RUNAWAY is a cyberpunk western short film from the creator of Horizon, one of the most well-regarded Star Trek fan films.
Maria is an android on the run-- falsely accused of murdering her master. Pursued through the forest by ruthless bounty hunters, Maria struggles to reach the Free States and maybe discover her humanity along the way.
The World of RUNAWAY
The United States. 2065. Paradigm Industries, one of the world’s top robotics manufacturers, has produced advanced biomechanical workers nearly indistinguishable from humans -- except for their trademark gray eyes. These androids, often referred to by the derogatory slur “grays”, have become status symbols of the rich and powerful as well as an increasingly important part of the work force.
Two years ago, in 2063, a mysterious computer virus infected all of Paradigm’s networked androids, causing them to become self-aware. The “singularity”, long prophesized by scientists and futurists, had finally arrived. Slowly, the machines began to demand rights from their human creators. Most states refused to consider the machines anything more than property and bounty hunters called “dark coats” hunted down errant androids who attempted to shake off the yoke of slavery.
However, a few states such as New York and California granted the machines legal rights and the freedom to pursue their own destinies. These states became known as “The Free States”. Silicon Valley, the birthplace of the androids, was flooded with runaways and California soon took on the nickname “The Silicon State”. Meanwhile, a secret network of human sympathizers gradually grew across the country--hiding runaways from the Dark Coats and helping them on their journey to freedom.
HOW DONATIONS WORK
When you pledge to a Kickstarter you're doing just that: pledging. Your credit card will only be charged at the end of our campaign, on July 21st, and that's on;y if we've reached our goal of $13,000 or more. If our goal is not reached then your card will not be charged and we will receive no funds. In order to make this project happen we have to reach our goal of $13,000.
The rewards are setup so that at whatever level you donate, you receive all the rewards you would have gotten for donating at a lower level including the rewards for the level you're donating at. IE if you choose to donate $50 you will get a copy of our fan film Horizon on DVD as a thank you for your donation, as well as a promotional pin (your choice of either Paradigm or Synthetics Equality), a Horizon patch, the download of the film soundtrack, a digital download of the film, and a facebook and twitter shout out.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
The Official Trailer for our last project, the fan film: Horizon
The full film is also available for free via YouTube.
Horizon was a love letter to Star Trek filled with so much passion that creator Tommy Kraft not only wrote and directed the film, but also edited it, handmade all of the costumes, was the cinematographer, music composer, and main visual effects artist. The film was shot in his parents basement, and all on a budget of only $28,000, which was spent entirely on production costs. It was a tremendous personal journey that took over three years to complete...and now we're looking to take our next journey to new and exciting places. It is our goal to increase the size and scope of not only our storytelling abilities, but our team behind the camera as well, so we can make a fantastic science fiction short film.
THE CAST AND CREW OF RUNAWAY
Runaway features a number of names and faces that fans of Horizon will recognize, as well as new people both in front of and behind the camera. Though co-directors Tommy Kraft and Harrison Heller have maintained a friendship formed over the bond of filmmaking for ten-plus years, they have never met face-to-face. Tommy living in Michigan and Harrison living in New York, they originally connected via the internet in the early 2000s when they were both just starting to get into filmmaking. Now, years later, they're still pursuing their passion and, for the first time, will be working together - an event over ten years in the making.
Tommy Kraft (pictured left): Co-Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Composer, Co-Editor, and Visual Effects Artist. In addition to the amount of work he put in on Horizon, Tommy has been a filmmaker for many years and has worked in almost every avenue of the business from narrative, to documentaries, to commercials, and even weddings.
Harrison Heller (pictured right): Co-Director, Writer, Co-Editor. Harrison is an award-winning writer/director whose animated films have been screened at festivals around the world. He graduated from Brown University in 2011 where he studied film theory and production and has spent the last 5 years working in the entertainment industry in New York City. He currently works full-time as a video editor for People magazine, but continues to freelance as a DP and director. In addition to Runaway, he is working on a boxing documentary and developing several other short screenplays.
Paul Lang: He is a professional actor out of Los Angeles. Upon graduation Paul was offered a scholarship for Theater and Dance but turned it down to do a tour of duty with the US Marines. After his tour of duty Paul worked shortly for the government then made his way back to the Bay Area, then Detroit where he eventually met Tommy Kraft and starred in Horizon as Captain Harrison Hawke. Paul has since starred in many theatrical performances and various films. Since completing his role in Horizon he has moved back to the LA area..
Rico Anderson: He is an award winning actor whose selected film and television credits include his breakthrough role in the 2005 ACADEMY AWARD WINNING short, “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” where he portrayed civil rights activist, Shelley “The Playboy” Stewart. This period piece was Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel’s The Avengers, Star Wars Trilogy) and Sam Elliott (The Hulk, The Big Lebowski) respectfully. Another breakthrough role was in sci-fi when Rico was tapped to star in Star Trek: Renegades, directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager) and starring Walter Koenig (Star Trek, Babylon 5), Sean Young (Blade Runner) and Edward Furlong (John Connor in The Terminator). He also appeared in Horizon as Ambassador Salak.
Callie Bussell: She is a professional actress currently based in the Detroit area. She regularly performs in film and on the theatre stage. Her most recent role is as Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Her past roles include the titular roles in Chekov's Hedda Gabler, and Sophocles' Antigone. She also co-stared in Horizon as Lieutenant T'mar, the Romulan defector assigned to the crew of the NX-04 Discovery.
WE NEED YOU
We're asking for half the money we got to make Horizon, a full length space-based sci-fi film. Why is that? This time around we're doing things the right way to make the best short film possible. We're hiring the experienced crew we need for our two day shoot so that one person isn't doing everything himself. This diversity of people and talents makes for a much smoother, faster, and higher quality filmmaking process. Beyond that, we're renting a lot of high end filmmaking gear so that we aren't having to DIY everything. It's faster, higher quality, and most importantly: safer.
So, where exactly is your money going? The money will first go to Kickstarter and Stripe, the company that processes payments. Stripe is a well-known and popular service that processes payments for many major tech companies including Facebook, Twitter, and of course Kickstarter. Approximately 10% of the total funds raised will go to the fees charged by Kickstarter and Stripe. From there, another 10% can be set aside for the rewards. Finally, there are invariably some pledges that will not come through; the average drop-out rate for pledges that don't get paid is approximately 5%. This means that at the end of the day, we see approximately 75% of the total money donated.
After that, where are we going to put that 75%?
- Cast and crew payment. Since Runaway is a high concept science fiction short film, we need the right cast and crew to pull it off. Unlike Horizon, this film will not be made in a basement. It will be shot on location with high end gear, professional crew, and experienced actors.
- Equipment rentals. This is undoubtedly one of the most expensive aspects of the production. The type of lighting we're using can draw up to 18,000 watts of electricity and over 90 amps per fixture (at 220V). For those of you who know electricity, that's a lot. It's more than multiple houses will draw at any given time combined. And that's just for one light! These fixtures are very expensive to rent, around $800 per day. But, that's not the end of it: these lights have to be powered. Towplant generators like the one we're renting cost around $550 per day. This is not even accounting for the cost of renting other gear such as camera equipment, lenses, and more.
Here's the big question: why should you give your hard-earned money to our film? The simple answer is if you liked what we did previously and would like to see an original science fiction story whilst also taking pride in knowing that you helped make the movie happen. Donate and get your name in the credits or just get the digital download and get your name on the website. Either way, you can help make this happen.
We also have other unique rewards including a full-sized plasma pistol prop with battery powered lights, die-cast metal Paradigm Industries and Synthetic Equality pins, as well as copies of Runaway on DVD or Blu-ray or even a spot in the movie!
Did you like our fan film Horizon, but missed it's fundraiser and thus also a chance to get a copy of it on Blu-ray or DVD as a donor gift? If that's the case then we have great news for you! Due to the minimum order requirements for Blu-rays and DVDs, we have extras left over. We also have extra patches left over from the film. So, if you'd like to get a copy of Horizon and/or a patch as a thank you gift for helping us to make this short film, then this is your chance!
Risks and challenges
With every film we undertake, it is our goal to raise the bar and take everything we learned from the last project we did and use it to make our next project even better. Horizon was an invaluable experience that we wouldn't trade for the world. We encountered on that project risks and challenges that were both expected and some that were unexpected, but no matter what happened, we pressed forward and created a highly acclaimed fan film. Whenever beginning a new project we always expect to hit a few bumps in the road; our knowledge and experience from Horizon and other projects will allow us to smoothly glide over those bumps.
We've proven that with a very small amount of money, and a team so small that it barely fits the definition of a team, we could make a great fan film. We overcame those odds and those challenges, and with your help there's no doubt that we can do it again.
Star Trek and all related marks, logos and characters are solely owned by CBS Studios Inc. The "Horizon" fan production was not endorsed by, sponsored by, nor affiliated with CBS, Paramount Pictures, or any other Star Trek franchise, and is a non-commercial fan-made film intended for recreational use. No commercial exhibition or distribution is permitted. No alleged independent rights will be asserted against CBS or Paramount Pictures.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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