The Piper Project
As a film student at the Art Institute of Austin, I wanted to take on a project that took me back to the roots of why I got into filmmaking to begin with. Science fiction grabbed my attention as a child (Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, Dune) and has continued to be my favorite genre. Looking at the many films that have inspired me over the years, I found that a great deal of them were originally created by author Philip K. Dick.
Dick's work is profound, groundbreaking and wonderous. You might recognize his works turned into popular films such as Minority Report, Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep) and Total Recall (We Can Remember It For You Wholesale). Being a huge fan of his work, I looked into works of his that had not been adapted and quickly fell in love with the short story Piper In The Woods.
The story follows a doctor on an asteroid base in the future, where he studies the case of a man who believes he is a plant. When this develops into an epidemic, the doctor must travel into the unknown of a nearby planet to discover the secrets to the Piper.
*The short story can be found online and in published collections, but if you don't wish to spoil the ending, I would advise you wait for the finished project.
What We Need
Being that this is a science fiction story, creating the illusion of a non-exsistent world isn't entirely cheap. That's where you come in. Donations for this film will ensure that we can create a quality film that is both aesthetically pleasing and engaging to our audience. So where's the money going?
Talent - It takes more than fancy props and costumes to sell the illusion of reality to an audience and a good cast is the best place to start. Although this is technically a student film, we have been taught the importance of budgeting and paying your talent is high priority. So far we have assembled a stellar cast that I have no doubt will deliver excellent performances that will make this film worth watching.
Equipment - While some equipment is made available to us through our school, there are particular items that we would like to either rent or purchase that will add needed production value to achieve the most professional look possible.
Costumes - With a futuristic setting, it seems essential to further the reality of the world we are creating, by dressing our characters in wardrobe that is other worldly and new. Mimi Lee, recent graduate of Ai of Austin, is designing and creating the retro futuristic wardrobe that will put you in the world of the Piper.
Props - With the help of our Director of Photography Andrew Bodin, we are creating some fantastical props that will allow our cast to further immerse themsleves into their characters, as well as continue the illusion of the world we are building.
Donation Incentives (What YOU get)
Everyone deserves recognition for their contributions, so we intend to do just that! Each donation is met with a perk. Each donation marker is met with a super rad incentive, at least we think so, and will hopefully encourage you to deepen your involvement in our project. Check out the perks in the column on the right>
You're funding more than just a film...
Donating to this project is more than just throwing money at a movie. As student/independent filmmakers, we are working hard to achieve our dreams. Each film has been a more ambitious step toward breaking into the cutthroat world of cinema and this is no exception. Upon completion of the film, it will be entered in film festivals and competitions across the country.
WE NEED MORE THAN JUST MONEY!!!
We are aware that not everyone can donate with their wallets, but just as important is spreading the word. We will be campaingning extensively to help reach our goal, but the more people that know about it, the better. So please, tell everyone you know. Post it on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or email everyone in the office!
Thanks for your support
- Travis English