Current goal : Audiobook read by the author
2500€ - 92.2% Complete
H+ is an anticipation science-fiction epic, focused on the rise of robotics and cybernetics. Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1k0NYo8DQ
The story takes place twenty years from now, in a burgeoning coastal town of a developing country. As modern technology spreads at an increasing rate, society comes face to face with the apparent necessity to regulate civilian use, while police and military get all the latest toys.
On both sides of the emerging conflict, characters try their best to act with virtue. Chloe is a journalist who dreams of having her eye replaced with a camera. On the day her boyfriend joins an augmented police task force, she meets Jake, a little boy badly hurt in fire, now in a full-body prosthesis bearing the wrong skin color. Together, they explore the possibilities offered to them by modern science, until law and order come crashing down...
There are no villains here: there are only humans and trans-humans.
Although it has a tragic dimension, H+ is an uplifting story, designed to shed a positive light on the amazing technologies about to revolutionize the human condition. I'm aiming for a tale that whole families can enjoy, and which will give to every generations reasons to look towards the future with impatience.
Following classics of the cyberpunk, this screenplay layers dramatic action with strong social commentary. It is, after all, very ironic that present times feel like 80's sci-fi.
But I never read screenplays, why should I care?
You're missing out on a great medium. The script of most films are freely available online. As an example, here's a link to the screenplay of Children of Men, by Alfonso Cuarón. Besides, if you read on, you'll find out I'm offering to make a novel and audiobooks!
This campaign is dedicated to helping me financially throughout the writing of the screenplay. H+ is not even in pre-production yet: everything remains to be done.
The layout of the story is complete, and I've already started writing scenes. However, time is a factor with anticipation sci-fi: producing a movie takes years, and in order to quicken the process, I need your support.
If this campaign succeeds, I will be able to deliver a complete draft to the backers by the end of 2017, and potential derived products (novelized version, audiobooks) during 2018.
Backers can receive:
Copies of the script, and any unlocked stretch goal (novelized version, audiobooks), upon completion
On the condition that you sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), you will be granted access to a private forum offering:
- Early access to the script, and frequent updates as scenes get written and rewritten
- Community feedback on the story, characters, setting, etc.
- A way for the community to share cool new tech that would amaze in a sci-fi epic, and make H+ as scientifically accurate as possible
Collector items with official H+ logo: T-shirt, Hoodie, Coffee Mug, Buttons
With your support, I would like to distribute H+ in various forms, in order to let the story reach a wider audience and facilitate production of the movie. Think of them as derivative products.
As such, the first step would be to write a novelized version. This can be done quickly enough to be released shortly after the screenplay, as a DRM-free e-book (and PDF). Beyond that, I'm very interested in doing audiobooks. A reading of the novel by myself (the author) would come first, alongside a version read by multiple professional actors with sound effects, if all the stretch goals are unlocked.
1800€ - novelized version in e-book form
2500€ - audiobook read by the author
4000€ - audiobook with professionnal actors
5000€ - add sound-effects, ambients, music
Once the script is complete, I intend to send it to several prominent film directors, in hope that one of them will make me an offer. That's how it works: the commercial value of a screenplay is impossible to predict.
On the other hand, e-Books and audiobooks have standard prices, and I have a tendency to sell my work rather cheaply, so the novelized version could be sold for approximately 2€, while audiobooks would range from 5€ to 15€ depending on the production level. In any case, I'm all for DRM-free content, as the purpose of this whole enterprise is to let H+ spread and get people hyped at the idea of seeing the movie.
Meanwhile, I'd like to contact producers, because (let me be transparent here) the chances of this script coming to the screen are much higher this way.
Risks and challenges
In no particular order:
H+ is a working title. It is also the symbol used by the Transhumanist party, and the title of a web-series on this same topic. As a result, I can safely say that the final text will have either a subtitle, or a completely different title, since I am in no way affiliated with either Zoltan Istvan or Bryan Singer.
I'm currently working as a consultant in film, and my schedule doesn't always allow for continuous writing. Your support will obviously help, but the frequency of my updates on the H+ Brainstorm Committee is likely to be erratic.
Following the news in science and technology can be very challenging at times. I'm hoping that the H+ Brainstorm Committee can be a place of friendship and mutual enlightenment, because I would hate having to moderate user activity. Although I will.
I wish I could make promises about the movie, but at this stage it would be highly unprofessional of me. The production business works by steps, and it's important that the screenplay is complete before anything else happens.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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