Kickstart This: 'Mastodon' Film Explores Growing Up After a Tragedy
by Ben Pearson
March 8, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. Today, we're shining a light on a new film project called Mastodon, a movie that involves a tragedy that befalls a trio of friends and examines themes of friendship, growing up, and the relentless nature of time in the wake of that defining event. It's a personal story about the consequences of getting stuck in the past, and should be a compelling tale if it gets funded. Take a look at the pitch video below, and don't forget to donate if you can. Watch this!
Mastodon is about Aaron, John and Dan: three guys who were best friends growing up. When something terrible happens to Dan, the two other friends separate and are reunited ten years later, only to discover they couldn't be more different. Sound familiar? Yes, there's definitely a Mystic River vibe going on here, as the "clash of past and present" finally allows the two men to come to grips with what happened on that fateful day. The director, Oren Soffer, is a student at NYU and has already written and directed one short film (Swimming Pool) and worked in the camera department on two features we saw at Sundance this year, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete and Kill Your Darlings. He's paying his dues and working his way up, so let's try to help him take the next step in his career. Watch his pitch video below for Mastodon here:
I really love the blocking in this video. The gorgeous backdrop, sunset, and rocky formation in the beginning immediately grab your attention before the camera swings around to reveal the bloody body laying on the beach, but if you look closely, it's actually visible from the opening frame (see our teaser image above). And the physical look of the picture is absolutely beautiful, so hopefully this is just a taste of what we can expect from the full project once it (fingers crossed) gets funded.
For more info on Mastodon, and to help support the project, visit their IndieGoGo page. Director Oren Soffer and his team are hoping to raise $5,200 by Wednesday, March 20th, and they're already more than halfway there. Donate and show them your support if you can, but if you can't spare the cash right now, I'm sure they would appreciate you spreading the word about their project to friends on Facebook, Twitter.
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