This film, written and directed by Daniel Freedman, is an adaptation of the short story by comic book creator Malachi Ward.
The story follows a time traveling scientist back to the dawn of civilization in his 100th attempt to stop human conflict from starting.
Maybe this time he'll save the world.
Then again. Maybe not.
When I read Malachi's short story, I immediately wanted to turn it into a live action short film. The story jumped off the page at me and I couldn't stop thinking about the questions and ideas it raised: the dawn of civilization, the role of technology, god, belief, the fallacy of mankind, ego...
So I spent the better part of a year saving up to shoot the film.
During that time I worked with DP Brent Mata to develop the look of the film. We tested lenses, storyboarded scenes and researched our look (aka watched loads of movies together). I scoured the greater LA area looking for the right talent while costume designer Ashley Heathcock designed and built custom looks to bring the characters of the story to life. Production designer Justin McClain designed and built the sets leading up to the shoot. And production ran smoothly thanks to Producer Gabrielle Roussos...
Which brings us to today. The film is shot. Picture is locked.
But I now need your help to cover the final costs of Visual Effects, Sound Design and Original Score Composition in order to complete the film and submit it to the festival circuit.
Utu is an exploration of time, space and ego, asking even after we create god-like technology, allowing us to travel back in time, can we ever actually change history and the world for the better? Or are we doomed to live out the same cycles over and over again, never learning from our mistakes.
"UTU" - Tom Szymanski
"SHAMAN" - Giancarlo Ruiz
"MUN-GAL" - Eileen Gonzales
"KAB-TA" - Lovie Johnson
Once the film is completed, it will be submitted to the festival circuit, with a goal of premiering at Sundance 2018. After that, it'll be SXSW and beyond.
Only with your help will I be able to see this through. I can't wait to share the final finished film with you.
Risks and challenges
Post production is a long winding road full of detours, up hill battles and long stretches where only faith can suffice. But at the end of the road, there is a complete film.
I have all the elements I need to craft a polished professional film, I just need help paying for them. I wish I could afford to self finance this whole project but I unfortunately can't. That's where you come in.
With your help, I can finish my movie. I can't wait to share it with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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