30 years into the future, technology has developed to the point where everything is automatized: everything, but emotions. Emotions are the only thing that bring uncertainty and are subsequently thought of as a contagious disease and public enemy.
The story follows Atlas and Indigo, a loving couple who live an easy paced life. What Indigo doesn't know is that Atlas has a secret, and is struggling to maintain it so.
This short explores the anxiety of shame, self judgement, and having to accept an insensitive society who not only marginalizes emotions, but that considers them to be the root of all evil.
The characters are Indigo and Atlas, a loving couple who will have to face the dilemma of following or not the convictions of a world where emotions are a disease. He is a “sick” character under the influence of the Emotional Disease who struggles to conceal his symptoms to a society who judges him as “impure,” “undesirable,” “crazy.”
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Marieta Caballero (Director/Scriptwriter/Producer) I'm a self taught filmmaker and scriptwriter. I started making shorts at age 14 and since then I've been collaborating with the same group of friends. You can meet some of them reading below. Films are a way for me to frame questions and discover answers. The last short film that I directed was called "The Collection" (click here to know more), based on a feature film that I wrote around the idea of the importance of culture, discovery and curiosity. It achieved the Best Young Creator Award from the Comunidad de Madrid, and Best Script Award from the Notecortes Film Festival. Now we are heading into this new project: Emotional Disease.
"I often think about the technology, how it's shaping the future and where it's heading us to. The concept for this story came to me as I read a quote that was similar to this: “In the future, everything will be automated except human emotion.” (I can't remember where it's from, if you do, email me!) This led me to think… “If technology makes everything automated, hence predictable, except human emotion, then emotions are a risk because they cannot be predicted. It is a hazard to certainty.” If this were to happen, public institutions would like to minimize the impact of emotions. And, in the end, emotions are a series of electric reactions in our brain that trigger hormones and chemicals. Medicine could manipulate our brain as to not to have these “symptoms.” The cure to emotions is real; creating a future of certainty minimizing suffering. With this short film, I want to open up the debate over emotions and mental health: why are there certain emotions that are almost considered to be a disease in society? When did “being emotional” become such an insult?"
Antonio Sanz (Cinematographer) With a degree in Cinematography by the ECAM, Antonio is the person who shapes the light and visuals of a scene and is arguably the most essential collaborator to the director (me). His job is to translate what I have in my head into the screen. Since we started collaborating many years ago, Antonio has become a friend. Excellence is his aim in everything he does and he has the uncanny ability to find the one place in any room that is going to give the scene and the actors the right shape and placement. He’s a gifted cinematographer with his own perspective that he brings that into everything we do.
Juan Luis Martínez (Art Director) is a freelance artist/film-maker/storyteller. He started making films at the age of 12, since then he has been producing his own short films and collaborating with other film-makers in several proyects, mainly as art director. In 2015 he took care of the mise-en-scène of my previous short film: "The Collection". This film will be our second collaboration. He volunteers and actively collaborates in the Contemporary Art Center of Madrid. At the moment he is developing various freelance and personal projects while studying “Film, TV and media studies” at Carlos III University in Madrid.
Daniel Villaseñor (First Asistan Director) is a Castilian short film producer and cofounder of Co.Cinema, a film production company with a digital orientation. He got into the filmmaking at age 15 and has taken courses at ECAM and ESCAC film schools. Some of his work is "The Oldster" (a short film by Rush Smith) and "The Collection." He is currently working on Emotional Disease as well as a documentary of the artist Amelia Moreno. He is also a student of the Art History and Criticism degree at UNED University.
César Gallego Serrano: His musical education began at the age of six. By the age of eight, he was admitted into the “Amaniel” Professional Music Conservatory. After four years of elementary level training as a pianist with an outstanding grade, he passed on to the next level – a six-year study program always obtaining the highest grades. Throughout the 10-year study program, he was awarded many prizes for piano performance. Outside of the Conservatory, he has received the Honorable Mention of the “Hazen Award”. At the age of 18, he was admitted to the Piano Performance degree of the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music, later transferring into the Composition program due to his new-found passion for the subject. Currently, he is studying the last year of the five-year undergraduate degree program in Composition.
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Risks and challenges
Creating a short film is a hard task, so production development and preparation are essential.
We don't consider our project to be too risky, as we already have the actors, shooting days, and experience in creating short films. Besides things like actors get sick on shooting days, accidents, earthquakes, the apocalypse, the emocional disease (or whatever out of our control), there are no foreseeable risks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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