The Universe is a super exciting student thesis film releasing this summer from award-winning director Ian Watt. The short provides deep reflection on the meaning behind experiences of life, and what it means to be - to engage with the world around us.
We are so passionate about this project.
From the very moment that this film was even thought of, we've been crying through countless hours while collecting the most beautiful music, traveling and shooting gorgeous locations across the nation, and re-writing and re-writing to bring you what we hope to be a beautiful, powerful groundbreaking film.
BEHIND THE FILM
We've already filmed in many different iconic locations across the United States, including Moab, Yosemite, Big Sur, Colorado, and Virginia, because the film explores different natural experiences and couples them with narrative reflections on human existence, the validity of the experiences within reality, and the foundational role that perception plays in understanding the world as well as engaging with the world. The film also portrays and investigates inner conflicts with major ideas concerning human existence such as mortality, care, anxiety, temporality, and historicity.
Tons of research went into the philosophy behind the film, all asking powerful questions about the idea of experience and existence. The film builds off of two ideas to explore major modern phenomenologist claims: the true nature of being is withdrawal, and that experience and reflection are the source of human existence.
Where do we go from here?
We have already begun with principal photography, shooting the natural elements of the film in gorgeous and panoramic locations. You probably already saw the teaser trailer up top, which we were able to briefly color grade and cut together during our week-long break in Minneapolis. We've had a simple setup, often with a single camera operator and director in one location. We've worked super hard to fund the film thus far out of pocket, so now we are turning to the community to help us reach our goal!
We've been to Virginia and scouted some awesome locations.
To cover the other 50% of the film and its launch, we need your help!
There is yet a majorly essential component to the film that takes a lot of effort and, well... money. Since these natural experiences will be coupled with a narrative dialogue expressing conflicts with reality, society, etc, we still need the funds for a few things:
1. Hiring principle actor to film in Virginia
2. Covering the costs of equipment needed to film effectively
3. Rental equipment for unique locations
4. Acquiring location permissions
5. Transportation for crew and talent
6. Renting a venue for the film's official premier
7. Supporter rewards
8. Music Licensing
9. Entering the film in over 16 film festivals
Shooting in Virginia is significantly cheaper than in LA, but we haven't taken that lightly and we've kept our budget tight, but out of sheer gratitude, we've included some super awesome rewards. Check out what to expect below. However, as we get closer and closer to our goal, we will be releasing some super exclusive perks. We're stoked to give them away.
Rewards support these devices: iPhone 3G - iPhone 5s/c; iPod Touch; Galaxy S4, S5; iPad - iPad 4th Gen; iPad Mini; 11"-17" MacBooks; 13"-17" PC Laptops