*If this seems like a film you would want to see, I would appreciate reblogging to help spread the word.
As some of you know, I’m working on a film called DEADHAND. This is my senior thesis film and it’s going to be feature length; some of you may have seen some of the test footage / concept art I’ve been posting in the last few months. We start shooting soon and are using a combination of 16mm and 35mm film, but I need to raise some additional funds for post-production (film development and transfer). The above video is a teaser.
I’ve made a Kickstarter (click here) to help fund the post-production of this project. Basically, you pledge a certain amount, and each amount comes with incentives. The catch is, if I don’t raise the money, I keep nothing and no one is charged. This is to ensure that no one gets ripped off. Here is the list of incentives:
$5+ A signed postcard of a screenshot from the film.
$10+ A signed 11”x14” print of a drawing or photography by me of your choice + all of the above.
$20+ A signed copy of the completed film + all of the above.
$40+ Bonus features dvd + an invitation to the premiere + all of the above.
$75+ An exclusive comic book version illustrated by me + all of the above.
$150+ Special Thanks in the credits + all of the above.
$500+ Associate Producer credit + a prop or costume + all of the above.
$1000+ Producer credit + a strip of original negative from the film + all of the above.
$2000+ Executive Producer credit + an exclusive line of prints and concept art + all of the above.
100% of funds will go directly to film development and transfer costs. As a special incentive, the first funder gets all of the rewards regardless of the amount, minus the credits.
SYNOPSIS: DEADHAND follows the story of Itagaki, an ex-scientist, in the search for his missing wife Josephine. Along the way, he teams up with Maria, a young Hispanic prostitute who had a life-altering encounter with Josephine: they traded arms.
It is revealed that Josephine has a complete robo-prosthetic body; only her brain is human. In an attempt to regain her full human form, Josephine offers Maria money and freedom from her life of prostitution in exchange for her human body. Maria, questioning her own humanity, agrees to do it.
The surgery does not go according to plan: the unskilled, crooked scientist performing the operation can only successfully transplant their arms. Maria has lost contact with Josephine and the scientist when Itagaki shows up at her brothel. She agrees to help him with the hope that he will be able to complete the operation. However, things go awry when Maria develops feelings for Itagaki and discovers the mysterious circumstances that led to her own birth and the creation of Josephine’s body.
THEMES: DEADHAND is in Japanese, English and Spanish. One of the things I want to accomplish with this film is an implicit breakdown and critique of the representation of women and minorities and the over sexualization of youth in media. Other themes include mental-physical integration, the limits and morality of science, cultural diffusion, free will vs biology, simulation as valid experience, and the disappearance of the original in the digital world.
PRODUCTION: We start shooting in mid February and wrap mid April. You can expect a finished product around August 2011.
Questions / comments? Click my “ask” button or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You can also check out the film’s website at deadhand.net
If this sounds like a movie you want to see, please reblog and thank you to everyone who has been helping me so far through reblogging, liking and commenting on other posts about this project. :)
Click here to go to the Kickstarter page
Jillian Iscaro is a multi-media artist whose work I greatly admire. Anyone who’s interested in her work should definitely check her out. If you have a couple bucks to spare, toss ‘em her way!