Location : Los Alamos Laboratory, New Mexico U.S.A
Date (Original) : July 19, 1947
Date (Declassified) : January 23, 2013
"Perhaps, you got to this page by accident. Clicking something your finger just happened to slip on. I dont believe in accidents, I believe all things have a purpose, and everything happens for a reason...
By the time this letter reaches you all, I surely, will have been dead for many years. My name is not important to you in your own time. Additionally, due to purposes related to my own protection, I will not give it. What is important for you to know is my work here, as a biochemist. And what that means for you...
What we are about to embark on my friends is a journey. A journey of the most perilous and pertinent of its sort. And you, you my friends have been personally invited to join us on the ride. A decision, that of course with patience, I leave to you.
If you choose to embark, I cannot guarantee you safety from mental or bodily harm, or so much as guarantee we all will return . What I can promise is this. The most thrilling and peculiar adventure of a lifetime, and the assurance that your life and place in the Universe, will never be the same.
My dear friends, what you are about to witness has never been seen and very well, may never be experienced again hereafter. What I submit to you is a project at the apex of mystery, nostalgia and love. You have entered the world, of The Millinnialz... "
The Millinnialz - A Webseries Epic, is an idea developed by Writer/Producer Olusegun Arigbede inspired by Drive-In movies, the antihero archetype and Post 9/11 Society.
A Message From The Producer :
My name is Olusegun Arigbede or just "Shay", and I am a Writer, Director, Editor and Producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Im writing this to go into detail about about an amazing web series we would like to introduce to the World.
I wanted to write and create a project that structurally pushed the Webseries model of storytelling forward, and from a narrative standpoint followed characters that internally were inherently good, optimistic, hopeful and idealistic. However, these characters lived in such a world where characteristics such as these were slowly suppressed and eroded away.
In order to survive, such characters would betray many of the values they hold as important to who they are and how they view their world.
I also wanted to deal with characters who were collectively, perhaps dismissive of their own lives or relationships maybe even completely unappreciative of these things. Their, "way", of life. Its order, perhaps security in its routine and their material things until they were completely gone with no foreseeable way of reconciliation or reconnection.
I always loved post apocalyptic drama, but I think I always was more concerned with the past and bygone present that brought about the "post" apocalyptic situation. What led up to this catastrophe? What events notwithstanding the current tragedy, have formed the characters we see? These questions were always the best to watch unfold to me.
Kickstarter users, our webseries is titled "The Millinnialz" as you know. Millinnialz lives in a world similar and is a cross of "Lost", "The Event", "The Twilight Zone", "Night Of The Living Dead" and your favorite "coming of age" film .
"The Millinnialz" is an action/drama which follows a group of art students who find themselves in the middle of a plot to lower the world's human population and are confronted with the task of figuring out how to stop it. If it can be stopped at all...
Currently our show is ready to move on to the production phase of the project and we are asking for your support. As It stands now, "The Millinnialz", is scheduled for a first season comprised of six ten minute episodes.
Our show features a storyline which will be very demanding on the production's Art Department for things like makeup effects and art, props, special effects, large scale costuming of extras & hair dressing, not to mention gallons upon gallons of fake blood.
Contributing to our pledge goal will help"The Millinnialz" team with the ability to pay for cinematic expenses such as location permits, set dressing, equipment rental costs for things like kino-flo lighting and stedicam rigs, memory cards and extra batteries, c-stands, fresnels, gels, ballasts, focus pullers, dollys & track, tripods, boom microphones, boom poles, lav microphones, sound blankets, viewfinders, monitors, light meters, renters insurance on such items, not to mention rental costs for the camera and lenses and food for the cast & crew on shoot days. Because people get ticked making movies on empty stomachs, just trust me about this (smh).
In addition to our remaining production phase, your Kickstarter pledge will go towards post production of "The Millinnialz" for picture editing and assembly, visual effects, color correction, audio mixing, ADR & folley and final distribution to the web, BluRay & DVD, and film festivals accepting narrative web content.
The problem with much of commercial filmmaking is the shear amount of red tape and protocol one must traverse in the hopes of getting a project created.
Kickstarter and the crowd funding model bypasses this. In return for your pledge we can promise to execute on what we feel is a strongly written script with a Cast & Crew of dedicated and motivated artists.
Confirmed Cast & Crew :
Olando Graves II is a young, up and coming Bay Area based actor who studied Misner & Method Technique under Instructor Rachel Adler. He recently appeared in, "A Soldiers Play" as Private Louis Henson, which ran at the Fort Mason Centre in San Francisco.
Mister Graves is a hardworking and dedicated artist who can be found in numerous Theater & Film productions in 2013, and can be watched Starring in the role of Calvin in... "The Millinnialz" !
Actor Khisa Jones has an extensive background in acting for commercials and various ad campaigns throughout Northern California.
Catching the acting bug as a high school student, Khisa will be bringing her talents to "The Millinnialz" webseries in the role of Sophia!
Peggy is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and obtained her MFA in Motion Pictures and Television with emphasis on Cinematography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
An award-winning and multi-faceted cinematographer, Peggy has collaborated on over 20 films dealing with diverse themes and cross-cultural subjects. Her works are distinct for their heart, energy and perspective. Geared with a spontaneous spirit and an inquisitive mind, every project she dives into becomes an opportunity to discover, create and inspire.
In 2008, she founded Head of the Dog Pictures, a creative shop based in San Francisco, California. She lives in the Tenderloin with her partner Lourdes Figueroa, a poet and freelance photographer. They are happy when sunburnt.
Director Of Photography, Michael Lindemuth, studied camera and attended film school at San Francisco State University. From Petaluma California, Michael has worked on commercial projects and has gained experience working every job within the camera department.
When not working commercial gigs, Mike devotes his time to freelance production work, as well as taking cinematographer positions on independent projects such as "The Millinnialz".
Olusegun "Shay" Arigbede first fell in love with the camera during afternoons spent in Hayward California with his grandma, experimenting and playing with light using her Leica camera. During Middle School, Olusegun was cast as the lead in, "King", where he played Martin Luther King, instantly establishing within him an affinity and respect for the craft of acting.
In 2007, during his first year as staff photographer for Los Medanos College campus publication, "The Experience", Olusegun won multiple California Journalism Association of Community Colleges awards in the areas of Photojournalism, Sports Photography and Editorial Photography winning an additional award for Photojournalism the following year.
Currently, Shay has several projects in various stages of development as screenwriter, director, editor as well as producer and is currently a Graduate Student finishing cinematic study at The Berkeley Digital Film Institute.
This project presents Production Design, Costuming and Set Dressing obstacles we are concerned but confident we can overcome. "The Millinnialz" features a crew comprised of talented people behind the camera hailing from Art Schools and Colleges around the U.S. Including San Francisco State Film School, USC Film School, FIDM, The Academy of Art University, Art Center College of Design and The Berkeley Digital Film Institute.
Our crew has been affiliated with projects that have been accepted to film festivals around the world. What we lack in awards, credits and of course funds, we compensate for in our ambition, enthusiasm, dedication and self confidence in our respective educations and personal preparedness.
The majority of cast & crew working on this project have dreamed of getting to this point, a point where we can truly have an opportunity to showcase to the world what we can do when we come together as cinematic artists.
With that, many of us also understand the stakes of this project and its outcome and we are committed to treating this project as If it could be our very last.
We would like to extend our thanks in advance to you, Kickstarter and the Kickstarter community of filmmakers, playwrites, actors, photographers, painters, musicians, inventors, novelists and fellow artistic contemporaries and users of Kickstarter. You all have been formally invited, into the world of... "The Millinnialz"!
The First Kiss - You'll always remember your first kiss, and we will always remember you. Our sincere gratitude and a shout out on the project's social media pages including twitter, facebook and google+ for this pledge!
The Theorist - The "Truth" is relative. The Theorist knows this better than others. Where some see definitive answers, you see only the beginnings of more grandiose and complex questions. You are prepared to know more.
For this pledge, expect all of the above in addition to a Limited Edition "The Millinnialz" saftey pin button.
The Unassuming Hero - Heroes are not born. They are not made. They are forged in the heat of moments. Consumed by uncertainty, pains and fears where the decision is either fight or run away. Being a Hero is a choice, made in the middle of the most dire of situations. What will you choose to be?
For this pledge, expect a BluRay of the first season of "The Millinnialz" packed with special features including Crew Commentary (upon completion) !
The Artist - Your car has been repoed, your on the cusp of losing your day job, your checking account is negative and your family wont answer calls. But you have your camera, pen, canvas, clay, fabric or turntable and passion to share with the world. And somehow, things will turn out fine. We salute you.
For this pledge, expect all of the above in addition to an Official Production Press Kit including 3 8x10 behind the scenes production stills from our on set photographer. Also, submit your art (music, garment, illustration, sculpting, painting) for a chance to have it featured in a future episode!
The Rebel - Rebellious, sprited, and fighting to the bitter end. This is the way of life for the Rebel. We would have it no other way. For this pledge, expect a Limited Edition Production Movie Poster autographed by the Lead Actor of 'The Millinnialz"!
The Lover - What is love? Can it be accurately descibed or explained? The Lover says no. Love can only be felt. But love is dangerous, and must be handled with care. For it can be used for the benefit of mankind, or morphed into hate.
For this pledge, expect all of the above in addition to printed copy of the Pilot Shooting Script autographed by the cast and Exclusive Original Production Concpet Art!
The Scarlett - For this pledge, expect Authentic "The Millinnialz" props, wardrobe and costuming used during shooting signed by Project Production Designer and Head Of Production Wardrobe for "The Millinnialz"!
The Desciple - Do you want to know a secret? Nothing in the Universe is ever truly created or conversely destroyed. All that has happened in the past will happen again, or does it have to?
For this pledge, expect all of the above in addition to a 30 minute Q & A with Cast & Crew, and a future character in "The Millinnialz" named after you!
The Survivalist - For this pledge, expect all of the above including an All Access Visit to the set of "The Millinnialz" in the San Francisco Bay Area to take in a day of shooting and One hour Q & A with Director Of Photography, Production Designer & Writer/Director!
The 33rd - For this pledge, expect all of the above in addition to an Associate Producer credit inthe Webseries and an all access invite to the series Premiere Screening and Wrap in San Francisco California!
The Believer - You believe in us, and we are grateful to you and your good faith. For this pledge, expect all of the above in addition to an Executive Producer credit for the remainder of the series and and option to work on crew for the next season of "The Millinnialz"!