About this project
Thanks to all our supporters for their pledges and making the finishing of this film possible. For more information and additional ways to support and pre-order the film, please visit www.continuumthemovie.com.
STRETCH GOAL: $87,000 – HELP US FILM IN AFRICA!
UPDATE: NEW PLEDGE – Planetary Collective Enso Print (more info)
Read about the project in Chinese: 在中国的信息
We are Planetary Collective and over the past three years we’ve been working on Continuum, a ground-breaking feature-length documentary that began as a dream more than 13 years ago.
We hope that this documentary will change the way we think as a species – to stop seeing ourselves as separate from each other, from the planet and the cosmos – and inspire us to work together to transform our planetary crises.
By weaving together perspectives and ideas from some of the key theorists and thinkers in the fields of cosmology, environmentalism, sustainability, social theory, anthropology and systems dynamics, Continuum tells the story of where we have come from, where we are now, and the possibilities for our future.
The way the film looks is of prime importance to us, so we have travelled the world collecting awe-inspiring footage that emphasizes the beauty and complexity of the natural world, the relationship between humanity and the environment, and the inspiring organisations and projects appearing around the world to confront and transform our current planetary crises.
We’ve already shot twenty amazing interviews, and some stunning visual narrative footage, but we need to raise a final round of funding to shoot 5-6 more interviews, and carry us through post-production to finish the film.
With $80,000 dollars, we can finish this film. But with more than that, we can make it more amazing, and bring it to you even faster.
We need your help to make the final push of turning this dream into a reality. Many private funders, along with the goodwill of friends and strangers offering time, resources and support, have helped us to get this far. There’s a lot of belief behind this film. Thank you to those who have supported us so far – your kindness has been integral to the film’s success.
Please be one of those believers and put your support behind a film that we believe will change this world.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We are in the midst of an ecological crisis of an unprecedented scale, with implications not only for mankind’s social, economic and political spheres, but for the life system of the planet as a whole.
One of the fundamental factors underlying this crisis is our worldview: the way we see the world around us and our relationships to each other, the planet, and the cosmos as a whole. Our worldview informs our values, behaviour, and way of life in such a way that some environmentalists have declared the environmental crisis to actually be a ‘crisis of worldview’. One dominant feature of our ordinary worldview is the misperception that we are separate from each other and the greater systems we are embedded within.
CONTINUUM is a feature-length documentary that explores this sense of separation and its roots in language, perception and our evolution. The journey will take us from the first stirrings of life to the emergence of a global brain; from the complexity and wonder of a single plant cell to the emerging biomimetic technologies that are changing the way we build the future; and from the appearance of modern humans to the planetary crisis we face today.
Along the way, multiple perspectives guide the journey – both scientific and philosophical, ancient and modern – in an attempt to see things as they are. These insights show that the deepest and widest sense of identity we can have encompasses not just the story of all life on this planet, but the legacy of matter and energy running back in time through the stars to the origin of the universe.
We've had the honor of interviewing some absolutely incredible people for this film: astronauts, poets, biomimetic designers, teachers, Tibetan lamas, activists, cosmologists, ecologists, complexity theorists. Their words are incredibly powerful and poignant, and combined with the stunning visual narrative footage we've filmed around the world, and an amazing original score by the Human Suits (http://www.humansuits.com/), this film is shaping up to be something really unique.
- Peter Russell – physicist and author of ‘The Global Brain’ and ‘Waking Up In Time’
- David Loy – Buddhist scholar and author of ‘The World is Made of Stories’ and ‘Money, Sex, War, Karma’
- Joanna Macy – environmental activist and author of ‘World as Lover, World as Self’
- Wade Davis – anthropologist and author of ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’
- Paul Hawken – environmentalist and author of ‘Blessed Unrest’
- H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa – spiritual teacher of the Tibetan people
- Janine Benyus – natural sciences writer and expert on biomimicry
- Ron Garan – NASA astronaut and founder of Fragile Oasis
- Sean Kelly – author of ‘Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era’
- Cynthia Brown – writer and teacher of Big History
- Barry Lopez – environmental writer, artist and journalist
- Anam Thubten – Buddhist teacher in the Nyingma tradition
- Bill McKibben – environmentalist, author and founder of 350.org
- Alan Senauke – social activist and Zen Buddhist teacher
- Drew Dellinger – social activist and poet
- Bernie Glassman – American Zen Buddhist and co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers
- Lawrence Ellis – complexity science consultant and spiritual activist
- Wes Nisker – writer, comedian and editor of ‘Inquiring Mind’ journal
- Sam Mickey – environmental ethics professor at the University of San Francisco
And there are more amazing interviews planned, but we need your help to make them happen. We want to interview some indigenous wisdom keepers around the world and share their key perspectives.
Planetary Collective is growing everyday, but the original people who started this project are Guy Reid, Christoph Ferstad and Steve Kennedy.
About thirteen years ago, we (Steve and Guy) read a book that changed our lives, and transformed our entire perspective about humanity, the planet and the cosmos. The book was The Awakening Earth by Peter Russell (now republished as The Global Brain). It introduced us to so many amazing concepts – the Overview Effect, the Gaia theory, complexity theory, and the evolution of the cosmos and consciousness. Back then we vowed one day to make a documentary film exploring these ideas, and to bring them to life with incredible visuals for a whole new audience. It's been quite a journey since then, and we've discovered countless other amazing authors and thinkers who add new dimensions to the original vision. CONTINUUM is the fruit of all these years of researching, reading, thinking, talking and exploring.
After travelling down different paths for a while (Guy into sustainability, Steve into film production) we finally quit our jobs a few years ago and started making films together. As the idea for CONTINUUM grew, we realised we needed the skills of a talented cinematographer to bring our vision to life. We called up a friend from university, Christoph Ferstad, and told him about the film. He was working an amazing job (production development with Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) but he stopped what he was doing and joined us. It was the beginning of Planetary Collective, and the beginning of CONTINUUM becoming a reality.
MORE DETAIL ABOUT WHO WE ARE:
An emerging leader within sustainability and biocentric philosophy, Guy Reid holds a Masters Degree in leadership and sustainable development at Forum for the Future in London, graduating with the Richard Sandbrook prize for Leadership in Sustainable Development. Guy attended London University’s School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) where he read Eastern philosophy and religion, focusing specifically on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the relationship between religion and ecology.
Christoph Ferstad has been working in film production and development for over four years as associate producer, researcher and writer. Most recently he worked under producer Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back) as associate producer on two as yet unreleased sci-fi / fantasy projects, responsible for script development and visual concept development. Christoph also works as a freelance photographer and cameraman, specializing in news and documentary projects for the news broadcast and NGO sectors. He is a graduate of history and politics at SOAS specializing in history of India & China.
Steve Kennedy is a designer, editor, programmer and scholar. Steve attended London University’s King’s College where he read literature and film. In addition Steve studied Tibetan at SOAS. He has worked as a freelance film editor, camera operator, photographer and writer for over three years, notably on projects such the 2009 Deutscher Filmpreis Winner ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ and the upcoming documentary ‘The Lazy Lama’.
To get our initial round of funding to start production on CONTINUUM, we shot a low-budget short film about the experiences astronauts have when they see the Earth from space. This experience, known as the Overview Effect, is also one of the themes in CONTINUUM. We contacted NASA and travelled through the US in order to meet and interview five amazing astronauts, and three philosophers to talk about their experiences and their ideas.
We showed Overview early in 2012 to private investors, who helped us straight away with the money we needed to buy an amazing camera and start shooting CONTINUUM.
We released the film publicly on 7th December 2012, to mark the 40th anniversary of the 'Blue Marble' photograph from space. To date we've had over one million views on Vimeo, with Guy winning the 'Best New Conscious Filmmaker Award' at the Annual Spiritual Film Festival 2013.
If you haven't already seen the film, check it out here:
And take a look at the film's microsite here: http://www.overviewthemovie.com/
To keep the budget of CONTINUUM as low as possible, we've relied on the kindness of dozens of amazing people all around the world, who've put us up on their couches or floors, fed us, taken us filming around their home towns, and supported us in countless other ways because they believe in the project.
To supplement and enrich the visual narrative we've already been shooting, we're collaborating with a number of amazing cinematographers who shoot specialist footage – astral timelapses, slow motion, aerial photography, macro photography – that is beyond our production budget, but much needed to give CONTINUUM the epic visuals it deserves.
We've traveled thousands of miles through dozens of countries and cities, gathered stunning cinematography, and interviewed incredible people.
Everything is in place for this to become an amazing film, but now we need your help to finish it.
We need at least $80,000 to spend on finishing the production and post-production.
This is the absolute bare minimum we need to finish the shooting, and for the original score, editing, color correction and finishing, as well as some key animations for the film.
But there’s so much more we would love to do with this film. Going above and beyond the $80,000 will mean we can definitely get some of the more expensive-to-reach interviews and footage that we’re dreaming of to complete the film.
So don’t hold back once you see us start to approach our $80,000 goal – watch for our stretch goals and additional pledges!
[CONTINUUM image created by Clayton Cubitt – http://www.claytoncubitt.com/ ]
Risks and challenges
We've already faced a lot of challenges with this project: raising the money to start production and securing a 4K cinema camera; getting a diverse range of interviewees; gaining access to awesome shooting locations; and keeping a round-the-world shoot within our modest budget.
Making a film of this scope is a huge undertaking, and we've learnt a lot in the process already. Armed with what we've learned, and 80 percent of the footage we need already in the bag, we are now ready for the final shoot, and the awesome task of bringing all of this material into a final film.
As with making any film, regardless of budget, there are risks. The first risk we face is not having enough funding to finish the film – with your help, this won't be an issue. The second risk will be finishing the film on time. As with any project, there are undoubtedly unexpected things that will come up, and strange and intriguing events that will take place, just as there have been all the way through the making of this film. These things are part of the process, and the film has actually been enriched by the challenges we've face along the way.
We have an amazing team of people working on every aspect of this film. Once we have our final round of funding from you guys, we have an awesome team of composers, animators, color correctors, and other post-production geniuses ready to get involved straight away on the material we already have, while the second round of filming begins simultaneously.
We're aiming to finish the shooting by the end of the summer, and to release the film in February 2014. This is ample time since this funding will mean we can all work on the film full-time until it's finished.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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