PostPanic co-founder Mischa Rozema is teaming up with funding website Kickstarter to finance SUNDAYS, an intellectual sci-fi film that questions the future of mankind.
Taking place 50,000 years into man’s future, SUNDAYS unveils an unusual world after the Singularity has occurred – a hypothetical point in time where the emergence of greater-than-human intelligence leaves mankind questioning what it means to be human:
“It is a world where computer processing has surpassed the subtleties of the human brain,” say Mischa on the backdrop of the film. “This, along with other technologies such as genetics and nanotechnology has redefined what it means to be human.”
Mischa plans to produce, direct, design and animate SUNDAYS with the aid of PostPanic, a creative shop he co-founded with Jules Tervoort back in 1997.
Over the years the Amsterdam-based company has serviced clients including Nike, MTV, ASICS, Google, MINI, McDonalds, Vodafone, TomTom, Coca-Cola, Disney and Amstel.
A commercial and short film director for many years, Mischa is also a recent winner for his work on McDonalds, winning an Experential Award at the prestigious AICP Awards in New York.
SUNDAYS has garnering interest from major Hollywood Studios and big software companies – but none have stayed true to Mischa’s original vision. This is what led him to use Kickstarter as a platform to fund his film:
“There were some amazing opportunities, but each one diluted my original premise,” he reveals. “Kickstarter allows me the opportunity to make SUNDAYS with its creative vision intact. I also intend to prove that there is an audience for intelligent sci-fi films that don’t need the Hollywood treatment.”
A goal of $50,000 must be reached by July 20th. Funds will pay for a 5-day production in Mexico City that will provide access to equipment, crew, actors, casting, location, licenses and more.
“Mexico City has the architecture and social unrest that I need to create a future world,” explains Mischa on location.
Mischa will then travel back to PostPanic offices in Amsterdam where a team of international talent will work under his direction to shape the necessary post production elements to complete the film.
“This will be a highly creative and cost-effective film,” continues Mischa. “I will control the creative vision and not depend on operators and technicians to make pretty visuals; it’s all about enhancing the central idea.”
Mischa promises SUNDAYS will deliver, “a step-by-step journey into a surreal world where everything turns out to be very, very strange. We are not talking about actual people in the future, but copies of people that make tiny mistakes over time: mistakes that we see in their social behavior, in their thinking patterns and in the way they repair their architecture damaged by falling space junk.”
International production company Savage, who represents PostPanic in the US will also help produce on the shoot. Savage owner Pavla Burgetova brings 20 years of production experience to the table.
“It’s a completely different perspective on science fiction,” outlines Burgetova on the promise of SUNDAYS. “It will have a very unique visual esthetic, and it has so much potential I felt it was important to be a part of the project.”
Burgetova has already created Year Zero with PostPanic, an award-winning cyberpunk short packed with brutal streetwise images pushing complex perspectives on technology, urbanization and the collapse of the environment.
Year Zero went on to win a 2102 One Show Design Gold Pencil and was further shortlisted for this years Vimeo Awards and AICP Show.
Although a stand-alone project, Mischa also explains that SUNDAYS will serve as a prelude to a full-length feature: “We will examine and reveal concepts that will make the audience want to come back for more,” he offers.\
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PostPanic are an international collective with members from Holland, England, USA, Belgium, Germany, Poland, France and Hungary. The company has a reputation for creating visually compelling and ambitiously driven film-based content. The company is home to a group of directors, producers, designers, editors and 3D artists that work in tandem to push creative boundaries. Although mixed media specialists PostPanic’s main focus is on creatively driven projects that are not primarily technique-led.
Working stateside for five years, Pavla Burgetova brings 20 years of experience to Savage, using a wide network of global contacts in the production market to satiate agencies’ continued anxieties over dwindling marketing budgets. Clients including Greenpeace, Philips, Foot Locker, Reebok, Nike, Pepsi, Kodak, Snickers, Mitsubishi, Vodaphone and Budweiser.
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