The Animals is a short film that explores obsession, nature, and the doppelgänger through dark comedy and magical realism.
* * * UPDATE: We now have a blog! Keep up with the production in REALTIME (or near real-time) at http://theanimalsfilm.tumblr.com/
The Animals is a short live action film that explores obsession, nature, and the doppelgänger through dark comedy and magical realism. The film will be shot on location on the streets of LA's Chinatown and in the forests of Topanga in June, 2011. The film is scheduled to be released in Fall, 2011.
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Maude is a monomaniacal young woman transported from her suffocatingly ordered life in the city to the sensational wilderness. She adjusts to the chaos of the forest and her strange new neighbors, but a pair of mysterious twin girls taunt her to return home. As her old life and new life start to blend together, she realizes things may not be what they seem, that she herself may not be who she seems...
This project brings together an amazing group of creative minds, all of whom are dedicated explorers in art and life. This is an opportunity for us to begin a lifelong journey together as filmmakers, to take risks, and to reinvent our world.
This is an indie film! Most of our equipment has been begged or borrowed. We've been very creative and industrious when it comes to getting everything from locations to catering, but we still need some cash to put towards things like costumes, props, and kit rental. We're committed to running a professional production and that also means compensating our cast and crew for their talent and time. By donating, you are showing our collaborators that their work is valued not only by us but by YOU, the Good People of The Internet.
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