About this project
Proximity is a sci-fi drama feature film mixed between Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Donnie Darko. It is about the story of a young scientist working for NASA JPL who is abducted by extra terrestrials but no one believes him. He becomes obsessed with finding proof which leads him on a journey of discovery...
Isaac, a young scientist working for NASA, deals with the difficulties of everyday life when he unexpectedly receives a mysterious signal from space through one of the satellites at work.
Coincidentally, a few days later a meteor crashes in Los Angeles and Isaac captures it on his camera. When he sets out to investigate the crash site, his entire world turns upside down - he is abducted by extra terrestrials. He wakes up three days later on a ridge over the southern California coast with no recollection of what happened after the event. He finds his camera next to him and realizes he captured the whole thing on tape.
The only problem now is when he tries to tell the people closest to him, they don't believe him.
Isaac decides to put the video online and it goes viral overnight. It sparks a media frenzy with every news station and journalist asking for an interview - everyone is talking about his video. The whirlwind is full of both fans and skeptics, but mostly skeptics who are cynical of his motives.
He finds a girl named Sara who was also abducted and the two of them begin to unravel the mystery of their abductions.
Isaac catches the attention of a seemingly trustworthy journalist who turns out to be an agent working for a secret organization who captures Isaac and Sara both. The organization is testing Isaac for possible psychokinetic abilities linked to his abduction while holding him against his will without disclosing any information as to who, what, or where they are.
While in custody, Isaac finds out about a man named Carl who escaped the agency long ago. The agency is keen on finding this man because he holds important information.
Isaac and Sara escape the agencies facility on a mission to find Carl. They come across a vigilante hacker named Zed who helps them escape. With his top level computer hacking skills, Zed helps Sara and Isaac find Carl.
When they find him, they learn he has made contact with the extra terrestrials and that they are coming in five days to Carl's location in the Canadian wilderness. Isaac must go and he convinces Sara to go with him. Accompanied by Zed, the three of them trek across the pacific northwest while being trailed by the agency.
On the day of visitation there is a chaotic showdown; Isaac comes face to face with the aliens, the agency corners them and forces them to surrender, and Isaac learns why the aliens took him. Everything has been leading Isaac up to this one moment where he steps beyond the limits of his natural abilities and does the unthinkable...
Preparation is everything when making movies. If you could, you should make the movie before you make it. That's why we are always dedicated to the process early on.
Especially with Proximity, key elements of the film need to be thought out visually well in advance. This is the ground work and foundation of designing the film and we have begun that process.
Proximity is a science fiction film. It deals with many interesting ideas.
If it ever happened in the future, or has already happened, how would humans communicate with aliens? The I.S.R.P (International Space Research Program) is a top secret organization that deals strictly with extraterrestrial subject matter. No body has heard of them or knows they exist and that's the way they like to keep it.
The organization's technology is more advanced than ours. They employ artificially intelligent droids also known as I.S.R.P. cops or A.O.s (Agency Officials) which are humanoid androids who will stop at nothing to capture our main characters.
Also, if we came in contact with alien technology, would that change the way we interact with the physical world? Could it bring supernatural abilities that are beyond our world?
Our main character is an aerospace engineer working for NASA JPL in Pasadena, California. We are working closely with NASA and JPL to make sure we are scientifically accurate with our story. Everything is based in reality.
For instance, the way our main character receives a mysterious signal through one of the satellites he monitors at work and how the signal gets decoded. JPL receives data from all of the major grounded satellites across the world to the Space Flight Operations Center.
Audio is modified in order to travel back and forth through space.
Also, you really get to see what it’s like to work at NASA JPL. From the daily routine of an engineer to the youthful attitude and work environment.
Most scientists are portrayed really stiff and serious, but at JPL it’s really fun and creative - and they’re doing extremely big, complicated things.
We are prepared to make Proximity happen at any level. The script, schedule, and budget have all been laid out. We have locked all of our key elements for the duration of the filming process. We have select scenes we will be able to shoot as soon as we reach our initial goal. This is what each goal level will allow us to do.
Proximity will feature a classic 80's pop/rock soundtrack in the likes of Drive and Donnie Darko. The story is set in present time / near future with a feeling and vibe of the 1980's - the boom of the technology and electronics era.
If we missed any rewards and there is something you would like let us know! If you would like to be a part of this project and you have ideas or contributions you would like to make, we are open to anything. That's what makes this so cool. You can shoot us a message and we will see how we can accommodate and collaborate.
The core team behind this film is Jason Mitcheltree, Eric Demeusy, and Kyle McIntyre. The three of them all went to film school together and have been working together ever since. They are filmmakers and strong collaborators. Eric's background is in Animation/VFX, Jason’s background is in Cinematography, and Kyle’s is in Producing. They have worked on projects that can been seen in feature films and television. They have experience working with both large and small budgets in professional environments with tight deadlines. They have made independent short films that have played at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival in London. Proximity is the project they have decided to tackle next.
Demeusy Pictures recently released a Boba Fett fan film. The concept came about from a Brain Storm session between Eric Demeusy and Jason Mitcheltree with the intention of figuring out what the purposed Disney and Lucasfilm's Boba Fett movie should be about and what a trailer for that story might look like. It was featured on the front page of Yahoo, Entertainment Weekly and i09 to name a few, garnering several meetings and a trip to Lucasfilm.
In the maelstrom, Eric and Jason again forged the idea of a new story, Proximity. We realize the importance of quality and will hold Proximity to the same standard of care and attention in every aspect of the process.
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PREVIOUS CLIENT WORK --
As independent filmmakers who are heavily involved in CGI and Visual Effects we rely on progressive tools that allow us to create a wide range of high grade 3D. On this project, we will be implementing our most solid toolsets that have seen us through on past projects. Our primary 3D software will be MAXON's versatile and groundbreaking software, Cinema 4D.
Risks and challenges
The production process for Proximity is relying highly on disruptive innovations. Financing will be mainly if not entirely through crowdfunding.
We are beginning with the first section of at least $20,000 to begin pre production (preparation). Timeframe of the first campaign; 11th of April until the 10th of May (30 days).
Our second funding goal will be to raise at least $100,000 in order to begin production (filming). Timeframe of the second campaign; 11th of May until the 24th of June (45 days).
The third funding campaign will enable us to raise at least $700,000. This consequent amount will cover all costs of the entire production as well as post production, licensing and marketing. Timeframe of the last campaign; 25th of June until 23rd of August (60 days).
End of filming by November 2016 and post production ending in July 2017. Expected Theatrical release on Friday the 7th of July 2017. Perfect for a summer's night out.
The goal is to keep the production entirely in our hands in order to oversee complete creative control and to remain 100% true to the original story but also to get a multinational distribution company involved in order to guaranty a worldwide cinema release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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