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In the year 2025, a young man's superintelligent AI system tells him that he must go on a date or face certain suicide from loneliness.
In the year 2025, a young man's superintelligent AI system tells him that he must go on a date or face certain suicide from loneliness.
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"A Date in 2025"

When Daniel's superintelligent AI, 'Counselor' (Siri on steroids), finds out that he's been dreaming about one of the girls in his virtua-class, Counselor persuades him to ask her out on a date the only way she knows how: by convincing him that if he doesn't go, he will, according to statistical probabilities, kill himself. It's a tall order for a guy who hasn't left his apartment in 42 days and is more than happy to stay at home with his 'Stimulax Belt'.

This is a comedy sci-fi short with a powerful message: in a world that continues to substitute technological interaction for real interaction, we must work hard to maintain genuine human contact. As the virtual world grows, it's our job as humans to continue to strive for love and connection with one another in reality. 

What we need

Now here's the thing, we've already shot the film. Our edit is currently locked, and we're ready to move finishing everything off in post, but we need some additional funds to do so. 

Where's my money going?

We're aiming to fundraise at least $4,000 dollars to help pay for the remaining processes left. They are:

VFX

We have a good deal of Visual Effects in this short, and they nearly all center around our Counselor character. 

Our production designer did an incredible job of creating the Counselor prop, and with VFX our aim is to build off that design and add in character animation. 

Rough Ideas for Counselor
Rough Ideas for Counselor

Counselor is the co-star of this short and a very important part of the story. With our very talented VFX artist, Doug Herman, we want to create a memorable design that truly brings Counselor to life. 

In addition to Counselor, we also have effects such as Daniel's wristwatch, the virtual classroom, and creating a 2025 skyline of Los Angeles.

Nearly every other shot of the short is a VFX shot, and thus it is our biggest cost in post production.

Sound Design and Mixing

Sound design and mixing are two of the most important processes a film can go through.

In the design, the sound designer adds in sound effects and more to help flesh out the world at an audio-level. We have a lot of unique items in the future world that we've created (such as a pizza shake maker!), and we will work with the sound designer to help create unique sounds for those products.

The sound mix is a pass done to make sure all the audio levels are properly balanced and everything can be heard correctly. Because we want to have a festival run with this short, we also want to have it mixed at the 5.1 surround sound level. This is very time-intensive but ultimately creates an incredible film watching experience.

 Music Composing

My very talented friend Leo Kaliski has agreed to come on and score the film. We had previously worked together on my short film Silent Heart in college and many other projects since then. He will need money to record the music and get great samples. I know he will make something amazing. 

Music Licensing

Another friend Garrett McElver (Better Call Saul, Ray Donovan), is helping us lock down the two songs we want for the short. Licensing music can add up cost-wise and we want to make sure we have money to purchase the best songs possible -- such as the song below. 

Color

Color is an important pass for every movie. It allows us to create a consistent look and feel to the project. It also gives our film an incredibly sleek and professional feel. For color we are going to be working with Peter Schwartz at Color Space Finishing.

Festival Fees

Submitting to film festivals is expensive, as is getting the necessary press materials together. Our goal with the short is to submit to festivals around the nation and we need finances in order to do that. 

DCP 

This is an expensive process that festivals require in order to play in theaters. Once you get accepted, you take your short in to be converted into the DCP format. You only need to do it once, but it's an important step of the process.

and that's it!

As you can see, we have a lot of work yet to do. We've taken the current project as far as we can, and now it's time to bring it home.

Why Kickstarter?

Unlike larger projects such as feature films, passion projects like this short have a hard time raising money. We were fortunate enough to independently have enough money to shoot the film, but now we need your help to finish it. The last thing we want to do is let this project drag out for weeks, months, or maybe even years. Because of the amount of work necessary to finish it off, we need to raise money to help pay for people's time and resources.

We set the bar really high in production, and we want to attack post production with the same fervor. 

Why this project?

This short film is very important to me. On a personal level, I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish. It's always a challenge making a movie, and I really think our team was able to make something both memorable and important. I absolutely love science fiction films, and I think this short blends the genre with comedy and heart in a way that people don't often see. Not only that, but it has a message that I hope will resonate with everyone in this current technologically advanced society.

Our goal is to finish the film by the end of 2016. With the help of you, our backers, we can make that possible.

 

Risks and challenges

With post production, the challenge is keeping the fire lit and not letting it drag on and on. We have set a deadline for this film, and we have a battle plan to take this short film to the finish line.

As the following weeks go by, I will be keeping all of you guys updated on its progress and any challenges that might arise. As of now, our main focus is raising the money.

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