Who I am
I am Stavros Papageorghiou, film director based in Cyprus. I established my own independent film production company: TETRAKTYS films, (www.tetraktys.tv) on November 1994 as the launching pad for producing high-quality audiovisual projects. I specialize in projects that promote the history, culture and the society of Cyprus as well as projects that promote the ancient Greek history and philosophy.
Within the framework of this concept and in line with my passion for the ancient Greek philosophy I recently started the production of a 10 minute narrative film entitled: “Adventure of the soul”.
The story has its roots in the well known Allegory of the Cave which the Greek philosopher Plato uses to explain how a philosopher, a thinker and a seeker of truth, is like a prisoner, who is freed from the cave of ignorance and comes to understand that the shadows projected on the wall have nothing to do with reality. Enlightened, he has to persuade the others, the prisoners in the underground cave, about what the reality is; not an easy pursuit.
Even though this particular myth is written twenty-four centuries ago, the strong and intense messages it conveys affiliate with our present. I would say that the most astounding part is the direct relationship of this myth and its messages, with the power of cinema and television and the influence they have on modern man.
Several researchers of the myth of the Cave consider this myth the most complete representation of the human tragedy of the 21st century. Modern man, rapt in the era of technological advances, forgot about his original destination and goal. He became bewitched by the world inside the Cave, the false image, the illusive escape from reality and the elusive dream of television and cinema. If the cave of Plato applied to his world twenty-four centuries ago, today it has acquired a dramatic tension, because the cave reproduces the live of a false mirror, from which the light of the real sky is diverging and gets lost in the abyss of the full of complacency well-being of the few and the tragic degradation of the many.
The power of Plato's fictional writing amazes with its timelessness and penetrates the mind of the modern, thinking man. It rings the alarm to those who want to be awakened and to get out of the “cave” where they live on the one hand without ideals and visions and on the other hand, under the authoritarian image of telecasts full of languid and morbid fantasies.
The film « Adventure of the Soul» tries to attribute the myth as accurately as possible, as Plato once described it. However, my clear intention as a director is for the film to be a pure cinematographic allegory. That is why if one reads the screenplay and compares it to the original myth, he / she will observe a few alterations such as the lack of narration or dialogues, or the addition of a character, the cave mistress, who supervises the conjurers and decides for the fate of the prisoners.
One of the film’s main characteristics will be the abundance of semiology in relation to the objects, the characters and their actions, something which is of great importance for the development of the myth and also its understanding by the concerned viewer.
At 2005, during the production of the documentary film “ENTELECHY” ("ΕΝΤΕΛΕXΕΙΑ"), I read for the first time about this significant myth, which refers to the obtainment of real knowledge or education and the illiberality of man. It inspired me to such a degree, that I decided that with the first chance I would get, I would make a narrative short film about it. The idea for the film was finally materialised last August with the intiative of my son Hector. As a graduate cinema student of the Met Film school of London he proposed that we collaborate on a film which he would submit as his thesis project. We decided that he would be the director of photography and I would be the director.
As is always the case, I began preproduction last May without a cent in my pocket. My first action was to contact the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and ask for financial support. Indeed, the Ministry liked the idea very much and immediately backed up the project with a few thousand Euros. In parallel I applied to the Southern East Cinema Network, (SEE) a special regional fund programme for the development of narrative short films. SEE has also supported the project with additional 10000 $. So, with a little money on hand, I started immediately the production. My first action was to find the actors and crew from my homeland Cyprus, who would like the project and agree to work either on volunteer basis or on a minimum wage.
The shooting took place in various locations in the Paphos Region, one of the most beautiful areas in Cyprus. The main locations were the Akamas peninsula, Diarizos forest, and two famous archaeological sites; the “Tombs of the Kings” and “Fabrica”, a huge rock cave, both sites dated back to Hellenistic and Roman period.
The Municipality of Paphos, the Antiquities Department of Cyprus and the Neapolis University of Paphos, felt proud that we have selected their hometown for this production and all of them embraced it with great enthusiasm and they offered valuable practical support.
Filming was successfully completed in the midst of August, working long hours, sometimes overnight when the temperature was cooler or because we need the darkness.
Unfortunately the money I had raised run out quickly. So at this stage, where the film entered the post production phase, I am striving to raise the least of the money I need to complete the film.
What I Need and what you get
I require at least 8000 Euro (10,000 $) in order to cover the below mentioned post production services:
For Digital composition and computer graphics, I need at least $ 2500.
Sound design and mixing, another $3000. The Music composition will cost about $ 2000, the Colour correction $1500 and the Mastering & DCP (Digital Cinema package) another $1000. So I would appreciate your participation in the funding of the film.
In case we over exceed our funding goal, the surplus will compensate the members of the crew and cast who provided their services during the production for free.
In return for supporting me I will offer you the following perks devide in three categories: Music, sound and image: Is up to you to choose the category of service you would like to support.
PRICE: 25$ TITLE: JUNIOR THEME SCORE FUNDER
For you who want to support the music composition of the film with this small amount, I will send you the music score on MP3 file to your email with a pre-recorded conversation between myself, as the director and the composer Christina Georgiou. (Please do not circulate the music file. Copyright is protected)
PRICE: 100$ TITLE: KEEN THEME SCORE FUNDER
For you who want to support the music composition of the film with a bigger amount, I will send you the above plus a signed poster by me, the director
PRICE: 250$ TITLE: VALUABLE THEME SCORE FUNDER
For you who want to support the music composition of the film with a much bigger amount, I will send you all the above plus the DVD
PRICE: 1000$ TITLE: GRAND THEME SCORE FUNDER (2 AVAILABLE)
For you who want to support the music composition of the film with the maximum amount, I will send you all the above plus you will get a special credit as a music patron/associate producer.
SOUND DESIGN CATEGORY
PRICE: 25$ TITLE: JUNIOR SOUND DESIGN FUNDER
For you who want to support the sound design of the film with this small amount, I will send you a MP3 file with a pre-recorded conversation between myself, as the director and Marco Lopez, the sound designer.
PRICE: 100$ TITLE: KEEN SOUND DESIGN FUNDER
For you who want to support the sound design of the film with a bigger amount, I will send you the above plus a signed poster by me, the director.
PRICE: 250$ TITLE: VALUABLE SOUND DESIGN FUNDER
For you who want to support the sound design of the film with a much bigger amount, I will send you all the above plus the DVD.
PRICE: 1000$ TITLE: GRAND SOUND DESIGN FUNDER (3 AVAILABLES)
For you who want to support the sound design of the film with the maximum amount, I will send you all the above, plus you will get a special credit as a sound design patron/associate producer.
PRICE: 25$ TITLE: JUNIOR IMAGE COMPOSITING FUNDER
For you who want to support the image post production services of the film with this small amount, I will send you a MP3 file with a pre-recorded conversation between myself, as the director and Hector Papageorghiou, the Director of Photography, Maria Zeniou, the compositor/colour corrector and Panicos Petrides, who will prepare the mastering and the Digital Cinema Package.
PRICE: 100$ TITLE: KEEN IMAGE COMPOSITING FUNDER
For you who want to support the image post production services of the film with a bigger amount, I will send you the above plus a signed poster by me, the director.
PRICE: 250$ TITLE: VALUABLE IMAGE COMPOSING FUNDER
For you who want to support the image post production services of the film with a much bigger amount, I will send you all the above plus the DVD.
PRICE: 1000$ TITLE: GRAND IMAGE COMPOSITING FUNDER (5 AVAILABLES)
For you who want to support the image post production services of the film with the maximum amount, I will send you all the above, plus you will get a special credit as an image post production services patron/associate producer.
I strongly believe that your contribution and support will make the completion of this project possible and fuel my dream to bring Plato s Allegory on screen; an allegory so meaningful and contemporary now than ever. The film : “Adventure of the Soul’’ will globally spread the message of the philosophy of Plato. It will contribute to the deepening of the awareness of mankind, which is kept chained in the cave of ignorance. Only brave decisions can lead us towards the Truth.
Why this project is valuable to the contributor and to the world.
This globally known, diachronic myth, is worthy to be taught at every school worldwide. It is interesting to realize that this particular myth was never depicted through a short film with live actors. ’Adventure of the Soul’’ will be the first of its kind. Thus, we hope that with your contribution and help this narrative short myth we are preparing will take part on film festivals, will be watched on television,and will be posted on the internet.
So join me in achieving my goal by supporting me with your donation and also by spreading the word to your friends and people you know who they appreciate Greek philosophy.
During the period of this campaign I will be sharing with you many production stills and video clips taken during the filming. Photos, video and description will help you experience the fun my crew and I had and the magic of making films in the island of Love, the birthplace of Goddess Aphrodite. Stay tune with our campaign site at Indiegogo platform: www.indiegogo.com , our website www.tetraktys.tv and the Tetraktys Films fb page.
We count on you!!!