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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 15 2016 10:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

‘FOMO SAPIENS’ is a Swedish short comedy about a couple who are suffering from the ultimate form of fear of missing out ('fomo'). They decide to spend an evening at a restaurant, leaving their little toddlers at home, which turns out to be harder than expected. 

Awww...
Awww...

This was a self-financed short film; we just decided to make this film as soon as possible, without having to wait for funding decisions and rely on others. Shooting process completed already in 2014, but has been put on hold for various reasons- although, it's now in its final editing stage, expected to be finished in September 2016. In other words, there is no doubt that this film will be finished- but, WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP with completing this film in the best possible way and distribute it as much as possible.

So let’s get into the details, to convince you to be a part of this Kickstarter short film project!

‘FOMO SAPIENS’ is a satirical comment on how people tend to use technology these days, exploring the theme of fear of missing out and how to depict it in the most absurd and silly way. We wanted to create an absurd atmosphere, but with subtle acting, packaged as a traditional romantic comedy

No, not awkward at all...
No, not awkward at all...

Some technical details and information: 

  • Spoken language: Swedish.
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish.
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9. HD. Color.
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Length: Approx. 7 min

The script was written in about 10 days, shot in three days, and was made simultaneously with two other comedy shorts, ‘We Got Your Back’ and ‘Home Care Before Christmas’- read more and watch both of them below.

‘We Got Your Back’ (original Swedish title ‘Ryggen Fri’) is a satirical comedy short film about guilt, and how it would look if one could buy a clean conscious. It has been selected at more than 50 international festivals, including Uppsala International Short Film Festival and Tampere Film Festival. It also won two awards, and has been broadcasted on SVT a number of times.

‘Home Care Before Christmas’ is a one-minute dystopian look into the future of home help service of the elderly. It's currently screening at festivals around the world, and premiered at Sveriges Kortfilmfestival (Sweden’s short film festival), where it also won Gold in the Swedish Championship in one-minute films. It will represent Sweden at UNICA World Championship, in Romania in August 2016. 

First of all, Viktor has fulfilled three successful Kickstarter projects, including 'The secret pictogram poster project', 'Andy Warhol pictogram poster' and 'Two-frame pictogram movie posters'. So, he knows the impact and importance of publishing creative projects on this platform, and has backed 15 projects so far.

Also, we see this as an introduction to a long-term collaboration and dialogue with our audience- we are already planning more film projects, which we can’t wait to start working on. 

 

Just hear me out, ok?
Just hear me out, ok?

WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?

Like we said, the financial support is not everything, but you’ll probably want to know what we need the money for, exactly. No hard feelings. 

FESTIVAL SUBMISSION FEES

With our two previous shorts, we could only submit them to a limited amount of festivals, most of them were free of charge, or below the 20 USD level. This time, we want to aim high, and submit this film to as many as possible, including the most renowned (and expensive) ones. 

Why are festivals so important? Having your film screened at festivals, including the major ones, will open lots of new doors and make it easier to apply for funding more films in the future. And of course, we want as many people as possible to see it!

If you've never submitted a film to festivals, here's an example of the costs for some of the festivals we want to send it to (the full list is much much longer):

SUBTITLES

The list of languages we plan to translate to, are the following: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Polish. Although, if you have any requests for other languages, please let us know, and we’ll look into it, we promise!

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL

At festivals, we want to promote the film as much as possible, which means printing posters and maybe some other physical products, like postcards. If things go well, we might add some of these ideas as stretch goals. 

Except all the above expenses, we would also love to be able to pay the team a bit more of salary, since all of us pretty much worked for free (and hard), and even spent money from our own pockets. 

Ok, you convinced me- I wanna know more about all this!
Ok, you convinced me- I wanna know more about all this!

 

 

Viktor Hertz is most known for his graphic design projects, including his ‘Pictogram movie posters' and ‘Honest Logos’. His artworks have been participating in numerous international exhibitions, books and magazines, and has been featured at Huffington Post, NME and Wired, among others. In 2013, he teamed up with his good friend and talented producer/cinematographer Johann Gustavsson and made his debut as a filmmaker. This collaboration has so far resulted in three awards and 70+ official festival selections. Viktor is now writing on more film projects, most of them in the comedy genre. 

 

Johann Skirnir Gustavsson is a producer, editor and D.O.P. from Sweden, co-founder of Pophunters Film & TV, and founder of Lyster. He is currently working in Norway with internationally renowned Bulldozer Film, most known for the award winning series 'Med Livet Som Innsats' (Life on the Line). This show received immense international attention for it's jaw-dropping stunts, where the host tested the laws of physics with his own life on the line. Johann is now working on a new major tv series on biology and evolution, once again as main editor and D.O.P. In 2013, he teamed up with Viktor Hertz and started to develop humor concepts, which resulted in two award winning short films.

 

Philip Jurdell is a music producer and film sound mixer located just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. He’s been working on 100+ corporate films/commercials and is a partner at Pophunters Film & TV. He is also an exquisite violinist, plays a lot of other instruments, and programmed his first own computer game at the age of 12.

 

Milla Bergh is a Swedish actress and filmmaker based in Stockholm. She has trained acting at SMC in Los Angeles, several workshops and the 2-year theatre program at Calle Flygare Teaterskola in Stockholm. Milla has starred in several independent films, features and shorts, as well as speaking roles in a number of tv-series in Sweden. Her huge passion in life is creating movies and stories with others, be it in front of the camera or behind it.

 

Philip Hughes recently played the role as Quasimodo the Hunchback in the musical "Hunchback of Notre Dame". He is a professional working actor and has been in shows like Dirty Dancing on stage and plays at the Royal Theater of Sweden. He has also appeared in the popular tv-show 'Solsidan' ('Sunny Side'), playing against Felix Herngren.

 

Rebecka Nyberg Wellén has been acting a lot on stage, but since she moved to Stockholm in 2012, she's been doing TV and film roles as well. She also works as a video editor and transmit producer. In her spare time, Rebecka enjoys studying languages, travel to new places with her husband, hang out with friends and dance.

  

We are so happy and honored to have the talented and successful graphic designer Sedki Alimam making the official poster for this short film. The idea came about during a brainstorming session with Viktor and Sedki in the Facebook chat, and Sedki executed it in the best possible way. We can't imagine a better artwork for this short film, and we hope many of you will agree much enough to buy it and hang it on your wall (if not for aesthetic reasons, as a reminder to put down the phone every now and then)

The poster will be printed offset, sized 50 x 70 cm (19.7 x 27.6 in) and shipped worldwide in robust thick cardboard tubes (shipping costs will be added during checkout). In the rewards section down below, you can choose between a digital copy, printed or signed poster, depending on what mood you're in. 

We have prepared 12 different levels of rewards, ranging from 9 SEK to 39.000 SEK, depending on how generous you feel. We hope that you will find something that suits your taste, but if not, let us know, and maybe we'll add something! 

 

Be proud of being part of this short film, and get our ETERNAL GRATITUDE! 

Get a password protected VIMEO LINK to the film, and see it before everybody else! Also, you'll get updates and access to potential extra material.

Get a HD DIGITAL COPY of the film, for you to download before anyone else and watch on any platform you want. We will provide with the most common formats, including .MOV, .mp4 and .avi. If you should have any requests for other file types, please let us know! 

Get the high-definition digital copy of the film plus DIGITAL POSTER in high-res quality, free to print in any way you want. 

Get a PRINTED POSTER, designed by the very talented and successful Sedki Alimam (size 50 x 70 cm / 19.7 x 27.6 in). Worldwide shipping in robust paper tubes (add shipping cost during check-out)

Get a PRINTED & SIGNED POSTER- the official poster will have all the SIGNATURES FROM CREW & CAST (size 50 x 70 cm / 19.7 x 27.6 in). This is the one and only chance to get some unique memorabilia from this short film, so get it while you can! Worldwide shipping (add shipping cost during check-out).

Get a 10 MIN SKYPE SESSION with the director. Have your own PERSONAL Q&A with Viktor and ask him anything you'd like. He might be sober, he might not. In any case, he will be honest, and answer any questions you might have for him. 

Get all the previous rewards plus YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS (credit not available in TV broadcast version, but in festival screening copy and online version). Your name will forever be a part of this short film, and you'll be able to show off a bit for your friends, colleagues and grandchildren. 

YOUR NAME will appear in the SPECIAL THANKS section, and be typed in big and visible letters, so you can brag about your participation for the rest of your life (not available in TV broadcast version). Your name will also be officially credited on IMDb. Limited to only 5 spots, so hurry up and get it while it's available. 

Take the opportunity to step in on a higher level, and get YOUR NAME officially credited on IMDb as CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (not available in TV broadcast version)Limited to 2, so grab it before anyone else does... 

Step in on an even higher level,and have YOUR NAME officially credited on IMDb as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (not available in TV broadcast version). Also, we will be forever grateful for your participation, and share whatever we can from the making of this short film. This reward is only limited to 1 person, so don't take your time if you're up for receiving this title!

Get official credit on IMDb as executive producer (not available in TV broadcast version), plus a SUPER EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE FILM SCREENING & DINNER with the director and producer, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! That's right, we'll sort out the transportation, and join you for a whole day. We'll even buy you some drinks after the screening and tell you about all the embarrassing mistakes we made during the making of the film (and possibly also from our own private lives, depending on how things go). This is limited to 1, so it's a rare once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with the creators of this short film. 

This is our rough (except the Kickstarter project dates) timeline, which we will do our best to keep up with, if not even get ahead of!

 

 

First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to read about our short film and this Kickstarter project! We really hope you want to be a part of this, and help us finishing and sharing it. We worked hard (and a long time) on this, and we can’t wait to share our film with you. Really.

Also, please share this campaign on social media and tell your friends about it (you can also take photos of your asocial/bored friends and tag them with #fomosapiens - we might publish the best ones on our Facebook fan page). And, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us- we promise to answer everything, as fast as physically possible! 

If you're a FOMO SAPIENS, just like us, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS SHORT FILM, so you'll never have to fear about missing out on it!

LOTS OF LOVE, 

Viktor & Johann

July 2016.
July 2016.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Since this short film is already in post-production, there are absolutely NO RISKS at all involved in this project. This short film WILL be finished, no matter what. The only risk is that you won't like it, but that's always a risk when it comes to creative stuff, isn't it?

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