So the story goes like this:
On a dark and stormy night in 2012, two guys, named Ben and Robert, decided to write and direct a 5 minute horror film that explored the idea of cognitive dissonance through one man's silent fall from grace following the disappearance of his wife, and the mental backflips he performs to place the blame on his son.
Soon, the Directors realized that the scope would be bigger than 5 minutes and the script turned into something else entirely. They purposely wrote it for a low budget, with simple locations, minimal costumes, and a story where the Character's internal conflict would be the centerpiece of the film rather than fancy shots, high concepts, or blood and explosions.
So they shot and produced every scene from the film... except one. On the second day of shooting the last scene, they realized that the dream sequence would have to be in a much bigger location than originally planned. Both for aesthetics and for the fact that the local spots in and around Los Angeles were simply not working out. Specifically, Angels Crest was too dry, Mulholland was too crowded, Robert's backyard is not a forest, etc...
This is where you come in.
For this last sequence, in which the main Character sees his wife in a highly metaphorical dream, the Directors have called for what they initially tried to avoid: a fairly complicated shoot in the Redwood Forests of Northern California.
We are raising money to pay for things like food, van rentals, some gear that we don't have, and the swimming pool of gasoline that will be needed to drive the cast, crew, and gear 280 miles from Los Angeles to NorCal.
In their own words:
"We want this location because it is as vast and evocative as the human mind we are trying to explore, and offers beautiful, cinematic vistas that will lend a strong juxtaposition to the darkness of what transpires in the scene and the rest of the film." - BP
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This scene is the lynchpin of the film that “kickstarts” it into action. Take a look at the trailer, specifically the shots in the forest, to get an idea of where this is heading. If you like it, well… you know what to do.
- (21 days)