHARLOTTE KRENZ as Zoe

 French-German actress, Charlotte Krenz, has worked in a number of theatre productions with diverse directors such as Krystian Lupa and Dominique Pitoiset. In Film she plays alongside Denis Podalydès in THE CONQUERORS directed by Xabi Molia.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Dino von Wintersdorff gained important knowledge on a wide range of motion picture productions, which led to his most recent work as personal assistant of Oscar nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael on the set of George Clooney‘s “Monuments Men”

Greg and Dino worked togehter on several Commercials and short films, combining their skills to be a routined and creative team.

OH SO QUIET

In early 2011, Lucas and Malena Zavala gathered members from different parts of the world to develop an alternative folk sound, combining indigenous Latin-American music with western world indie and folk.

We encourage you to get a feel for their sound in the video below and in our updates!

DUSKY SCOUT

"Dusky Paradise is set in the kind of place that you would want to escape to at any moment in time." Check out some of the locations in mind for the film!

Finally, meet...

TURTLE as ... (see rewards)

 Believe it or not, this turtle is a big part of Dusky Paradise!

(if we don‘t reach our goal, everything that we already have counts for nothing and everybody will be very sad... also, our turtle will go back to unemployment!)

THANK YOU!!!! 

Risks and challenges

We have two small risks:

1. Our shoot will be 25 days long and tightly packed:

To overcome this we have a well matched and perfectly harmonized crew that has collaborated on numerous projects and is prepared to work extra hours. In addition to that, the films locations are all very close together which allows us to move around quickly and efficiently.

2. Equipment transport expenses:

Due to the fact that we are shooting in a foreign country it will be too expensive to transport our Equipment to Spain. Thankfully we have an assisting producer on the Island who has already connected us with local equipment houses.

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    Welcome to the Dusky Family!
    You will receive an e-mail with the link to a thank you video from the team.

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    Take part in the process of filmmaking and experience Dusky Paradise from the very first page. You will receive a personal E-Mail from Greg, which includes the PDF of our SHOOTING SCRIPT.

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    Be the first to receive the EXCLUSIVE SOUNDTRACK of Dusky Paradise written and performed by "Oh So Quiet".

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    WATCH DUSKY PARADISE! You will receive the completed film via a digital download the day after the films premiere!

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    So far but yet so close! You will have access to the biweekly PRODUCTION DIARY featuring blogs and videos of the crew (+ all lower rewards)

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    Take a peak behind the scenes of „Dusky Paradise“ and access a ‘MAKING OF' compilation with insightful interviews, on-set production footage and much more (+ all lower rewards)

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    Meet us on SKYPE! A video call with a cast/crew member of your choice.

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    OWN DUSKY PARADISE! You will receive a signed Blu-ray of the theatric film as soon as the film premiered! (+ rewards up to £75)

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    Receive TWO TICKETS to the exclusive cast/crew/backer premiere of „Dusky Paradise“ in Hamburg, Germany. You will meet us after the screening! [transportation/housing excluded] (+ all rewards up to £75)

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    JOIN US on set and spend your day assisting us in whatever way possible. You will also be thanked in the credits! [transportation/housing excluded](+ all rewards up to £75)

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    NAME THE TURTLE! The turtle plays an important part in Dusky Paradise and is seen and referred to in numerous scenes. However, it still needs a name - and this is where you come in! (+ all rewards up to £75)

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    Get yourself up ON THE BIG SCREEN and be in three scenes as Jacob‘s Gardner in „Dusky Paradise".[transportation excluded] (+ all rewards up to £75)

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    BE THE WAITER and contribute to the most awkward scene in „Dusky Paradise“ [transportation excluded] (+ all rewards up to £75)

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    Become an OFFICIAL MEMBER of the Dusky Paradise Crew and get your credit as associate producer! (+ all rewards up to £75)

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    Be one of THREE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS and stay up to date with the project from start to finish! You will get your producer as well as IMDB credit! (+ all rewards up to £75)

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Funding period

- (33 days)