A Toaster

By William DuFresne

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A Toaster

Project 2013-05-21 01:48:52 +1200

An intelligent yet paranoid young man has his sense of identity slowly corrupted by his toaster. 


My name is William, and I'm a student filmmaker about to finish my Diploma of Digital Filmmaking at a local film school. It has come to the time where we have to put together a short film to show off exactly what we have learned throughout our course. I want to go a step beyond and create a piece that would not only be submitted as a final project, but as a short film in as many festivals as I can place it in. 


THE FILM

I want to make a short film that resonates with audiences, both in terms of quality and content. A film that challenges and engages the viewer. A film that completely blows the hats off those expecting 'another student film' and getting a festival-worthy production. 

The film I want to create is a Psychological thriller focusing on how a person may react when they find that their identity is being corrupted by forces outside of their control. In the case of the narrative, a man receives a new toaster under mysterious circumstances and finds, strangely, that he can only refer to it in the first person. As time passes, he finds himself having horrendous hallucinations and slowly starting to believe that he is, in fact, a toaster. 


THE POINT

I envision the film as a look at what happens when the fear of identity theft and the paranoia of the saturation of technology is objectified by a piece of technology that has been our homes a lot longer than computers... 


THE ORIGIN

The film will be an adaptation of the acclaimed short story "SCP-426" which can be read in full here:


http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-426


The author has given his blessing for this production.

As for myself, I have created several short films during my course which can be found here.


http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCofQ5pFBxRU-B3LR5FjwZDw/videos?flow=grid&view=0




THE BUDGET

At the moment I am preparing to make this film with a budget of $0, but with the help of those who believe in the project I hope to raise it to the next level. With the budget goal of $10,000 I would be able to: 

 - Hire locations, props and transportation for equipment ($ 2,500) 

 - Commission professional storyboard artists and make-up effects ($ 2,500)

 - Pay for actors and extras ($ 2,500)

 - Reward pledgers (including a DVD with commentary and making-of for those who pledge $35 or more) and recompense Pledgeme itself. ($ 2,500)

 Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon!

Comments

Updates 3

It's over 9000!!! Dollars!

18/06/2013 at 11:36 PM

7 hours left, $900 to go! It's sooo close, guys! Seriously, I'm amazed it has got this far, I'm eternally grateful to all of you. It's not over though! for those who are still on the fence, here's a page of the script and the storyboard to chew on. We can do this!



Getting Closer, Rivals Appear

11/06/2013 at 10:52 PM

All right guys, it's starting to get to crunch time. We're over halfway there on my Pledgeme to realize my dream of producing a professional short film, but some stumbling blocks have been placed in front of us. for one, there's a good $4000 still to go, but for another... I have competition! Another team has put up a pledgeme for a horror film, they've asked for 10000, and they only have 8 days left too! We gotta beat them guys! the time is now! I'll be posting excerpts of the rough drafts of the script and storyboards for all to see soon. We can do this! The first SCP movie WILL be made! with YOUR help!

Wow!

25/05/2013 at 6:25 AM

Jessica DuFresne here with updates!

Thank you all so much who have already pledged, we are still in awe at the support this project has received!  I just wanted to take some time to address some FAQs we have received so far.

Pledges will only be charged to your credit card if the target is reached by June 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. So if you won't have the funds available until till later, you can still make the pledge now, knowing you will receive no charge till and if we reach our goal on June 19, 2013.

If you are having trouble making or setting up an account, contact us directly at easily.suede[at]gmail.com and we will do all we can to assist you.  Nothing like an excuse to contact Suede personally, eh?

Please also spread the word in any way possible.  Text your friends, send emails, tweet and update your facebook, drop flyers from your zeppelin (C'mon, you know you want to)!  We appreciate any and all revenue we can receive for this project to get attention. 

With your help we can get this project off the ground.  (Prefferebly by zeppelin.)

    Pledgers 142

    Meredith Martin
    2013-07-03 04:30:07 +1200
    Rick Wheeler
    2013-06-25 10:25:47 +1200
    Michael McKinney
    2013-06-25 08:40:00 +1200
    Hrathen
    2013-06-19 17:32:43 +1200
    Lisa Jensen
    2013-06-19 17:25:00 +1200
    Alfred van Zant
    2013-06-19 16:42:15 +1200
    Laura Fantasia
    2013-06-19 15:57:33 +1200
    Jared Walske
    2013-06-19 15:09:16 +1200
    Schuyler Kreitz
    2013-06-19 15:03:33 +1200
    Kristina Baumgartner
    2013-06-19 14:22:01 +1200
    Michael Zeutenhorst
    2013-06-19 13:39:19 +1200
    Aaron
    2013-06-19 13:19:15 +1200
    Beth Cameron
    2013-06-19 13:12:51 +1200
    gesiika
    2013-06-19 12:42:12 +1200
    Marta Kornaś
    2013-06-19 12:02:43 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-06-19 11:25:15 +1200
    Sara Elizabeth Boozer
    2013-06-19 10:04:34 +1200
    Zachariah Malm
    2013-06-19 09:44:09 +1200
    Julia Fleming
    2013-06-19 09:39:52 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-06-19 09:05:40 +1200
    Dan Whelan
    2013-06-18 18:53:59 +1200
    Meredith Martin
    2013-06-18 18:07:13 +1200
    Rachel "Trisidael" Sobson
    2013-06-18 16:50:47 +1200
    Samuel Haden
    2013-06-18 10:08:29 +1200
    Marta Kornaś
    2013-06-18 02:15:22 +1200
    Kathie Soto
    2013-06-17 16:09:55 +1200
    Callum Schmidt
    2013-06-17 14:06:45 +1200
    Moiz Jafferji
    2013-06-17 10:37:02 +1200
    Christopher Borriello
    2013-06-17 10:11:36 +1200
    Alfred van Zant
    2013-06-17 07:08:28 +1200

    Followers 4

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    A Toaster

    Project 2013-05-21 01:48:52 +1200

    An intelligent yet paranoid young man has his sense of identity slowly corrupted by his toaster. 


    My name is William, and I'm a student filmmaker about to finish my Diploma of Digital Filmmaking at a local film school. It has come to the time where we have to put together a short film to show off exactly what we have learned throughout our course. I want to go a step beyond and create a piece that would not only be submitted as a final project, but as a short film in as many festivals as I can place it in. 


    THE FILM

    I want to make a short film that resonates with audiences, both in terms of quality and content. A film that challenges and engages the viewer. A film that completely blows the hats off those expecting 'another student film' and getting a festival-worthy production. 

    The film I want to create is a Psychological thriller focusing on how a person may react when they find that their identity is being corrupted by forces outside of their control. In the case of the narrative, a man receives a new toaster under mysterious circumstances and finds, strangely, that he can only refer to it in the first person. As time passes, he finds himself having horrendous hallucinations and slowly starting to believe that he is, in fact, a toaster. 


    THE POINT

    I envision the film as a look at what happens when the fear of identity theft and the paranoia of the saturation of technology is objectified by a piece of technology that has been our homes a lot longer than computers... 


    THE ORIGIN

    The film will be an adaptation of the acclaimed short story "SCP-426" which can be read in full here:


    http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-426


    The author has given his blessing for this production.

    As for myself, I have created several short films during my course which can be found here.


    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCofQ5pFBxRU-B3LR5FjwZDw/videos?flow=grid&view=0




    THE BUDGET

    At the moment I am preparing to make this film with a budget of $0, but with the help of those who believe in the project I hope to raise it to the next level. With the budget goal of $10,000 I would be able to: 

     - Hire locations, props and transportation for equipment ($ 2,500) 

     - Commission professional storyboard artists and make-up effects ($ 2,500)

     - Pay for actors and extras ($ 2,500)

     - Reward pledgers (including a DVD with commentary and making-of for those who pledge $35 or more) and recompense Pledgeme itself. ($ 2,500)

     Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon!

    Comments

    It's over 9000!!! Dollars!

    18/06/2013 at 11:36 PM

    7 hours left, $900 to go! It's sooo close, guys! Seriously, I'm amazed it has got this far, I'm eternally grateful to all of you. It's not over though! for those who are still on the fence, here's a page of the script and the storyboard to chew on. We can do this!



    Getting Closer, Rivals Appear

    11/06/2013 at 10:52 PM

    All right guys, it's starting to get to crunch time. We're over halfway there on my Pledgeme to realize my dream of producing a professional short film, but some stumbling blocks have been placed in front of us. for one, there's a good $4000 still to go, but for another... I have competition! Another team has put up a pledgeme for a horror film, they've asked for 10000, and they only have 8 days left too! We gotta beat them guys! the time is now! I'll be posting excerpts of the rough drafts of the script and storyboards for all to see soon. We can do this! The first SCP movie WILL be made! with YOUR help!

    Wow!

    25/05/2013 at 6:25 AM

    Jessica DuFresne here with updates!

    Thank you all so much who have already pledged, we are still in awe at the support this project has received!  I just wanted to take some time to address some FAQs we have received so far.

    Pledges will only be charged to your credit card if the target is reached by June 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. So if you won't have the funds available until till later, you can still make the pledge now, knowing you will receive no charge till and if we reach our goal on June 19, 2013.

    If you are having trouble making or setting up an account, contact us directly at easily.suede[at]gmail.com and we will do all we can to assist you.  Nothing like an excuse to contact Suede personally, eh?

    Please also spread the word in any way possible.  Text your friends, send emails, tweet and update your facebook, drop flyers from your zeppelin (C'mon, you know you want to)!  We appreciate any and all revenue we can receive for this project to get attention. 

    With your help we can get this project off the ground.  (Prefferebly by zeppelin.)

      Meredith Martin
      2013-07-03 04:30:07 +1200
      Rick Wheeler
      2013-06-25 10:25:47 +1200
      Michael McKinney
      2013-06-25 08:40:00 +1200
      Hrathen
      2013-06-19 17:32:43 +1200
      Lisa Jensen
      2013-06-19 17:25:00 +1200
      Alfred van Zant
      2013-06-19 16:42:15 +1200
      Laura Fantasia
      2013-06-19 15:57:33 +1200
      Jared Walske
      2013-06-19 15:09:16 +1200
      Schuyler Kreitz
      2013-06-19 15:03:33 +1200
      Kristina Baumgartner
      2013-06-19 14:22:01 +1200
      Michael Zeutenhorst
      2013-06-19 13:39:19 +1200
      Aaron
      2013-06-19 13:19:15 +1200
      Beth Cameron
      2013-06-19 13:12:51 +1200
      gesiika
      2013-06-19 12:42:12 +1200
      Marta Kornaś
      2013-06-19 12:02:43 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-06-19 11:25:15 +1200
      Sara Elizabeth Boozer
      2013-06-19 10:04:34 +1200
      Zachariah Malm
      2013-06-19 09:44:09 +1200
      Julia Fleming
      2013-06-19 09:39:52 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-06-19 09:05:40 +1200
      Dan Whelan
      2013-06-18 18:53:59 +1200
      Meredith Martin
      2013-06-18 18:07:13 +1200
      Rachel "Trisidael" Sobson
      2013-06-18 16:50:47 +1200
      Samuel Haden
      2013-06-18 10:08:29 +1200
      Marta Kornaś
      2013-06-18 02:15:22 +1200
      Kathie Soto
      2013-06-17 16:09:55 +1200
      Callum Schmidt
      2013-06-17 14:06:45 +1200
      Moiz Jafferji
      2013-06-17 10:37:02 +1200
      Christopher Borriello
      2013-06-17 10:11:36 +1200
      Alfred van Zant
      2013-06-17 07:08:28 +1200

      Followers of A Toaster

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 03/07/2013 at 4:30 AM.