This is the First Film of the Deadly Sins' Heptalogy: Ricinus Communis. Battling Greed. Read more
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About this project
Ricinus Communis Sneak Peek!
This is a short Teaser of Ricinus Communis: Peter, the main character, introduces himself... or something like that. Enjoy it!
English and Español Subtitles: click on the "CC" icon in the tool bar and choose your language. Haga click en el ícono "CC" en la barra de herramientas y escocja su idioma.
Main Video with Subtitles (English, Español, Português, Norsk, Svenska)!
Click on the "CC" icon on the task-bar (the one where you click play), and choose your language.
Haga click en el ícono "CC" en la barra de herramientas y escoja su idioma.
What’s this all about?
Our final goal is to make seven movies comprising each of the deadly sins - The Seven Poems of Saligia. Ricinus Communis, the one you’ll help fund, is the first. Any movie has the potential of becoming famous, and that’s totally up to you, the audience. That’s why we decided to make it public, if you want to watch this film here is the chance not only to support it, but also to be part of the process. How is a movie made? How do you choose the cast, the locations, the wardrobe, and the props? How is it filmed, how do you set the mood and the visual style? And the best part is that you’ll be able to comment and bring your insight. Once the movie is finished, you will see it with different eyes, knowing all the work that went into it and that you supported it all along.
This is Peter’s quest to overcome his self-centered existence and discover the true meaning of life, but after receiving relatives of his late wife, he is not only forced to share everything but also to stay alert, they covet his goods and had discover his savings, Peter’s life and that of his baby might be in danger.
What’s Ricinus Communis, really?
A plant, and a
The Plant: Ricinus Communis is the Latin name of the Castor Oil Plant also known as Palm of Christ, which derives from its reputed ability to heal wounds and cure ailments. However, it is also known as The Devil's Fig Tree, which derives from its beans reputed ability to kill with a relatively low dose.
The Movie: Ricinus Communis explores the life of common men and women struggling to overcome their biggest panders in a hard battle against greed as they search for the true meaning of life. It is not what comes from the outside that defiles men; for it is in the human heart that lies corruption.
What are “The Seven Poems of Saligia”?
Seven films comprising each of the deadly sins, fused into a single word in Latin, SALIGIA:Superbia, Avaritia, Luxuria, Invidia, Gula, Ira and Acedia.
What is Kickstarter?
Is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. That's right, it means you can fund this movie! You can pledge as little as $1 or as much as you want. On the right side of this page there are the rewards we are offering for participation. We appreciate your interest and we want to give you a lot in return.
Kickstarter is all or nothing funding, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk. That’s why we need you to tell your family and friends, even your enemies so you can keep them closer.
We want to make an original and
self-sufficient film. We are not asking for gifts, we are offering an experience and the finished film in return.
Movies are very expensive to make, hiring and finding talent isn’t cheap. we need creative freedom to assure the faithful execution of our vision, without the heavy shadow of the big film companies. We aim high: we want to achieve the finest quality possible and take you into an unforgettable journey! This is the beginning of something big, but we understand we can’t start at the top. We are making this movie with $480,000. Of course, the more we rise, the better the movie gets. All the funds will go directly into the making of Ricinus Communis.
On the other hand, by going public
and finding fans, we will awake the interest of distributors, which will help
increase the audience and its exposure. With your help we can become
competitive, your voice will mean we matter and is the key to the success of
Ricinus Communis and the beginning of Saligia. Click Like It on Facebook, every vote counts!
We need your support; we can’t do it alone.
For the last 11 years Miguel Vélez has been working as an independent writer, producer and director. He started working in most departments, learning as much as possible about editing, cinematography, casting, camera assisting, focus pulling, production assisting, etc. He has made 12 short films, worked in over 30 TV commercial productions, wrote and produced one feature film, Rebellious Children of the Unconscious.
He graduated Honor
Cum Laude from film school CCH in
Los Angeles. After graduation
he began developing several feature film scripts with the support of private
investors in the United States. Rebellious Children of the Unconscious became
his first green-lighted screenplay and was finally shot during the summer of
2011. It is currently at its final stage of post-production and awaiting
distribution. Click here to see examples of his work.
Producer Diego Vélez is the mind behind the numbers with eleven years of financial and managerial experience. He studied Business, and since graduation has worked in different fields of administration: chemical, retail, insurance, stock and currencies markets. In the areas of human resources, sales, businesses development and business planning he has always been identified for his organization abilities: he is good at keeping projects within budget and knows how to save money. Diego also worked in the production of Rebellious Children of the Unconscious.
Miguel and Diego are brothers from a family of seven children.
Co-Producer Alejandra Olalde has worked in the Mexican box-office hit El Estudiante. After studying Communication in Mexico City, she reached a master degree in Literature Studies at the prestigious Complutense University of Madrid. She also has studies and experience in screenwriting and producing.
The Set for Ricinus Communis
Ricinus Communis is set in the countryside and rural side of Mallorca, a continuous contrast between the fruits of the earth and the works of men. Mallorca was not chosen, it chose us. The story was born there and takes place in its unique visual landscapes and old town streets. Mallorca is an international place, appropriate for the international audience sought. Its airport receives 22 million passengers every year, which can be beneficial for the marketing of our film as many people will be interested in watching it by its location appeal too. Mallorca is mesmerizing; its unique visual attributes will give the story a magical and poetical feeling.
Mallorca is Spain, is the Mediterranean. It is the largest and most populated of the Baleares (Balearic) Islands with Palma de Mallorca as its capital city.
The estimated budget for Ricinus Communis is $480,000. We`ve tried to account for various significant factors. We need to provide for the necessary casting opportunities that are crucial to the telling of this story: truthful and skilled casting. We need the financial muscle to make a visually stunning film that will captivate viewers. And 15% of our budget is destined to promotional and distribution purposes only so that we can reach the best and most effective exposure.
What about the audience?
We are not trying to anticipate the market, we are telling an enjoyable story and we have shaped it in an original and enthralling way; we understand audiences across the world have become less uniform and are always looking for fresh and compelling cinematic experiences; Ricinus Communis is not the result of guessing what they will want in the future, is the consequence of doing what we enjoy and enthuses us, so after it’s made, you guys can also feel the excitement and vibrate as we do.
Ricinus Communis is a touching human story that promotes dialogue, reflection and introspection. We present new concerns and perspectives about the world we live in, and we make it in a appealing way.
What's the time line of your project?
Here's a detailed critical path of Ricinus Communis:
What about the Rewards?
Our world is highly competitive and it is very hard to be part of a great project, even more, to be part of a great movie and experience the process. We want to change that but only you can make this both a great project and a great movie. Not only we want you to get a copy of the finished film, we also want you to be part of Ricinus Communis, to enter the exclusive discussion community and be able to watch the making-of video-diary. You will learn and experience the process of making the film. We will make weekly updates and read your insights (your thoughts matter to us).
We also have other options for those who wish to contribute a bit more. We have different selections of limited editions and exclusive items. They will surely make you look awesome.
The most important for us is for you to be part of Ricinus Communis and kick start the beginning of a bigger project that, if successful, will bring you high quality cinema for the next ten years or so.
Enough, finish already!
Ok, ok. Whether you are a movie fan interested in watching an enthralling non-formulaic movie, or whether you are an interested apprentice of the movie making process, or you just enjoy watching movies in general, we are inviting you to be part of an awesome experience. Finance, be part of the process and watch the results. And as time goes by, watch your support turn into a whole generation of movies.
Thanks for your time and support and see you in the Exclusive Discussion Community.
Our Kickstarter campaign is to finance Ricinus Communis only. The Seven Poems of Saligia is the name of the series. Every movie will be made separately and it will have a distinctive name.
Only Ricinus Communis has been written. The other six movies have story lines but have not been written into script format yet. We are focusing on Ricinus Communis, if successful, we will be able to continue with the second entry of The Seven Poems of Saligia.
Pledge $1 or more
No pledge is too small or too large. You are awesome! You will be listed in the Special Thanks section of our website + an autographed wallpaper of the movie. Thank you so much for contributing!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
Big things have small beginnings. You've become part of Ricinus Communis. You will get an HD download of the finished movie in all of its greatness before anyone else in the world (please keep it that way, save us from piracy), you will be listed in the Special Thanks section of our website + a High Resolution digital set of wallpapers from the movie.Estimated delivery:
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We want to bring the experience back to you! This is the "Ricinus Filmmaking Package": You will get an HD download of the Making-Of Documentary, all the action behind the scenes (a condensed film school) a High Definition digital poster and you will get exclusive access to the Making-Ricinus-Communis-Private-Community and the Making-of-video-diary. We want you to have a blast during the making of this movie as we do. + The previous reward.Estimated delivery:
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An autographed special DVD edition just for Backers, before anyone else in the world can have it + all previous rewards. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $12 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
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You will receive an eBook version of Ricinus Communis Making-of-Diary Art Book made by the director and the other heads of departments (100+ color pages with original photographs on set and of visualization, storyboards, special and creative notes, excerpts from the original script and the writer's notes, everything from concept to screen, trivia, secrets, bios and more) the whole journey of how the movie is made. It is everything they can't teach in film school awesomely designed for anyone who likes movies. Plus all previous rewards. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $12 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
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Autographed Special Edition Poster (suitable for framing), T-shirt for backers only (yes, it will say BACKER!). Plus all previous rewards. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $12 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $280 or more
Autographed Super Unique Special Edition Box for Backers only: DVD or Blu-Ray of the movie + Making-of Documentary DVD + your name will be listed in the inside book. Plus you get all the previous rewards. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $12 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $400 or more
Autographed with a written thanks note form the director Softcover Ricinus Communis Making-of-Diary Art Book made by the director and the other heads of departments (100+ color pages with original photographs on set and of visualization, storyboards, special notes, excerpts from the original script + writer's notes and the shooting script with the script supervisor notes, everything from concept to screen, trivia, secrets, bios and more) the whole journey of how the movie is made in a collectible edition. Plus all the previous rewards. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $25 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $550 or more
Autographed with a written thanks note form the director Hardcover Ricinus Communis Making-of-Diary Art Book made by the director and the other heads of departments (100+ color pages with original photographs on set and of visualization, storyboards, special notes, excerpts from the original script + writer's notes and the shooting script with the script supervisor notes, everything from concept to screen, trivia, secrets, bios and more) the whole journey of how the movie is made in a super collectible edition. Plus all the previous rewards except the Softcover Art Book. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $25 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)
A portrait of you on set. Pack your bags and fly to Mallorca (flying ticket and lodging not included), you can hang out with us for one day and experience the life "inside" the movie. Remember to plan ahead and schedule with us (we want you to have an unforgettable experience). You will also be listed in IMDb in the Thanks section + all the previous rewards except the Softcover Art Book. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $25 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)
Two tickets to the premiere of the movie. (Date and location to be determined) and you can join us in the wrap it up party in Mallorca with the cast and crew. (Flying ticket and lodging not included). You will also get a Limited Poster Edition with your name printed on it as a Backer and a Limited Edition Ricinus Communis Crew T-shirt. You will be listed in the ending credits in the Special Thanks section + all the previous rewards. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $25 for shipping).Estimated delivery:
9 backers Limited (6 left of 15)
Your name will appear on IMDb as an Associate producer of Ricinus Communis + A unique handmade box with a Private Collection of wardrobe and props (5 items) used in the movie. You can pick whenever you visit us on set and we will reserve it for you (travel and lodging not included) + all previous rewards. (USA Backers free shipping. International backers, $30 for shipping).
For premium rewards beyond $10,000 please contact us!Estimated delivery:
- (44 days)