WPTWTS listed in top 100 most anticipated films in Cannes

“We Put the World to Sleep” has been listed #52 in top 100 most anticipated films of the year that should be seen at the Cannes Film Festival: https://bit.ly/3bllosc

This respected French publication gives Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) as a potential section for my film. As some of you may know, Cannes this year didn’t happen because of the pandemic. I’ll have the movie ready in time to submit it to the next edition and fingers crossed, hoping to be selected.

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The movie has also been listed in the official catalogue of upcoming Romanian films at page 45: CNC.gov.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/RomanianFilms_19_20_v.pdf

The catalogue was presented at the Berlin European Film Market & should go to Cannes & other festivals once they resume activity after the pandemic. It was put together by Ştefan Dobroiu for Romanian Film Promotion with the support of the Romanian Film Centre & the Romanian Filmmakers Union.

Erisse Peterson is missing from the cast because she was not part of it when the catalogue was made. Happy to announce that she rejoined the project recently and you’ll see her in the movie in a very interesting & unexpected way!

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I you would like to support my work on this film and on the entire trilogy, you can always do it on https://www.patreon.com/AdrianTofei

As some of you may already know, I work with no script, a lot of improvisation, living in character, building the story in the editing process, therefore it’s impossible to get support from big investors and production companies. I mainly rely on you, the people who appreciate my films and trust my method.

Don’t be ashamed to contribute the minimum amount of $1 a month if you wanna help, but can’t afford more, most creators on Patreon make thousands of dollars a month from $1 contributors, which allows them to keep creating. 🙂

By supporting my filmmaking work on Patreon.com/AdrianTofei you also get exclusive updates & behind-the-scenes, private links to watch my movies before release & contribute to the final versions with your feedback, IMDb official credits and invitations to attend the premieres.

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Stay safe,

Adrian

Support the Trilogy on Patreon

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Hi, everyone! I’m currently working on an ambitious meta-cinema trilogy made of “Be My Cat: A Film for Anne“, “We Put the World to Sleep” & “Dr. Frankenstein“, and then I’ll be re-editing all three films (which have intertwined universes & characters) into one single ultra-realistic, meta & metaphysical movie.

 

But I can’t do it alone. I need your support. Join me on Patreon.com/AdrianTofei

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My filmmaking method consists of working for months on an alternative psychological reality for the actors including myself, partially living in character, so that when we start improvising, I mainly need to record the unfolding events and to make sure the improvisation goes in the right direction. There is no script, only plot points. I shoot tens of hours of footage guerrilla style and then I watch the footage like a documentary filmmaker would and I create the details of the story in post-production during a long editing process. This method of filmmaking leads to incredibly creative and realistic results in terms of both acting and storytelling, but it’s impossible to work in the system this way. Since there’s no script, I have no traditional ways to convince investors and production companies to finance my films, other than the success of my previous works. Therefore I rely on your support: the people who appreciate my films and trust my method.

 

I usually do crowdfunding campaigns to raise the movies’ budgets, but those are not designed to support me during all the months of continuous development and editing processes. I usually work 12 hours a day and there’s no way for me to have another paid job, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to finish my films. I’m currently about to start editing We Put the World to Sleep, it’s going to last months, during which I also need to promote it and to develop my third movie, Dr. Frankenstein. So I decided to join Patreon and ask for your monthly support to be able to successfully continue all my projects.

 

And here’s what you get for supporting me on Patreon:

 

1. You get to watch my movies for free before anyone else (via private screener, worldwide) and even contribute to the final versions with your feedback!

 

2. You get exclusive behind-the-scenes for Patrons only, exclusive updates and invitations to attend the premieres as part of the team!

 

3. You get officially credited onscreen and on IMDb with Thanks, Special Thanks, Very Special Thanks, and even as Associate Producer or Executive Producer!

 

Become my Patron today with $1/month or more and please share: Patreon.com/AdrianTofei

 

Thank you so much!

Featured in Cineuropa!

Hi, everyone! The biggest film site in Europe, Cineuropa, published an exclusive article about We Put the World to Sleep: Adrian Ţofei in post-production with apocalyptic indie flick We Put the World to Sleep

Check it out for exclusive new info about the movie and my filmmaking method, the way we shot the film and how I plan to complete it!

And for those of you wanting to learn even more, here’s even more exclusive info that I sent to Cineuropa at their request, which they couldn’t publish due to lack of space:

 

The language is English because that’s the only common language of our characters Duru and Adrian, just like in real life. I met my wife in Turkey at the end of 2015 in a film festival.

The film project was put on hold for two and a half years, a period when we were scammed by a fake producer to work on various fake film projects. More details here: https://adriantofei.com/international-con-artist-andrea-corbella/

The movie’s universe intertwines at some point with the universe of my first movie “Be My Cat: A Film for Anne“. And my next movie movie “Dr. Frankenstein” will be intertwined with both “Be My Cat: A Film for Anne” and “We Put the World to Sleep”, forming what I would like to call a meta trilogy due to the meta structures of all three films. I might also re-edit all three films into a single new movie of maximum two hours.

We Put the World to Sleep” was born out of my desire and ambition to combine the found footage realism of “The Blair Witch Project” (detailed in my 2013 Found Footage Manifesto) with the metaphysics of “2001: A Space Odyssey”, which are two of the films that impressed and influenced me the most.

My filmmaking method is working for months or even years on an alternative psychological reality for the actors (or for myself, partially living in character all that period), so that when we start shooting and actors start improvising, I only need to record the unfolding events in that alternative reality which I prepared months in advance. There is no script. Only some plot points. I shoot the film like a documentary filmmaker shooting real events. Tens of hours of footage (almost 100 in We Put the World to Sleep’s case), and then I look at all the footage like a documentary filmmaker and I start creating the story in post-production in the editing process.

This improvisational method of filmmaking combined with the found footage or mockumentary concepts can lead to incredibly creative and realistic results both in terms of acting and filmmaking, but it’s almost impossible to work in the system this way. Since there’s no script, I have no “classical” or “official” way to convince investors and production companies and other film entities to finance my film. The only proof I have is the success of my previous movie, which is my first film. Be My Cat went to a lot of festivals, won a lot of acclaim and awards, but didn’t reach the top 10 festivals, and that limited the financial success by limiting the distribution offers I got.

And by the way, I sometimes get questions about festivals – it’s not that distributors care about awards and festivals for the value of the movie, it’s all about publicity and money: big festivals and awards mean big publicity, which means lots of people will wanna watch the film, which means a good chance of money for the distributor, which means they’ll pay you some money, which means you survive to make another movie. Everything is connected. Of course there’s also star power, but I don’t have stars in my films.

I’m also passionately researching and updating on a regular basis two lists of top 100 film festivals plus submission tips – one for genre festivals and one for all international festivals – which I initially made as a submission guide for my own projects, but then I decided to make public, and such a good decision that was – now I’m happy to see that thousands of filmmakers around the world are using lists to find the best festivals to submit their films. And I’m using the lists myself as well, of course. I would love to premiere “We Put the World to Sleep” in a festival like Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Cannes, Tribeca, Telluride, Berlin, Venice, AFI Fest, Sitges, Fantasia or Fantastic Fest – that’s where I hope to find good distribution deals so that I can later say to potential investors, supporters, producers and actors: hey, I made my first two feature films without a script and they both won international acclaim, the second one also made good money, therefore join my team in supporting my next feature, let’s try to push a found footage film to the Globes and the Oscars! Foolish dreaming, some may say, but I say it’s possible in the right circumstances. Wish me luck! 🙂

 

Great news! Moving in the right direction!

An important film festival in the US expressed interest in negotiating the world premiere of We Put the World to Sleep! It’s the second festival expressing early interest in the movie! (a top European fest emailed me twice a couple of years ago)

We’re going to be featured shortly in a top European film publication as well! And also in a catalogue of upcoming Romanian films which will be presented at the Berlin Film Market, and later in Cannes!

So things are good! We’re moving in the right direction!

By the way, an advice for indie filmmakers: promote your project as much as possible in advance, even before shooting the film! These invites I got didn’t come out of nowhere, they’re the result of the recent wave of news in different indie publications, and the news also didn’t come just because of my Facebook posts, I’ve sent press releases to tens of publications! Publicity is the key!

Invest Min. $1,000 in My Next Movie Till Latest End of 2017 (+ New Story)

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Hi, everyone!

I’ve decided to remove the LGBT & feminist elements from We Put the World to Sleep‘s concept to not risk harming those communities. Here’s the new storyline: Three young idealists disappointed with the world join forces and embark on a mission to bring everything to an end. Starring Erisse Peterson, Duru Yucel Tofei and myself.

I’ve also decided to accept $1,000 investments! Here are the new minimums:

  • $1,000 for the Very Special Thanks credit
  • $5,000 for the Associate Producer credit
  • $10,000 for the Executive Producer credit

Right now we have $15,000 from two investors and we need $35,000 more until latest December 31, 2017 in order to start shooting in the beginning of 2018. You will recover your investment when the film recovers its budget, and after that you’ll receive a percentage of the profits according to your investment!

To invest and/or request more info, please contact me at adriantofei@yahoo.com

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A Change in Concept

Due to concerns from the LGBT and feminist communities, and also because of budgetary constraints and creative reasons, I’ve decided to drop the LGBT and feminist elements from We Put the World to Sleep‘s concept. The three main characters in the movie embark on a mission to bring everything to an end. During improvisations, we would have to be extremely careful to not portray the gays and the feminists as destructive, which would paralyze the creative process and wouldn’t allow us to go fully psycho and do a really dangerous movie. So, the best solution is to remove the LGBT and feminist elements from the concept to not risk harming those communities, and focus on the apocalyptic goal with no restraints to deliver the shock waves.

If you want to invest in the movie, be credited as associate or executive producer and join the team at all the international film festivals, check out the investment page and contact me: weputtheworldtosleep.com/invest

All the best,

Adrian Țofei

adriantofei@yahoo.com

Invest in “We Put the World to Sleep”!

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You can now invest in We Put the World to Sleep, with a contract, and receive profit from the movie’s revenues, plus associate or executive producer credits, plus join the team at all the international film festivals!

The minimum investment for the associate producer credit is $5,000, and the minimum investment for the executive producer credit is $10,000. We already have $10,000 from two investors and we need to raise $90,000 more to make the movie. You will recover your investment when the film recovers its budget, and after that you’ll receive a percentage of the profits according to your investment!

To invest and/or request more info, contact Adrian Țofei at adriantofei@yahoo.com

We Put the World to Sleep is an apocalyptic LGBT female antihero feature film about two idealistic women who fall in love and embark on a mission to save the world from itself by bringing everything to an end. Directed, produced & written (original concept) by Adrian Țofei, starring Erisse Peterson & Duru Yücel Țofei, with Jay Sorensen & Danha Yunes attached as associate producers.

Adrian Țofei is the director, producer, writer (original concept) and star of Romania’s first found footage horror movie, Be My Cat: A Film for Anne, winner of Best Film at A Night of Horror Film Festival in Sydney and Best Actor for Adrian at Nashville Film Festival, called “terrifying” by Austin Chronicle and “the most revolutionary found footage film since The Blair Witch Project” by ANOH, included in Dread Central’s Top 5 Best Horror Movies of 2016 and Blumhouse’s Top 5 New Intelligent Found Footage Films You Need to See.

Adrian plans to do We Put the World to Sleep based on controlled improvisation, just like he did his first feature, the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Be My Cat: A Film for Anne, then premiere it in one of the world’s top film festivals (Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, SXSW, Tribeca), secure a top distributor, travel the festival circuit and enter movie theaters around the world. Find out more about who we are and what we aim to achieve on the pages The Team, The Movie and FAQ.

 

New Producer Perks: $1500 Associate Producer / $3000 Executive Producer

Hi, everyone!

We’ve just lowered the Associate Producer perk to $1500 and the Executive Producer perk to $3000! Claim them today and join our team: igg.me/at/We-Put-the-World-to-Sleep

We’ve also lowered the Combo Pack perk to $400, the Signed DVD perk to $200 and the Thanks Credit perk to $50, and deleted the main Producer perk, so now the Executive Producer tops the list!

P.S. These are the last changes we make to existing perks. We pushed them all as low as possible to be more affordable, while keeping them at a level to help make the movie happen.