A woman in search of her stolen identity stops to help a child who has none, in a future where identity is everything.
In a Post-Internet future, society is rebuilt with a tenuous promise to its citizens: You are the Database. The IIDENT is supposedly “hack-proof” but the missing children prove the system’s flawed. Beta was one of them, now escaped and determined to reclaim her stolen IIDENT and return home. With Government Proxies in pursuit, Beta stops to offer help to a lost 10-year old named Agatha. Beta knows the girl is at risk of capture by the Proxies or worse, and promises to return her to Under, a fringe city in the waste dumps surrounding Prism City. Enter Maddix, a zealous Government Proxy who will do anything to bring Beta in. As they race to find the secret entrance to Under, Beta faces a hard choice: Stay and hide with Agatha and her people, or fight Maddix to give Agatha time to escape?
Our team combines experience and ambition to tackle the unique challenges of bringing a sci-fi world to screen for just $10K. Director/Producer Melanie made a 90 min feature film for $10K so we are confident we can deliver an exceptional short film.
Beta has been through more than most adults could survive, and she’s just 17-years-old. Kidnapped as a child, her IIDENT stolen and forced to be a black market mule for five years, Beta finally broke free of her captors and she now works to rescue other children from the cruelty of Faktory, all the while hunting for that elusive goal: her original IIDENT, her first identity, the one that she might use to return home to her family again one day. A dream all mules share but few ever succeed at achieving…
In Beta’s world, most people she knows either die or disappear long before their time, and she has learned that it’s best not to get attached or trust anyone too much. She’s figured out how to use the black market IIDENTS against her former captors and evade Government proxies. But, underneath her tough, self-sufficient exterior, Beta has a soft spot for children, seeing a younger, more innocent version of herself in them, and a chance to save them from a fate like hers.
Born into poverty in the wasteland of Under, Agatha has had the deck stacked against her from the start. Most of her day is spent foraging for food and materials to trade in the mess of waste and refuse that Under is built from. Not born into the purview of The Confidence, Agatha has no IIDENT, and therefore is no one in the above-ground world of Prism City. Like most from Under, she has rarely if ever seen sunlight. The harsh life in Under has left her capable, intelligent and resourceful.
When Beta and Agatha meet, Beta takes pity on the lost little girl and offers to help guide her home to Under. Little do they know a Government Proxy named Maddix is hot on Beta's trail and mistakes her for a Faktory agent with a kidnapped child in tow. He doubles down his pursuit and the two girls race to get back to Under before he can stop them.
C. Kim Miles is a cinematographer based in Vancouver, BC currently filming The Flash, and previously shooting Season 1 of Arrow and the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Melanie met Kim during her time at the Women in the Director's Chair program in 2013. We could not be more excited to have a DOP with so much sci-fi series experience creating the look of IIDENT.
Melanie shot her first feature film, FSM, in Vancouver, with the city playing itself. Sold out shows at the Vancity Theatre and a feature story on the Cover of the Georgia Straight further cemented her as a hardcore local. Setting IIDENT in the geography of Vancouver will allow us to take advantage of the natural beauty of our West Coast landscape, surrounding this strange and dark post-apocalyptic world.
The local indie film community will be an essential asset to the production. Renting studio space at Cineworks, leveraging Women in Film Vancouver, Women in the Director's chair, and groups like Celluloid Social Club will ensure the film showcases the best of what Vancouver's indie crews and resources have to offer, while creating paid opportunities.
An initial concept for Prism City. This futuristic city is not built but grown by controlling Bismuth, a unique crystal that grows in a terraced, multicoloured pattern. Prism City will be seen only in the far background of a few VFX shots in the film.
Early Concept Designs for Prism City
Since the film will be shot here in Vancouver, BC, it felt natural to incorporate some of the geographical features of the west coast, with mountains looming in the background. An early concept drawing of the geography of our fictional world (both Prism City and Under), sketched over the geography of Vancouver itself.
Under is a "fringe city" that operates outside the IIDENT system. It is built from the rubble and waste of the war, with its residents literally digging tunnels and caverns out of garbage, and living outside of the watchful eye of the Government. This is where Agatha is from, and where Beta must go to return her to her family.
Concepts for the secret entrance to Under. Incorporating the coastline and how it interacts with the edges of Under and Prism City is an essential storytelling tool, since one scene in the film takes place on the beach, with the city in the far background.
The tunnels of Under are haphazard and chaotic, light is bounced from the surface or from rare power sources throughout the underground tunnels. Under will be built as a SET, with green screen behind it to allow for a visual extension of the tunnels.
Beta is a self-sufficient rogue. She carries her essentials with her, and hides her face behind a scavenged bandana with a skull on it.
Wardrobe, Hair and IIDENT concepts for the protagonist, Beta.
Historically, sci-fi films appeal largely to male audiences aged 17-29 so this shall be a major target for IIDENT. There is also an emerging audience of female sci-fi fans that will identify with our strong female cast. Sci-fi fans are interested in scientific principles, IoT and technology. The post-apocalyptic environments, futuristic technologies and privacy concepts of IIDENT will capture their imagination and interest.
This is the audience that knows and loves FSM, our director Melanie Jones’ 2015 feature film that was made for $10K. These fans are largely based in Vancouver, BC and have ‘hometown love’ for the film that is shot entirely in Vancouver and deals with challenges common to Vancouverites. We will introduce this audience to IIDENT and give them engaging content to share among their own networks.
There is a growing audience of people concerned with providing opportunities and equality to women in the film and television industry. Recent statistics show that in Canada, women constitute only four per cent of feature-film directors, 11 per cent of writers and 13 per cent of editors. With a female director, female lead and two female producers, IIDENT is a perfect fit for this audience.
IIDENT has dedicated Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels to share project updates and related content, spotlight team members and engage with our fan base using the #IIDENT hashtag. We also leverage the existing social media platforms of our team members including our director Melanie M. Jones and our director of photography, C. Kim Miles. Our network extends to over 6,500 followers.
We will extend our online reach by creating fun and engaging quizzes and contests on social media for our followers to share with their friends. IIDENT and FSM branded shirts and pins, and unique film props will provide a great incentive for participation. We will gain further exposure when people wear these unique, conversation piece items.
Our co-producer Amy Jones is the Director of Marketing at a boutique marketing agency in Vancouver, BC. She will create engaging press releases and leverage her vast media network to secure positive media coverage. Our director Melanie M. Jones has great relationships with several leading media outlets due to previous coverage of her 2015 feature film including the cover of the Georgia Straight.
Sci-Fi films have an extremely loyal fan base and a variety of venues that showcase films in this niche. Sci-fi driven film festivals like Fantasia International Film Festival, Fantasporto and the Phillip K. Dick Film Festival bring genre films to the forefront and offer a unique and direct way to engage and build audience.