One of the best parts about this job is when we stumble across new people doing something unique and exciting. A couple years ago we wrote about a cool sci-fi short called 88:88. Clocking in at just over 13-minutes long, this alien invasion flick is a prime example of what you can achieve with a solid idea, some ingenuity, and a strong vision. Filmmaker Joey Ciccoline definitely has all of these things going on. Now he’s hard at work on his next film, the esoteric Eidolon, and you can get on board and help see this project realized by supporting his Kickstarter campaign.
Set in a futuristic metropolis, Eidolon is the story of a brother searching for a cure to his sister’s mysterious illness. There’s not much explanation as to what her affliction actually is or the specifics of her disease. We know that she’s dying, but there also appears to be something going on that effects her mind, or perhaps her ability to create and maintain new memories. She doesn’t have any recollections from before, and all that she knows is that this man is her brother and she loves him, so she is more concerned about his wellbeing than her own. You can see how this could lead to some tension and conflict between the two.
The origin of Eidolon is almost as interesting as the story. For 88:88 Ciccoline teamed up with musician Matt Pusti to score the film, which lead into a new record. This time around is a reversal of that process. Pusti’s latest album is something of a concept piece, with characters and themes that run throughout, and from this record, came the idea for the film. This is a unique collaboration between artists from different fields who nevertheless share a similar aesthetic vision. From the concept footage and the soundtrack, you can tells that the film is going to be heavy on mood, tone, and feel, and that the music is going to play a huge part in achieving this end.
The Kickstarter just went live on March 12, and they’re already almost a 1/5 the way to their $25,000 goal. While Ciccoline’s last outing was made for almost no money over the course of a weekend, Eidolon is going to be more of an undertaking. They’re going to work with an actual, honest to god crew, including a cinematographer. Most of the funds will go towards this and to building a set. The brother and sister live in a spare, futuristic apartment, which they plan to build from the ground up. From this concept, you get a good feel for the setting, which resembles Joachim Phoenix’s place from Her in its plain, sleek utilitarian nature.
If you like what you see, consider throwing a few bucks Eidolon’s way. There’s definitely a ton of potential here, and we’ll be keeping on eye on this one. If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to check out 88:88 for yourself and see what these guys are capable of.