About the Film
Plastic Breakfast is an experimental feature-length comedy currently being produced at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California.
The story of the film centers around a group of five struggling artists who take up residence in an abandoned sitcom set.
These characters are:
1. Richard, a highly analytical and self-absorbed writer.
2. Virginia, a jaded and cynical photographer.
3. Donald, a drug-addled, unstable, and nihilistic painter.
4. Alice, a somewhat melodramatic actress.
5. Luke, an aloof street musician.
After meeting one of the laid-off employees from the studio which owns the set where they are residing, the group decides to begin filming their own series of underground films on the set, using themselves as actors and their friends as crew.
Each film depicts the five artists eating breakfast together.
We are taught in school that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," and we grow up watching ideal versions of happy families on sitcoms and television commercials share breakfast together before the day gets started. With the perfect breakfast, it seems, one can have a perfect day. But what is the 'perfect breakfast' ?
The characters in this film are particularly obsessed with a time in their lives when it seemed as if a glorious future was in front of them and they could all do and be whatever they put their minds to. It's the "what will you be when you grow up?" scenario. That's what they were taught as children, that's what they experienced watching TV shows, and the irony now is that they're literally living on the discarded set from one of these shows, broke, with a lot of real-life pressures to deal with. But within the films they're making, they're all still free to use their imagination to do and become whatever they wish.
What's unique about this film is that it contains equal portions of experimental and traditional narrative filmmaking. On the one hand, there is the ongoing story of the group of artists moving on to the set, living there day-to-day, and struggling to keep their film projects afloat. On the other hand, there are the projects themselves, nine short films embedded within the film as a whole that vary widely in style, expressing a range of acting methods, set design, and editing that might normally not be seen outside of arthouse cinema, music videos, or even gallery installations. In effect, Plastic Breakfast forms a kind of bridge between the narrative and experimental film traditions.
About the Writer/Director
Zane J.S. Johnson studied English literature and music composition at the University of Virginia, where he received grants to shoot his first feature-length film in southern India. Entitled Mrigendrah, this was an experimental documentary and travelogue, and was completed in 2006.
After graduating, Zane moved to Kyoto, Japan, where he lived for the next three years, and where he completed his first narrative feature The Olden Days Are Now, a suspense drama based on Japanese folklore and ghost stories. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL7HGaKbIX4)
Returning to the United States in 2009, Zane moved to New York, where he produced a number of music videos and experimental shorts before enrolling as a graduate student at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, where he currently resides.
You can see some of Zane's work at https://vimeo.com/user2280469/videos
Plastic Breakfast will be his third feature-length film.
What We Need
We are currently halfway through production, having shot the nine short films produced by the characters living on the set. We are now entering the second phase of production, consisting of the interstitial material of the film. This is the story of the characters moving on to the set, their day-to-day challenges, and their struggle to retain their residence and keep their films alive. And this is where we need your help.As we move into this phase of production, we are doing a number of location shoots outside of the school. Your contribution will go toward:
1. Location costs and shooting permits
2. Transportation and food for actors/crew on the set
3. Equipment rental, outside of what can be provided by the school
4. Set dressing
5. Props / Costumes
The goal of this campaign represents an ideal amount for shooting the script as currently written. However, regardless of whether or not we reach our goal with this particular campaign, we will continue shooting, and will continue to find creative solutions until the project reaches completion.
What You Will Receive
You can receive a number of unique perks in return for contributing to the project. These include:
1. Deluxe DVD/Blu-ray, including bonus scenes, commentary, and other extras.
2. The chance to be seen in a photograph used within the film.
3. Original artwork from the film.
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Thank you for reading, and thank you very much for your support!
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