Help us transform our movie trailer into a full-fledged feature film! The $125,000 we are raising will go toward the production and post production of the film. Production costs include materials for building sets, equipment rental, hiring actors and crew, and special effects. Post production includes recording costs, music licensing, digital effects, audio mastering, and cheetos (cheddar jalapeño).
***Update: Recursion the Movie was a staff pick on day one!!
Recursion is a cyberpunk sci-fi/suspense film about the end of humanity as we know it. In 2024, the nefarious biotech conglomerate Aristron Holdings develops a genetic upgrade for human beings. Their flagship product is a mind-machine link designed to revolutionize culture. This would have ushered in a new golden age for humanity, except one detail: the upgrade also reverts humans to digitally networked, primal-instinct-driven killing machines! As the organic computer virus works its way through the population, a small group of survivors bands together to fight for their lives.
The title 'Recursion' makes reference to the act of a computer program that can affect its own structure - in this case, humans change their DNA, life's biological source code.
Who are we?
Tim Sparks (left) is the owner and operator of Sparks Bros Media. For two and a half years he has been filming weddings, commercials and creating his own short films. Sparks has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Electronic Media from Colorado State University of Pueblo. During this time he has screened a film at the Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs. He was also nominated for the 'Excellence in Film' category in the 2012 Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards and has also won two 'Best of Festival' awards in his home town of Pueblo, Colorado.
David Hartkop (right) is a freelance special effects artist and and cinematographer living in Pueblo, Colorado. He found his interest in videography in high-school, shooting and editing programs for public access television in northern Michigan. Hartkop holds a BA in Film Production and Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He worked in the entertainment industry for eight years, editing, shooting, and creating special effect sequences for music videos and commercials. Productions include Nelly's video for "Hot In Here" for MTV European release, Eminem and Obie Trice in "Rap Name". He also consulted for McCartney Multimedia to assemble a personal videography studio for Writer/Actor John Cleese of Monty-Python fame. He has experience with film and video for commercials, shorts, and feature films.
The gnarly sound track you heard throughout the Recursion trailer is a song entitled 'Heart-Break' by Celldweller. Many thanks go out to the Celldweller team for working with us on this. You can hear the track here via Soundcloud:
We connected with Trev of Negative Earth early on, and are working with him to score the feature film. Listen to more music by Negative Earth on Soundcloud:
We have lots of great rewards at different levels! Please read through them carefully. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to write us anytime!
Watch the trailer in HD!
Risks and challenges
With any feature length production there are risks that come along with it. We have best estimated the amount of time after we are funded that it would take to complete the film. But, because of unknowns there is the risk that during any point there could be delays.
Another risk with a full length film is exceeding your budget. One way you avoid this is by knowing what equipment you have and are going to use. This allows you to plan accordingly for the rest of the film. You can always get a better camera, but knowing when you have the right tools and sticking to it will save you from lots of headaches later on.
POSTCARD // Be on our website as a backer of 'Recursion the Moive.' Also, you will receive a postcard with a hand written thank you from the creators of Recursion. Every pledge $5 or more will receive the postcard!
Go to www.recursionthemovie.com/backers to see your name.
I WANT TO HOLD IT (DVD) // We know that sometimes a digital download just doesn't do it. You want to hold it, smell it even (the DVD case). This DVD will be packed full of behind the scenes material from the concept to creation. You will also get the post cart and both SD and HD digital downloads. A list of all the backers names will be in the booklet of the DVD.
IT'S ALL IN THE DETAIL (BLU-RAY) // This film will be shot in HD... possibly on the RED camera system. So if you want to see all the cool sci-fi goodness you need to get this package. With this package you will get the digital downloads and the postcard. The booklet will list every backer and you'll be credited in the film. (This package does not include the DVD version of the film.) Get the $50 CINEPHILE Blu-ray and DVD package to get the signed "Hard Cover" edition with a detailed "mini" book about the film.
NIGHT WATCH CERTIFIED // Everything you need to stay alert during those long nights of zombie attacks. This is a special 'Recursion the Movie' coffee blend from Solar Roast Coffee. This is the official fuel of the Recursion production. You also get the CINEFILE reward!
LIMITED KICKSTARTER EDITION POSTER // A limited edition silkscreen poster by Moe from LastLeaf Print and Design. Check out the design in our story section of the project! You also get the NIGHT WATCH CERTIFIED reward!
PREMIER AFTER PARTY // This will get you into the after party of the movie premier with the stars of Recursion! Get your dance on with the Recursion team! There are a limited number of these so this party will be exclusive! There will be a live DJ, drinks, catering and loud music. This will be a once in a lifetime event in Pueblo, CO. Props used in the movie will be given as door prizes!
Must be at least 21 years old to attend.
You also get everything in all of the rewards under $125! Any pledge above this amount will also be invited to the after party!
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTOR // This gets you the poster, shirt, Blu-Ray/DVD, HD Digital download and the Recursion on set production photography book. These books will only be made for our Kickstarter campaign and they will have a section at the end with the name of each supporter!
RECURSION FILM SCHOOL // This is your chance to be part of a real feature film. Work with different members of the crew for up to two full weeks of production. Learn the practical technique for film lighting, camera/grip, digital HD cinematography, production sound, production design, and production coordinating. This reward is for the student filmmaker who is willing to work and learn at the same time. Your name will appear in the credits as a production assistant and you will also receive the other rewards listed above. (Transportation and lodging not included.)
MOVIE PROP // We will send you a prop used in the movie! It will come with a certificate of authenticity that details how and when it was used in the movie. With the letter there will be photo quality stills of your prop being used in the movie and behind the scenes. You will also get all of the rewards under $600!!
MOVIE EXPERIENCE #2 // You. Yes you will be in our movie and a zombie will kill you in a terrifying way! (Travel and lodging not included. Shooting dates TBD) On top of the amazing experience you will get the entire ULTIMATE COLLECTOR reward!!
MOVIE EXPERIENCE #1 // Have you ever wanted to be a monster? Well here is your chance! Be a zombie in our movie! (Travel and lodging not included. Shooting dates TBD) On top of the amazing experience you will get the entire ULTIMATE COLLECTOR reward!!
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER // You will get an associate producer credit at the beginning of the film and you will get an invite to the movie premier and sit with the cast and crew. Also, you can pick one of the MOVIE EXPERIENCE rewards and be in the movie!
ON SET ASSOCIATE PRODUCER // You'll get to spend up to 3 days of your choice on set during production and hang out with the cast and crew. You'll also see behind the scenes material during production. You will get an associate producer credit at the beginning of the film. You will also get VIP treatment during the premier and the after party. You also get to pick one of the MOVIE EXPERIENCE rewards!
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER // We will provide a pre-release private screening for you and your friends. As executive producer, you will get to have 'last looks' and we will welcome your input in making the last changes to the final cut.
You are invited to the film premiere in Pueblo Colorado. You will also get VIP treatment during the premier and the after party. Your name will be at the beginning of the film as an executive producer. You also get all of the rewards and one of the MOVIE EXPERIENCES!