All information for MAGNETIC will be updated at: http://magneticthemovie.com
UPDATE 10/10/2013 - Stretch Goals!: Thanks to your very generous support we've reached our initial goal to meet the minimum amount needed to get MAGNETIC off the ground after just two weeks of this four week campaign. We want to share something that we've been dreaming up for the film that will raise our budget over the original $10,000 projection. If this campaign surpasses $10,000, we will be able to ideally realize the building of a special device that's integral to the plot.
Another one of our major goals is to reach 200 backers. It's really special and important to us to have as many people as possible be part of our movie! So don't be afraid to even pledge just $1. We've come up with two incentives to try and help make that happen.
If we surpass 200 backers:
- We'll mail everyone a postcard from set signed by cast and crew.
- We'll provide a free MP3 download package of all of our major music releases - that includes, all of the releases from: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, Darling Pet Munkee, Space Balloons, The Motion Sick, Blitzkriegbliss, and a sundry of other tracks, in one big musical bundle.
On December 31st, at 11:58:07 PM Coordinated Universal Time, Earth, the third planet from the star sol will have its atmosphere ripped to shreds by an unlikely combination of magnetic forces from the largest directed coronal mass ejection in the history of the galaxy and the rapid seconds-long polar reversal of the geomagnetic field. These forces will shatter the protective layer on the once stable, life-sustaining planet in an instant. Everything we know will become nothing. Maybe it already has.
MAGNETIC is the story of Alice, who having failed at life in New York City, grabs her favorite collections of mixtapes, returns to her desolate, rural hometown, and finds a job calling people to inform them that their children have died. It does strikes her as a little unusual that the office is hundreds of feet underground in a former bunker under a sheep farm, but her life has drained her of virtually all emotional response.
She has the sense that she is being watched and that something about the cassette tape with the "play me" label isn't quite right, but she could never even imagine why she is so essential to the preservation of all life on Earth.
We're very excited to make this movie as a followup to our first feature TEN - http://tenthemovie.com. We really enjoyed playing with genre and tone in TEN and hope to explore some of the same kinds of movement in MAGNETIC.
We're really interested in working with the slow, psychological, tonally focused feeling presented in compelling films like: Andromeda Strain (1971), Solaris (1972), Pi (1998), Primer (2004), Moon (2009), Drive (2011), and Upstream Color (2013).
Because the early part of the story focuses on failure and isolation, we've chosen to match the creative process to the film experience. Only one actor will be in the film. We were very excited to cast Allix Mortis for the role! Allix is an award-winning mess maker, booty shaker, and soul stealer from Boston, MA. Allix screams and sings in a few bands, performs regularly with a variety of burlesque beauties and drag personalities, and occasionally hosts fancy dinners and drawing sessions. Off stage, Allix lives a quiet life as a writer and designer.
As we have significant backgrounds in music (http://sophiacacciola.com - http://michaeljepstein.com), we are also very interested in using the film to explore the effects of music on mood. So much of our early lives was shaped by listening to (and making) mixtapes. The goal of a mixtape was to create a complete mood/tone experience by curating and integrating a set of songs to generate just the right ebb and flow. Mixtapes also play a major role in our character's life, guiding her experience and ultimately, playing a pivotal role in the film's plot. We'll be creating all of the music, which will span across a range of styles and genres.
While there is only one actor in the film, the supporting cast also includes the sheep of the Lazy Ewe Farm in Western, NY.
The primary parts of the film will be shot using affordable, high-quality cameras such as BlackMagic or 5D, but there will also be experimentation, shooting segments using old-style surveillance/security cameras as the viewer's perspective follows different aspects of the plot/experience.
As we're still paying off debts for TEN, we have designed this film to be an inexpensive followup that can keep us working to make movies that really interest us without going bankrupt. Still, the full cycle of this film is budgeted at $10,000 (we believe this to be a realistic budget based on our prior experience and the small production scale we are looking at). None of the money raised will be paid to us personally. It will go into hiring and feeding cast and crew, travel (shooting in the Boston area, NYC, and Western NY), buying and renting equipment and props, festival submissions, and miscellaneous post-production costs, including special effects design.
For those interested in our previous feature, TEN, we are happy to report that it is now in the cycle of film-festival submissions and we hope to have it premiere in early 2014 with a late-2014/early-2015 release. Rather than waiting for the life cycle of that movie to finish before we begin our next feature, we are eager to jump right into production for MAGNETIC so that there will not be a long delay between films for us.
We hope that you will choose to believe in us and help save the Earth from MAGNETIC destruction!
Sophia and Michael
We also have been getting a lot of inquiries from people who want to help with the movie in other ways. We will post any opportunities that arise at http://magneticthemovie.com/helpout
This project is part of the Kicking it Forward initiative: http://www.kickingitforward.org/
Risks and challenges
Making movies is a lot of work. We have already made a feature film (http://tenthemovie.com) and understand all of the stages and processes that go into transforming a concept into a finished film. We will work with unrelenting determination to ensure that this film gets completed. We have a minimal production team and a one-person cast, so we have control over virtually every stage and we are not relying on many others to complete the film.
If the world is destroyed on December 31st by a magnetic storm, we will refund everyone's money.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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