Stories of the Unconscious

Stories of the Unconscious

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Nine surreal landscapes. Within the Unconscious, people live in a world where metaphor and symbol are as real as the weather, where the inner workings of the mind form the reality that surrounds them. Animals speak, statues bleed and people seek purpose in world at once alien and familiar.
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Apples
The apples are dropped. It is distressing.
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Green Pears
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Old Television Set
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Men's Green Suit
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There is a creature, he needs a costume to exist
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Apartment
He sits watching TV, he sees himself on the screen.
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Attic
A woman walks through, reminiscing.
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Black Box Theater
A surreal mother-daughter exchange
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Your name as a thank you in the credits, invitation to The Screening Party! and our eternal gratitude (the credit & party may come later, but the gratitude starts IMMEDIATELY!)
Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
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A high-res digital download of the completed film. Plus your name as a thank you in the credits, invitation to The Screening Party! and our eternal gratitude (of course!)
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A unique hand printed lino block print of the Stories of the Unconscious skull. This is from a hand carved lino block made by Cait, folks! It's a print printed by hand! (delivered by Feb. 2013) And everything above! (of course! of course!)
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An original GIF made by noted internet wunderkind Zach S. of weinventyou.net fashioned from a photo of your choosing (it could be a picture of YOU!) LIMIT of 10! OR! A video of Nick reading one page of a script from a film of your choice while hanging UPSIDE DOWN (it's craaaazy! Note the hair). LIMIT of 25! OR! A video of Cait saying the word of your choice 100 times. That's a lot of times! LIMIT of 25! ONE of these plus everything above! PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH ONE OF THESE YOU WOULD LIKE! email sotufilm@gmail.com CONTRIBUTE $150 and get the incentives of $100 PLUS an invitation to THE SNEAK PREVIEW SECRET SCREENING PARTY!
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ONLY 3 TOTAL!! Provide us with your personal picture, we will make an antique-y portrait of you and it will be used in the stop-motion story "In the Well." ONLY 3 TOTAL!! OR Cait will make a short animation with YOUR name in it, just for YOU. One of these PLUS A unique hand printed lino block print of the Stories of the Unconscious skull. This is from a hand carved lino block made by Cait, folks! It's a print printed by hand! (delivered by Feb. 2013) A high-res digital download of the completed film. Plus your name in the credits, an invitation to THE SNEAK PREVIEW SECRET SCREENING! and our eternal gratitude (of course! of course! of course! of course! of course!)
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An original !30sec Series! short made specially for you by Cait using your personal name and/or the topic of your choice! Please see examples of the wonder that is the !30sec Series! www.caitdavis.com A unique hand printed lino block print of the Stories of the Unconscious skull. This is from a hand carved lino block made by Cait, folks! It's a print printed by hand! (delivered by Feb. 2013) A high-res digital download of the completed film. Plus your name in the credits, an invitation to THE SNEAK PREVIEW SECRET SCREENING and our eternal gratitude (of course! of course! of course! of course! of course! of course!)
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Executive Producer credit in the film. An invitation to visit the set for one day (travel expenses not covered)! Also, choose one of the limited incentives of your choosing, it's your choice (Nick hangs upside down, original !30sec Series!, personal picture)! A unique hand printed lino block print of the Stories of the Unconscious skull. This is from a hand carved lino block made by Cait, folks! It's a print printed by hand! (delivered by Feb. 2013) A high-res digital download of the completed film. Plus your name in the credits, THE SNEAK PREVIEW SECRET SCREENING and our eternal gratitude (of course! of course! of course! of course! of course! of course! OF COURSE!)
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About the project

Where did the Stories of the Unconscious come from?

 

What kind of movies does Cait make?

 

Dang it! How do I use this website?

 

Synopsis

Stories of the Unconscious will be a short film of about 20 mins total in length and involves 9 different micro-short films, each about 2 mins long. The Statue, The Red Box, In the Well, Yellow Bird, Smells Like Chewing Rubber, The Attic of My Childhood, The Man in the Green Suit, The Lake, and The Him on the Screen. The goal is to have a wide variety of collaborators, as film is an inherently collaborative medium and working with other artists is a mind-expanding, fulfilling and fascinating endeavor. So far, we have filmed The Red Box working with cinematographer Dan Brohawn and actors Julia Held and Frank Palmer, and we've filmed The Statue working with cinematographer Alex Hill and actor Nick Hendershott. We will be working with a variety of cinematographers who will each bring a new voice to the story of their focus.

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ABOUT THIS TEAM

Sara Murphy and Cait met while working on the set of Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating. Sara has always been supportive, funny and offered her assistance, emotionally and intellectually, with any project that she has worked on. We greatly appreciate Sara's perspective on life and on film. 

Damon Pelletier is our set and character designer for stop-motion sequences.  Damon is currently working with the design team for the 2014 Olympics.  Damon's attention to detail and his craftsmanship will bring a whole new level to Stories of the Unconscious.

A quick video of Damon,

 

 

Schedule
Friday, February 1, 2013 to Monday, July 1, 2013
Distribution plan

We have been compiling a list of short film festivals with a strong focus on experimental film. This list is on-going and we will follow these festivals and then submit to them once the film is complete. Beyond a future festival run, we would like to make Stories of the Unconscious available on Seed&Spark and other internet platforms. If we're lucky and gain distribution through a short film outlet, that would be spectacular. Stories of the Unconscious will also be available on DVD.

CONTACT US at sotufilm@gmail.com

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A short film of nine surreal landscapes where animals speak, statues bleed and people seek purpose.

UPDATES

I recently sat down and went through each of the edits that we have so far, tightening up the timing and deciding which edits were final and which I felt still needed some attention.

 

What we have so far is,

The Statue – edit complete, sound complete, color complete

The Red Box – edit complete, sound complete

The Man in the Green Suit – rough edit

Him on the Screen – edit complete

The Attic of My Childhood – rough edit

Smells Like Chewing Rubber – edit complete

 

Abe and I had a meeting recently.  Abe did the sound for The Red Box(in conjunction with Jared DesRuisseaux) and he did the sound for The Statue.  We’re ready to talk about the next short, which is going to be Smells Like Chewing Rubber.  I’m really happy with this one, I feel very strongly about it.  I’m excited to see how much more emotionally moving it becomes with some serious sound design work.  This series is heavy in sound design.  When Abe sits down to do the sound he has to create an entire soundscape.  We fake environmental sounds, atmospheric sounds, we foley every footstep, every cup being placed on the table.  Essentially, pretty much any sound in the environment is created by the sound artist, very little is recorded on location.  This allows for extreme control of the sonic feel of each piece.  We’re really creating another world.  It means that even though each short is only about 2mins long, every step of the way it’s a whole undertaking from production, to edit, to motion graphics work, to sound design, to color, to completion.  I feel really impressed by how the whole film is coming together, though it can be frustrating at times how long it is all taking.

 

I’ve also been working on the tiny bird puppet, trying to make a small bird that can be controlled live on camera.  I made one complete prototype skull but it has some issues.

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And I’ve started a second prototype skull working on some revisions of the original concept. 

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With the bird, once the mechanics are figured out and a basic skeleton is constructed then I’ll need to make the latex ‘skin’, cover it in feathers and generally work on making it look fairly realistic or at least not silly.  Once the bird is ready then we’ll be able to shoot the next short, Yellow Bird.

 

Additionally, I’m still figuring things out with my Creature.  The two tests went really well and I feel confident that the Creature can be it’s own interesting character. 

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Next up I need to do a test of combining stop motion footage of my Creature with live action footage of a real person.  I want to know that this works and looks good before we go and film anything on location.  To do I need to shoot footage outside with a person(a friend willing to be a test subject) and to get some chroma green paint and paint my animation table then film some stop motion of my puppet on the table and see how the two look when combined(keying out the chroma green color to combine the puppet with the person in the outside environment).  Once all of this is clear, we’ll be ready to film another short in the Stories of the Unconscious cannon, The Lake.

 

And finally, Damon and I have been meeting consistently twice a week and working on the next set for In the Well, our fully stop motion component to Stories of the Unconscious.  What’s exciting about this set—aside from it being BAD A$$—is that it’s our last large set in the short.  The rest of the sets we need will only take up probably around 2ft x 2ft maybe slightly larger and will need way less work.  So we can celebrate the completion of a new chapter once this set is wrapped.  This particular set is a house on a hill and Damon has made some pretty excellent miniature sketch models to work out the look of the completed set. 

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After we agreed upon the look of the various elements in the set, he translated a small aeril drawing to a giant aerial drawing which then forms the basis of our blue print for creating the full size (though not human-size) set. 

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We’ve already gotten a good portion of the set complete, this one has nowhere near the level of intricacy that our suburban landscape had.

 

By the way, if you’re curious, I use Pinterest to create a lot of virtual pin boards to keep track of inspiration, looks and examples for Stories of the Unconscious.  Pinterest is just a website that allows one to “pin” images to “boards” so that one can keep track of various reference images digitally.  I scoffed at it the first time I saw it and now I see how valuable it is! This is my Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/springtimejelly/

Onward and Upward!

-Cait (& the SotU Crew!)

sotufilm@gmail.com

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Cait Davis 3 months ago

Damon and I have wrapped on the suburban landscape set and are taking a short break as Damon goes to Florida for his folks' 40th anniversary.  ...

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Cait Davis 5 months ago

Yeegads, it's almost been a year since the campaign ended (officially that's actually Jan. 30th, so not just yet).

I kind of can't believe...

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Cait Davis 7 months ago

BY THE WAY - This coming weekend SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16th 7pm-midnight is MISSION CREEP which is an art...

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Cait Davis 8 months ago

So, I finished my first ever cast with latex.  Here's the latex skin I created:

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Cait Davis 9 months ago

Hey gals and guys-

Damon's back in town, so him and I have started back up on miniature set construction for the stop motion story, "In the...

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Cait Davis 9 months ago

While Damon is off exploring the wild world of Florida and beyond, I've been conducting experiments and prepping with Sara for the next shoot.  ...

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Cait Davis 11 months ago

Hello Everyone!

It's been a while, I hope life is treating you well.  Damon and I continue to work on "In the Well," our sixth film in "...

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Cait Davis 11 months ago

Hello Everyone!

Things are exhausting, time consuming and exhilirating over here.  Damon and I have been working hard learning stop motion...

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Cait Davis 1 year ago

Hello Seed&Sparkers!

Recently we completed principal photography for the short "Smells Like Chewing Rubber" which is one of the nine...

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Cait Davis 1 year ago

Hello Everyone!

 

We've been working hard!  Currently we're in pre-production on the next short "Smells Like Chewing Rubber" and we'...

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Cait Davis 1 year ago

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