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In a future when technology is an extension of the self, scientists connect the minds of two strangers, creating a new kind of humanity

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This project's funding goal was not reached on October 5, 2015.

About this project

ABOUT US

My name is Brandon Laventure. I write screenplays with my brother Cameron, and with our friends, we turn them into films. For the last two years, we've been working on this science-fiction drama called >1, and it's turning out to be the best thing we've ever done. Now all it needs is visual effects, and we're asking for your help.

SYNOPSIS

In the future, computers are an extension of the human psyche. Dr. Emily Rho is an emotionally guarded psychologist, treating the damaged minds of drone-operating soldiers. She misses the thrill of discovery, until she's invited to work with the illustrious neuroscientist, Dr. Jason Allebach.

They embark on a bold experiment: to connect the minds of two strangers, allowing them to share thoughts, senses, emotions, and memories. Rho has concerns, but the research team and test subjects stand behind Allebach’s vision.

As these people delve into each other’s minds, they become less like individuals, and more like something completely new. Their transformation is profound and beautiful, but comes at a cost. To protect them, Rho must stand firm. To understand them, she must open her mind. 

THE CAST

"Without our boundaries to define us, we'll be lost in a sea of unanswerable questions: What makes an individual? What makes a person?" - Dr. Emily Rho

Jennifer Jelsema on IMdB

"Humanity not only adapts to change, we thrive on it." - Dr. Jason Allebach

Mike Stewart, Pulsar Award Winner

"No one trusts each other, anywhere. If I could see your mind, and you could see mine, we would be like family." - Faisal al-Gharsi

EJ Assi on IMdB

"Whatever I have now, that I might lose, would be worth it to do something that no one's ever done before. Like the first woman on Mars -- you can't put a price on that." - Madison McHale

Katherine Schooler on IMdB

"Maybe 'natural' is just another word for whatever we're used to." - Dr. Hasani Cole

Rico Bruce Wade on IMdB

"There are no secrets, as long as there's curiosity." - Dr. Sydney LaPorte

Megan Mockensturm on IMdB

WHAT WILL YOUR PLEDGE DO?

We shot >1 with the help of a small crew, comprised of the most talented and wonderful people you could ever hope to meet. However, there are crucial elements of the film that even our dream team cannot accomplish without help. Chief among these are the visual effects.

Brain-machine interface is a key component of the film's aesthetic. In lieu of tablets, smartphones, or any computer with a screen, Dr. Rho and her colleagues use an interface that exists solely within the mind. Most of your donation will go toward the visual depiction of that interface.

Concept Art by Chris Russell
Concept Art by Chris Russell
Concept Art by Chris Russell
Concept Art by Chris Russell

When these elements of the film are finished, they'll be alive with ticking graphs, rotating bits of data, and real-time brain visualizations with flickering storms of neural activity.

THE FILMMAKERS

Writer/Director Cameron Laventure & Writer/Producer Brandon Laventure
Writer/Director Cameron Laventure & Writer/Producer Brandon Laventure

Cameron and Brandon on IMdB

Cameron Laventure's blog

Airship Cinema on Facebook

Twitter: @C_Laventure, @fearNflow, @AirshipCinema

Filmmakers' statement:

"With >1, we want to create an engaging and thoughtful drama around the nascent reality of brain-to-brain interface and the potential it presents to the world. The intrigue in this film stems from the power of its characters and the mysteries they present, both to each other and to the viewer. Our film will present a conflict between community and individualism, placing the viewer on an intellectual and moral arc along with the characters. In making this movie, we hope it is imbued with the values of compassion, respect for human life, and courage in the face of an uncertain future."

Thoughts on the film from Writer/Producer Brandon Laventure:

A VISION OF THE FUTURE

>1 is science fiction, but part of what makes it exciting is the inspiration it takes from real-life science. To see some of the Brain-Machine Interface and Brain-to-Brain Interface research that informed this story, visit the website of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis. (We claim no affiliation with Dr. Nicolelis or Duke University. This is just some of the work that inspired us.)

Another exciting aspect of >1 is the technology we used to make the film. To create the headsets worn by characters in the film, we used 3-D printing to make identical copies of the same design that were lightweight, durable, and affordable. For details on the headset creation, or basically anything else we did to make this movie, feel free to read this entry of Cameron's production blog.

Risks and challenges

Broadly speaking, the big risk of any Kickstarter project is that, for one reason or another, it won't get done. In the case of >1, that risk has been minimized by the following factors:

1. The film has already been shot and edited, front to back.
2. Brandon and Cameron Laventure have been working on this for two years, far more time than is still needed to finish it.
3. Brandon has spent every dollar he has and messed up his credit to make this film, so he's certainly not giving up now.

So in anything but the most abnormal circumstances (e.g. society-ending market crash, technological singularity, movies become illegal), this film is getting finished.

Other projects:

We (Brandon and Cameron Laventure) raised funds on Kickstarter for a film called Apocalypse Theory under the name of our production company, Airship Cinema. That film was successfully funded and completed, and all rewards were delivered. The project can be found here: http://kck.st/1MMeGgy

We also raised funds on Kickstarter for a screenplay-in-progress called The Riverview using Brandon's account. The Riverview was succesfully funded, but due to our artistic evolution and some planning mistakes, the film was not completed. We have apologized to our Riverview backers, explained the situation, and offered to either transfer their pledge to >1 or refund their money.

The silver lining of our Riverview experience is that we know what it's like to fund a project that will be successful, and we know what it's like to fund a project too early for us to be sure. That gives us extra confidence when we say that we will finish >1. Too much hard work has already gone into this film for us to change course or lose passion now.

Funds pledged to this project will, after collection and processing by Kickstarter, become the property of Airship Cinema LLC, the production company of Brandon and Cameron Laventure and sole owner of the film >1.

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    Pledge $5 or more
    About $5 USD

    6 backers

    Thanks in the Credits:

    That's right! For only FIVE U.S. Dollars, we will thank you personally for your contribution to the film at the end of the movie's credits! Your name! Right next to some others, ordered alphabetically. Doesn't it just sound wonderful?

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    About $15 USD

    12 backers

    Thanks plus Digital Download of Film:

    Not only will we put YOUR name in the credits, we will also GIVE you a copy of the film to watch yourself, and show your friends and family, and freeze-frame on your very majestic name at the end of said film. You could keep it forever.

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    About $25 USD

    14 backers

    Everything above plus Annotated Screenplay E-book:

    You will get your very own e-book copy of the screenplay that we used to shoot. Featuring storyboards, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and story insights by the Laventure brothers; this reward is perfect for all film buffs and generally nosy people that want to see behind the curtains and into the minds of our filmmakers.

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    About $40 USD

    15 backers

    Everything above plus DVD of the Film.

    YES! We will mail you your very own DVD copy of the film, in the official >1 case! Includes hand-written "Thank you" note and DVD extras! Who wouldn't want a physical copy of this film to hold in their hands and cherish dearly?!

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    6 backers

    Blu-ray Option:

    This one's for all of you Early Adopters out there! For only an additional $10, you can have the same deal as Reward #4 but with your very own Blu-ray, in replacement of a DVD.

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    About $100 USD

    15 backers Limited (158385 left of 158400)

    Everything above plus your own Framed 'Frame':

    We will select a unique frame of the film for you and you alone, printed and signed by the Laventure brothers and send it to you in a lovely frame to hang! Includes both DVD AND Blu-Ray, hand-written "Thank you" note, digital download, and annotated script e-book.

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    About $300 USD

    0 backers

    Now we're really getting into VIP territory. We'll send you your own physical copy of the Annotated Screenplay Book, full of behind-the-scenes stuff and printed on thin slices of compressed plant matter, with a personalized note from the filmmakers written on the inside cover.

    Then we'll record a personalized video thank-you message just for you! Let us know if you're shy, and we'll send it just to you. If you aren't shy, we'll share it with the world so everyone can see your generosity!

    Includes everything above.

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    About $600 USD

    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    Early Bird Associate Producer credit:

    LIMITED OFFER: Along with your AP credit (goes on IMDb), we will send you your very own 3D-printed replica of Dr. Rho's headset from the film. Plus everything above!

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    About $1,000 USD

    1 backer

    Associate Producer credit:

    It's not too late to fulfill your dreams of producing a feature film! With the click of a button you could be an Associate Producer on our film with an IMDb credit, a 3D-printed replica of Dr. Rho's headset, and everything else we've listed above.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Your Brain, Our Movie:

    For four awesome people, we will scan your BRAIN and use it in the VFX of the movie. You heard it here! You could see YOUR brain on the big screen! This includes credit for your performance, and everything listed above.

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    0 backers

    Executive Producer credit:

    To our most generous benefactors, you will receive an EP credit for the film (goes on IMDb and plays at the beginning of film in the opening credits as well as in the end credits). Includes everything listed above (minus the brain scan…unless you really want one, then we can work something out)

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Funding period

- (30 days)