We are so thankful and grateful for the overwhelming support that we have received so far. Our total fundraising has exceeded expectation. All extra funds raised will be used to film extra scenes for the trailer. For hiring superior equipment (RED/ PHANTOM cameras, better lighting, rigs, and set design) resulting in the best trailer possible.
We'll be posting a production budget and update as soon as we start pre-production. Thanks to everyone again. Really!
In short (all you need to know)
Rama: The Rise of Dharma is a feature film that unites the best of the East and the West. Imagine a Lord of the Rings-style feature film but coupled with the meaning & depth of the Ramayana.
Step 1 – assemble a unique team who know and work in the industry & know and love this story – done
Step 2 – write a script – done (its taken 2 years)
Step 3 - get some industry heavyweights' early support for the project – done
Step 4 – make a film trailer to showcase the vision – where we’re at
Step 5 – with the trailer, convert the initial interest of sales-agents, studios, distributors etc. into commitment. Filming for the trailer will start early in the new year so now’s the time for us to start creating the buzz and open the team up to Kickstarters.
The Ramayana’s coming – its a timeless story that has captured the imagination of a billion people through the millennia – and a message of purposeful living that couldn’t be more relevant.
The not so short (if you want to know more)
The vision behind this film is to reignite the love for one of the greatest characters to have stepped upon the earth and bring his great story to the attention of the West. If any of you know or have even heard of the tales of Rama, you'll know that few have faced the challenges he had, and fewer if any have faced them in the way he did.
From being banished to the wilderness to live in the forest, to losing his wife and finally going to war against one of the most powerful villains ever, he didn't have an easy ride. But upon facing each challenge he always seemed to make the most perfect decision, all because he was a proponent and defender of one of the most powerful forces on the planet, Dharma.
It all sounds rather fanciful when summarised, but the depth which this story offers will carry you to a place where you too, will feel emboldened with the story and enamoured with the characters. It truly is an epic.
We've been working hard on this project for almost 2 years. Our script is about complete and the along with the trailer, we'll be ready to take the next step in approaching industry-level investors
The Rama what?
The Ramayana is an epic tale of love, righteousness and courage. It is beyond just an enthralling and captivating story, containing within it a subtle philosophy and a portrayal of universal values that have inspired generations to live a life based on the concept of Dharma (the timeless ideal of true living). Once the preserve of Asia alone, our vision for this story is to bring its beauty to a global audience. Development of the film is underway.
A sneaky peek...
We want to get you excited about this piece that you're helping make. We've got the script of the trailer ready and want to share it with you. Here's our first couple of lines. Lights down please....
Your role awaits
Without you we can’t tell this great story! You can be part of the start of this great adventure by supporting this project - to produce a kick-ass, jaw-dropping, high production value 'trailer' video that will be released on the internet.
The really exciting thing is your involvement at this stage, will be instrumental in bringing this epic to the big screen. This trailer will allow us to go in front of industry level investors with a tangible product that they will use to finance the main feature film. You would have helped a script become reality and brought Rama and his epic story to the silver screen. How many people can say the've done that?
Risks and challenges
Once we have the trailer funded. The first challenge is achieving the lofty goal that we have set of producing a Hollywood style trailer that has a high production value but within a limited budget. To overcome this challenge we're working with a talented and diverse crew who have the right expertise, having worked on projects such as Downton Abbey, Kochdaiiyaan (the first Indian motion capture film shot at Pinewood) and a director of photography who has worked on numerous unique and artistic music videos and commercials, including Stubborn Heart that received Vimeo's coveted "Staff Pick."
The next challenge will be ensuring the video go as far and wide as possible. The trailer will be the culmination of our promotional process and will act as a springboard to spread the word of the feature film to come.
The trailer will also serve as a tonal piece to help show potential investors the look, feel and vision behind the forthcoming film. Therefore we want to make it the very best it can be. The process includes careful scripting, storyboards, detailed budgets, innovative shooting schedules, authentic props and costumes and finally a comprehensive, technically brilliant and passionate crew.
There will be challenges along the way, unexpected events or circumstances may arise. But we're committed to making this happen... gritted teeth, "ready to sweat blood" committed. And we won't stop until we've given this project everything we have.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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