"Life is beautiful, can't you hear?"
The film centers around a "Pulse" signal, created in secret, by two employees of the ficticious Dirus Records. Barry, a washed-out record producer looking for his next big break, and Jiro, a young, energetic recording technician, discover the key behind creating the perfect radio single. Play the Pulse before any song, no matter how good or bad, and the masses will come flocking.
"Everything you hated you will now love. You will never feel pain again."
But it goes beyond music: cars honking, trains screeching, children wailing, you name it, under the Pulse's hypnotic effect it all morphs into a beautiful melody. The crew at Dirus is quick to capatilize on the discovery, ignoring all the warning signs of something more sinister. By the time they catch wind of their predicament... it may already be too late. Barry's girlfriend Samantha, and hip-hop star The Regulator, join the crew at Dirus on their collision course with disaster.
"We can make bullets sound like Beethoven and bombshells sound like Bach."
For years I have binged on classic 80s horror staples from David Cronenberg (Scanners, The Fly, Videodrome), Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness), and John Carpenter (The Thing, They Live). On top of that, I plunged into the heady sci-fi novels of Philip K. Dick (A Scanner Darkly, Blade Runner).
Watching and reading is a great way to spend an afternoon, but I always had the desire to create a horror of my own. For a year now I have been kicking around the concept of the Pulse signal, and finally, on February 14th, I finished the first draft.
I have been blessed with an amazingly talented crew, introduced below, but pure drive alone is not enough to create a movie. We need YOUR help to get the project out of our imaginations, and onto the big screen.
Any donation, no matter how big or small, takes us one step closer to reaching our goal. Creating a film is a journey, and I thank you for coming along for the ride.
UPDATED!! Check out our talented cast:
David Gautschy - Barry
David holds an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory and also works as a theater director and acting coach. He recently portrayed Charles DuPont in the short film, The Letter. Favorite roles include Prospero (The Tempest), Clive/Cathy (Cloud 9), Algernon (The Importance of Being Earnest), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Feste (Twelfth Night).
Paul Boche - Jiro
Originally from Germany, Paul has lived in NY for the past 4 years. He has modeled for over nine years, where he appeared in several print campaigns, and has walked for major fashion brands in Paris, Milan, London and New York. He was trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in NY. Furthermore, is he the leader of a Japense band and a published writer.
Mara Lalli - Samantha
Clarence Leonard - The Regulator
Clarence is an actor/dancer and attended Franklin Pierce College and Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater. He has been seen in various international commercials, worked with numerous pop artists, and worked with Oscar & Emmy directors. His hobbies include office management (yes- he has a degree in financial management), working out, and reruns of The Andy Griffith Show.
Gabe Siegal - Writer, Director, and Editor
Gabe is a junior at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked for AMC, IFC, "Once" director John Carney, and award-winning screenwriter James Solomon. When he is not penning new ways to kill off characters in his screenplays, he enjoys toying with electronic music, copious episodes of Homeland, and praying for snow to hit the Pennsylvania slopes.
Ian Korer - Head Producer
Currently laboring away under The Weinstein Company, Ian has also shown his funny side with his work at College Humor and the infamous, viral "I'm Shmacked" videos. Hobbies include listening to way too much EDM, outdressing everyone in the room, and generally being a classy dude.
Casey Sincic - Assistant Director and Associate Producer
Casey fled Orlando three years ago for the big city, where he made his stake in the NYU film scene and his internship at Apostle Pictures. His hobbies include television, and sitting on stoops (his words).
Alan Pierson - Cinematographer
Alan hails originally from the deep south. After three years of film school, he now likes to spend time sitting in circles with friends, pontificating to each other, forever competing for that one moment of self-aggrandizing glory in which he hogs the intellectual spotlight.
Ramon Zubia - Production Designer
Ramon grew up in Casper, Wyoming where he developed a strong interest in film and the fine arts at an early age. Due to the fact that he is left handed, Ramon has faced constant discrimination and challenges that he has had to creatively combat on a day-to-day basis. Recently Ramon designed two period pieces And the World Waited and Boy with a Tommy Gun, 1960's and 1930's respectively.
Jessica Mellow - Makeup Special Effects
Jessica is an artist that paints in blood and gore. When she is not building prosthetic limbs, body painting devlish monsters, or modeling these otherworldly creations herself, she is busy drinking all of the coffee in New York, promoting the city's latest films, and building up what might just be the largest spork collection in the world.
Brian Magarian - Computer Special Effects
Brian has painted visions of the surreal across all genres, working with major players such as Pharell, The Oxygen Network, eBay, and the U.S. Beverage Company.
Cole Bodell & Reilly Sakai - Marketing & Fundraising
Mary Perrino - AC
Keenen Thompson - 2nd AC & Transportation
Nicholas Walker - Gaffer
Props - Ty Lazauskas
Joe Acardi - Sound Mixer
Nicolas de Mones & Evan Springhetti - Grips
Joseph Erdoes & Clarence Dent - PAs
Lily Tagg - Script Supervisor
Our estimated costs are $3500 total. Below is the breakdown:
-$1500 for Special Effects and Design, to keep the blood flowing!
-$500 for additional Film Equiptment, to make this look as good as possible!
-$800 for Craft Services, to keep our hardworking crew fighting fit!
-$400 for Transportation and Parking, to move all our heavy gear!
-$300 for Festival Submission Fees, to distribute our finished product in New York and around the country!
Your donation will help us make the best possible film we can! Thank you for your contribution to New York's independant film scene.
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