An Original Tale of Bizarre Science Fiction & Haunting Mysticism...
This short film will take you, the viewer, on a visceral journey through the cruelest of human conditions to the triumph of a power that transcends metaphysical limitations. To achieve this result, we will weave together experimental elements, such as “old school” practical effects and surreal imagery to abstract the narrative plot and unveil the divinity of nature.
Brief Plot Synopsis:
“Breed: X” is about a young, teenage girl (simply referred to as “X”) and the team of sadistic scientists who turn her into a human lab rat. Held under constant observation through a two-way mirror, they eerily conduct their crippling research on X as she remains in the captivity of a controlled isolation chamber. Years pass and X's primal mentality deepens into that of a caged animal. With basic necessities provided for, she knows nothing of life beyond her four walls and ignorantly suffers at the hands of her captors. The lead Doctor's mysterious connection to X fosters a menacing God-complex, in which he privately calculates his own intentions for her. His obedient assistants are compelled and motivated by a static pursuit of scientific advancement. They diligently pursue the goals of their long-term study with precise accuracy and remain unaffected- even as their leader's subjective tendencies swell with clogged emotion and take a darker turn.
X is eventually pushed to the edge of a severe psychotic break when the "Guide" appears in a mystical hallucination. The creature-esque Guide leads X on a surreal trip down the rabbit hole. Together, they weightlessly travel into the dark abyss and journey into unseen planes of reality. When X finally arrives at her destination--an Eden of sorts--she stands before a truly supreme being: The fantastical and divine "Maker." The Maker propels X's underdeveloped mind with celestial knowledge, advancing her far above mankind, including her mortal captors.
Tables turn on the mere men of science when X returns with unworldly power to reshape the tides of evolution. Their lab rat has become a God--an awakened new breed--with a blood lust for revenge. Can X truly shed her engrained animal identity? Will she deny her maker and bite the hand that feeds? Has she fulfilled the work of her fathers after all? ....X marks the spot.
MEET THE FILMMAKER:
“Breed: X” fully expresses my bizarre outlook on life and represents who I am as an artist and storyteller. The screenplay was originally inspired by the controversial studies of psychologists Harry Harlow and B. F. Skinner; Harlow experimented on rhesus monkeys in, what he called, the “pit of despair,” while Skinner notoriously created a “baby box” to study operant conditioning on his own daughter. Other sources of inspiration came from Aristophanes’ The Birds, "Flowers for Algernon" (Daniel Keyes), and other literary masters of science fiction like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark. The aesthetic tone comes from a combined fascination with religious iconography (Christian and Pagan), 1970s sci-fi/ fantasy gems (Zardoz is a particular favorite), and Ingmar Bergman’s striking visual impact as it oscillates between the frightening and ridiculous.
I have never been so inspired with such driving force and staunch perseverance to tediously comb through every element before I felt “Breed” was ready and deserving of your donations. My team and I are not cutting any corners and would not dare to waste anyone’s time or resources on an ill-prepared production. We have been working tirelessly on preparing and fine-tuning new techniques (i.e. unconventional SFX and props, camera tests, LED and laser light strategies, projectors), and will only continue to work hard for our desired result.
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Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges will fall on casting the right actors. Even though it is a small cast, each actor will need to both embody certain physical attributes as well as fulfill emotional demands of some pretty dark characters. With access to New York City, however, we will be able to audition from a wide pool of versatile actors, so while this is a tricky process, it’s one that I’m really looking forward to. Since my roots are in theatre, I love working with actors and can’t wait to watch my characters finally come to life!
Because “Breed: X” is a surreal, science fiction piece, the multilayered design elements are crucial in evoking a serious, visual impact. That being said, a large portion of the budget will support the art and wardrobe department. The heartbeat of this story will rely on how we construct and furnish the central set and embellish the bizarre intricacies of the characters’ “unworldly” appearances. Thankfully, with the support of Sarah Lawrence’s film department, we have access to some incredible resources, such as a soundstage, cameras, and lenses. Therefore, the rest of the budget will go towards all other financial necessities: SFX, prop/kit/location rentals, travel and craft service expenses for crew and actors, color correction and final post mix, as well as marketing, festival fees, and distribution.
The thing about science fiction, in all honesty, is that the genre itself is a risk. Even though sci-fi has limited appeal (allegedly), I believe “Breed: X” goes beyond any such stereotypical constraints. It explores sadistic and oppressive depths of human nature, along with the transcendent potential and ethereal bliss of higher powers. The fantastical mystery and emotive reach will extend beyond fans of just science fiction and appeal to a much larger audience, thus giving it legs to make an impressionable tour of festivals and competitions.
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