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)
"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
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.
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.
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