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ABOUT THE FILM:
Ara is a Sci-Fi Thriller about a time of global transition, shifting alliances, and a mass awakening of consciousness, set in future New Zealand. ARA is the key ! The man at the heart of ARA, Jason, is a grieving father and husband - a brilliant biotech software engineer caught in his own battle, to save his daughter Sam from the same fate as his recently departed wife. Jason,ARA and Sam (age 8) are in the hands of C.O.M.A. Corporation.The only reason Jason and Sam are still alive is because C.O.M.A Corp needs something else from them.But for how long they can stay alive?
Which way will reality tip ?
What price would you pay to erase your most painful memories?
The world's leading Neuroscience technology giant C.O.M.A Corporation. have revolutionised the cryogenics industry with the help of unsuspecting lead programmer Jason Andrews. Such a fusion between the human brain and technology has never before existed and will allow the mind to expand beyond its current limits and potentially permit one’s consciousness to long outlive one’s body.
How far would you be willing to go to have that new car or latest gadget?
C.O.M.A Corporation's Memory Banks are now the world’s largest financial institution capitalising on their discovery made while developing their Neuroscience technology, that the skills you possess can be isolated in the brain then removed and transplanted. Playing to the human desire to keep up with the Joneses’ they’ve created a new world economy by loaning alluring amounts of money in exchange for extracting the skill segments of your brain. So the rich are getting even richer by utilising all the skill segments they can buy while the poor struggle to survive in this new “skills for money economy”. People are disappearing off the street as black market trafficking and trading of brains becomes rife. Fear, mistrust and suspicion are rampant as humanity turns upon itself, pitting man against man.
What is immortality worth?
The Euclidean project is offered only to the world’s elite. This technology allows the wealthiest of the world’s citizens to immortalise their brains until they can be transplanted back into a genetically enhanced and modified new body grown from the donors very own stem cells, creating a super human race.
What is your family worth to you?
Jason a loving father and husband got caught up in this world when the programme he created for C.O.M.A Corp to help remove negative and traumatic memories from people’s minds and so assist them to heal, become calmer, more positive and productive people was adapted by C.O.M.A Corp for their nano-science department. Upon finding out about this Jason has been on the run from C.O.M.A Corp. His family was recently involved in a tragic car accident, killing his wife Maria and leaving his daughter Sam in a deep coma. Jason suspects C.O.M.A Corp is responsible in a plot to make him finish the work on his programme ARA.
Having gone underground Jason is racing against time to adapt ARA’s programming to save his daughter all the while watching his back. Who can he trust? What is reality!
Jason struggles to escape from the virtual mind trap he has helped create, but also to find who he is and what is his connection to Papa and Rangi, his spiritual guides who talk in riddles and find him rather annoying some times.
C.O.M.A Corporation: A medical scientific research facility who originally was working on rehabilitating coma patients when they discovered that the skills people have could be isolated in the brain and removed. Realising the potential to control vast mental resources and patella military potential in this idea the Memory Bank was born. With alluring offers of large amounts of money if you loan your skills and hope they are in demand on the currency market.
It is a time of global transition, of shifting alliances, a mass awakening of consciousness and "ARA" is the key. Who will unlock ARA’s full potential, what future will be created and where will you be when it all happens?!
WRITER/DIRECTOR DIMI NAKOV'S INSPIRATION
"ARA" means - Path, Road, Awaken, Arise
I call New Zealand my home since 2002 and the hauntingly beautiful scenery and Maori mythology has influenced my writing and will be featured in the film, which is set in a future and reality that is no longer recognisable as we all know it. ARA portrays a dystopian futuristic scenario set in New Zealand with the obvious bad and powerful C.O.M.A Corporation. I am fascinated by the concept of virtual reality, being in another world, which can be visionary, scary, futuristic or all of this at the same time. Taking that even further into the alternate realities that we create in our minds every day to survive, the lenses each one of us views the world through. How two people can watch/see the same event, but when they recount what they saw it sounds like they were in two completely different situations.
I also feel trapped by the increasing pressure in society today to keep up with the “Joneses”, how large corporations prey on this perceived need for consumers to maintain a certain social status by encouraging us to spend more money than we have, to buy stuff that we don’t really need and with features that we won't ever use. That these large organisations encourage us to all fight for a better life based around money and “stuff” rather than things of real value like people and taking time to appreciate the little things in life. I love experiencing cultures, spending time getting to know people and seeing small traditional businesses succeed, yet I find myself struggling with the fact that I am still attracted to having all that “stuff” that we are constantly told we need and I don’t like that about myself.
All these things and more have provided the inspiration for this feature film "ARA"..
WHAT DO WE NEED?
To get this project of the ground we need a minimum of $25,000 a sum we can only reach with help from you! The cast and crew are already donating endless hours of their time to make this film a reality so please help us reach our goal. If we get more you can be sure we will put it to good use on even better locations and digital effects!
HOW WILL WE SPEND IT?
We have allocated 6 Blocks/Weeks (of 4 days shoot each week) + 4 Contingency Days for Pick Ups (Total of 28 Shoot days) with principal photography starting on 28th February 2013 and even though we already have lots of borrowed equipment and volunteers working on the project we still estimate additonal costs will be:
$10,500 - Additonal Film Equipment Hire
$3,500 - Location and Studio hire
$4,000 - Art Department,Props and Special FX
$3,200 - Catering for between 18-32 Cast and Crew for the shoot
$3,800 - Petrol Vouchers so Cast and Crew can get to location
Every dollar you donate will help us reach our goal to make this an outstanding film that you will enjoy watching.
After Principal Photography in March - April 2013 and we have the film in the can we will be in full swing with post-production/editing which will be completed by October -November 2013.Then we will begin with the film festival submissions world wide,which will be followed by theatrical or DVD Release or both.All of this will costs money and time in order to get the film to you at the end. Then you can be proud your name is on the big screen amongst everyone else involved with the making of this film and you can say "I did this film"."I helped with the making of it." "I funded this film". It feels great and i know that for sure everytime we complete a project and feeling the satisfaction of getting it done and being proud that all the hard work pays off.
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MEET THE TEAM:
ZODIAC ENTERTAINMENT: was founded in 2009 by Director/Producer Dimi Nakov. Our team has a universal film-making approach that marries a broad range of production skills and extensive film-making experience. Using the latest technology available and innovative "outside the box" thinking Zodiac Entertainment provides its clients with the only the very best service. This dedication is paying off as the industry recognition below for their films will attest to.
WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR - DIMI NAKOV
Dimi's passion for images started when he received a stills camera for his 8th birthday from his grandfather.
An award winning filmmaker, Dimi's short documentary Lockie and Love won him the Documentary Winner award at the Filmaka Competition. His short documentary For Alan was a finalist at the 2010 Wanaka Mountain Film Festival, was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2011 British Independent Film Festival, and screened at the 2011 Heart of Gold International Film Festival in Gympie, Australia. He has also scripted, directed, shot and produced a series of corporate training videos for Coca Cola Amatil NZ.
In 2011, Dimi directed and produced three shorts films, Playmates, BlindSide, and The Psychologist which have been submitted to a number of international festivals world wide. Most recently a music video for the beautiful all female trio TNT with their song Casa Del Tango, which is now part of onboard entertainment on all Air New Zealand Domestic Flights during October and November 2012.
One of his 2011 music videos 'Running Far' by Broken Season screened at the AllShorts Film and Music Video Festival in October 211, another Music Video for a band called Devilskin 'Little Pills' is now playing on C4 and Four TV music channel on Sky TV.
A feature film "Journey of a Story" that Dimi was a Director of Photography for premiered New Zealand wide on Anzac Day 25th April 2012.
Finally his short "BlindSide" has been accepted to the Cannes Short Film Corner, as part of the 65th Festival de Cannes 2012 and Officially selected for Denver Underground Film Festival 2012 ."BlindSide" and "Playmates" are both Officially Selected in Competition for the 7th Cyprus International Film Festival 2012 and The Psychologist is Officially Selected in Competition for BuSho - Budapest International Short Film Festival 2012.
MORE REASONS TO GET INVOLVE AND HELP US
We have a great script, a fabulous team and some really compelling rewards for your contribution but if you cannot get involved then please do share the project. Crowdfunding is not just about adding few dollars, but also members of a global audience.
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RISKS AND CHALLENGES Learn about accountability on IndieGoGo
It is fair to point out that it is possible that we may become delayed in this process, for a multitude of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control and despite our best endeavours. You should take assurance from the fact that we know how to make a film happen as we did with our Previous Projects. The key to success is always momentum, driving the vision forward and finding solutions to all issues that are thrown our way. Without this resilience and resourcefulness, we would never have come so far already.
The IndieGoGo community should know that whatever we plan, and whatever obstacles are thrown in our path, we are focussed on our goals and passionate in honouring our commitment to our pledges to you. The more support we have – the stronger and more determined we become to make this happen, it really is that simple.
We believe in clear and worthwhile communications, so whilst we might not be bugging you every five minutes with updates, you will always be the first to know when we have some exciting news, and if we have to make any changes of direction, you will be kept fully informed also.
Embarking upon this journey with us will be a unique, exciting and rewarding experience on many levels, that much we do guarantee. Thank you for reading.
We will keep updating our Production/Creative Team:
Dimi Nakov - Writer/Producer/Director http://zodiacentertainment.co.nz/
Graeme Cash – Producer IMDb http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2647856/
Linda Darby – Producer
Jacqui Gilbert - Producer
Sean Hurst - Producer/Production Design/Head of Art Department Website http://www.seanhurstdesign.com/
Glen Altman – Co-Producer
John Howard - Art Department https://www.facebook.com/johnhowardartnz
Kevin Luck - Associate Producer/Web Design IMDb http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3874538/
Chantal Rayner Burt – Script Editor http://www.earthwire.co.nz/wp/
William Pickering - Script Editor
Emilia Demerdjieva - Script Editor
Anabela Rea - HOD Costume Design
James Bennett – Post Production Producer/VFX/Digital FX
Steve Haynes – Technical Director /Lead Digital FX/Sound Mix/3D Animation. Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/soundartbranding?fref=ts
Kathy Kennedy – Lead VFX /Digital FX/Post Production and Concept Art
Thomas Asche – Digital VFX/Conceprt Art https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black-Forest-Breathes/230439376998440?fref=ts
Andy Gillingham - Concept Art/VFX/Crew http://www.behance.net/FootageNest
Nicholas Newton – Editor/VFX/Concept Art IMDb http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4024229/
Location Manager - Jason Pike
Production Manager - Jacquie Snyman
HOD Sound - Ande Schurr - Sound Recordist
Celeste Strewe – HOD Make Up, Special FX https://www.facebook.com/pages/Celeste-Strewe-Makeup-spfx-makeup-bodyart-artist/188227377939678?fref=ts
Lilly Unsub – Music Composer – Short Bio http://soundcloud.com/theunsub
Barbara J Weber – Music Composer http://www.barbarajweber.com/
Ana Maria – Music/Singer/Artist http://www.ana-maria-bulgaria.com/
Catering - SHOWOFF COOKING https://www.facebook.com/ShowoffCooking?fref=ts
Tremayne - Zodiac Entertainment (Official European Representative)
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