The Internet Thinks I'm Still Pregnant - A Short Film
Find the original New York Times article written by Amy Pittman here https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/fashion/modern-love-pregnancy-miscarriage-app-technology.html?_r=0
This is a film of love, loss and the internet. We follow Lucy who has always relied on the internet to help her get through life. From health trackers, budget trackers, restaurant guides, uber, period trackers, the lot! From the moment she wakes, to the moment she goes to sleep, her day progresses with the assistance of Apps and it doesn't stop when she discovers she's pregnant. In fact it only gets worse, desperate to watch her baby grow she fills her phone with Apps to track her pregnancy. Ever reliant on the internet things begin to fall apart until one unfortunate day she looses the baby. In a haste Lucy deletes all the Pregnancy Tracking apps, but unbeknownst to her, the app hasn't received the deactivation.
This story won't simply be the telling of Lucy's story but will also explore the life of the Internet. Rather than sticking to the tried and true method of showing a phone as a character scrolls through Apps we want to personify the Internet, give it some humanity. We want to push the boundaries of story telling, and explore the fallibility of the Internet, and the perseverance of the human heart.
As the next generation of Wellington filmmakers we are interested in creating a project that reflects the way that we want to be treated as artists. It is a common issue within our community that artists are undervalued and underpaid for their time and work. Which is why it is important for us to raise funds in order to pay our actors for their time and work. We hope that this will also mean we are able to find professional, passionate actors who deliver the compassion and sensitivity of this story. We hope that by compensating actors and generating a bigger budget than would be available to us as students we will be able to set an example for those around us to pay those who give up their time and talent. It's time for the world to change and change begins at home!!
LUCY longs for a baby with her partner Ben. Her obsessiveness and anxiety about her fertility leads her to rely heavily on Apps to help her conceive. When she does the pregnancy is so overwhelming that her dependance on Internet aids becomes severe to the point of threatening her relationship with Ben. Suddenly she miscarries and hastily deletes the Apps, blaming them for the miscarriage. Determined to forget everything she withdrawals from all technology until one day a package turns up on her doorstep, a heartbreaking reminder of her loss. Lucy must confront her grief before she is able to rebuild and try again.
BEN is Lucy’s partner. He is carefree and low maintenance, the opposite of Lucy. While he loves her quirks he quickly becomes frustrated when they turn into obsession. Ever the supportive partner he always comes back to Lucy, providing the backbone of support, if only she would learn to rely on him more.
ZOOEY is Lucy’s best friend. Like Ben she compliments Lucy’s obsessiveness by being relaxed and grounded. She is calm and patient with Lucy and allows her an understanding ear or shoulder to cry on whenever is needed.
DOCTOR, Lucy’s OBGYN. A sympathetic Doctor who gives it to Lucy straight which would seem insensitive if she wasn’t so affectionately charming.
NANCY is newly employed at the Internet. She has been assigned to the Women’s Health Sector with a role as Notification Assistant for A Pregnancy App. Her roles means that she knows intimate, detailed information about pregnant women who download Pregnancy Tracking Apps, she is in charge of sending updates and notification to women as they progress through their pregnancy. It is a job that Nancy takes very seriously, taking a more caring, attentive interest in her clients than other Notification Managers who think in Stats and Numbers. She is a little ditsy, a little naive and always has the glow of a summer afternoon.
FLO has been an employee for a long time in the Women’s Health Department of the Internet. Originally holding the role that Nancy is now in she was moved to a Period Tracker App which seemed to better suit her no nonsense, stony temperament. She is kind and caring but seeing this is rarer than a solar eclipse. She prides herself on her dark humour which not many others seem to understand.
MARK is a Marketing Manager at the Internet. Mark’s job is to go around various Apps and attempt to get personal information from the Notification Managers - despite this being highly frowned upon. He is flirty and charming and uses this to manipulate the younger, naive Assistants in to sending his products to their clients.
BUSY is the Receptionist at Internet. She acts disinterested and neglectful but is a highly competent, organised and professional receptionist.
This film is created be a team of film makers from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand as part of a Master of Creative Practice in Film Production. Being affiliated with the University limits our ability to apply for outside funding and while the University is able to provide a limited budget of $800 we still need more.
We need at least $3000 but we hope for more and if we reach our target we'll stretch our goal. Let's go for $5000. We'll be using the money to:
- Pay talented, professional actors
- Hire costs for various locations within the film, this especially applies to the apartment that Lucy and her partner Ben live in as well as the "Internet Offices"
- Costume and Props purchase
- Providing food and transport for cast and crew
- Submission fees for local and international Film Festivals
- Music Licensing fees
- A small portion of our budget will go towards creating and sending the limited edition souvenirs that we will be sending to all the lovely people who donate to our cause.
We have a great team of talented students, professionals, and friends who will be creating this film. Here are some of those creators:
Hannah Truly: Writer, Director, Production Designer
Hannah is passionate about storytelling which is why she loves Writing, Directing and Production Design, all of which she'll be doing on this project. Having read the source article a year ago, it has played on her mind, teasing her until she finally had the opportunity to make the film. Working with the author Amy Pittman and mentor Paul Wolffram she has adapted this heartwarming story into what will hopefully be a touching, funny, feel good film. You can see more of her work at https://hannah-truly.com/
Rosee Paton: Director of Photography
Rosee's main focus is in the art of Cinematography that focuses on unique ways of portraying the world and bringing light to those seemingly inconsequential moments of everyday life. She is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts, Creative Practice in Film Production You can see some of her work here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-UK_P20LM4
Adam Joseph Brown: Lighting Designer, Camera Operator
Adam has studied a Diploma in Film at Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier and furthered this study in Invercargill at SIT gaining a Bachelor of Digital Media. Currently finishing a MFA in Film at Victoria University. He recalls the excitement of being transported through film and hopes to give his audience that same thrill. He has worked on several funded short films as 2nd Assistant Director and 2nd Assistant Camera.Adam also had the success of being a finalist in the Wellington 48hour Film Festival. You can see some of his work here https://vimeo.com/111905434
Steph Miller: 1st Assistant Director, Co-Producer
Steph is an MFA (CP) Film student this year. Finished a BA with a double major in Film and Media Studies in 2014. Steph Directed the short documentary film Wasteland which was leased by TheWireless.co.nz for 12 months and featured on stuff.co.nz and the Dominion Post. In 2016 Steph completed Honors in Film receiving First Class Honors and developed extensive skills in the role of Assistant Director. She developed an interest in film through photography having previously worked as an event and wedding photographer, as well as focusing on artistic and abstract photography. This transitioned through to cinematography but then she quickly found my feet in the role of Director. Here is a link to the successful short doc Wasteland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2fp6xpr3hc
Tess Griffiths: Production Designer
Tess is completing a MFA in Design. Her focus is on film based design with special interest in wearable tech and animatronics. She's knowledgeable in many aspects of Costume and Production Design as well as basic knowledge in special effects make up. She completed a BA in Design Innovation specializing in Media Design, she also has an avid interest in Editing and Directing.
Lucy Williams: Assistant Costume Designer
Lucy is currently studying at Massey University of Wellington undertaking a Bachelor of Fashion Design and Business. She is a talented Designer with impeccable pattern making and garment construction skills. She recently begun working at one of the oldest Vintage store in Wellington City, Ziggurat Fashion Emporium.
Kate Pomeroy: Editor
Kate is a film maker currently completing a MFA in Film Production. She has worked on an extensive range of film projects, from co-writing and Directing a skit for Television, working on the local Web Series "The Maori Sidesteps". Filming live music performances for Beastwars, Seamouse and Opium Eater. More recently she has turned her focus toward Post-Production, working on short films, one of which was showcased in a local Film Festival. She also had the success of being a finalist in the Wellington 48hour Film Festival.
Dan Fraser: Sound Recordist
I am a film and theatre maker, specializing in directing and sound design, but with some experience in script writing and story development. This year I am hoping to increase my directing experience and to continue to improve my skills in the area of sound design (that being diegetic sound editing and on-set sound recording as opposed to scoring).
I wrote and did the sound design for a horror theatre production called Receiver which appeared at last year's Fringe Festivals in Wellington, Dunedin and Nelson, with our director winning the Best Director award in Nelson. I also wrote the script and did the sound design and score for our Film 404 production last year, entitled HITEK. I have collaborated on several other theatre productions with my partner and her co-op Hank of Thread, and produced other film related work independently, through school and through Salient TV.
Benny Jennings: Sound Designer
Benny is completing a MFA in Music. He has a particular love for foley recording and film sound design. His Bachelor of Music was focusing on Sonic Art where he created acousmatic sound and sound installation pieces. You can see examples of his talent here https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7YsO3EN2L68Q3AzeWRrT3pWaTg/view
Sam Leamy: Composer
Sam is a composer who is currently completing his Masters in Music Composition at the New Zealand School of Music (Victoria University) specialising in the area of film scoring. He has composed the scores for such local films as INVASION (directed by Max Collett) and HANGTIME (directed by Casey Zilbert) which are both currently in the process of submission for a number of international film festivals. He is particularly interested in blending a variety of different soundworlds into a unified form in a way that could be described as the blurring of lines between music and sound design. Outside of film related music projects he is an active member in the Wellington music scene, most notably as the guitarist and singer for experimental rock act OPIUM EATER. Check out some of Sam's work here https://soundcloud.com/sam-leamy
Sam Rayner: Production Assistant
Sam is coming to the end of his first year studying film at Victoria University of Wellington. His interest in film lead him to volunteer at the New Zealand Film Commission office and as an usher during the 2017 New Zealand International Film Festival. He has experience working as a Production Assistant on the short drama Home Sweet Home (2017). Interested in analogue photography and video, with most visual work done on 35mm and Super 8. He is excited to gain further film experience and become a part of the film making community to augment his university work. You can see some of Sam's photography and Super 8 footage here https://samuel-rayner.tumblr.com/ and here https://vimeo.com/samuelrayner
Risks and challenges
We are confident in this project and in our ability to create what we have promised. There are certainly challenges; it is always daunting filming a project within limited time frames, working with children, and pushing through when life gets in the way. In order to overcome these challenges we need to be organised, transparent, dedicated, proactive. Every person working on this project has extensive training to overcome these obstacles and we have multiple layers of support put in place which will ensure we achieve everything we have set out to do.
This project has the backing of Victoria University which means that there is a safe guard in place to have the project completed. We are working with experienced mentors and supervisors that work alongside us to ensure completion of projects to a industry standard and within a specific time frame. Given the project is a part of a University course means that there is a wealth of talent at our disposal. The majority of the crew involved in this production are made up of MFA students who have had extensive training in all aspects of film production through undergraduate studies, postgraduate programmes, and professional settings.
Part of this Masters also gives us access to top of the line equipment and software. Without this access to state of the art Filmmaking gear this film would be cost prohibitive. Working within the University allows us this ability to create highly professional, cinematic films rather than being restricted to out dated, under performing gadgets. We are also given access to the incredible new facilities build for the MFA which is right in the hub of Wellington's film making centre.
Victoria University's MFA in Film is designed to hone student's collaborative, creative and business skills as a practising artist over an intensive 12-month programme. It is an industry-focused, practical degree that will help to build new contacts and networks in Wellington’s creative industries.
To find out more about the University and the MFA follow this link https://www.victoria.ac.nz/explore/postgraduate-programmes/master-of-fine-arts-creative-practice/overview…Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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