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Essence: A short film about human beings
An experimental short film about our need to create, hope and love. Please help us bring it to life.
Roman Gerodimos
LONDON, United Kingdom
$4,288 USD total funds raised
104% funded on November 29, 2017
Overview
In 1967, Paul Badura-Skoda wrote a speech designed to motivate his students. He gave an autographed copy to his friend, the Greek pianist Eva Anastasiadou-Stange. 30 years later, in 1997, shortly before she died, Anastasiadou gave a copy of that to her student Roman Gerodimos. Now, 50 years after it was written, Roman is adapting the speech into an experimental short film aiming to engage, empower and inspire us in an age of frustration and pessimism. Please help us bring this film to life.

About Essence

www.essencethemovie.com

Essence is an experimental short film that challenges conventional genre boundaries and straightforward descriptions. It is an essay, a reflection and a provocation. Filmed in several cities around the world and based on a 1967 essay by legendary pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, Essence weaves together text, image and sound to create a meditative experience. It is at the same time deeply personal and universal, aiming to highlight the core elements of our shared humanity. 

Essence is narrated by British actor Sam Booth (The Drowned Man: A Hollywood FableSleep No More, Faust). It features a special guest appearance by legendary Greek stage, TV and film actress Olga Damani (Acropole, Brides, Swing Away) and non-professional actors Elissavet Anastasakou and Anahita Guha Choudhury. 

Essence is written, directed and produced by Roman Gerodimos - an academic and writer with a lifelong passion for film and music. Roman recently created the award-winning short films At the Edge of the Present and A Certain Type of Freedom - two visual essays on cities, urban coexistence, youth, digital technology and engagement with the other. This is his third film.

Essence is a labour of love and there is a lot of voluntary work going into it.

Production status - 30 October 2017:

With seed funding from the School of Journalism, English & Communication at Bournemouth University, and with support from Indiegogo backers, we have now completed the recording of the voice-over, as well as filming in two principal locations: Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria and the National Conservatoire in Athens Greece. We have also recorded three piano set pieces (Bach, Schubert, Brahms) with pianists Kimon Maragoudakis, Mara Kaisari and Laura Fowler-Watt, as well as additional filming in Paris, Havana and New York City.

We need your help to cover core expenses for the bulk of filming and post-production, including:

- essential equipment, such as a specialist lens, tripod and lighting kits
- basic pay for actors, performers, assistants and technical crew
- further filming sessions in London, Salzburg and Buenos Aires
- music licensing
- festival submission fees

All supporters will be acknowledged in the movie’s closing credits because this can’t be done without you. With a $5 donation you get to watch the movie online when it's launched. For those who can afford to donate more, we have loads of perks – from autographed scripts and extras to masterclass appearances and dinner dates in London. For those who can’t afford to spend $5 right now - and we realise many people can't - sharing this campaign and the teaser trailer, letting people know about it, and just engaging with the ideas in Essence is as valuable to us. Every writer’s and filmmaker’s ultimate goal is to connect and engage with their audience.

We hope that those of you reading this will make a conscious choice and take a risk, as an audience, - in an era when everything is free and nothing is free - to pay a symbolic amount for creative content. Thank you.

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Perks
$5
USD
Ticket to Essence
We will send you a full HD movie download link so that you can watch Essence as soon as it's ready. We recommend getting a pair of great headphones as the soundtrack will be awesome :-)
Items included:
  • Digital Ticket
  • Our gratitude
14 claimed
Estimated April 2018
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$10
USD
Ticket to Essence plus Extras
In addition to our gratitude, you will receive a link so that you can download the full HD version of Essence, as well as a bunch of digital special features, including exclusive Behind the Scenes material.
Items included:
  • Digital Ticket
  • Our gratitude
  • Special Features
21 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
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$25
USD
+ Shipping
Essence Deluxe: Signed Script
With our Deluxe package, you get a digital copy of Essence in HD along with all the Special Features, as well as an autographed copy of the script of Essence posted to your home address. And, our gratitude of course.
Items included:
  • Digital Ticket
  • Special Features
  • Signed Script
9 claimed
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Estimated April 2018
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$50
USD
+ Shipping
Friends of Essence Pack
In addition to a digital HD copy of Essence + Special Features, we will send you an autographed print copy of the script of Essence as well as the official poster. All Friends of Essence will be acknowledged in the closing credits.
Items included:
  • Digital Ticket
  • Special Features
  • Signed Script
  • Essence Poster
  • Special Mention in Credits
19 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
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$120
USD
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Director's Circle
In addition to the above, the director of Essence Roman Gerodimos will take you to a few of his favourite spots in London followed by a traditional afternoon tea session. All of our Director's Circle supporters will be acknowledged in the closing credits.
Items included:
  • Signed Script
  • Essence Poster
  • A London tour with Roman
  • Special Mention in Credits
6 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
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$250
USD
+ Shipping
Red Carpet
Red Carpet supporters will receive at least one invite to a private or festival screening of Essence and associated events, including the wrap and launch parties. Furthermore, Roman will be available for a one-hour workshop or masterclass with your students or community (in person or online depending on location and timing).
Items included:
  • Signed Script
  • Essence Poster
  • A London tour with Roman
  • Screenings and events invites
  • Special Mention in Credits
  • Masterclass with Roman
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
$500
USD
Associate Producer
In addition to all of the perks associated with previous categories, you will be offered the option of being credited as Associate Producer of Essence - in the film's documentation, website, IMDb entry and in the closing credits.
Items included:
  • A London tour with Roman
  • Screenings and events invites
  • Associate Producer credit
1 out of 4 claimed
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Executive Producer
You will be offered the option of being credited as Executive Producers of Essence - in the film's documentation, website, IMDb entry and in the closing credits. Plus everything else that you see above :-)
Items included:
  • A London tour with Roman
  • Screenings and events invites
  • Executive Producer credit
0 out of 3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2018
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Overview
In 1967, Paul Badura-Skoda wrote a speech designed to motivate his students. He gave an autographed copy to his friend, the Greek pianist Eva Anastasiadou-Stange. 30 years later, in 1997, shortly before she died, Anastasiadou gave a copy of that to her student Roman Gerodimos. Now, 50 years after it was written, Roman is adapting the speech into an experimental short film aiming to engage, empower and inspire us in an age of frustration and pessimism. Please help us bring this film to life.
Perks
$5
USD
Ticket to Essence
We will send you a full HD movie download link so that you can watch Essence as soon as it's ready. We recommend getting a pair of great headphones as the soundtrack will be awesome :-)
Items included:
  • Digital Ticket
  • Our gratitude
14 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$10
USD
Ticket to Essence plus Extras
In addition to our gratitude, you will receive a link so that you can download the full HD version of Essence, as well as a bunch of digital special features, including exclusive Behind the Scenes material.
Items included:
  • Digital Ticket
  • Our gratitude
  • Special Features
21 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$25
USD
+ Shipping
Essence Deluxe: Signed Script
With our Deluxe package, you get a digital copy of Essence in HD along with all the Special Features, as well as an autographed copy of the script of Essence posted to your home address. And, our gratitude of course.
Items included:
  • Digital Ticket
  • Special Features
  • Signed Script
9 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
Friends of Essence Pack
In addition to a digital HD copy of Essence + Special Features, we will send you an autographed print copy of the script of Essence as well as the official poster. All Friends of Essence will be acknowledged in the closing credits.
Items included:
  • Digital Ticket
  • Special Features
  • Signed Script
  • Essence Poster
  • Special Mention in Credits
19 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$120
USD
+ Shipping
Director's Circle
In addition to the above, the director of Essence Roman Gerodimos will take you to a few of his favourite spots in London followed by a traditional afternoon tea session. All of our Director's Circle supporters will be acknowledged in the closing credits.
Items included:
  • Signed Script
  • Essence Poster
  • A London tour with Roman
  • Special Mention in Credits
6 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
$250
USD
+ Shipping
Red Carpet
Red Carpet supporters will receive at least one invite to a private or festival screening of Essence and associated events, including the wrap and launch parties. Furthermore, Roman will be available for a one-hour workshop or masterclass with your students or community (in person or online depending on location and timing).
Items included:
  • Signed Script
  • Essence Poster
  • A London tour with Roman
  • Screenings and events invites
  • Special Mention in Credits
  • Masterclass with Roman
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
$500
USD
Associate Producer
In addition to all of the perks associated with previous categories, you will be offered the option of being credited as Associate Producer of Essence - in the film's documentation, website, IMDb entry and in the closing credits.
Items included:
  • A London tour with Roman
  • Screenings and events invites
  • Associate Producer credit
1 out of 4 claimed
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Executive Producer
You will be offered the option of being credited as Executive Producers of Essence - in the film's documentation, website, IMDb entry and in the closing credits. Plus everything else that you see above :-)
Items included:
  • A London tour with Roman
  • Screenings and events invites
  • Executive Producer credit
0 out of 3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2018
Estimated May 2018
Get this perk
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