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Based on the absurd and existentialism, A Tree Stands Alone follows two characters living in isolation, dealing with their own nihilistic struggle for meaning.
Matt Burns
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The Story

'A Tree Stands Alone' follows the day-to-day life of an old man, seemingly isolated, and living alone in an old house in the middle of the woods. Drinking glass after glass of whiskey and finding himself perform the same routine tasks every day, he has long past the realisation that his own life is devoid of value and meaning. At his lowest point a wondering stranger, a homeless young girl with no memory, wonders out of the woods and breaks into the old man's house for shelter. What follows is a blooming friendship between the two as they each try to deal with their own individual and nihilistic struggle for meaning in the strange and empty woods that surround them.

Why is this Film Important to Us?

Based on Albert Camus' theories of the absurd and existentialism, this film will explore the ideas of loneliness and nihilism, considering man's continuous, and perhaps pointless, search for meaning and value in existence. By recognising the strange nature of being, and whether or not suicide is an option, we hope to make something that is not only entertaining, but something special and of some significance. This film is about someone who has reached their limit in life, and is strangely at a crossroads considering his own death, and another who is fighting, and resisting, her own mortality. With your help we want to spread awareness and an understanding of suicide, and why some people might sadly, find ending their lives the only option. 

This project is important to us as filmmakers because of the message behind the scriptIt is our hope to create something special that might help people in their own situations, and help others understand them.

Why We Need Your Help

This project is important to us, and we are digging deep into our own pockets to cover as much of the expenses as possible, but this unfortunately will still not be enough. Filmmaking is an extremely expensive process, so we are asking you guys out there to help us out! This extra help will not only be greatly appreciated, but will also see the film get the love that it deserves, and will provide us with the means to make this story as good as it can be!

We are currently in the pre-production stage of the film and although we are lucky enough to have access to the Red EPIC, we still need some help that we currently cannot cover ourselves.

The additional funds will go towards:

  • Extra equipment such as, a special Tilt-Shift lens for the Red Epic, and the right lights that we need to create the right look for the film.

  • Props and Costume hire.

  • Location hire.

  • Accommodation for cast and crew.

  • Catering needs.

  • Music rights.

  • Post-production, so the film receives the right grade, sound mix, and finish that it deserves.

  • A DCP output of the film for festival screenings.

We really do appreciate any help, and for your generous donations, we have organised a bunch of great rewards and perks that you can read through on the right of this page! From copies of the shooting script, to DVDs of the film and posters, it’s all about giving back to you guys!

Can't Donate?

As self-funding filmmakers, and no strangers to having very little cash, we completely understand if you can't donate to our project. However, donating is not the only way you guys can help out! By spreading the word to your friends and family, or sharing our link (igg.me/at/atreestandsaloneshortfilm) on facebook, twitter, instagram etc, we would greatly appreciate the support, and be forever thankful for your contribution!

That's All Folks!

Thank you for those who took the time to read a little about our project and what we are trying to do! Please help spread the word and help us make something that matters!

Crew bios will be up in the coming weeks and we'll also be posting updates on this page, so don't forget to visit us!

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    Our good vibes, we’ll personally thank you on your facebook wall, and your name will appear in the special thanks section of our credits. Please provide a link to your facebook page in the comment section to receive this acknowledgement.

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    Shoot Me A Script

    All of the above, including your name in our special thanks section of the credits, and a PDF copy of the shooting script.

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    Down By the Stream

    All of the above, plus a high quality digital download of the finished film.

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    Beyond the Woods

    All of the perks included in the 'Shoot Me A Script' pack plus a DVD of the film when finished, packed with special features including behind the scenes footage of the making of the film, production stills from set, and a directors commentary.

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  • $75USD
    Pretty Faces

    All of the perks included in the 'Beyond the Woods' pack plus a personalised video sent to you from the crew thanking you for your very kind donation, and copies of the director’s marked up script, storyboards, and shot list of the film.

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  • $100USD
    Tree Talk

    All of the perks included in the 'Beyond the Woods' pack plus a Skype chat with the crew, where you will have an opportunity to ask us anything you want about the making of the film, or films and filmmaking in general, and a promotional poster of the film.

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  • $150USD
    Tree Witness

    All perks included in the ‘Beyond the Woods’ pack plus an invitation for you and a friend to the premiere screening of the film with the cast and crew, plus a drink on us (venue and date to be announced). **Must live in Melbourne or be able to travel to Melbourne.

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  • $250USD
    Inside the Tree House

    All perks included in the ‘Tree Witness’ pack plus an invitation to spend a day with the crew during post-production, providing the opportunity to gain insight into a professional level production and how a film is put together, and a ‘Tree Stands Alone’ T-Shirt. **Must live in Melbourne or be able to travel to Melbourne. Must be available during editing days during August and September, but we can work around you. Please specify t-shirt size in comments.

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  • $350USD
    Leaf Me A Poster

    All perks included in the ‘Tree Witness’ pack plus, a signed promotional poster of the film by the cast and crew, and an associate producer credit in the film and your own page on IMDB, and a ‘Tree Stands Alone’ T-Shirt. **Must live in Melbourne or be able to travel to Melbourne. Signing optional, please specify along with t-shirt size in comments.

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  • $500USD
    The Tallest Tree

    All of the perks included in the ‘Tree Witness’ pack plus and executive producer credit in the film and your own page on IMDB, and a T-Shirt. **Must live in Melbourne or be able to travel to Melbourne. Please specify t-shirt size in comments.

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