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A science-fantasy short film about an imaginary friend exterminator’s journey to reconnect with his estranged son and failing business.
A science-fantasy short film about an imaginary friend exterminator’s journey to reconnect with his estranged son and failing business.
A science-fantasy short film about an imaginary friend exterminator’s journey to reconnect with his estranged son and failing business.
40 backers pledged $5,569 to help bring this project to life.

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Figment - A Short Film

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The Synopsis:

An imaginary-friend exterminator, plagued by his failing business and estranged family, must confront his worst fear: a make-believe companion of his own.

The World:

Figment is set in a unique science-fantasy world, in which imaginary friend exterminators are hired by anxious parents to give their kids a competitive edge.

The world of Figment is an amalgam of disparate time periods, a Frankenstein-esque conglomeration of visual cues pulled from clothing, technology, and architecture throughout the 20th century. The idea from the beginning was that the story is set in an alternate timeline in which the world has become overcrowded and hyper competitive. 

Peppers Ghost Test
Peppers Ghost Test

The stresses placed on children in our world to achieve success by any means necessary have been dramatically heightened by way of this fictional setting, and so in a very real way the setting allows our story to be told. 

This overcrowding has produced a culture of desperation - in an effort to be frugal and let nothing go to waste, every day items scrounged from every corner of time and space have been reimagined and repurposed in creative ways. Everything seems vaguely familiar, but nothing is quite right. 

Concept Costumes
Concept Costumes

There is nothing explicitly foreign like in most sci-fi or fantasy films, but outdated items have found new life in a new purpose. 

The priority of form has fallen to the necessity of function. Aesthetics and the power they bring have been forgotten. Metal surfaces once polished and clean have become corroded and filthy. Cloth has been torn asunder by the winds of time. But as long as the cogs keep turning, nothing is replaced. 

It is in this bizarrely creative yet stifling world that our protagonists learn a new definition of the term "success".

Our main character Charlie has found a living in an emergent field - that of imaginary friend extermination. Fed up with the demoralizing process of applying to endless jobs and receiving endless rejection, Charlie pours all of his creative energy into developing a new technology that has been scrounged together from the history littering the world around him. He refines the tech that allows him to "see the unseen" into a usable form. However,  he decides the most lucrative implementation of his revolutionary tech would be to prey on parents' anxieties relating to their children's well-being. 

Charlie's Outfit Concept
Charlie's Outfit Concept

Charlie's business thrives on the fear that unless your child devotes their life from their earliest stages to the most pragmatic career choices, the inevitable end of their story will be one of destitute tragedy. To this end, Charlie also develops a method, admittedly a genius one, to destroy the imaginary friends he finds. He formulates a noxious substance that dissolves them, and uses a pressurized gun to douse the ghostly figures with the aerosolized poison. 

By way of the narrative, Charlie learns that perhaps there's a better way to use the technology he has pioneered. This new path may be the only way to repair the failings in his life, and the lives of others that he affects.

The School/Crew:

California State University Long Beach

 Director & Cinematographer:

Laura Odermatt & Noah Johnson
Laura Odermatt & Noah Johnson

 Art Department:

Sam Tilden & Johnathan Salamanca
Sam Tilden & Johnathan Salamanca

Producers:

David Michael Gutel
David Michael Gutel

 

Donald Nguyen
Donald Nguyen

Sound Team:

Michael Keane
Michael Keane

 

Cameron Lew
Cameron Lew

Costume Designer:

Megan Moore
Megan Moore

The Equipment:

Figment plans to shoot on a variety of different formats.

- Digital: Arri Alexa, The bulk of the shoot will be shot on the Arri Alexa.

- Film: Figment plans to shoot its opening scene with Super 16mm and then the ending scene with 35mm. 

 

Panaflex GII 35mm
Panaflex GII 35mm

 

Atton XTR Super 16mm
Atton XTR Super 16mm

Trust us, it's going to be awesome.

Risks and challenges

The main risk that we face here at "Figment" is the execution of the world.

A lot of work/time needs to be committed before we commence filming, but based on the team that we have assembled, I have full confidence in our capabilities.

The ultimate challenge is that we must go above and beyond in selling the setting, so that its themes and distinct personality can be realized and, ultimately, have a chance to resonate. Thus, if we cannot raise the money, the world-building aspects that will set this project apart simply won't be possible.

As a result, any kind of donation or support (even a simple share) is genuinely appreciated. So, thank you once again -- we cannot wait to bring this universe to life for you!

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    Digital Copy of the Poster.

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    Digital Copy of the Poster.

    You will receive a downloadable copy of the movie once completed. You will be able to view and gain new tips on how to deal with those pesky IF's.

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    Digital copies of all the original art work.

    You will receive a special "Thank You" in the Credits of the film.

    Digital Copy of the Poster.

    You will receive a downloadable copy of the movie once completed. You will be able to view and gain new tips on how to deal with those pesky IF's.

    A big thank you from the cast and crew for helping get this project off the ground.

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    You will receive an invite to set to be an extra. Filming takes place late March and late April. Locations will range from from Orange County to Los Angeles CA. (Travel not included)

    You will receive a personal invention to the first screening in Long Beach, CA. (Travel not included)

    Digital copies of all the original art work.

    You will receive a special "Thank You" in the Credits of the film.

    Digital Copy of the Poster.

    You will receive a downloadable copy of the movie once completed. You will be able to view and gain new tips on how to deal with those pesky IF's.

    A big thank you from the cast and crew for helping get this project off the ground.

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    • Invite to First Screening
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    EXTRA! EXTRA! BE AN EXTRA!
    You will receive an invite to set to be an extra. Filming takes place late March and late April. Locations will range from from Orange County to Los Angeles CA. (Travel not included)

    You will receive a personal invention to the first screening in Long Beach, CA. (Travel not included)

    Digital copies of all the original art work.

    You will receive a special "Thank You" in the Credits of the film.

    Digital Copy of the Poster.

    You will receive a downloadable copy of the movie once completed. You will be able to view and gain new tips on how to deal with those pesky IF's.

    A big thank you from the cast and crew for helping get this project off the ground.

    Includes:
    • Prop from the Movie
    • Be an Extra
    • Invite to First Screening
    • Digital Copies of Original Artwork
    • "Thank You" Screen Credit
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    A piece of the world. Receive a set dressing item from the world of Figment.

    Gain private access to Charlie's tools of the trade. You will receive one prop from the movie, featured in Charlie's locker.

    EXTRA! EXTRA! BE AN EXTRA!
    You will receive an invite to set to be an extra. Filming takes place late March and late April. Locations will range from from Orange County to Los Angeles CA. (Travel not included)

    You will receive a personal invention to the first screening in Long Beach, CA. (Travel not included)

    Digital copies of all the original art work.

    You will receive a special "Thank You" in the Credits of the film.

    Digital Copy of the Poster.

    You will receive a downloadable copy of the movie once completed. You will be able to view and gain new tips on how to deal with those pesky IF's.

    A big thank you from the cast and crew for helping get this project off the ground.

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    A piece of the world. Receive a set dressing item from the world of Figment.

    Gain private access to Charlie's tools of the trade. You will receive one prop from the movie, featured in Charlie's locker.

    EXTRA! EXTRA! BE AN EXTRA!
    You will receive an invite to set to be an extra. Filming takes place late March and late April. Locations will range from from Orange County to Los Angeles CA. (Travel not included)

    You will receive a personal invention to the first screening in Long Beach, CA. (Travel not included)

    Digital copies of all the original art work.

    You will receive a special "Thank You" in the Credits of the film.

    Digital Copy of the Poster.

    You will receive a downloadable copy of the movie once completed. You will be able to view and gain new tips on how to deal with those pesky IF's.

    A big thank you from the cast and crew for helping get this project off the ground.

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- (30 days)