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A father embarks on an ambitious deep sea expedition to find solace in the shadow of his son's looming death.

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What is SEA ODYSSEY? 

SEA ODYSSEY is a short, live-action narrative film that will be created in 2014 by a team of young, passionate filmmakers at the Savannah College of Art and Design in collaboration with award-winning visual effects artists. 

Ok, cool.  So, what's the film about? 

At the heart of the story, SEA ODYSSEY is about a father-son relationship.

The film's central character is OLIVER SCOTT, a highly-esteemed automobile designer.  The story is set into motion when Oliver learns that his son HUCK has a rare, terminal blood disease.   Upon learning this news, Oliver is overcome with guilt, burdened that he hasn't spent enough time with his son.  Desperate to make up for lost time, Oliver attempts bringing to life Huck's greatest passion – a love for deep sea exploration – but in doing so, must ultimately come to terms with past decisions he's made in his life. 

Huck fixated by the majestic quality of a white Beluga whale (Key art by Corin Howell)
Huck fixated by the majestic quality of a white Beluga whale (Key art by Corin Howell)

Our film will be a highly visual experience.  Only told with a minimal amount of dialogue, the lines in this movie will serve strictly as a tool for pushing the story forward and enhancing characterization.  The story heavily explores the intimate relationship between parent and child, and deals greatly with themes of regret, loss and immortality. 

"When I grow up, I want to go on deep sea expeditions..."
"When I grow up, I want to go on deep sea expeditions..."

Who are you guys? 

We’re a team of young, motivated filmmakers at the Savannah College of Art and Design with a passion for quality storytelling. It’s our goal to create films that are compelling, universal and enrich the lives of its audiences. Coming off the successes of our last short film, we’re ready to take on a film project that's bigger and better!  We strongly believe this is that project. 

Timothy Cella (Co-Producer), Madison Absher (Art Director) and Adam Nelson (Writer/Director/Co-Producer) on set of their previous film, Where the Mangos Grow
Timothy Cella (Co-Producer), Madison Absher (Art Director) and Adam Nelson (Writer/Director/Co-Producer) on set of their previous film, Where the Mangos Grow
Cinematographer Tate McCurdy (left) and Director Adam Nelson (right)
Cinematographer Tate McCurdy (left) and Director Adam Nelson (right)

Can you guys really pull this off?  I mean, you're just kids. 

We can ABSOLUTELY pull this off – but not without YOU. (Yes, YOU)!  

The past experiences of our entire team have led us to this very moment and we're more than ready to make a film of this scale (despite being "just kids").  Our previous short film, Where the Mangos Grow involved a cast and crew of more than 75 individuals and was a tremendous learning experience for all of us.  (As we speak, Where the Mangos Grow is now circulating the film festival circuit all around the world).  With our previous project, we got to experience first hand how a large film production operates – and this next production will be even bigger!  We've got lots of locations, costumes, professional actors, extras. We've spent months upon months putting in hard work preparing to start production at the end of January.  The only thing in our way is the funds to get started... 

Ok, but what about those fancy visual effects you're talking about?  I thought those movies could only be made in Hollywood.  

We're extremely fortunate to be collaborating with an award-winning visual effects company, FUGO STUDIOS, whose visual effects are top notch and incredibly stunning.  The team at Fugo Studios shares our passion for quality storytelling and is eager to help us bring the visuals our film to life.  You can watch their show reel below:  

Where is all this money going?  

Believe it or not, we're making this film at a relatively low cost.  Big visual-effects films and period pieces like this one usually cost a LOT of money to make (we're talking millions), but we're making an effort to be as creative as possible with our budget. However, at the end of the day - no matter how creative we get – we still have some expenses to cover in order to pull off this vision.  Just to name a few... 

  • LOCATIONS & PRODUCTION DESIGN:  In order to create believable settings for this 1960s story, we're going to have to renovate a lot of the locations we're shooting at – and even build a few sets from scratch.  Additionally, we have already locked down all of the locations we plan to shoot at and many of them will cost money to use. 
Set render of Oliver's office by Rebecca Runyon
Set render of Oliver's office by Rebecca Runyon
Set render of Huck's bedroom by Rebecca Runyon
Set render of Huck's bedroom by Rebecca Runyon
  • COSTUMES:  When it comes to costumes, it's our goal to get every detail exactly right.  Everything that we put in front of the camera should sell the world of the time period in which the story takes place. That means buying fabrics for costume design and buying/renting various vintage clothing. 
  • CATERING/CRAFT-SERVICES:  A fed cast & crew is a happy cast & crew. We will need to feed our hard working team everyday to keep them happy and healthy throughout production.
  • CASTING:  We've spent months auditioning professional actors from all over the country for our movie (seriously, all over the country).  Many of the actors we're planning to cast belong to SAG (the Screen Actors Guild), which means we'll have to abide by certain pay rates and provisions.  We'll also be providing our out-of-town talent with lodging and covering their travel expenses.
Meet Jan Harrelson, who will playing the lead role of Oliver Scott.  Harrelson is an immensely talented actor most notably known for his roles in The Walking Dead, The Last of the Mohicans and Parental Guidance.
Meet Jan Harrelson, who will playing the lead role of Oliver Scott. Harrelson is an immensely talented actor most notably known for his roles in The Walking Dead, The Last of the Mohicans and Parental Guidance.
  • EQUIPMENT RENTAL:  In order to create the visual aesthetics we envision and achieve the shots we have planned, we will have to rent additional production equipment beyond what our school provides for us.  (Process trailers, generators and additional lighting, etc)  

When will this film be complete? 

We’ve already put months and months into getting this film ready for production.  Our locations are locked, our crew is assembled, we’re finishing up casting and our production schedule is planned down to the minute.  The production of this film is set to take place over a five week period in January and February. Following that, we’ll go straight in post-production, polishing the final cut and getting it ready to premiere at film festivals all across the world.  Our goal is to have a final cut of the film with VFX, score, sound design and coloring completed by the end of May 2014.

What is the end goal for this project? 

Our end goal is a simple one - to create a meaningful and visually-stunning film that reaches as large of an audience as possible.   It is our hope that our film will be showcased at prominent film festivals all across the world (to the likes of Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, etc.)

Alright, I'm in!  How do I help? 

After taking a moment to calm down from excitement, click that big green button to the right of our video that says, “Back this Project” and become one of our backers!   Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge amount, direct you to claim your reward and provide further instructions to signing up. Signing up to become a Kickstarter member is a very simple process and only takes a few minutes.  Once you've backed our project, help spread the word by sharing our campaign with your family and friends on all of your social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)!

Also, please keep in mind that you will only be charged if we achieve our minimum funding goal of $16,500.   This is an ALL-OR-NOTHING campaign!  

Thinking about making a sizable donation to our project? 

Did you know that our film is a Section 501(c)3 non-profit and your gift may qualify as a charitable donation for federal income tax purposes? 

It's true.  We’re making this film purely out of artistic ambition and decided to obtain a non-profit status. We advise you to consult with your tax advisers or the IRS to determine if your contribution is deductible. You can also contact us directly with further questions.  We'd love to hear from you! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

A lot goes into putting a large-scale film production together like this one. With a million different things going on at once, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what challenges lie ahead of us – but let's be honest, some little thing is bound to go wrong someplace in our journey...

That's just life. An actor’s flight could get canceled the weekend they’re supposed to fly in for shooting or maybe the weather will delay production back a day if we’re scheduled to film outside. The possibilities are endless.

We endured MANY challenges during the production process of our last film, Where the Mangos Grow – but we never gave up and didn’t stop until the film was finished. We will continue to embrace that same philosophy until this film is complete and shared with the world.

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