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A short film about a man forced to confront his past after he finds a recording device embedded in his ear.

Tiny Tape Recorder is the story of a man who must confront his past after discovering a tiny tape recorder embedded in his ear. Part of a vast government conspiracy, the tiny tape recorder has been recording every single moment of his life since the moment he was born. During the course of confronting this past, DARPA agent Saul Giovanni attempts to guide him towards spiritual health and renewal through the power of the recorded tape.

WHY THIS STORY?

In the modern world, the entirety of existence is being recorded at nearly every instant in one way or another. What then is memory if we have our entire lives to experience at our fingertips? Filled with a mixture of nostalgia and regret, this film wants to push at the boundary between the past that we create in our minds and the past that we choose to forget. Is life what we choose to make it, or is it the largest of all conspiracies put into motion by forces beyond our control?

Using a mix of realism and science fiction, comedy and drama, this film will attempt to tell a story that explores the ways in which the past constantly influences the present.

HOW WILL WE PUT YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO USE?

To accomplish this, we have to build a few things. We need to create fully functional tools that Saul will use to remove the tiny tape recorder and extract the tape from it. We’ll also need to create precise larger-than-life replicas of these tools to accurately display what’s happening beneath the microscope as Saul works on the device. Beyond this, we’ll have to pay for quality makeup to make sure Herman’s ear looks appropriately pained and infected, and for the production design to meld the past into the present as Herman’s reality shifts around him.

Beyond this, your contributions will help cover the basic costs of production including food, transportation, and rentals.

Any funds raised above our goal will go towards our post-production needs including effects, sound design and color correction and to provide even better on-set food for our cast and crew.

With the proper resources to execute our vision, I think this is a film that will speak to everyone who has ever wondered or dreaded what they would find if they could listen to themselves now as they were 10 years, months, or weeks ago.

I'd like to thank the Austin Film Society for their support in the form of film stock and processing. And I'd like to thank you in advance for your support and for believing in Tiny Tape Recorder.

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    Awesome! You will receive a protected link or DVD of the final film and you will be thanked in the credits.

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    You are amazing! Along with all of the above, you will also receive a custom made Tiny Tape necklace or pin.

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    Fantastic. You will get all of the above plus a TTR-inspired mixtape in analog or digital form. This tape will be a unique mixture of on-set field recordings, selections from the TTR soundtrack, and sound design. (your choice).

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    You are unforgettable. In addition to all the above, you will receive a TTR-customized tape recorder to record and reflect back on your own life.

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    You are a spiritual healer. Along with all of the above, you will receive an Associate Producer credit and Paavo will host you at his house in Austin, TX and cook you a TTR-inspired meal. (You gotta get to Austin on your own.)

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    You are a certified DARPA agent. We are so grateful for your support. In addition to all of the above, Paavo will take still photos at the special event of your choice! (In Austin area or if you provide transportation, wherever you want.)

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    Whoa. We are eternally grateful for your support. In addition to all of the above, you will receive an Executive Producer credit in the film and Paavo will shoot your special event. (In Austin area or if you provide transportation, wherever you want.)

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