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A soldier during WWII acquires a mystical watch that prevents him from aging. In the present he must deal with the choices of his past.
A soldier during WWII acquires a mystical watch that prevents him from aging. In the present he must deal with the choices of his past.
A soldier during WWII acquires a mystical watch that prevents him from aging. In the present he must deal with the choices of his past.
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Timeless - Short Film

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Stretch Goal! $5500

We hit our initial goal of $4500 with a few days to spare, and the support thus far has been fantastic! If we can hit our stretch goal we will be able to hire a talented Sound Editor who will be able to create a sound design for our WWII scene and the mystical watch that is as equally spectacular as the visual components of the film! We will also be able to afford a day of "pick-ups" in which we get to film additional shots that we either didn't have enough time to get originally or now have realized will make the film clearer. What we have already is great, but there are always a few things you'd like to get a second chance at once you start editing the film together! Any money left over will go toward sending Timeless to more film festivals across the country!

The Story

Timeless tells the story of Oliver, a man who received a mystical golden watch while he was fighting in Germany during WWII in 1945. He discovers that the watch gifts agelessness to the person who possesses it. After the war he returns home to his wife Marie and must choose between love and eternal life. In the present Oliver returns to his old home where Marie has recently passed away. He now has to face the repercussions of his past decisions and Marie's grandson David, who is grieving his loved one's death.

The Crew

Marshall Copous: (Writer/Director)

Marshall is an undergraduate senior graduating this May from the University of Texas. Timeless is his thesis film project and will be the culmination of his film education over the past few years. Marshall has a track record of working on ambitious projects and has been developing this story for nearly a year. His past credits include Dry, which was featured on The Show! and Lights Camera Austin, as well as First Assistant Director on the recent SXSW 2014 hit Arlo & Julie.

Stephen Petro: (Producer)

Stephen has worked to produce a number of films in 4 years at UT. Throughout his time here, he has tried to experience a wide variety of positions on various film projects to learn as much about each medium as possible.  Producing Timeless will be Stephen's thesis project and the final film undertaking of his college career, which he hopes to then take to the film festival circuit.

Taylor Washington: (Director of Photography)

Taylor is a local filmmaker and Hawaiian shirt connoisseur who graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis on Cinematography and Lighting. He's spent his time since then working on numerous narrative features, shorts, music videos, and commercials. Marshall and Taylor met back in High School and will be collaborating together for the first time on Timeless.

Claire White: (Production Designer)

Claire is a graduate from St. Edward's University with a background in graphic design and studio art. She has worked as a production designer in the Austin film community for over a year. With a focus in narrative film, Claire's credits include the design of 18 short films, and feature film Two Step which recently premiered during SXSW 2014. Claire is thrilled to be a part of the Timeless team and looks forward to visually reflecting the story's strong character against its background of passing time. 

The Cast

Ali Taheri: (Oliver)

 Ali was born in San Antonio, Texas, he has been a part of projects in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Austin from Theatre to Film. His Theatre production credits in Las Vegas and LA are as Joe Scales in "Cheaper by the Dozen", Link in the Musical "Hairspray", Arthur King in the original Musical "Saving Christmas" and Anton in "The Blue Room". In numerous films, his most recent is the apocalyptic tale "Stygian Angel" as the lead character Roland and a supporting role as Owen in the Web Series "The Writers Room" currently in post-production.

David Lee Hess: (David)

David has performed in Austin since 1994 when he graduated from the University of Texas. He has led several musical groups including Supersonic Uke and Baby Got Bacteria, and has performed comedy all over Austin as well as improv festivals across the country. In addition to working often with University of Texas film students, David can be seen acting in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance in May at the City Theatre and in episodes of Dallas and NBC’s Revolution in the spring.

Alex Kiester: (Marie)

Alex is an actress, writer, dancer, and native Austinite. She's studied acting for the past two years, and while she's done everything from theatre to commercials, acting for film is her passion. Some of her most enjoyable recent projects have been performing with the Oh, Dragon! Theatre Company in their show "Didn't See That Coming..." and as a recurring character, Kat, in the webseries "Minutesworth." She's thrilled to be a part of this project with such a captivating story and superb cast and crew!

What will the money be going toward?

Because this is a highly ambitious film project there are many costs that we need to cover, as well as the costs that arise with any film production.

  • The creation of our golden watch: We are modeling it after the "Nuremberg Eggs" of the 1500s which are thought to be the origin of the pocket watch. Sadly these are extremely rare and incredibly expensive, so we are going to create our own!
  • Camera/Equipment rentals: We will be shooting on the RED Scarlet cinema camera that has been used on feature films such as The Social Network and The Raid 2. We will also be renting special equipment to achieve some of our complicated cinematography challenges.
  • Period Wardrobe/Props: The film will feature costumes and props that are accurate to the WWII period, such as military uniforms, weapons, and the household antiques that will be used to dress our sets.
  • Location Releases: We will be shooting at a gorgeous old farmhouse out in Elgin, Tx.
  • Paying the Talented Cast
  • Professional Composer/Colorist
  • Catering for the Cast/Crew
  • Truck Rental
  • Film Festival Submission Fees

Risks and challenges

Timeless is an extremely ambitious project, and we wouldn't have it any other way, but with ambition comes many expenses associated with the high production values of filmmaking. For those unaware, if the goal of a Kickstarter campaign is not reached then none of the raised funding will be received.

In order to achieve the vision we have for this project and come out with a fantastic film we are relying on the help of family and friends to support our creative endeavor. The film will require extensive production design, wardrobe, props, and weapons to provide the historical accuracy of the period elements in the story. We are also renting top quality film equipment that the University cannot provide for us to ensure that the technical level of the film will be greater than the average student production.

This being the case the ultimate challenge is that we have set the bar so high that it is crucial we meet our campaign goal or the film will not be possible. We are aware of this risk, and are confident that with your help this project will be one to be proud of.

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