About this project
Ca. 80 min / color
Languages: English & Japanese
Fonotune is an electric fairytale set during a single strange day in an undefined future. It follows the street hooker Stereo, the lo-fi cowboy Analog and the wordless drifter Mono on their odyssey through a weird world, as they deliver a cassette tape to a mysterious person. They have all kinds of strange encounters, but as mankind has grown indifferent to what’s happening around them, one major thing seems to have gone unnoticed:
It’s the last day on earth.
In the final hours of this day, the protagonists break through the city wall and step onto the vast white desert plains, where they finally meet Blitz, the guy who wants the tapes. He turns out to be quite a character! But why on earth did he want those tapes?
"This is the film I always wanted to make, it combines all the things I’m passionate about. I started developing the characters and the world about 5 years ago, channelling all my love for Japanese Cinema, Graphic Design and Comics into this idea. In the end I took the thousands of notes I had written and wrote the script to the film you’re seeing here. Fonotune is a passion project that’s been entirely independently financed. So many creative, dedicated people have collaborated with us and I'm really proud of what we have achieved so far." (Fabian Huebner, writer & director)
"I wanted the story to happen under a vague but ever-present chance of a possible apocalypse; electricity fills the sky, everybody wears antenna headphones and listens to music all the time, oblivious to what’s happening around them. It’s a retro-futuristic, empty urban landscape with no trees or animals, where people have basically stopped communicating with each other." (Fabian Huebner)
Fonotune can be divided into two parts:
- The city part: following the characters on their journey, through a weird future (we have already shot this part in Tokyo and Berlin).
- The desert part: The characters leave the city to finally find the person who wants the tapes (character played by Seiji from Guitar Wolf).
The 2nd part of the movie is in pre-production at the moment. With your help we’ll be able to finish principal shooting this summer!
Writer & Director Fabian Huebner made his directorial debut with avant*garde, a series discussing arthouse films and their directors, which received widespread critical acclaim. The documentary feature Visiting Uwe (2008) followed, a portrait of controversial filmmaker Uwe Boll. Fabian lives and works as a director and designer in Berlin.
Crew includes Jon Britt, the Cinematographer behind the film's striking images, visual effects artist Stefan Ihringer and a bunch of great designers like The Smirk and Musclebeaver.
Musical talents like Antoni Maiovvi and Overthrill, along with indie label Audiolith, are on board to create Fonotune's soundtrack.
Energeia Films is the US co-producer for Germany's Future Past Films.
Also, thanks to Pylon FM for the great support!
In a way, Fonotune is more than a film. It’s an art project with the film being the centrepiece. It’s a world that will also exist in comics (every character gets their own Graphic Novel, created by various international artists) and there are the many logos, objects and props that were specially designed and made for the film. Back in February, we held an exhibition in Berlin, FNTNISM, to show off all these design elements.
All the money donated here goes towards finishing principal shooting of the movie. We already have a very talented post-production team in place, but first we need to shoot these spectacular desert scenes to give them something to do!
We have a lot of great ideas that we would like to make reality, but a lot of it doesn’t come cheap. This money will go towards equipment rental, travel and accommodation of the cast & crew as well as the making of props and costumes!
Risks and challenges
Like every indie film production, we face plenty of challenges along the way. So far with Fonotune we've overcome disruption by nuclear disaster in Fukushima, slept on floors and lived on little balls of rice.
The great news is we're already well into production and have some spectacular footage in the can! This is the home stretch of principal shooting, so we've already established a way of working that's getting the results we're all really proud of.
We have a team of experienced filmmaking warriors, who will not stop until this film is finished and it's the best it can be!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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