The award-winning Zargari brothers present a short film that's out of this world, starring Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt!
A short film where “The Twilight Zone” meets Alfred Hitchcock.
We’re the folks who have brought you shows and films such as "Shelf Life,” Battlefield America, The Helpers, and Somebody Help Me 2. Now we're asking for you to become a backer and accompany us as we complete this exciting new project.
Won't you come along for the ride?
The Crystal Crypt is a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick that was first published in the January 1954 edition of Planet Stories magazine.
The story is set in the distant future, with Earth and Mars on the verge of war.
The last spaceship to leave Mars for Earth is suddenly stopped by Martian soldiers in search of three saboteurs who have destroyed a Martian city.
The criminals are not found, and the ship continues toward Earth.
Onboard the spaceship, a businessman named Thacher meets a young woman and two men who tell him that they are, in fact, the people the Martians are looking for. They proceed to explain to Thacher what they have done, and how their deeds were to be used as a bargaining chip against Mars in the upcoming war.
Look at These Rewards!
Producer's T-Shirt Rewards recently added!:
Live outside the United States? Please read the PROJECT FAQs at the bottom of this page before attempting to pledge to this project!
What kind of quality can you expect in the final film?
We are working with amazing producer Zeus Zamani, who most recently produced the film Battlefield America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw93esZ-CA8). His team is extremely talented at producing high-quality videography while on a tight budget.
In 2011, Zamani and his team partnered with the Zargari brothers to work on a commissioned Luxor Las Vegas advertising campaign that involved the scripting, storyboarding, and production of an original 90-second commercial, as well as a music video for the song used in the TV spot. We ended up winning a total of five Silver Awards at the 2012 Davey Awards, including a trophy for the Videography & Cinematography category.
We were ecstatic! Not only did this recognition cap a very successful 2012, it gave our team a boost of confidence needed to see this short film through to the end.
Yuri Lowenthal - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0523180/
Tara Platt - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1297428/
Cyrus Zoghi - http://cyrusz.com/reel
Jean Gomez - https://www.facebook.com/jeangomezcosplay
Evan Cassidy - http://www.dudelyjones.com/about.html
Shahab Zargari (Director) - http://flavors.me/shahab
Zeus Zamani (Producer) - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4153541/
Shahram Zargari (Writer) - http://bit.ly/VL2QEv
Denise Borders (Production Coordinator) - http://imdb.to/V5zswb
Tai Shane (Makeup Artist) - https://www.facebook.com/taimua
Aquarium (Dischord Records) - http://www.dischord.com/band/aquarium
Shelby Cinca/Triobelisk - http://triobelisk.bandcamp.com/
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CHECK OUT SOME OF THE PREMIUM REWARDS WE ARE OFFERING!
Sneak Peek at Kiyoshi Nakazawa's Storyboard Art
Available in PDF for $25 and above pledge levels!!
Original 60+ pages of artwork available in the LIMITED EDITION ART BUNDLE!
Hand Numbered, limited edition, high-quality Spaceship Concept Art Bundle
In addition to all the perks of the DVD PRE-ORDER Bundle, you will receive one of the ten prints of Benjo's concept art!
The Collector's Premium DecalsThe Collector's Premium Bundle pledge level offers these decals!
The Collector's Premium Bundle: Chemical X DVD
The Collector's Premium Bundle pledge level offers a poster as well as the Chemical X music DVD (an hour-long feature with tons of special features) produced by the director in 2008. NO OTHER REWARD LEVEL GETS THIS PERK!
Limited Edition Jean Gomez Swag
Prop Heaven Bundle A
In addition to all the perks of the Producer Bundle, you will receive one of the four Martian gun props used in the film!
Prop Heaven Bundle B
In addition to all the perks of the Producer Bundle, you will receive the one and only official Martial lie detector prop used in the film!
Prop Heaven Bundle C
Lastly, for you prop lovers, get your hands on the official ONE-OF-A-KIND model miniature of the Martian City used in the film – and, of course, all of the Producer Bundle perks!
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED
-Paying for incurred fees for quality post-production work as well as acquiring additional actors, props, animation artists, film crew, set builds, costumes, and makeup to create a quality piece of art and/or when licensing is needed.
-Printing posters and duplicating DVDs for various reward levels and hiring a superb artist to create beautiful limited edition packaging for collectors!
-Last, but NOT least: Keeping the final DVD retail price to less than $5!
As you can see, our Kickstarter goal is less than half of what is needed to SHOOT this project. There are a few reasons for this.
One: We only seek assistance -- we're not looking for a handout. We are prepared to take this project from where we are now through to the end, and we would like to do so with your support and blessing.
Two: If we surpass the Kickstarter goal with time to spare, we will unveil a few more exclusive rewards to see if we can reach the $45,900 mark.
All or nothing.
If we don't raise the entire amount of the goal, no donations will be processed.
If we do reach the goal early, it is possible to continue to raise funds until the Kickstarter time has expired. There are plenty of ways any extra money can be spent on this film to increase its quality and visibility!
If you can help us spread the word and are able to convince two people to back our project at the $25+ levels, we'll send you a free DVD. To be credited for the referral, the backers you refer must mention you by name and email address in the comments. Email will only be used to contact you to acquire your shipping address, and will not be sold to any third parties or used in any other manner.
JUST FOR FUN:
Timelapse video of us at the W Hotel in Hollywood, California filming the kickstarter video you watched up at the top!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This project is limited to film festival or general screenings inside the United States, as well as sales and Kickstarter pledges coming from within the United States only.
"The Crystal Crypt" by Philip K. Dick is in the public domain solely under US law, and this is the only region we have any rights to the story without breaking international law. Therefore, all funds must originate from within the USA.
This presents a significant challenge, and could possibly hinder our total potential, but we will continue to plug away. Our production of "The Crystal Crypt" is in no way intended to be a profitable venture; rather it is a love letter of sorts to the sci-fi genre.
As long as we fund the project in time, we can thwart any potential causes for delay in the shooting schedule. Post-production delays are always a possibility, but we will be sure to keep all of our backers in the loop.
Shipping & Fulfilling the Rewards:
We are completely optimistic that we will get through all of the normal challenges that come along with shooting a film. That being said, we have been working with DVD manufacturers for over 10 years and run multiple inline stores of our own. We know the importance of pre-orders and shipping goods, and promise that communication will be key.
Though we have set our goal based on rough estimates, unexpected expenses can arise because of any combination of issues. We will adapt to any hurdles in our way, however, because it is what we do best.
Under international law we are not allowed to take your money, so keep it and share the project with your USA friends to help us that way instead!
This project is limited to film festival or general screenings inside the United States, as well as sales and Kickstarter pledges coming from within the United States only. "The Crystal Crypt" by Philip K. Dick is in the public domain solely under US law, and this is the only region we have any rights to the story without breaking international law. Therefore, all funds must originate from within the USA. Our production of "The Crystal Crypt" is in no way intended to be a profitable venture; rather it is a love letter of sorts to the sci-fi genre.
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The story itself is in public domain as the original publisher did not renew the copyright before going out of business. Public domain is public domain.
As far as receiving a blessing from the PKD Estate...Electric Shepherd Productions LLC has not updated their website since 2009, and the phone number they have listed (on two different websites) goes to some poor soul's cell phone number who is not in any way related to the company.
I have an email and a voicemail (on another phone number found) out to them and hope there is someone who can give me said blessing. If not, this is not a feature length money maker, it's a money devouring project of passion. Something that I am sure the estate will understand and approve of. I will keep everyone updated as things progress.