A father and son live in an idyllic future, but reality is not quite what it seems. A short film based on a story by Daniel H. Wilson.
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The whole team behind The Nostalgist
With properly tuned ImmerSyst eyes™ & ears™ the futuristic city of Vanille can look and sound like a paradise. But the carefully curated life of a father and his son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s eyes™ begin to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion.
THE FILM GENESIS
The Nostalgist film project began in 2009 when London-based Italian filmmaker Giacomo Cimini and American author Daniel H. Wilson connected online in the name of their love for robotics and science fiction.
At the time, Giacomo had just screened his thesis sci-fi short film, City in the Sky, at the Venice Film Festival, and Daniel had just sold the film rights to his novel Robopocalypse to none other than Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg.
Giacomo fell in love with The Nostalgist short story (published by Tor.com and available online for free here) and sent the author a link to City in the Sky. The two immediately recognized that they shared a similar vision.
Four years on… as Spielberg's version of Robopocalypse is in the works in Hollywood, a much (much, much) smaller team has joined forces on the other side of the Atlantic to bring The Nostalgist to the big screen as a short film.
In July 2012, Giacomo and his producing partners Pietro Greppi and Tommaso Colognese formed Wonder Room Productions. They started by commissioning the wonderfully evocative artwork of concept artist LRNZ, then spent months preparing and assembling enough resources and talented collaborators among friends, family and colleagues until finally getting the cameras rolling on The Nostalgist in January 2013.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
We shot for 7 days in central London, with a typically London-style melting pot of cast and crew that included French star Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions) and British child actor Samuel Joslin (The Impossible), as well as over forty-five crew members from the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Poland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States; and joined by Daniel H. Wilson himself, who flew over to be a very special guest on set.
With filming wrapped, we have assembled a top notch multi-national visual effects (VFX) team to complete our vision of the dual universe that defines The Nostalgist. The team is headed by expert VFX Producer Luca Da Rios, brilliant Art Director Margherita Premuroso, VFX Supervisor Jean Claude Nouchy and CG Supervisor William Lorenzetti via the Milan and London-based VFX / post-production house INKY MIND, who are providing the Wonder Room team with tremendous overall support and hosting us in their offices in East London; while rigging wizard and technical director Felix Balbas and his team at Barcelona-based MINIMO VFX are offering their first-rate expertise in CG character creation.
WHERE WE WANT TO GO NEXT - AND HOW YOU CAN HELP US!
We have our footage. We have our concept art and design. We have our VFX teams.
What we need now is to put it all together!
Our own initial funds and incredible support have taken us far already, but more resources are essential to complete our VFX and post-production work, and to create groundbreaking music and a unique double soundscape.
It was always our intention to look to Kickstarter and crowd-funding for this final stage. Passion took us this far, but now we need the help and generosity of likeminded people who love film; people who love science fiction; and most of all, people who love a great story.
The Nostalgist contains more than 150 shots that will require different levels of VFX work and the involvement of several more artists.
While our target of £30,000 may seem high for completion funds on a short, this is just enough to cover the key costs we have left.
Your help will be entirely directed at maintaining the highest possible standard in the completion of this ambitious sci-fi short film, which we strongly believe can be very special with your contribution.
In details your support will enable us to complete:
- CG character design, modelling, animation, texturing, lighting and final rendering
- Digital Set Extensions (matte paintings, digital environments, effects)
- Compositing: rotoscoping, green screen keying, plate clean up, CG implementation into live action footage
- Conforming and Grading
Furthermore, your contributions will help us cover the costs of:
- Post production Sound and Film Soundtrack
- Film Identity Design (Titles, Poster, General communication material)
- Deliverables (DVD/Blu-Ray masters, digital master, materials, legal documentation)
- Marketing and Publicity
- Festival submissions and Distribution costs
Your support is key to making the project succeed on all these levels, and we really believe the end result will be worth it!
We are determined to do our best to give the short film an extended life across festival circuits and multiple distribution platforms, and we're also very excited to be developing a feature version of the project with Daniel H. Wilson, which will allow us to expand the story and hopefully bring it to an even wider audience.
For the more immediate future, we have also come up with a number of exciting rewards that we hope will make your contribution feel even more valuable!
So if you're intrigued by what you've seen and would like to see more of it, please help us make it happen!!!
Thank you for your time and interest in the project, and please do help us spread the word.
To learn more or become a fan of this and our future projects, please see the information below and / or visit our webpages at:
THE ORIGINAL STORY
The Nostalgist short story was a finalist for the Year’s Best Science Fiction: 2009. First published on Tor.com in July 2009, the story is available for free on the website and is available for download from major e-book retailers.
Daniel H. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Robopocalypse and seven other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising and Amped. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Robopocalypse was purchased by DreamWorks and is currently being adapted for film by Steven Spielberg. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Wonder Room Productions was founded in 2012 by filmmaker Giacomo Cimini with producers Tommaso Colognese and Pietro Greppi.
Giacomo Cimini - Writer/Director/Producer
Represented by leading talent agency Casarotto Ramsay, Giacomo is the director of the short film City in the Sky, which premiered at the 66th Venice Film Festival and has gone on to achieve international distribution on iTunes. He also directed the 8-part TV series Delitti for Fox Italy and is currently a lecturer at London’s Met Film School. His submarine monster thriller Bleak Sea was picked up for development by Working Title Films.
Tommaso Colognese – Producer
Tommaso has worked in the film industry for over 15 years between Los Angeles, Rome and London, where he is currently based. His credits include major motion pictures and TV series such as HBO’s Rome, Inception, Hugo and Skyfall.
Pietro Greppi – Producer
With a background in film production and distribution at Killer Films and Magnolia Pictures in New York, Pietro most recently spent several years in film sales and financing at London-based Goldcrest, where he worked on projects such as Wuthering Heights and The Iron Lady.
Giacomo Bargellesi - VFX Compositor, Executive Producer
Giacomo Bargellesi is a compositing artist with a wealth of experience in film visual effects accumulated in London over the past decade. He has worked on major titles including two of the Harry Potter films, The Golden Compass, Where the Wild Things Are and War Horse, among others.
THE MAIN CAST
The veteran French actor has built an extraordinary international career spanning four decades across film, television and theatre. His credits range from roles in major Hollywood blockbusters, including his portrayal of The Merovingian in The Matrix trilogy, to his recent highly acclaimed lead turn in the Cannes Grand Prix-winning film Of Gods and Men.
This very talented young actor already made his memorable debut on cinema screens earlier this year as the middle child of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in the family at the center of Juan Antonio Bayona's Tsunami drama The Impossible.
To see a complete list of cast & crew click on the following links:
THE POST PRODUCTION TEAM
Kickstarter Promo music track: Rabbit on the Floor, courtesy of Wallenberg
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Risks and challenges lie at the very core of filmmaking. On The nostalgist, with the short film already shot, our next key challenges lie in the extended post production and VFX process. This will be a critical phase to get right, but having assembled a team of dedicated professionals of proven experience, we are confident that with the invaluable support of our backers we can deliver the film to the highest possible visual standard.
The next steps will be to find the resources for the equally important sound design and a skilled composer to help us hit all the right notes. Finally, a lot of more work will be necessary to help give the film the exposure we believe it deserves and to gain momentum for the next Big Step - the feature film version.
These are all big challenges, but we feel positive that all the incredible passion that has inspired our collaborators and fans to date, along with the funding from Kickstarter, will enable us to secure more partners and talent and ensure our vision for the film is complete and that you can all enjoy it in full!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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