Arable (Post-Production)

Denver, Colorado | Film Short

Adventure, Sci-Fi

Evan Wiley

1 Campaigns | Colorado, United States

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Arable is an adventure, sci-fi short film about a group of rebels who oppose a mega-corporation’s monopoly on horticulture. It is a story of collective resistance and environmental activism set in a world where commodification and privatization are pervasive.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

Arable is a small project with ambitious aims that wouldn't be possible without the help of a diverse team of dedicated creatives. It is an experiment in worldbuilding, refocusing dystopian tropes, and addressing timely topics of environmental degradation. Now we must finish strong.

The Story

Originally titled, "Prop Lifters", this film was based on a niche trend popularized on Reddit called proplifting where pieces of plants collected from the floors of plant stores or nurseries are brought home to be planted and regrown. The trend is ethically controversial with some stores banning the practice while others embrace it. This became the foundation of the story for Arable, albeit exagerated and scaled-up.



In the near-future world of Arable, a large corporation named Nile has obtained a highly-restrictive monopoly on horticulture, preventing the general population from growing their own plants. But as their reign becomes more prominent, so does the defiance. In the cover of darkness, Klara and her crewmates Verne, Belle and Davy break in to Nile-owned crop fields to steal cuttings of the plants. But without access to fertile soil, they must locate a woman named Delphi who reportedly runs one of the only remaining farms with arable land. Before the rebels have a chance to locate her, however, Nile's head of security, Lawson, catches them in the midst of a crop field raid. By convincing Klara to reveal her plan, Lawson is able to pass on this intel to his agent in the field, Victor, in hopes of locating Delphi and squashing what remains of the resistance. But as it turns out, Lawson does not have the full picture.



As the structure for the film developed, we realized that the concept of resistance in the realm of horticulture became an exciting framework to talk about larger issues of rampant commodification, environmental degradation and the lack of access to basic needs. More specifically, this film imagines a world in which closed-source, proprietary product design usually reserved for software and electronics is implimented across the agricultural industry and also heavily enforced.

A not-so-far-off dystopia as many have noted, especially when you consider how some farmers in the U.S. have taken to hacking their tractors after John Deere mandated that only their 'authorized' repair shops can work on them. Or when you hear farmers' descriptions of Monsanto's "seed police" who conduct surveillance and go undercover in order to protect their patents.

Rather than your typical cyberpunk megacorporation residing in large skyscrapers in large cities, Nile Corp is out in the heartland putting electric fences around corn fields and cracking down on 'illicit crop' smugglers. These are the landscapes featured heavily in Arable.




As a science fiction film, having good costume design, props and set decoration is only half the battle. Now that we are in post-production, a large part of making the world feel real is the use of visual effects, color grading and sound design. Not to forget the music, which is imperitive to the overall tone of the film. Here is how the plan will unfold:


Raising funds to put towards these elements of the film is the difference between just getting it done, and bringing something truly special to the post-production process. The majority of funds will go directly to the artists and designers working on the project with the remaining amount put towards distribution. Here is our budget breakdown: 





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Production Expenses

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Covering a portion of the production costs.

Editing & Color Grade

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Compiling the story in the editing room and adding a cinematic color grade to the raw footage.

Post-Production Sound

Costs $1,500

Advanced sound design to create a more immersive film.

Visual Effects

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Digitally enhancing the scale of the story world with VFX.

Film Score

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Custom music to heighten the drama and develop the mood.


Costs $500

Submitting to film festivals and seeking distribution deals.

About This Team

Writer & Director: Evan Wiley

Producer: Josh Todd

1st Assistant Director: Rhianna DeVries

Director of Photography: Carlos Malache

1st Assistant Camera: John Sinclair

Gaffer: Sam Saliba

Key Grip & 2nd AC: Hunter Thompson

Wardrobe, Makeup & Hair: Jessica Thommes

Props & Set Decoration: Mike Dunn

Production Sound: Peter Lively, Alston Phu, Ethan Pierce

Lead Talent: Samia Mounts, Bodhi Rader

Supporting Talent: Haydn Winston, Jason Head, Haleigh Burckley, Ben Martinez, Destiny Bezrutczyk

Background Talent: Erik Thurston, Erin Trampler Bell, Alston Phu

Editor: Eric Gehringer

Colorist: Carlos Malache

Sound Designer: Kelly Kramarik

VFX Artist: Jason Linn

Composer: Chris Gilroy

Current Team