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--In the film "How to Disappear," Elliot must follow two simple rules: Obey the ruthless Time Keeper and DO NOT mess with the Universe! Read more

New Orleans, LA Shorts
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--In the film "How to Disappear," Elliot must follow two simple rules: Obey the ruthless Time Keeper and DO NOT mess with the Universe!

New Orleans, LA Shorts
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BIG UPDATE:

We are VERY excited to announce that the captivating and immensely talented YOLONDA ROSS (Actress/Writer/Director/Producer) will be joining the cast as Cassandra. In 2014, Ross was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in John Sayles’ film "Go For Sisters" and is currently in production for Angela Bassett’s Whitney Houston biopic.

We are also so happy to introduce New Orleans gem, CARLY MEYERS as Lena. Carly Meyers is the front woman/trombone player of Yojimbo, a funk band that has toured across the country and frequently plays at local, beloved venues around New Orleans. Referred to as “wielding her trombone like a mystical samurai sword,” Meyers is guaranteed to bring a spirited debut performance to "How to Disappear Completely."

WELCOME TO TEAM DISAPPEARANCE!

THE STORY:
Elliot is an anti-social painter who copes with his self-imposed isolation by secretly transforming the back room of the laundromat where he works into a menagerie of trash.  When his only friend, a mute bird, drops dead, Elliot's life takes a turn for the surreal, as the menagerie comes to life, sending its creator's "reality" into a tailspin.  

Suddenly, Elliot finds himself living with a paranoid prophetess, a precocious chicken, and Wimzy, a young girl dizzy with adventure, in a world where nighttime and rain don't exist, and showers of gold dust make everyone forget that anything bad could ever happen.  

There are only two simple rules: 

1.  Obey the Time Keeper

2.  DO NOT mess with the Universe!

OUR STORY: After more than a year in development, "How to Disappear Completely" is ready to come to life and leap onto the screen!  We have been working with a team of amazingly talented people to get ready to shoot in the Fall. With your help, we will be able to create the stunning landscape where this movie takes place and bring to life a dark comedy deeply rooted in magical realism. 

The plans for the set construction, alone, are of mammoth proportions, and with your help, we can build something extraordinary. This project is a huge collaborative effort and everyone involved is donating time, energy, and resources. 

Your contribution will be used to procure the materials necessary for the construction of three separate sets, dress the characters in extravagant carnivalesque costumes, stage surreal visual effects, pay for equipment, feed the cast and crew, and essentially, pump blood and magic into the heart of this movie. We have the talent to make this happen – we just need the resources. 

This is my biggest undertaking yet, and although ambitious, I am not afraid to do what I need to make it happen. This is the first chance I have had to bring together this particular team, and I am overwhelmed by the immensity of their talent and enthusiasm.  Furthermore, I am thrilled to be able to shoot this movie in New Orleans - a city that is no stranger to either darkness or surreality.  Needless to say, we are so excited. 

Please help us make this movie as beautiful as it can be. 

THE TEAM:
Sasha Solodukhina / Justin Zweifach / Gabe Elder / Philip Piediscalzo /
Elena Jambusarwalla / Ben Kuller / Hannah Swenson / Abby Horton / 
Vivian Schwab / Julian Wellisz / Mark Lowry / Cora Lautze / Sam Bass / 
Cooper Rodgers / Sarah Van Der Meer / Matt GuidryAdam Lipscomb / Alex Payne / Chachi Hauser / Peter Pinelli / Max Skelton /
Anna McKinsey / Hannah Hancock Rubinsky / Glenna Broderick /
Luna Vicini / Melody Chang / Sierra Bintliff / Little White Fluffy Chicken / 

Sincerely,

The Committee of Disappearance

P.S. For $500, I will make you a beautiful hat like the one featured in the film:

Risks and challenges

This project is a hugely challenging undertaking. Constant communication is necessary among all of the departments in order to fully realize the vision for this movie. The lighting and set design are completely symbiotic, and need to be designed side-by-side. There is a stop-motion sequence that has to be seamlessly integrated into the live-action movie. None of the special effects in this movie will be done digitally. And that's just the start of it.

The world is a challenging place. Yet, given the circumstances, failure to help you (our supporters) disappear is not an option. We will not let you down. I am sincerely confident that we have the people, technology and willpower/desire to crawl through these challenges and take the beasts as they come…

Don't let this project Disappear Completely.

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    THE FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT: Your name in the credits, a virtual high five, a thank you on Facebook and our website, and our very sincere gratitude.

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    GIVE UP THE GHOST: A big ole thanks, and we will send you an undetermined number of Snapchats from set! + Your name in the credits, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    INVISIBLE CLOAK: Hand-made, bottom-of-the-line clear poncho. It won’t make you disappear but it does help with the rain. + Your name in the credits, hi-definition photographs from the set, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    MOVIE MAGIC: Everyone who backs at this level and above will get a high definition MOVIE DOWNLOAD. Yes, you can watch it appear and disappear - again, and again, and again. + Your name in the credits, hi-definition photographs from the set, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    THE CONCEALER: Think you look really good in that picture? Like your outfit? Don’t like who you are sitting next to? Easy! I’ll photoshop them out and place you wherever your little heart desires. You can stand next to a celebrity, a Best Friend Forever, or next to nobody at all! No need to waste that potential headshot. Heck, you can even pretend you were in the movie! + Your name in the credits, movie download, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: It's a Radiohead song, but also exactly what it sounds like -- we will send you a copy of the soundtrack to download + Your name in the credits, movie download, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    THE TOTAL ECLIPSE: Where will you be on March 20, 2015? Do you have plans? If you are worried about being too drunk at karaoke, thinking of the “Total Eclipse Of The…” ---, let us ease your anxiety. On that day, you can say goodbye to FoMo (Fear of Missing Out) - we will call you wherever you are and remind you of the first total eclipse in four years. + Your name in the credits, movie download, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    INVISIBLE INK: I will write you a letter. There might be pictures involved. The words, however, will be very difficult to decipher because it is written in invisible ink, and well, you can’t see invisible ink. + Your name in the credits, movie download, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    THE TIME SUCKER: Cats, long ago have been decided as the champions of crafty disappearance – in a cardboard box, in that small dark spot underneath your bed, behind a plant. Did you realize that there is a gap under the front porch? Neither did we. We will make a cat video just for you - to showcase the feline act of disappearing, of course. We can’t promise any kittens, like the one in the video, pending that cat’s adoption at the Louisiana SPCA. (Any takers?) + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    THE SOUND OF SILENCE: Those songs don’t sound sad anymore six months into listening to that old CD? Need a new mixtape? You pick the topic, and I, along with the Consultants of Disappearance, will find the perfect soundtrack to your daily disappearance. On your morning commute. While putting your laundry away. While turning your T-shirt into a crop top. Wow, errands have never been so much fun! + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    VANISHING CREAM: Tinder date not working out? Bored at your board meeting? Text me. I will pretend to be your mother. I will make up a very dire reason of why you have to leave immediately. It will be too complicated for anybody to even think about asking any questions. Good for one month. + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    SMOKE SCREEN: Have you ever been to a surreal BBQ? Neither have we! But if you pledge $125, we will invite you over for dinner ON SCREEN…you will be an extra in the movie. We will put you in a costume and have you mill around a BBQ… please eat dinner beforehand, as all the food will be live animals/robotic pigs. + Your name in the credits, movie download, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and website

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    PEST CONTROL: Did you have trouble sleeping last night because that fly decided to open up a philharmonic orchestra above your ear drum? You stood still, and it itched. You stood up, and it flew to the other side of the room (this happened to me). Then the strings started up again. You asked yourself, “Why?! Do I still get 60% sleep by lying awake listening to this fly, or do I need to plan for a nap tomorrow?” Say goodbye to this problem, by pledging $150 for your very own Venus Fly Trap© - from the set, of course. + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    BIG BLACK HOLE: I will come to your house and, with your guidance, send all of that junk belonging to your former lover/roommate/cat into a mystical vortex of disappearance! I will look in your room. I will need your help because I won’t know what you are talking about. But. I will collect all of their things, and I will put them into a box. And then – based on your personal preference a) burn them b) donate them to charity c) try to exchange them at Buffalo Exchange for money (all profits will go towards the funding of this movie). NEW ORLEANS OR NYC ONLY. + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    CHAMELEON: Busy at work? Life got you down? Is it the night before Mardi Gras/Halloween/Toga Party? I will offer a 30-minute Skype costume consultation. We will brainstorm and we will ask questions. We will try on outfits. We will do all of these things together. No satisfaction guaranteed, but we will try our best. + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    VA(R)NISH: Be the proud owner of one of the three paintings from this movie. One day, they might even be worth $250! + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    THE MAGIC ERASER: Drinking to forget? We’ll find you a drinking buddy* to show up at your place of residency and sit on your front porch/steps/stoop. They will bring a bottle of Frenet and be a really good listener. *Available in many cities per us convincing our friends, or virtually through Skype. + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    KARMA CHAMELEON: See “Chameleon” above, but this time, I’ll make you a beautiful hat, like the one featured in the film (see photo). You’ll also get a credit in the movie and will be invited to visit on set. + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    INVISI-LINE PRODUCER: Fame. And a free brochure for Invisiline ™. But in all seriousness, come hang out in New Orleans with us! We will make you dinner and show you a beautiful, magical city. You will also get a credit in the movie and be invited to visit on set. + Your name in the credits, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    THE ATLANTIS: We will build you a miniature mystical city out of cardboard, much like the one featured in the movie itself. And of course – you are invited to New Orleans, to set, to my parents’ house. Airfare not included. + Associate Producer credit, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and our website

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: You will be forever immortalized. We will invite you to set and orchestrate a personalized tour of New Orleans. You will receive passes to all festival screenings and events for the film. Pledge prize of your choice. + Executive Producer credit, DVD, hi-def photos, thank you on Facebook and website

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    STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS GOVERNMENT PROGRAM: No, that’s just not happening.

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