Mnemophrenia - a feature film anthology
Three intertwining and interlinked short stories - one filmed per year - that explore the rise of a new (fictional) mental condition called MNEMOPHRENIA. Linked to - and suspected to be caused by - a technological breakthrough in Virtual Reality (VR), the condition renders some people unable to distinguish artificial memories from real ones.
Last year I completed the first chapter - MNEMOPHRENIA: THE BEGINNING.
This campaign is to make the second chapter - TOTAL CINEMA.
Next year I will make the final chapter - HOMO MNEMONICUS.
All three chapters are designed to exist as standalone short films with their own cast and a distinctive look and feel. When all the parts are completed, they will mix to form a fourth film: feature-length - called Mnemophrenia - connecting and completing the ideas born in the three shorts.
Chapter 2: Total Cinema – The Story
NICHOLAS is a neuroscientist and computer engineer who works for Memofilm as the lead developer on TOTAL CINEMA (TC), the first generation of all-sensory interactive VR experiences. Nicholas is a mnemophrenic and his vision is that TC will encourage empathy and eliminate the divide between mnemophrenics and non-mnemophrenics.
When Nicholas discovers something startling about the technology, he is forced to examine his own ideals and how they fit in with the corporate goals at Memofilm.
Original aspects of the film
One of the original features of Mnemophrenia is the method used to develop the script. I use extensive improvisation workshops to build the characters and dialogue. This is a very unusual approach for a sci fi film. I used the same process for Mnemophrenia: The Beginning and the result is very distinctive and natural.
Each part has its own visual style and for the second part we want to introduce a unique, original visual technique depicting CCTV cameras of the future - the experimental cameras in Nicholas' lab - that interact with his brainwaves. Thus, humanity and technology come even closer together.
Why we need you
There are fewer and fewer low budget film funds out there, and filmmakers are becoming very creative about how they get their projects off the ground. Crowdfunding is an exciting way of bridging that gap: as well as the much needed money it brings, it gives filmmakers the best platform for interacting with their audience and getting feedback.
I have mastered the art of making low budget short films and can produce the majority of this film for very little money, but I need financing to make this happen. My amazing cast and crew show their belief in this project by working for free, however, there are many other costs we need to cover in order to ensure a high quality for the final product.
In order for this film to happen, I need your help in raising a minimum of £7,000 and it has to happen in 40 days so we can be ready to shoot in late August.
The money we are raising here will only cover the shoot itself - this is the biggest expense. Any extra money we raise over and above our stated goal will be used towards post production costs, publicising the film and entering it to film festivals.
Please find below a breakdown of where your money will go:
Art department (set and props construction, props and costumes sourcing)
Equipment hire (camera, lights, dolly and sound equipment)
Indiegogo fee and perks costs
What you will get with your contribution / The perks
Please note that you may choose to remain anonymous when making a contribution. You may also contribute ANY amount you wish, not just the amount of one of the perks.The film is due to be completed by early 2014 and all the perks will be sent out straight away after that. We will keep you informed throughout the production about our progress by posting updates here.
Here's what's on offer:
£10 - Mnemo-Pal
A special Lenticular Animated MEMBERSHIP CARD for Total Cinema, the titular fictional post-VR technology platform in the film. (Please note, this is purely film memorabilia and not a real membership card - Total Cinema hasn't been invented, folks!)
PLUS everything from Mnemo-Pal perk
£30 - Mnemo-Phrend
An exclusive download of the DIGITAL VERSION of the completed film in high definition
PLUS everything from Mnemo-Mate perk
£40 - Mnemo-Phan
DVD COPY of the completed film
PLUS everything from Mnemo-Phrend perk
£50 - Mnemo-Phile
2 X Collector's Limited Edition 3D STILL PRINTS (10"x8") from the film, with 3D glasses (anaglyph)
PLUS everything from Mnemo-Phan perk
£100 - Mnemo-Phreniac
The Special Edition Bundle:
- A beautifully packaged SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION DVD including both films ("Total Cinema" and "Mnemophrenia: The Beginning") and collectible postcard pack
- Signed SPECIAL EDITION 3D POSTER (A3) with 3D glasses (anaglyph)
PLUS everything from Mnemo-Phile perk
£250 - Mnemo-Junkie
The Ultimate Collectible: a custom-built VERY LIMITED EDITION ORIGINAL FILM PROP featured in the film, one of the VR/TC headsets owned by Nicholas at the Memofilm laboratory!
- A CREDIT IN THE FILM (under "Special Thanks")
PLUS everything from Mnemo-Phreniac perk
£1,000 - Homo Mnemonicus
The EXECUTIVE PRODUCER package:
- Exclusive half day SET VISIT* during the shoot to see the process up close
- Invitation to a special PRIVATE SCREENING* for you and a guest
- FILM CREDIT (Executive Producer)
*(London area - travel and accommodation not provided)
PLUS everything from Mnemo-Phreniac perk
Why should you support Mnemophrenia?
For the past four years it has been my dream to make a feature film about artificial memories. If you like hardcore science fiction films with complex ideas, three dimensional characters and thought provoking stories, then with your help I will be able to bring a compelling story to life.
I believe that Mnemohrenia will leave the audience with big questions about where humankind is going and trigger lively discussions about technology, memory and identity.
Where most science fiction films present purely dystopian futures, I want to offer an alternative: a glimpse of a technological society that can learn to embrace the different, where empathy can be downloaded, and where the merging of biological and digital may lead to a new humankind.
Don't forget, your contribution won't just help make a short film but the middle chapter of an entire feature film called Mnemophrenia.
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About Our team
Eirini Konstantinidou (Writer, Director, Producer)
Eirini has recently finished a PhD in Science Fiction Films dealing with Memory and Technology. She has directed four short films, which have been shown in international film festivals. Her film “I love you..?” won first prize in the 2007 Thessaloniki Short Film Festival and her film “Snapshots” won the first prize at the Dorset Cereals Film Competition. She has recently completed her fifth short film, "Mnemophrenia: The Beginning" which is now being sent to film festivals around the world. “Mnemophrenia: The Beginning” constitutes a third of the feature film "Mnemophrenia" that will be finished in 2014.
Richard A.S. Thomas (Director of Photography)
Following the completion of his studies at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London in 2007, Richard has been working as a Spark and Gaffer enabling him to home his skills as a Cinematographer. As a Cinematographer he has filmed various short film and music videos, such as Karen Davies Magic carpet ride. His Cinematographer work has been greatly enhance by the Connect scheme offered by his University which provides mentors in the creative arts industry to former students. This led him to be paired up with one of UK leading Directors of Photography, Balazs Bolygo HSC, who filmed Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and It All Gone Petetong and has been a great inspiration to his work as a Cinematographer. Balazs has inspired him and passed on his knowledge of the craft and art of Cinematography and given him great access to leading people in the film industry and their knowledge, some of whom have become his mentors too such as Micky Reeves who is one of the UK leading Gaffers and has worked on various feature films and BBC dramas.
Carmen Cortés Martín (Art Director)
Specialized in set decorating, prop sourcing and standby art department, Carmen is a London-based Junior Art Director who has worked in many productions (commercials, music videos, television series, short and feature films) in Spain, the US and the UK for the past five years. Carmen is a double major graduate in Journalism and Media from Carlos III University, Madrid. Following her passion for art, design and film, and thanks to consecutive scholarships, she furthered her education in Art Direction for Film at Kingston University (UK), San Diego State University (California), and most recently at Central Saint Martins, School of Arts in London. As a designer, Carmen has a special attachment for period dramas and experimenting with textures.
Robin King (Nicholas)
Robin has played a number of roles on television shows such as Thieves Like Us (as regular character PC Bennett), The Bill and Casualty, and most recently was killed to death by a giant mutant bear as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts series. He is also an award-winning writer-director and animator, gaining international awards with short films Ten Thousand Pictures of You, Unpossible and Snapshots. He worked for a number of years in publishing and digital media and is an accomplished video editor. Robin is also passionate about videogames, digital worlds and Virtual Reality, and is programming apps for the iPhone and iPad with an eye to future projects on the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
Jamie Laird (Will)
Jamie Laird trained at Drama Studio London following an earlier career as a scientist. His work in theatre includes 'Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off' at The King's Head; 'The Ghost Train' at Brockley Jack; 'The Woyzeck' and 'Abandonment' at The New Diorama;'Twelfth Night' for Moving Stories at the Minack; 'King Lear' for House on the Hill; 'The Most Dangerous Toy' for Playades at the Edinburgh Fringe (also Theatre 503 & Rosemary Branch); 'Regretting Dialogue' and 'Bliss Bear' at The Arcola.
Dominic O'Flynn (Michael)
Dominic O’Flynn comes from Dublin and has a background in architecture, psychology and music - all of which inform his work. He trained under Ron Gilbert and has several features, short films and theatre projects to his credit. Much of his recent work has been done with Mol Smith of OnView. The greatest compliment Dominic believes he could receive as an actor is to have a part written for him - an honour which has occurred a number of times.
Lisa Carrucio Carne (Anna)
Lisa trained at Tisch School of The Arts, New York. Her films include Sprawlers and That Samba Thing. Her theatre appearances includes Rocket To The Moon (National Theatre); The Fever Chart (Trafalgar Studios and Theatre Royal York); Nothing is The End Of The World; Saturn Returns (Finborough Theatre), A Thousand Miles of History (Bussey Building), Richard III (Drill Hall and Tour), The Six Wives of Timothy Leary (Riverside Studios and Pleasance, Edinburgh); The Woodsman (Old Red Lion); Oleanna (Mountview Directors Showcase); and Camel Station (Theatre Museum and Tour). Theatre in New York includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale (Lion Theatre, Theatre Row), and The Tempest (Looking Glass Theatre). Radio includes: Seeing In The Dark and The Hamam Bride (both for the BBC).
Angela Peters (Keri)
Angela is a professional actor based in London who divides her time between stage and screen in the UK, Europe and Australia. A familiar face on Australia's Seven Network (QLD) for the 2009 season of "Queensland's Best Living", Angela has also appeared in features and short films screened at the Dubai International Film Festival, Queens International Film Festival, Budapest Film Festival, East End Film Festival, and in cinemas throughout the UK and Europe, including the award winning 'Tangled Up in Blue' and 'Egression', and short films 'Andrew', 'From the Cellar' and 'Jimmy'.