Welcome to the post apocalyptic world through the eyes of Tawhid Zaman. Join us on this catastrophic yet eventful journey and we promise you won’t be bored.
The year is 2018. It has been 7 months since an apocalyptic event hit our planet. With no electricity and a scarcity of resources (food and water) people have perished in their own houses covered in layers of dust and buried memories.
"ZAMAN" begins with Tawhid, a survivor who has seen the world crumble. A widower traumatised by losing his wife to the catastrophe. Tawhid is threatening to take his life and that's when a mysterious radio broadcast from a small community calling themselves "THE FARM" plays. They claim to have resourced electricity and food. The film follows his quest to survive in a world devoid of normalcy that traces his transformation in the face of adversity. On this journey he encounters a 60 year old woman, her dog and a few other survivors who make for an eventful and thought provoking road drama, which all ends with a shocking twist.
Will they stay alive? Is The Farm really all it claims to be?
ZAMAN IS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE SHORT FILM.
Athul Prabhakaran - Writer/Director/Editor
"At the age of 12, I made my first movie using a webcam, from there on I developed my film making skills and understanding of the movie making process, both at a practical and theoretical level."
A student filmmaker, Athul is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Fine Arts at the Annapurna International School of Film & Media in Hyderabad. Originally from Kerala he has lived and studied in Chennai and Leeds, UK. He is 20 years old.
He has worked as a writer, director and editor for his own short films (9 films in 3 different languages) and has helped in the production of over 35 films that he has collaborated on.
"ZAMAN will be my first big short film. Both in terms of its vision and the scale. The premise itself is quite challenging and this is also what is very motivating to the filmmaker in me. "
Film-making is a costly process and we understand this. But as student filmmakers we have always figured out ways to get things done as cost-effective as possible. We work on shoestring budgets and sometimes on a zero budget.
Being a short film set in a post-apocalyptic terrain, Zaman requires us to be well - financed. A crew of about 30 people will work on this project on a Pro-Bono basis (i.e. They are not charging for their services).Friends and family are supporting us by giving us free access to shoot on locations they own .All this is helping us keep the costs in check.
We believe that good music adds largely to the essence of the movie and we aim to hit that nerve with our selection of: Norwegian artist Moddi's song "Stuck in the Waltz”
American artist Ryan Kickland's “Homesick"
The artists mentioned are independent performers in their field of expertise and have been gracious by allowing us to use their content for ZAMAN.
Here are two posters that we designed from cinematographer AKASH SUBRAMANIAN's spherical panorama photos that he shot specifically for ZAMAN
Risks and challenges
The risk of overshooting on budgets and timelines is the biggest challenge.
We understand this problem. Before ZAMAN was in the crowdfunding stage, It was in the pre-production process .With an experienced crew we created a detailed schedule and a plan that will help us be on track.
Each day has been micro-managed to "specific time slots"for each shot.Alternate "indoor" options for bad weather & rainy days have also been identified .
But then again. We will battle Murphy's law. This is why we have budgeted a small amount of money for contingencies.
When will the final film be out?
The final film will be out in April 2017 . Those of you who fund us, the cast, crew and their families will get to watch the film at a private cinema screening. For the general public, the film will be released only after the festival circuit - roughly April 2018
What if the campaign is not successful?
Fueladream will return the money invested back to the Funders as this is a "all or nothing" campaign. We opted for this mainly because a project this scale cannot be filmed with anything less than the funding target mentioned. Also this will drastically add to the quality of the film and the story.
What is the language & setting of the movie
Zaman is a English language short film rooted and set in India.