Oct 28, 2012 9:17 PM by Lacey Steele

Pueblo film makers need funds to make sci-fi thriller "Recursion" which is shot locally

It sounds like a big budget box office hit.

Some local film makers in Pueblo say they have an idea for a movie that wouldn't be anything you've seen before.

We met with them to find out how they can make such an intricate film in Pueblo on a low budget.

Lights, camera, action!

Film making has changed a lot.

It has to do with technology, which is a big part of Recursion.

"Imagine a new way to network. Mind to mind," said a female character in the movie trailer for Recursion.

"The idea that you could have a movie about a computer virus that spreads from people to people instead of computer to computer," said David Hartkop, director and producer of Recursion.

"There's going to be a lot of issues with that, moral issues," said Tim Sparks, director and producer of Recursion. "How long is it till we're not human anymore, or are we something else?"

"How do you stop a computer virus when it's infected your mind?" asks a male character in the trailer.

The trailer wasn't shot on a sound stage.

They were able to find locations that worked all over Pueblo, including many in some downtown business basements.

"You can have a home studio now really," said Sparks. "A computer now that can edit HD footage, a home computer, that was unheard of even ten years ago."

"We can shoot digitally with a DSLR, and you have a quality that's high enough to project," said Hartkop.

The special effects are awesome, like a standing ovation from an audience.

They used only 16 people and some computer magic to multiply those people all over the auditorium giving the effect the room was packed.

"We really can do all of that in house just using off-the-shelf software," said Hartkop.

Plus they make their props, like a mutilated skull made using a Jello mold.

"It's just the 21st century way to tell a story," said Sparks. "Pretty much a dream on screen for people to watch."

It could cost millions, but they only need $125,000.

For fund raising, they used a website called KickStarter.

Now their movie in Pueblo can be funded from anywhere.

The first internet campaign for funds is about to end, and they didn't meet their mark.

They aren't giving up though.

With more people finding out about the movie idea recently, they know they will try KickStarter again.

"I think we might set it up so that we're fund raising more piecemeal, like for instance, the pre-production, the production, the post-production, and the distribution could all be separate projects," said Hartkop.

The final line of the trailer leaves you hanging.

"You won't stop until you're here with us. Every last one."

Don't forget to find News Five's Craig Eliot in the trailer!

If you'd like to know how you can help out or to watch the full trailer, click here.



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