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A science fiction action-drama set in a dark, gritty cyberpunk future. Featuring Emancipator as the original soundtrack composer.

Can we exceed the goal?

Absolutely! $50K is the minimum to produce the shortfilm which has complex sets, a lot of special effects and visual effects. The higher the raised budget, the more awesome The Last Cause is gonna be!

Higher budget means higher quality of your rewards, bigger screenings, even more awesome parties, better cast, better visual effects, BETTER FILM! (In this case YES;)

"Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve." (Erich Fromm)

THE PRESS

io9:

"Mai and his crew are seeking $50 thousand to make what looks like it will be a gorgeous, intriguing proof-of-concept reel for what will eventually become a full-length feature. ... I like the anime-influenced scifi melodrama of the story. I want to help support this flick to prove once again that you don't need millions of dollars to make original science fiction with cool effects." Annalee Newitz, Editor-in-Chief at io9.com

Interview on CGsociety:

THE PROJECT

The Last Cause is a Sci-Fi film we plan to shoot in the future. Before that happens, we need to finish the shortfilm respectively the proof of concept. Therefore we need your help! Please support us to execute this ambitious project!

100% of the raised money will go to the pre-production and production of the shortfilm/proof of concept! If we exceed our budget goal, the exceeding money goes in to the pre-production of the feature film.

We're going to spend the money for equipment, cast, props, sets and a bit for living:) During the production of The Last Cause we (freelancers) have no income as we've canceled all job requests to work fulltime on this project.

Visit our facebook page to share ideas, suggestions or just to say hello. The page is live since 10 weeks and got awesome responses during this time. Many VFX artists contacted us who have worked on films like Avatar, Battle: L.A., 2012, Iron Man etc. to offer their help if we pass the fundraising process. Thank you so much!

THE STORY - rough plot

Washington DC, 2043. Ten years after a massive terror attack that ended 300.000 human lives.

The US became a closed, surveillance state to prevent potential attacks from the outside. People gave up their privacy and identity for more safety and security. The US and the other world powers have heavily upgraded arms. Mistrust and skepticism between the countries have led to a new cold war in which the latest developments in technology are channeled into the development of new weapons.

Mechs - manned robots - and drones comb through the dark, chaotic streets of Washington DC, fighting terror groups, fanatic religious brotherhoods who prophesise the end of the world and normal people who fight for their freedom.

We focus on two main characters, Edwin Jacobs and his younger brother Samuel.

Edwin is the head of Nucleus Inc., the world leader in terms of cloning and biomechanics technology. He followed the footsteps of his father, who was killed in the terror attack 10 years ago.

Samuel joined the army years ago, hoping for a chance to avenge his father's death. But his hopes are crushed as he is injured in a mech-fight against resistance forces.

In the midst of chaos, a mysterious group appears, claiming responsibility for the terrorist attack 10 years ago, which they named "Day of Admonition". They announce that their next assault will exceed the last one by far.

Meanwhile Samuel, maimed and disabled, falls into a deep depression, crippled by his inability to take revenge on the enemy which killed his father.

A young woman appears and offers Samuel her help. She claims to be a member of MOTHER, a shadowy organization that seems to be equipped with incredibly advanced technology. Samuel joins MOTHER and begins training to use their technologies and weapons - huge mechs unlike anything Samuel has seen before. Together with the other pilots, Samuel awaits the war against the enemy who killed so many people and who’s motives remain so mysterious. Only their name is known... THE LAST CAUSE.

In the meantime Edwin has his own reasons to investigate what MOTHER is, discovering a connection with his own company. Apparently Nucleus Inc. is only the tip of a hidden pyramid. While Samuel and the other pilots are preparing for war, Edwin immerses himself in espionage and deceit on the trail of an unimaginable conspiracy, and poised to uncover a dark secret...

The Last Cause is best described as an action-drama on the surface, while it deals underneath with contemporary issues, ecological problems, existential questions and the responsibility for new technologies. Simply a film that entertains you for 2 hours, but keeps you thinking for a long time.

REWARDS

Here you see some mock-up shots of the beautiful designed OST case and artbook. We already have some nice ideas for the DVD and Blu-ray boxes:)

Backers who choose DVDs or Blu-rays as rewards: you get the shortfilm/proof of concept with the expected release in 2012 + the feature film when it's done!

@ Collector's Bundle: Sorry, not mentioned in the description, but of course you'll list as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER at the end credits:)

And a lot more like parties, screenings, workshops, dinners and behind-the-scenes hangouts!

You can also visit us on THELASTCAUSEMOVIE.COM and look at the fullscreen style frames.

FAQ

  • Absolutely! $50K is the minimum to produce the shortfilm which has complex sets, a lot of special effects and visual effects. The higher the raised budget, the more awesome The Last Cause is gonna be!

    Higher budget means higher quality of your rewards, bigger screenings, even more awesome parties, better cast, better visual effects, BETTER FILM! (In this case YES;)

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    You get an awesome The Last Cause poster and your name on our website with a big THANK YOU!

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    FILM: You'll get a digital download of the completed shortfilm in 1080p HD (expected release in 2012)! Of course you also get the poster and a big Thank you on our website!

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    MUSIC BUNDLE: You'll get the original film soundtrack (expected release in 2012) composed by Emancipator alias Doug Appling including his signature PLUS 2 Tickets for one of his concerts, in the tour-city of your choice! (only US). Of course you also get the poster and a big Thank you on our website!

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    You'll receive a DVD (with the completed shortfilm, expected release in 2012 PLUS the feature film when it's done!) and a SPECIAL THANK YOU on the official The Last Cause Website and the poster!

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    You'll receive a Blu-ray (with the completed shortfilm, expected release in 2012 PLUS the feature film when it's done!) plus a SPECIAL THANK YOU on the official The Last Cause Website and the poster!

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    EMANCIPATOR Bundle: You'll get the original film soundtrack (expected release in 2012) composed by Emancipator alias Doug Appling including his personal signature JUST FOR YOU - PLUS 4 Tickets for one of his concerts, in the tour-city of your choice! (only US)

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    SPECIAL Bundle DVD: You'll receive the DVD of the completed shortfilm and the MUSIC BUNDLE! Your name appears at the end title as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! For your information: No matter if you get the DVD, the Blu-ray or in combination with a bundle, in any case you'll get the completed shortfilm (release in 2012, feature film later) PLUS a Making Of and Behind The Scenes - film:)

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    SPECIAL Bundle: You'll receive the Blu-ray of the completed shortfilm and the MUSIC BUNDLE! Your name appears at the end title as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER!

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    COLLECTOR's Bundle: You'll receive the EMANCIPATOR Bundle PLUS the Blu-ray of the completed film PLUS the SPECIAL THANK YOU on the TLC Website PLUS the wonderful "The Last Cause Artbook" with finest artwork from one of the industries most talented artists.

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    PRODUCER'S Bundle: You'll receive the signed Blu-ray with your name as the producer, SPECIAL THANK YOU on the official TLC Website, the original soundtrack signed by Emancipator - individually just for YOU, 4 tickets to one of the Emancipator concerts in the tour-city of your choice (only US), TLC Artbook signed by the director and the artists PLUS 2 tickets for the FILM's PREMIER in L.A. (shortfilm 2012, feature film when it's done) PLUS your name as a ASSOCIATE PRODUCER at the end credits!

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    PRODUCTION LUXURY BUNDLE: You'll receive the Producer's Bundle above but in a Special Limited Edition with luxury laser engraved cover-artwork. PLUS visit us on set in Los Angeles, get a look behind the project, watch us working on the film. PS: your chance to meet the girl above LIVE;)

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    PRODUCER'S Bundle PLUS visiting us on set PLUS a small privat screening with the crew followed by a POST PRODUCTION WORKSHOP. Learn from industries professionals!

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    BEYOND BUNDLE: ALL of the above PLUS a dinner with Linh Mai the writer & director or with Siri, the mysterious girl seen and the video and in the project picture:) - US only, L.A. or NY.

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