Creating a competitive science fiction short film is a daunting task, which is why we see more and more filmmakers turning to KickStarter.com to crowd-source funding their projects. A recent project of note is the new short film from directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell. Prospect pushes the limits of indie filmmaking with a high-concept sci-fi sensibility. Watch the filmmakers’ pitch reel below:
Prospect follows a father and daughter surveying a distant planet for a valuable resin from rare bugs. After a conflict with bandits, the daughter has to grow up quickly to survive the harsh planet environment as she comes to understand the true meaning of the word vengeance. The California Gold Rush and high-concept science fiction such as Blade Runner and Star Wars were the inspirations behind Prospect.
The filmmaking duo has turned to KickStarter to raise the funds necessary for completing Prospect. They need $18,000 to reach their goal, and at the moment they have raised about $8,000, with only 17 days left in the campaign. They are offering everything from private screenings of their short film to producer’s credits once the film is complete. They have even cataloged their budget so you know exactly where your money is going. Here’s this Prospect KickStarter video:
Directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell have received critical acclaim on the film festival circuit with their short film, In The Pines. The short film also premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2012. They made that film for roughly $3,000, so Prospect is quite a considerable jump in the budget.
The concept and pitch for Prospect is intriguing. It looks like a mix between old sci-fi of the 1960s with The Swiss Family Robinson. It has a classic look and feel to it. The filmmakers also hope to make Prospect into a feature-length film.