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UTU is a sardonic science fiction short film about a time traveler attempting to end human conflict before it even starts.
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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... 

Costumes designed by Ashley Heathcock
Costumes designed by Ashley Heathcock

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.

 

                                                        CAST

                                            "UTU" - Tom Szymanski

                                      "SHAMAN" - Giancarlo Ruiz       

                                         "MUN-GAL" - Eileen Gonzales

                                        "KAB-TA" - Lovie Johnson

 

A breakdown of where the KS funds will go
A breakdown of where the KS funds will go

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.                                                     

Thats a wrap
Thats a wrap

 

 

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.

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    SPECIAL THANKS!!

    - Receive a SPECIAL THANKS on the Utu website
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    DIGITAL SCREENER

    - Receive a 2K digital screener of the finished film
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    LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT

    - Receive an exclusive limited edition art print with new artwork by artist Malachi Ward
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    LIMITED EDITION COMIC BOOK

    - Receive a new special edition hard copy of the original COMIC with new cover art by Malachi Ward (Only 100 produced)
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    ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

    - Receive a digital copy of the original score for the film
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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE UTU PIN

    - Receive a limited edition kickstarter-exclusive pin (Only 100 produced)
    - A 2K digital screener of the finished film
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    UTU MERCH PACK

    Get all the exclusive UTU merch!
    - Receive a limited edition kickstarter-exclusive pin (Only 100 produced)
    - Receive a new special edition hard copy of the original COMIC with new cover art by Malachi Ward (Only 100 produced)
    - Receive an exclusive limited edition art print with new artwork by artist Malachi Ward
    - A 2K digital screener of the finished film
    - Receive a digital copy of the original score for the film
    - A SPECIAL THANKS on the Utu website
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    IMAGE COMIC'S GRAB BAG

    - Receive signed copies of both mine and Malachi's Image trade paperbacks including the Image Comics series: UNDYING LOVE Vol.1 with art by Tomm Coker, BURN THE ORPHANAGE Vol.1 & Vol.2 with art by Sina Grace, ANCESTOR with art by Malachi Ward and Matt Sheen
    - A 2K digital screener of the finished film
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    COFFEE WITH THE WRITER/DIRECTOR

    - Have coffee and a pastry of your choice with writer/director Daniel Freedman. He'll even read your script/story/comic before hand if you want feedback. Of course just coffee is cool too. (Los Angeles only. Travel not supplied) (If not in LA, we can have a Skype call)
    - A 2K digital screener of the finished film
    - Receive a digital copy of the original score for the film
    - A SPECIAL THANKS on the Utu website
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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK

    - Malachi Ward will draw you anything you want. Pick a character and Malachi will create an original piece of artwork just for you
    - Receive a limited edition kickstarter-exclusive pin (Only 100 produced)
    - Receive a new special edition hard copy of the original COMIC with new cover art by Malachi Ward (Only 100 produced)
    - Receive an exclusive limited edition art print with new artwork by artist Malachi Ward
    - A 2K digital screener of the finished film
    - Receive a digital copy of the original score for the film
    - A SPECIAL THANKS on the Utu website
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

    - Receive an on screen EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the final film + all the exclusive UTU merch!
    - Receive a limited edition kickstarter-exclusive pin (Only 100 produced)
    - Receive a new special edition hard copy of the original COMIC with new cover art by Malachi Ward (Only 100 produced)
    - Receive an exclusive limited edition art print with new artwork by artist Malachi Ward
    - A 2K digital screener of the finished film
    - Receive a digital copy of the original score for the film
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