My thesis film for the School of Visual Arts is an original story about two scientists, Helen and Maria, who create a machine to view dreams. One of them takes a cocktail of medication that allows their brain to lucid dream, while staying sedated. The other watches the dreams through a projection. This machine is built in their mysterious professor's garage. Under his sometimes vague instruction they try and perform physics experiments within the dream. Because dreams have no boundaries, they are able to achieve the normally impossible. But something is wrong with the machine, there are glitches. Helen and Maria are also convinced that its full potential hasn't been reached yet.
Using a combination of computer generated effects by several artists and in camera effects I want this sci-fi film to show the similarities between dreams and film.
Currently Alex Seefried (cinematographer) and I are building our own lenses and camera builds. The purpose of this is to recreate the dream 'feeling' for video.
My production advisor, Chris Newman, has worked on many features and is helping me create this film from a production stand point. Here is a link to his IMDB page:
Chris has helped me with locations, getting artists to contribute, casting and finalizing the script.
What We Need & What You Get
I need money to pay my actors and contributing artists, feed my crew, and make sure everyone is comfortable. I also want to buy some very specific props. Any left over cash will either go to:
1. A cast/crew/contributors screening party.
2. Blu-Ray burning (if there is a large enough interest)
3. Festival submission.
If you donate, you will be rewarded with 'perks' I've listed.
So far Jim Forde has helped me get Stamford Public Schools to let me use a school as a location. With this I'm going to be showing students what it is like to be on a film set.
David Van Dyke has allowed us to shoot at the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, CT. In return Alex Seefried and I will be shooting a tourism video for the church's beautiful sanctuary.
After completing my film it will be shown in The Dusty's a film festival showcasing SVA's films. I will then submit it to as many film festivals as I can. I'm in the process of writing a feature length version of the film, and if successful at these festival I may be able to get it produced into a much larger film.
There is also the possibility of distribution in the short film format.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't donate, please let me know if you have some of the props I've listed below and you'll still get a credit in my film and I'll try to repay the favor the best way I can.
Old and un-used computers and electronics
A camping tent
Climbing rope and gear