Stories of the Unconscious

Stories of the Unconscious

$
Enter numbers only, no decimals.
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.
Green Light
150Supporters
Project owner

Our DEVELOPMENT Wishlist

Browse the list to BUY or LOAN specific items to this production
Lighting
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Generator
This is to power lights when we are outside.
$40.00 per day 9 of 9
fulfilled
Props
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Apples
The apples are dropped. It is distressing.
$1.00 per each 20 of 20
fulfilled
Green Pears
He wont lose this pear.
$1.00 per each 5 of 5
fulfilled
Large Old Trunk
for The Attic
$50.00 per each 1 of 1
fulfilled
Old Photos
Old photos line the attic.
$2.00 per each 20 of 20
fulfilled
Old Television Set
He sees himself on the screen.
$100.00 per each 1 of 1
fulfilled
Makeup and Wardrobe
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Makeup Kit
A star's gotta look like a star
$50.00 per each 1 of 1
fulfilled
Men's Green Suit
because he is The Man in the Green Suit.
$80.00 per each 1 of 1
fulfilled
Men's Grey Suit
because he is The Man in the Grey Suit
$80.00 per each 1 of 1
fulfilled
Prosthetic Supplies
There is a creature, he needs a costume to exist
$50.00 per piece 8 of 10
fulfilled
Production
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Craft Services
Everybody has to eat!
$25.00 per piece 20 of 50
fulfilled
Crew
Help pay the entire crew!
$25.00 per service 45 of 180
fulfilled
Dragonframe 3.0 + Controller
Software we need to animate stop motion sequences!
$300.00 per each 0 of 1
fulfilled
Studio Space
Buy us one day of studio space!
$14.00 per day 17 of 180
fulfilled
Transportation
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Car & Gas Expenses for The Lake
We need to travel and have 2 cars for 4 days!
$2.70 per mile 17 of 150
fulfilled
SUV
General equipment and crew transport!
$50.00 per day 2 of 9
fulfilled
Art Direction
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Materials for Flower Stop-Motion
Buy one frame of stop-motion animation!
$4.00 per piece 30 of 48
fulfilled
Materials for Stop-motion Construction
To build sets & characters for the stop-motion
$50.00 per piece 4 of 10
fulfilled
Materials for the Yellow Bird
You can help make this canary talk!
$10.00 per each 10 of 10
fulfilled
Administration
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Production Insurance
Help us pay for one(or more) week(s) of insurance!
$33.00 per each 7 of 48
fulfilled
Locations
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Apartment
He sits watching TV, he sees himself on the screen.
$10.00 per hour 10 of 10
fulfilled
Attic
A woman walks through, reminiscing.
$20.00 per hour 10 of 10
fulfilled
Black Box Theater
A surreal mother-daughter exchange
$25.00 per hour 6 of 10
fulfilled
Campground Fees
We gotta pay to stay!
$10.00 per each 10 of 10
fulfilled
Talent
Item Image Item Name Price Quantity
Cast
Pay the cast for their hard work!
$25.00 per piece 25 of 120
fulfilled
A HERO will get this project to 100% in ONE contribution. The WHOLE Seed&Spark community will get a Sparks bonus and message that you were the HERO for Stories of the Unconscious. You'll get a HERO badge you can share with the world! BE A HERO!
Total value raised : $15,759
Wishlist total : $16,736

Incentives

$ 10 or more

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
30 Supporters

$ 25 or more

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!)
Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
52 Supporters

$ 50 or more

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!)
Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
29 Supporters

$ 100 or more

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!
Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
Limit : 60
17 Supporters

$ 250 or more

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!)
Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
4 Supporters

$ 500 or more

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!)
Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
Limit : 10
0 Supporters

$ 1000 or more

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!)
Estimated Delivery : July, 2013
Limit : 5
2 Supporters
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.

A Message from the Underground:

 

 

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,

 

 

Production 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

UPDATES

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.  When he gets back we'll be moving on to the next sets so we can shoot more scenes.

I'm currently continuing along with learning about stop motion puppets and integration with live action.  I've almost completed my first puppet.  This puppet, which I plan to use in the Stories of the Unconscious short "The Lake," is based (in part) off of the supposed 'sea creatures' that wash up onto shores across the world.  In reality, the creatures are generally the decaying bodies of unforunate mammals, distorted by the passage of time and exposure to harsh conditions, but people continue to create myths surrounding their existence.  Anyway...

Here are a few illustrative pictures-

First I sculpted the body in clay:

torsosculpt.jpeg

I made a mold of the body with plaster and layered inside that with tinted latex.

torsolatex.jpeg

Then I made a wire armature for my character based off of concept sketches.  I covered the wire in a layer of surgical foam and then a layer of couch foam.  Then I cut the couch form into the shape of the body and I made feet out of epoxy putty.  I made his head out of sculpey with a wire jaw.  Here you can see that I started covering the head with a layer of tinted latex,

 

FoamBodyShaped_0.JPG

Then I covered the whole body with layers of tinted latex.  Here are some images I took after the first layer of latex was applied.

firstlayeroflatex_0.jpeg

 

firstlayeroflatexDETAIL_1.JPG

After many layers of latex, I applied some paint through dry brushing technique to give his skin more texture and a more colorful landscape.

 

torsoPAINTdetail2_0.jpg

I also stuck some of my hair in latex to see if I could make patches of hair to stick on, an experiment.

 

hairyskinpatches_0.JPG

I haven't finished yet so I don't know how that part of the experiment will work out.

That's it for now!  Still moving right along!

Thanks!

Cait

 

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 2 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...

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 4 months ago

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

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 5 months ago

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

...

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 6 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...

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 6 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.  ...

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 8 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 "...

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 8 months ago

Hello Everyone!

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

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 10 months ago

Hello Seed&Sparkers!

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

Comments (1)
Cait Davis 11 months ago

Hello Everyone!

 

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

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 1 year ago

Hello Followers New and Old!

Currently we're in the process of shooting the remaining short films that comprise "Stories of the Unconscious...

Comments (0)
Cait Davis 1 year ago

Pages

Access Denied

Current Team

  • Cait Davis Director
  • Sara Murphy Producer

Seeking

  • 1Woman - "Yellow Bird"Woman. 20s-30s thin, approachable not overpowering. Light brown to black hair. Inquisitive, open.
    Department:Talent
    Role:Actress
    Apply
  • 2Old Woman - "Yellow Bird"Woman. 60s-70s. Small grandmother, but strong. White hair, preferably curly. Determined, knowing.
    Department:Talent
    Role:Actress
    Apply
  • 3Green Man - "The Man in the Green Suit"African American Man. Mid-30s to 40s.Tall, strong, exacting, purposeful.
    Department:Talent
    Role:Actor
    Apply
  • 4Man - "The Man in the Green Suit"African American Man. Mid 30s-40s. Thin. Unsure. Wide-eyed.
    Department:Talent
    Role:Actor
    Apply
  • 5Young Man - "The Lake"Man - 18 years or older, but passable as a teenager. Thin. Brown hair preferable. Earnest and unsure.
    Department:Talent
    Role:Actor
    Apply
  • 6Boy - "The Lake"Boy. 6-10 years old. Dirty blonde/light brown hair. Big questioning eyes. Knowing.
    Department:Talent
    Role:Actor
    Apply
  • 7Assistant to DamonDamon needs assistance! He's hard at work making miniature sets for our stop motion short. Cait helps often but can't always be there. This would seriously be really great experience, Damon is a super talented set designer and master craftsman. You'll be working creatively with cardboard, hot glue, paint and many many ideas. This is an unpaid position, but if you're in the New York area and -seriously- interested, please send us a note. You can apply by contacting Cait directly: sotufilm@gmail.com
    Department:Sets
    Role:Set Designer
    Apply

Video

Pictures

Supporters

made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Studio Space.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Craft Services.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 12 Crew.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Craft Services.
1 year ago
funded 3 Campground Fees.
1 year ago
funded 1 Black Box Theater.
1 year ago
funded 1 Production Insurance.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 2 Crew.
1 year ago
funded 4 Crew.
1 year ago
funded 1 Prosthetic Supplies.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 8 Craft Services.
1 year ago
Anonymous
funded 3 Car & Gas Expenses for The Lake, 2 Materials for Flower Stop-Motion.
1 year ago
funded 1 Campground Fees.
1 year ago
funded 3 Materials for Flower Stop-Motion.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Cast.
1 year ago
funded 9 Attic, 1 Campground Fees, 2 Cast.
1 year ago
funded 1 Craft Services.
1 year ago
Anonymous
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 13 Materials for Flower Stop-Motion.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Production Insurance.
1 year ago
funded 1 Generator.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
funded 3 Materials for Flower Stop-Motion.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 7 Apartment.
1 year ago
funded 1 Production Insurance.
1 year ago
funded 1 Production Insurance.
1 year ago
funded 2 Prosthetic Supplies.
1 year ago
funded 1 Cast.
1 year ago
funded 1 Production Insurance.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Prosthetic Supplies.
1 year ago
funded 3 Materials for Flower Stop-Motion.
1 year ago
funded 1 Studio Space.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 2 Cast, 1 SUV.
1 year ago
Anonymous
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Campground Fees.
1 year ago
funded 1 Attic.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Apartment.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Apartment.
1 year ago
funded 1 Black Box Theater.
1 year ago
funded 1 Campground Fees and made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 4 Cast.
1 year ago
funded 10 Studio Space, 2 Black Box Theater, 1 Craft Services, 1 Prosthetic Supplies.
1 year ago
funded 1 Men's Grey Suit.
1 year ago
funded 1 Old Television Set and made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 5 Car & Gas Expenses for The Lake, 1 Generator.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Cast.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 2 Campground Fees, 1 Green Pears, 1 Materials for Flower Stop-Motion and made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Craft Services.
1 year ago
funded 1 Cast.
1 year ago
funded 1 Black Box Theater.
1 year ago
funded 1 Cast.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Generator.
1 year ago
funded 1 Studio Space and made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew, 1 Craft Services.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 5 Crew.
1 year ago
funded 1 Craft Services.
1 year ago
funded 2 Generator, 5 Crew, 2 Craft Services.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
funded 1 Generator, 20 Apples, 4 Green Pears, 2 Studio Space, 1 SUV.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Men's Green Suit.
1 year ago
funded 10 Old Photos, 2 Generator, 2 Craft Services.
1 year ago
funded 1 Large Old Trunk.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 4 Materials for Stop-motion Construction.
1 year ago
funded 9 Car & Gas Expenses for The Lake, 1 Studio Space, 1 Crew.
1 year ago
funded 1 Makeup Kit.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 2 Crew.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Apartment.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
funded 10 Old Photos.
1 year ago
funded 1 Black Box Theater.
1 year ago
funded 2 Prosthetic Supplies.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew.
1 year ago
funded 1 Generator.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 5 Materials for the Yellow Bird, 1 Cast.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Cast.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 4 Cast.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 6 Cast.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Studio Space.
1 year ago
funded 2 Production Insurance.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 2 Crew.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Campground Fees, 5 Materials for Flower Stop-Motion.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
made a Cash Contribution.
1 year ago
funded 1 Crew, 1 Craft Services.
1 year ago