The World at Large is not a love story. But it is a story about love. Inspired by the minimalist works of Ernest Hemingway, the narrative is driven by a tense argument occurring between a young couple. Their history, the specific nature of their discussion, and even their names are unknown to us. However, clues are provided, in part by the words exchanged between them, and perhaps to an even greater extent, the words they do not speak.
Silence is as deep as eternity, speech as shallow as time. - Thomas Carlyle
One could make the argument that within the last 50 years, mankind has changed more than it has in the previous one thousand. The question I'm posing is this: has the nature of love changed too, without our knowing or being able to perceive it? Surely, love itself is the same as it's always been; infinitely complex, it's one of humanity's driving forces, a collection of endlessly variable passionate emotions which somehow can never hope to be explained, but can easily be seen or experienced. However, I do believe love is changing. Not it's true nature, but how we as a society have come to understand it, or misunderstand it; believe in it, or reject it; feel it, or become numb to it. These are ideas I have considered when writing this script.
It is that we are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so helplessly unhappy as when we have lost our beloved object or it's love. - Sigmund Freud
It wouldn't be hard to write a long-winded dissertation on the subject of love, but that would not bring me any closer to understanding it, nor would it satisfy my desire to tell a story with images, with which I hope to express more than I ever could using only pen and paper. My real strengths lie within my ability to create images, and am bringing to this project not just a team of aspiring filmmakers, but artists. From myself as director, to my actors, producer, cinematographer, the grips and my donators (especially my donators); every person will play a part in making this project, these emotions and this idea, come to life. Turning this script from words on a page, into a symphony of images, emotions, and music; that is my goal, for I believe film is the ultimate form of collaborative artistic expression.
However, the logistics of making this happen bring me here, to ask you, my friends, my family and perhaps many people whom I have not yet had the pleasure to meet, to a spare a few moments and a few dollars to support an idea, a vision, and a struggling artist. My producer, Cassie Guzik, has drawn up no less than five separate budgets, projecting the possible costs of driving the fifteen members of my crew 200 miles out to our location in the Mojave desert. Our shoot will last two days and one night. My crew needs a place to sleep, they need food and drink to keep them energized and hydrated. We need a small generator, a portable bathroom, and copious amounts of gasoline. I've got to pay my actors (who will be SAG), and pay my sound people, to ensure a quality film. These considerations amount to a total expenditure of $1500. It may not seem like much, and maybe it's not, but it's certainly about $1499 dollars more than I've got. These are the harsh realities of filmmaking, and yet, the reward is much greater than the expense. Already, we have begun to lock down location permits, cast actors, build a crew and secure equipment. We plan to shoot mid-July.
So, once again, I implore you: help a brother out! I'm confident that my team and I will make a beautiful, intriguing, and entertaining short film, one you'll be glad your donation helped to create. Thanks for reading all of this, I really appreciate your interest, and I hope you'll pass this project along.
P.S. In addition to the kickstarter, which will be periodically updated as the shooting date moves closer, please follow this project's twitter account! I'll be posting updates on our progress from now on.
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