Making a movie is hard. Any movie.
And Hybrid Vigor is extremely ambitious.
Hybrid Vigor is 100% crowdfunded entirely through social media. We built up a Twitter following of well over 100,000 in just 3 months and followed that with a successful Kickstarter campaign. At the time only 10 narrative film campaigns had more total backers than us.
With the money we have raised until now we have been able to shoot 25 days, edit most of what we have shot, begin VFX work, and start working on the score. 70% of the film is shot.
The goal of this campaign is to raise the additional funds we need to finish the last of the shooting and have the film ready for submission to the Sundance Film Festival. September 29th, 2014 is the last day they accept submissions.
We have to start the last of our filming in late July. That means it will happen during our campaign. As soon as we reach $10,000 we will start scheduling the first shoot days. As money comes in we will shoot more.
To date, over 1,600 people from 43 countries have backed us.
We're filming on location in the former USSR. We have scenes that take place in winter, spring, summer and fall. We're making a film that has scenes spanning a 25 year period spread over nearly 50 locations and with more than 20 speaking parts in 3 different languages.
A large number of the scenes in the film are full of practical special effects. One 2 minute scene required an actor to spend over 10 hours getting special effects make-up applied. It won't be the last.
We're shooting and finishing in 4K and have over 100 Visual Effects (VFX) shots. In fact the entire opening scene requires VFX work. Every single shot.
And our budget is about what a "normal" film would spend on snacks. Maybe less.
What we want to make it clear is that we're not making a YouTube video. Our vision with Hybrid Vigor has always been to shock people with what we accomplish. We have to compete on quality with films that cost millions.Hybrid Vigor is a film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia.
A mysterious girl is found living in a forest in Latvia. After being captured by the police she is taken to a mental institution in Riga. She doesn’t speak, but seems to understand everything. She doesn’t sleep, but never acts tired. Who is she and where is she from? Could she be connected to the disappearance of a little girl in the same area 20 years earlier?
Hybrid Vigor stars Velta Buka and Jevgenija Mirosnicenko.
My name is Brandon. My first film was a low budget independent film I wrote when I was 18 years-old and directed when I was 20. The film co-starred Dee Wallace, Dennis Haskins and Joyce DeWitt. It was professionally done with a large crew of around 30 people and shot on 35mm film with Panavision cameras. Unfortunately the film negative and sound was stolen and the film has never been completed. I was able to recover the film negative, but was never able to get the sound.
A few years ago I Executive Produced the critically acclaimed arthouse film Loren Cass. Variety called it, “A starkly radical film debut of uncommon power and artistic principle.” The New York Times said it was, “Remarkable… One of the year’s great discoveries.” The film was solely the director’s vision. I was just there to help support the talent I saw in him.
I learned a lot working on my first film and even more in the years since. I got my start as a writer/director in this business at a very young age, but lost more than 10 years due to my first film being stolen and unfinished. The last decade did not go to waste though. I made a plan for how I would make my next film, Hybrid Vigor, and now we are close to finishing it.
Hybrid Vigor has been a tremendous amount of work. When all this started, I could not have imagined that over 1,500 people from 47 countries would support us in making this film. It's incredibly humbling.
We hit a bit of a delay due to health problems I had (as described in the video), but I'm doing great now and we're back on track. I could not be more pleased with the results so far and when it's all done, we will all be able to look back and be proud of what we accomplished.
Hanan Townshend is a fast rising film composer, born in rural New Zealand, but now based in Austin, Texas. He did music for Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winning film Tree of Life and was also the composer for Malick's latest film To The Wonder.
Hanan is now doing the music for Terrence Malick's upcoming film Knight of Cups (Christian Bale, Natalie Portman).
Hanan's music reflects the broad background of inspiration from which he draws – the poetic soundscapes of his home country, the eager patterns of popular music, and the refinement of classical training and studies in art composition. Because of this, he has a penchant for approaching film music from a less conventional perspective and producing clever, memorable pieces that support just as much the picturesque as they do the auditory experience.
Here is a sample of Hanan's work on To The Wonder:
Here's a sample of Hanan's work Tree of Life:
This week's featured Perk:
Here's some of what we are offering to our backers:
- Your Name in the Credits
- Digital Download / DVD / Blu-ray
- Personalized Hybrid Vigor Art Poster
- Associate Producer Credit
- Appear in the film as an Extra or Virtual Extra! (limited)
- One-of-a-kind film props
- Appear in a scene (or two) with dialogue!
- Be a sponsor.
- Co-Executive / Executive / Co-production Credit
The full reward details are on the right side of the page.
Lots more to come. We're just getting started!