Here are three intriguing film projects looking for a little crowdfunding boost: First is a documentary that uncovers the men and women who first thought up our favorite science fiction tropes, decades—and even centuries—ago. Next is an animated adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story "Dagon," with a nightmarish vision. Last comes a film about a man whose touch causes everyone to love him—and the crippling isolation that brings.
Top image from "Dagon."
Cities in the Sky: Science Fiction's Forgotten Visionaries: Who were the first people to come up with the idea of aliens, cryogenics, space travel, weather control, and evil robots? The answers may surprise you. The filmmakers behind Cities in the Sky are planning to highlight the men and women whose contributions to science fiction have been largely forgotten, and uncover the origins of ideas we take for granted today. For a $25 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the film as well as exclusive production updates.
H. P. Lovecraft's DAGON - an animated adaptation: There is no shortage of live-action adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft's stories, but animation has certain powers inaccessible to live-action film. Director Alastair McColl and editor Simon Modery are seeking to harness the full power of hand-drawn animation to "see the unseeable" and capture the atmospheric horror of Lovecraft's "Dagon." For a £10 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the film and the promise that you'll be eaten eleventh to last. For a £14 pledge, you'll receive the film, plus high resolution images of its nightmarish concept art. Oh, and you'll be eaten tenth to last.
For a sense of McColl's animation style, here's the trailer for his short film Bird World:
LoveTouchHate: A unique film by Michael LaPointe: Michael LaPointe comes to us with a film that explores the isolation of a man with a magic touch:
LoveTouchHate is the story of a man - Bradley - who transfers love with his touch. Every time he touches someone, he brings himself pain because everyone instantly loves him the second their hands meet, and he never gets to know anyone in his life. Bradley doesn't get a chance to be a jerk or good guy as everyone he touches loves him no matter what. Bradley is isolated and alone, bitter and jaded: a state that almost everyone can identify with because they've been there at some point in their life. The film explores what this life would be like, and, ultimately, shows how the almost crippling isolation that he experiences is overcome so that connections - and life itself - become meaningful once more.
LaPointe hopes explore this idea of isolation from instant love as a metaphor for the isolation of social media—especially when that media allows us to overindulge in the things we adore. For a $10 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the film and a thank you in the credits.