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The Lost City of Tomorrow is an adventure/ film noir/ steampunk sci-fi short about a film archive in space and its android keeper.
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THE LOST CITY OF TOMORROW is a USC graduate thesis written and directed by Auden Bui. This will be her final project before graduating and a culmination of everything she's learned at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

We hope you can join us on this journey and support us in any way you can to help us reach our goal of raising at least $11,111 (stretch goal $16,000).

W  H  A  T  '  S    T  H  E    S  T  O  R  Y

Inspired by Blade Runner, The Hourglass Sanatorium, Brief Encounters, Lawrence of Arabia, Peeping Tom, and 2001, The Lost City of Tomorrow posits a future where all cinematographic media has been placed in an archive in space to protect cinema's record of humanity from all possible hazards. But humanity has lost something along the way to the future; it has forgotten what it means to explore and to dream. Vincent, the android caretaker however, has had 88 years (the half-life of plutonium 238, his power source) to ponder and learn about humanity from this cultural record and has become it's last embodiment.

 Our story begins when Frank, an uninspired nobody beaten down by a cruel and dull world whose only aspiration is to retire, is sent to shut down a floating film archive orbiting high above Earth where he meets the android caretaker, Vincent, whose infectious love of films and the swashbuckling, larger than life humans they portray gradually erodes Frank's pessimistic attitude. In the end, he must choose between carrying out the company's plan to shut down the film archive or risk his retirement to save Vincent's precious films.

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*Donate $25 and get a sketch of yourself! 

W  H  E  R  E    I  S    T  H  E    M  O  N  E  Y    G  O  I  N  G

These are the basic costs and we need at least $11,111 for principal photography. Our stretch goal of $16,000 will ensure we have enough money for post-production VFX work, color correcting, music compositions, festival fees and more Waffle Crisps.

T  H  E    W  R  I  T  E  R  /  D  I  R  E  C  T  O  R

Auden Bui was born in Vietnam and raised in Northern California. She attended UC Berkeley, first as a business major but then found her true passion in film and art. She is a director, writer, cinematographer, and photographer who loves to read, watch movies, travel, and go on adventures around the world. Her next destination is hopefully Antarctica.

She loves adventure, noir, sci-fi, thriller, revenge films and movies about lonely people. She looks up to Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Gordon Willis, Christopher Doyle, Jordon and Jeff Cronenweth. 

Risks and challenges

We've learned that filmmaking is not easy and we're ready to accept Murphy's law will apply here. Our project will potentially face many obstacles typical of a film production such as losing locations, unexpected costs, equipment failure, etc but we have a strong crew who will be prepared to meet these challenges and prevail.

The film will be shot for 8 days in mid-August, with post-production editing following right after that. We will picture-lock in January 2015 and be done with sound editing by April. If all goes as planned we will have a finished product by May next year.

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