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Project of the Day: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi in a Rural Homestead

Project of the Day: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi in a Rural Homestead

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Tweetable Logline:

A character-driven drama with a sci-fi twist. In a post-apocalyptic world, who is good, who is bad, and is anyone truly at home?

Elevator Pitch:

HOME is a contained drama with science fiction
elements that takes place in a post-apocalyptic, rural setting. A
teenage boy cares for his younger brother in an isolated farmhouse as
they await their father’s return. When a teenage girl who has survived
an unseen attack takes shelter with them, their instinct for
self-preservation conflicts with an interest in this new visitor. Soon,
sinister revelations emerge as to the cause of the apocalypse and the
boys’ true identities.

This high-concept short explores belonging and distrust in an uncertain
environment, subverting what people expect from sci-fi by emphasizing
story, suspense, and subtlety.

Production Team:

Writer-Director: John Henry Hinkel
Producers: Jonathan Bird (THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE), Zoë Morrison, Amit Samuel
Director of Photography: Ketil Dietrichson (LADY GAGA “Pokerface,” DAFT PUNK “Derezzed”)
Editor: Rachel Eisengart (CAPTURE)

About the Production:

“When John Henry Hinkel sat down to write HOME,
the recent Harvard graduate set out to create a science fiction film far
removed from the hokey visual effects, overplayed gore, and predictable
stories and characters that often plague the genre. Instead, he wanted
to create an aesthetically beautiful, nuanced, and character-driven
film, while also incorporating subtle but visceral visual effects that
enhance rather than degrade its artistic value.

“HOME‘s twist ending, morally ambiguous
characters, and unique, restrained take on a much-loved genre will spark
discussion while spotlighting great new talent in a festival run.” — Zoë Morrison

Current Status:


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HOME – Campaign Video (Updated) from John Henry Hinkel on Vimeo.

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Danny Bloom

Aronofsky's 'Noah' set to flood the 'cli fi' zone in 2014

Hollywood often comes to Alaska to film climate disaster movies on location,
for TV specials or blockbuster feature movies. Expect more location
shoots in future years, as the world heats up in tiny increments and
the polar ice melts summer after summer.

But this emerging genre of "cli fi" movies, from "Day After Tomorrow" to
"The Road," is about to get some Old World company early next year when
Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is released in March. Yes, that Noah, and
yes, that flood.

Time frame: not the usual cli-fi dystopia set in the future; this movie is set
some 5,000 years ago in the Biblical past.

That's where Aronofsky has headed, way back in time, to tell a
climate-themed story set not in some dystopian near future but via a
dreadful, tragic
Biblical legend.

Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and a real Ark,
this is the kind of Hollywood film that will put Superstorm Sandy in
its place.

"Noah'' was shot on location in Iceland — and in parts of Long Island
during Superstorm Sandy — and the film is now in its post-production
editing process.

Maybe that Biblical flood was a hoax perpetrated by some Hebrew
scribes, in much the same way the global warming is said to be a hoax
perpetrated by the good Al Gore as part of his climate shenanigans to
get rich(er) off polar fraud? Aronofsky, educated at the same Harvard
where Gore invented the Internet, has put a lot of time and effort in his "Noah"
project, as any quick take of his Twitter feed will attest. He cares
about this film, and he has put his cast and crew through the ancient
flood "event" in order to do two things: entertain audiences with a
vivid, detailed visit a terrible tale from the Bible, while at the
same time setting up a global wake up call about what humans are doing
to the climate today.

The 'flood" can't happen again? Think again. And Alaska's long coastline
will bear the brunt of it, too, if and when it happens. Start praying,
if you're religious. And start moving to higher ground, if you care
about the future.

While "cli fi" has been defined by NPR and the Christian Science
Monitor as taking place only in the present or near future — in
novels such as Barbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior" and Nathaniel
Rich's Superstorm Sandy novel "Odds Against Tomorrow" — in fact,
''cli fi'' can take place in the distant past, too. Even in Noah's
time. Even during the Flood, the flood to end all floods.

While the marketing for "Noah" has not begun, Aronofsky's cockamamie
idea to film a global warming warning call based on an imaginary
"event" some 5,000 years ago in the Biblical past. has legs. Long

This movie could become a global hit, and for one main reason, every
nation on Earth, is the direct path of the next big flood and it could
be curtains for the human race.

Sounds like sci fi? But this time it's ''cli fi," with a stellar cast
and computer graphics to tickle your Biblical imagination.


Interesting concept, excited to see more! Good luck Zoe!!


Liking the pedigrees on the team, looking forward to this…


This guy should think about getting someone else to pitch, that was hard to watch.


Damn this sounds cool. Great freaking team. Can't wait to see who they cast!

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