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About the Project by Dalmira Tilepbergen, Scriptwriter and Director of 'Lonely Pine'

My father died in the mountains when I was just 7 years old. The last words I said to him were: “I wish you were dead”. As a result of this, all through my life I have lived with the feeling that it was my fault. I have always felt that my words deprived him of his life and that I was responsible for putting all my family through a lifetime of sorrow and hardship. So now, with this film I want to show my father's soul how much I love him and hope that he has forgiven me. That is why for me this project is more than passion. It has been my life's work, mission and ambition. I want to promote the idea that each of us must accept the responsibility of what we think and say. 

I strongly believe that my story, set in the unforgettable, majestic mountains of Kyrgyzstan will ensure that this project results in a beautiful and honest film with deep emotion, stunning cinematography and pure catharsis. 

My visual inspiration comes mainly from the dramatic, deep emotive Japanese films such as The Naked Island by Kaneto Shindô, Woman in the Dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara, the films of Akira Kurosawa and Korean Director Joon Ho Bong's Mother. However, my musical inspiration comes from north European composers, such as Sebastian Zawadzki, Max Richter, Thomas Bergersen and Jóhann Jóhannsson. I hope that this mix between an eastern vision and western sound will help to make the perception of the film more striking and generate a wider, more global appeal.

I have included some biblical episodes within the story, for example, the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. In the case of Lonely Pine the paradise is the remote pasture high in the mountains of Central Asia, soon to be threatened with encroaching civilization. This paradise is also reflected in the fragile soul of Arno as she loses her innocence and the peace of her unconscious being forever.

We are planning to use a clip from Evita or another popular western film depicting strong women who have made history. We wish to use it as an example to help inspire Asian women, because even today these women are subject to gender infringements which are woven into the cultural traditions of Asia. This part of the world continues to be dominated primarily by men.

Synopsis


Based on true events, Lonely Pine tells the tragic story of Arno, a seven year old girl who is lead to believe that the mole on her lip is a gift from God and that all her wishes will come true. She is a high‐spirited tomboy who lives a carefree life, wishing to be the son her father has never had.

Events take place in a remote pastureland within the high, majestic mountains of Central Asia, a microcosm of the Garden of Eden, untouched by the modern day world. Arno is brought here by her grandfather, a man of wisdom and conscience, to join their family for the summer.

Arno's father is a horse farmer whose strongest wish is to have a son. Her pregnant mother, who has a passion for cinema, also desires this. Arno's eldest sister dreams of finding love, while her younger twin sisters live freely and spontaneously within the beautiful scenery of the mountains.

However, nothing lasts forever and unknowingly their world is about to be destroyed by encroaching civilization. The family's fragile existence is also in jeopardy as Arno's doubt about her father's love for her threatens to break their spiritual relationship.  


Why do we need funding?

We are currently at the development phase and spend much of our time in our office, rewriting the script, researching, applying for funds, casting actors, scouting locations and designing the film. Therefore your contribution will go directly towards helping us to finish development and start pre-production. We need to develop the script further and also to have a cash flow that enables us to build our project. Your involvement will help us to shape the project for the better through:

· Script Development

· Casting

· Design of the film's visual look (eg. storyboarding, pre-visualization)

· Location scouting

· Set construction.

Please note that a large percentage of the funding has already been secured for production and post-production through our co-production companies and we are therefore fully confident that the film will be successfully completed.

The Rewards

You can read more about our rewards on the right hand side of the page but we would like to provide you with details of some of the rewards that we think are invaluable for people passionate about film and the arts:

Private film link: One of the rewards is a private link to Dalmira Tilepbergen's latest film, 'Under Heaven'. This film has been screened at many international film festivals and has won several awards including Special Jury Mention for Best Feature Film debut at the 2015 Montreal World Film Festival and Jury Prize at the New York International Film Festival.

Copy of the screenplay: Dalmira is an incredibly talented scriptwriter. By reading screenplays of great movies, you can see how the pages were translated onto the screen, thereby giving you an insight into how to write cinematically. Get this limited offer reward and compare individual scenes with what you will (soon) see on the screen. Yes, reading 90 pages of printed text (not off the screen!) may seem like a lot of work. However, you will find this extremely thought-provoking, inspiring, rewarding and educational because learning about filmmaking this way is simply invaluable.

Coaching sessions: "Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer, some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts. It might or might not be a love story. It could be a story of dreams, friendship, hope, survival or even death. And every story is worth telling. But more than that, it’s worth living.” - Savi Sharma, author of 'Everyone Has A Story'. Have you ever wondered what that special story your heart remembers and your mind keeps going back to, would look like in a film? Or, perhaps you already have a script, but are struggling with structure or not sure how to begin and where to end? Learn some screenwriting craft tips and tricks in a one-on-one 1 hour Skype or Whats App coaching session with Dalmira Tilepbergen, in either English or Russian. You can ask her any questions in a private, friendly conversation and receive honest and professional feedback.

Copy of Shooting Script: The Shooting Script, with Dalmira Tilepbergen’s handwritten notes, has numbered scenes, camera angles and specific shots and contains directorial requirements to help guide the Director of Photography in setting up the shots and assist the Editor in post-production. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind document where the Director has to make sure that there are sufficient overlaps between shots in order that the editor has a range of options for cutting from one scene to the next. There are specific marks relating to the entrance of main characters, reveals and elaborations to make sure they are covered from several angles. Here, the Director make choices on POV, what to emphasize (or not) and transition types between shots. You will own a unique piece of filmmaking history!

Other ways you can help

Apart from contributing via our rewards system, there are other ways in which you can help us:

· Make some noise about the project!

· Use the Kickstarter share tools to encourage others to support this film.

· Join us @ Facebook (Culterra Magica) and Instagram (arnofilm88)!

Do you have more questions about this project? Please text via Whatsapp to +1-905-334-4966 or email: culterramagica@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

Potential risks in filmmaking can become a reality when the film crew is working at high altitudes far from civilization, using child actors, dealing with live animals (which appear in nearly one third of the scenes) and conducting pyrotechnic and other special effects. Such risks will undoubtedly be faced during the shooting of 'Lonely Pine'. Performing stunts and dealing with many other components and factors that can potentially represent a danger, requires careful preparation. Consequently, the more we are prepared for the unexpected, the less chance that any of the above factors will turn into a serious problem. Risk Management includes research, analysis, preventive measures and having a contingency plan. Risk factors, very often, but not always, tend to lead to an increase in the budget. This is undesirable, so we will calculate and try to minimize the risks prior to commencing shooting.

Real risks are actually predictable, anticipated and can be managed. Others, that may seem to be risks, are more like fears and what-ifs. Although some people may call them ‘risks’, we prefer to call them ‘motivating challenges!'

Challenge 1

Have you ever heard of ‘Development hell’ or 'Development limbo’? This term is used in the film industry to define the most difficult stage of any film project, - securing financing. Sometimes it can take years for a film screenplay to be successfully brought to the screen, and many projects never even see the light of day.

However, we have full confidence in the ‘Lonely Pine’ film project! Our development phase has been financed partially by Canadian company ‘Culterra Magica’, and the remainder through our own contributions, both in hard cash and free labour. There is nothing unusual in this, as many independent projects begin with the filmmakers’ enthusiasm and in-kind donations coming from their own pockets. Now that our development is close to completion, we plan to move into the pre-production stage. This is where your role as one of our supporters becomes extremely important to us. Please help us to overcome this challenge so that we can all win - you, by becoming involved in a great cause and result that you can be proud of, and us, through being inspired by your support and helping us to deliver the film our hard-working team has dreamed about for so long!

Challenge 2

We are extremely confident in this project because we strongly believe that we have a unique and moving story to tell and we feel this story will touch the hearts and souls of millions of people around the globe. In addition, we are a team of film professionals from seven different countries, all dedicated to making this project an unqualified success.

However, we need to get the word out. Your involvement is therefore needed right now, as well as later on in the process, when the film enters the production and post-production stages. We are currently working on our Marketing Plan, and there is one essential part that requires support from film fans like yourself - Social Media. Making the strategy strong and clearly defined is, of course, our job. But in order to make it actually work, we need your help. In today's modern world we text, post, re-post and ‘like’ even more than we communicate face to face. When you spread the word about this project through social media platforms among your family, friends, colleagues and groups you may belong to, you will become part of a tremendous power that is capable of impacting other peoples’ hearts and minds, which we hope will eventually lead to a positive change in Central Asian societies.

'Who needs this change?', you may ask. Well, for example, women who have become hostages of their own cultural traditions and customs, indigenous people who are being driven away from their homes and seeing their land destroyed, world nomadic cultures which are insensibly disappearing, and, in fact, each and every one of us. We all need to remain human and to hear each other’s voices, as well as retaining the ability to communicate, listen, understand and provide a helping hand to those in need. We need all of you, our loyal supporters, to be compassionate and caring. Because we believe that through powerful partnerships, we can achieve a far GREATER work value.

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    Private link to Dalmira's latest feature

    We will send you a private link to watch Dalmira Tilepbergenova's latest film, 'Under Heaven'. This film has been screened at many international film festivals and won several awards including Special Jury Mention for Best Feature film debut at the 2015 Montreal World Film Festival and Jury Prize at the New York International Film Festival.

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    Private Instagram account to the filmset

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    Signed crew t-shirt

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    Authentic Kyrgyz set of 'dushans'

    You will receive a set of three authentic handmade Kyrgyz 'dushans' a.k.a. 'lyangas' ('shuttlecock' in English, or 'jiantzi' in Chinese), similar to those used in the film. Arno, our main protagonist, plays this ancient game better than any local boy. After being played by Kyrgyz children (and adults!) for centuries, the game is still alive. We have a local producer who has agreed to provide us with 'dushans' for the film shooting. We want to make sure everyone on the set, from Director and Producer to actors, technicians and stunt persons, practices this game whenever they have time during the filmmaking process. And we will capture these fun moments on camera for your private viewing on Instagram, which you will be able to see because we will also send you a private Instagram account access for 'Lonely Pine'! PLUS, you will receive a private link to Dalmira's award-winning film 'Under Heaven'.

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    Exclusive behind--the-scenes video

    Why are behind-the-scenes videos so powerful? Human curiosity drives us to wonder how things are made and what is happening in the background of anything we view. We are nosy by nature. An authentic behind-the-scenes video will show everything entertaining that encompasses film production. You will be sent a private link giving you an exclusive opportunity to see 'behind-the-scenes' footage that will be shot by a professional cinematographer with both a documentary and feature film background. PLUS, you will receive a link to Dalmira's film 'Under Heaven' and private Instagram account access.

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    Screenplay signed by Dalmira Tilepbergen

    Dalmira is an incredibly talented screenwriter. However, once she is in the Film Director's chair she must switch this talent off, at least for a while, because she has to translate the story visually to the big screen. By reading screenplays of great movies, you can see how the pages were visually translated onto the screen, thereby giving you insight into how to write cinematically. You will receive a limited hard copy edition of the 'Lonely Pine' screenplay (either in English or Russian) personally signed by Dalmira Tilepbergen. You can compare individual scenes one by one with what you will (soon) see on the screen. Yes, reading 90 pages of printed text (not off the screen!) may seem like a lot of work. Yet, you will find this task extremely thought-provoking, inspiring, rewarding and educational because learning about filmmaking this way is simply invaluable. PLUS we will send you a private link to watch Dalmira's film 'Under Heaven' and access to the private Instagram account.

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    Authentic prop from the film set

    Own a real prop from the film set! In essence, the props are an extension of the character's personality and the prop will give the audience subconscious cues as to how to feel about the character or situation. Each prop has to be 'just perfect' and approved by the film set designer and sometimes the director. The props may be there as an allegory for something else, much in the same way painters would hide clues to the meaning of their paintings in the form of objects. You will receive a small prop you can actually see in the film. PLUS a private link to Dalmira's film 'Under Heaven' and private Instagram account access.

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    One-on-one script writing session

    “Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer, some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts. It might or might not be a love story. It could be a story of dreams, friendship, hope, survival or even death. And every story is worth telling. But more than that, it’s worth living.” - Savi Sharma, author of 'Everyone Has A Story'. Have you always wondered what that special story your heart remembers and your mind keeps going back to, would look like in a film? Or, perhaps you already have a script, but struggle with structure or are not sure how to begin and where to end? Learn some craft tips and tricks in a one-on-one 1 hour Skype or WhatsApp coaching session on scriptwriting with Dalmira Tilepbergen (in either English or Russian). You can ask her any questions in a private, friendly conversation and receive honest and professional feedback. PLUS, you will receive a private link to Dalmira's film 'Under Heaven' and private Instagram account access.

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    Invitation to our wrap party

    “Wrap” is a phrase used to indicate the end of filming, and it is the tradition for a wrap party to be held after principal photography has been completed and the project is ready to go into post-production. The production coordinator is normally responsible for coordinating and hosting the wrap party and will draft the initial invitation list that includes crew, cast, and other individuals listed in the credits. So much fun! Get yourself on the invitation list and join us at our wrap party with the entire cast and crew in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! (Please note that we are unable to provide travelling or accommodation expenses). We will also put your name on the 'Lonely Pine' film website. PLUS a private link to Dalmira's film 'Under Heaven' and private Instagram account access.

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    Dinner with Dalmira Tilepbergen

    Enjoy Dalmira's company at a dinner in one of these cities: Toronto, Los Angeles, Paris, Warsaw, Almaty or Bishkek! Learn about the challenges and rewards of 'Women in Filmmaking' and be the first to hear about fun facts from the 'Lonely Pine' film shooting. Enjoy a conversation with this highly intelligent scriptwriter\director and poet! (Please note that we are unable to provide travelling or accommodation expenses). We will also put your name on the 'Lonely Pine' website. PLUS, a private link to Dalmira's film 'Under Heaven' and private Instagram account access.

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    Visit the film set with overnight stay

    Going to the locations where films have been shot is an extraordinary experience. Knowing that you are in the same place your favorite actor once stood, or where a particular scene was shot, is a visceral thrill. In other words, if you consider yourself a film fanatic — or even if you just enjoy movies a lot — checking out the filming locations whilst traveling (or living) in Kyrgyzstan is a bucket-list must. Visit the 'Lonely Pine' film set and witness the filmmaking process with your own eyes for one day. To an outsider it feels surreal to be on a film set! PLUS, after the experience, enjoy an overnight complimentary stay at one of TripAdvisor's top destinations, 5-star Reina-Kench Eco-Farm in the Issyk-Kul Lake region. (Please note that we are unable to provide any travelling expenses). In addition, your name will appear on the 'Lonely Pine' film website, you will receive a a private link to Dalmira's film 'Under Heaven' and private Instagram account access.

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    Obtain a Co-Producer Film Credit

    If you have watched all the credits roll at the end of a film, you will know that a lot of different people are involved in producing and distributing the film. If you read closely, you may have noticed that rather than listing a single movie producer, the credits named several different types of film producers. 'Lonely Pine' has several Co-producers, including legendary 'Kyrgyzfilm', Canadian 'Culterra Magica', Polish 'Film Produkcja' and French 'Alpha Violet'. They all have various roles and responsibilities of different nature, from providing key talent to applying for grants. As a major investor who is not directly involved in the movie production You (or Your company) will receive a film credit amongst the Co-Producers of the film! PLUS, you will receive all the rewards mentioned above EXCEPT the Shooting Script (unless you are also the first person to make the pledge for it).

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    Shooting script w/Director's notes

    The shooting script with Dalmira’s handwritten notes has numbered scenes, camera angles and specific shots and contains directorial requirements to guide the director of photography in setting up the shots and assist the editor in post-production. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind document where the Director has to make sure that there are sufficient overlaps between shots in order that the editor has a range of options for cutting from one scene to the next. There are specific marks relating to the entrance of main characters, reveals, and elaborations to make sure they are covered from several angles. You will own a unique piece of filmmaking history! You will also have the chance to appear in the film as an extra. (Please note that we are unable to provide travelling or accommodation expenses). We will also include your name in the film credits (under Special Thanks) and on our website. PLUS, you will receive a link to Dalmira's film 'Under Heaven' and private Instagram account.

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