THANK YOU FOR GETTING US TO OUR GOAL!
Now that we've reached our minimum, we can focus more on all the aspects of post-production. Getting us to our stretch goal will go toward:
- More substantial budget for color grading
- Music licensing/composer's fees
- Budget for further professional assistance on effects
- Festival fees
The support that has gotten us this far has been immense - this couldn't happen without you. THANK YOU.
A young woman visits an old family cottage in an attempt to shake off her melancholy. When she arrives, she discovers another world she had forgotten - and with it, the temptation to leave the human world behind.
Brynn is a recent college graduate, already feeling the weight of adult life pressing down on her and finding it difficult to cope. Laika is her boyfriend, a guy who works his bike messenger job just enough for food and beers. Brynn impulsively takes them on a road trip to her uncle’s cabin in a faraway town. Though she hasn’t been there since she was a child, she becomes sure that the mountain air and solitude will provide some kind of respite from responsibility and stress.
After only a day or two at the cabin, the two begin to notice signs that they’re not alone - bonfires only a mile or so away at night, things appearing to move in the woods - and as Brynn’s anxiety rises, they start to consider just going home. Before they can, though, the appearance of a mysterious masked figure named Rue stops them in their tracks.
Rue, a non-human creature from the woods, knows Brynn by name. He insists that she used to visit him in the woods when she was a child. Although initially terrified, Brynn slowly begins to recollect memories from her childhood. With her reemerging memories, and Rue’s guidance, she discovers another world deep in the forest, a place where she has the ability to create and experience anything she wishes.
Their relationship already rocky, the pull of this other world puts even more distance between her and Laika. Tensions rise, and as Brynn becomes more comfortable in her own world, Laika feels cast out of his. When things reach a boiling point, Brynn will have to choose between two lives - and hope that either will last after her decision.
Everyone craves nostalgia - what if you could have it? What if you could live in it?
In movies like Spirited Away or Pan’s Labyrinth or MirrorMask, a young character engages with fantasy as an embodiment of the scary realities of growing up. But Brynn grew up - she’s faced the scary reality, and she’s afraid she can’t handle it. For her, DimLand is her ultimate escape. How could anything compare?
Where We're At
The movie has already been written, shot, and taken into post-production. Right now, editing and visual effects are nearly complete. The movie has gone through rough cut screenings and feedback sessions and is nearly in a final form - just a few things are left before it's off to festivals.
What We Need to Do
The money we raise is going directly to post-production sound. This means audio mixing, foley, and sound design, so that it sounds like a real movie. Studio Unknown, a post-sound facility with recent credits on Above the Shadows, Paddleton, Mercy Black, Wonder Woman, and many more independent and mainstream films, is ready to get to work on what needs to be done. Color-correction and grading are also necessary and constitute the rest of the expenses.
We've done something crazy putting together this country-spanning fantasy movie with favors and hustling, but when it comes to post-production polish, it comes down to money. $10,000 is the bare minimum we need to raise, even with generous prices from friends of the production.
Martha Brown - Brynn
Originally from Portland, Martha moved to Chicago to study English literature and acting. This is her film debut.
Odinaka Ezeokoli - Laika
Odinaka is a Chicago-based comedian hailing from Atlanta. In addition to being featured in the second and third seasons of the critically acclaimed Netflix show “Easy” and Emmy-nominated webseries “Brown Girls”, he has opened for acts ranging from Hannibal Buress to Marc Maron and also performed at comedy festivals across the country.
Nate Wise - Rue
Nate Wise is a Chicago-transplant living as an actor and artist in NYC. Nate writes and performs music under the pseudonym “Sky Adler.” He has studied improv and acting at IO and UCB.
Peter Collins Campbell - Director, Writer, Editor, Producer
Peter began making films seriously by early high school, featuring in film festivals at 14 and beginning professional video work at 17. Since then he has explored music videos, working with nationally recognized artists like Saba, Nico Segal, Chance the Rapper, Noname, Towkio, Jamila Woods while continuing to make films. Most recently, his short film "Summer Vacation", which premiered with an interview on DirectorsNotes.com on July 23rd, after a successful international festival run over the last year.
Josh Kundert-Gibbs - DP, Producer
After graduating NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Josh Kundert-Gibbs immediately entered the New York film industry, crewing on high profile shows and films like Showtime’s “Billions” and shooting music videos and short films (including a previous collaboration with Peter, the 2018 short “faking”).
Lauryn Green - On-set Sound
Lauryn Green is a director, writer, sound engineer, professional crew member, production designer, and editor. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media and Broadcasting and a minor in English, concentrated in Creative Writing. Lauryn has directed, written, edited, assisted in production, and designed sound for both feature films and short films.
NICKVISUALS - VFX Animation
After getting his start in a music video production team, Nick pivoted from live action videos to animation, creating fully animated music videos and content under the name NICKVISUALS. More recently he has expanded to music production as well, as a member of the international hiphop group Black Serbs.
Risks and challenges
Major risk is subverted with this project because the film is almost completely finished, and the only things left to do are exactly what the money is for. There is a version of this film that could be released immediately, it just wouldn't sound great.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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