Inclusion StatementFrom a female director with a female lead, the motivation behind this project is to increase the representation of women in S.T.E.M on-screen and to contribute meaningful content towards the equilibrium of women in science fiction, both in front of & behind the camera.
About The Project
Morgan, a sincere and ambitious biomedical engineer, volunteers to be the first human participant in her Uncle’s teleportation experiment and undergoes a series of strenuous physical and psychological evaluations. As the tests continue, the strain upon Morgan and her family builds, threatening to permanently damage their relationship.
“In My Image” is a 15-page, 20-minute dramatic science-fiction piece that needs your assistance to come to life on the big screen! This film is being created for director Paige Miltenberger’s capstone thesis under Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts and will be shot over the course of 6 twelve-hour workdays this November 2019.
Paige is ECSTATIC to bring another science fiction film to fruition, experiment with visual style and tone, and collaborate with so many talented artists and filmmakers. Our team believes this story is vital to tell because it depicts an ambitious, intelligent, and confident female figure who is willing to risk her life in order to achieve something no human ever has before. For this project, we hope to experiment with production design, use new creative techniques on blocking actors, and manipulate camera movement in order to tell a compelling story about family relationships and personal identity.
If you haven’t yet taken a look at our campaign video, check it out! It highlights why we want to make this film as well as important information on the underrepresentation of women in the field of S.T.E.M. and science fiction films.
Furthermore, our story consists of several pertinent themes that appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences including one that begs the age-old question: how do individuals move humanity forward during a pivotal time in history while also considering each and every possible repercussion on humanity and other species? More specifically, our goal is to carefully explore themes of dangerous knowledge that date back as far as 1823 illustrated throughout Mary Shelley's Gothic novel, Frankenstein.
- What happens when an individual ruthlessly pursues knowledge and innovation solely to surpass previous human exploration?
- If, during the process of scientific innovation, something is inadvertently created, destroyed, or permanently altered, could the inventor be playing the role of God? Do humans have the right to play God?
- Just because one has the ability to do something doesn’t necessarily mean they should do it.
We hope that our interpretation of these themes will translate and inspire the audience to reflect upon their life, society’s function, and humanity's ultimate role in the course of space and time. Furthermore, we wish to articulate themes of familial bonds and personal identity. Everyone can relate to conflict within their family whether it be an archetypal nuclear family or an unconventional group of people. It is the relationship between Morgan, her brother Oscar, and her Uncle John that is put to the test in this film.
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We need YOU to join the "In My Image" team and help us turn our vision into a reality!
Our story primarily takes place in a large hexagonal laboratory which we will be building from scratch on a sound stage.
We hope to use a variety of retro-futuristic decor as well as construct the tools and technology necessary to add to the authenticity of the lab.
Funding our film means you will be aiding the process of obtaining materials for these intricate props, sponsoring the creation of unique visual effects, or supporting the general function of a set with walkie talkies.
As you can see, production expenses add up quickly as each day we must account for all equipment rentals, crew meals, special crew services, the cost of using someone else's space, etc. We hope to offset these costs with kind contributions from this campaign and aim to obtain the rest through grant funding.
One way you can help bring "In My Image" to the big screen is to make a pledge. If you check out the"Wishlist" tab you will see specific items that we hope to acquire. Any amount can make a big difference. Another way to help is by SHARING this page with your friends and family! The larger our community outreach, the stronger our team can be.
Check out Paige's most recent work: a ten-minute Drama/Sci-Fi short film about a young woman developing the personality complex of the world's first Artificial Intelligence.
Thank you for taking an interest in “In My Image.” We hope you will support this film and help us create a unique story for this ambitious female scientist.
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About This Team
Not only is “In My Image” is a story about a strong female character, it is a collaboration that will be created and come to life by intelligent, determined and artistic female students playing key roles in its production. Paige Miltenberger is our director, Amber Gualano is our producer, Annie Liu is our cinematographer, Sarah Edmunds our UPM, Jamie Weiss our production designer, Julia Elihu our 1st assistant director, and Whitney Piper as our editor. These are all women in Dodge that are active in their creative and educational pursuits. We did not intentionally select an all-female key crew, and we have been open to having male crew members in all positions. However, we are lucky to have many talented female filmmakers in Dodge that are compelled to tell this story. We hope to change how aspiring female filmmakers see themselves in their role as part of the production team.
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