Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Romance, Sci-Fi

Krista Johnson

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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What does it mean to love, when just doing so puts your very survival at risk? Funny and touching and thought-provoking and passionate, VIRTUALLY is a romantic science-fiction short film with an unexpected ending that will stay with you long after it's over.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

VIRTUALLY is a female driven narrative with a diverse cast and crew. The story is focused on the universal human experience of survival and the need for connection both to our environment and to one another. We are proud that half of the crew working on the film are women and minorities.

The Story




Bixby, struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, discovers a virtual-reality machine and escapes her loneliness into a scenic virtual-world, repeating the same stunning sunset on a tropical beach over and over again.  In the process she falls in love with Nate, a man inside this virtual world.  But when her food and water run out, she must choose between her love and her life.  VIRTUALLY is a romantic science fiction short film with an unexpected ending that will stay with you long after it's over.

This is a movie about more than just survival in the desert after the world moves on.  It's about survival of the human spirit when someone is cast adrift and on their own.  Is life worth living if there is no human connection?  Bixby survives.  But is she truly alive?  And what happens when she discovers that human connection she craves, but that connection will ultimately kill her?

We are so excited to share this story with the greater community of sci-fi fans, who recognize that all the great science-fiction stories are not just great, fantastical, imaginative tales, but also serve as allegories for our times, and comment on the current state of our world and our society.  VIRTUALLY is a timely tale that, although set in the not-too-distant future, reflects on the universal human need for connection both to our environment and to one another.  We hope that everyone visiting our page is as excited as we are and we look forward to sharing this story and the hard work of a very talented cast and crew with all our backers and followers.




Our $20,000 budget does not include certain aspects of post-production, festival fees and expenses and other legal fees related to film production.  If we are fortunate enough to exceed our campaign goal, we will use that money to enhance post-production and further our reach in film festivals and related promotion of the film.


Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

3-Day Red Epic Camera Package

Costs $1,350

Rental of camera package for beach shoot.

Grip Truck

Costs $900

5-ton grip truck rental.


Costs $450

Generator rental for shed and beach locations.

Makeup, Wardrobe, Expendables

Costs $1,050

Makeup, wardrobe and other expendables.


Costs $700

Bixby's post-apocalyptic props and gear.

Office, legal and insurance.

Costs $2,460

Office, legal and insurance expenses. The least sexy of our budget categories.

Location Expenses

Costs $4,840

Location rentals, permits, meals and craft services.

3-Day Arri Alexa Camera Package

Costs $1,250

Rental of camera package for desert shoot.

Cast and Crew Salaries

Costs $7,000

While not paying industry-level wages, we hope to pay the entire cast and crew a livable wage.

About This Team

Katie Savoy (actress, Bixby)

  Katie Savoy was born in Boston, MA and is most known as “Nora” opposite Jesse Bradford in the Sony Crackle original series SEQUESTERED, and “Sammi” in the award-winning webseries LIVING WITH MODELS featured on HelloGiggles.  She can be seen making weird faces in over 50 commercials,  most recently for Hasselblad and DJI, and including Audi, Marshalls, Pepsi, Toyota, McDonalds, Miller Lite, Clairol, Old Spice, Arby’s, Head and Shoulders, Pantene, NIssan, AT&T, Old Navy, Avion Tequilla, Verizon,and many more.  TV credits include NCIS NEW ORLEANS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, ENTOURAGE, IRONSIDE, LAW AND ORDER LA, FRANKLIN & BASH, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, and WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, as well as a series regular on a pilot for ABC called SUPER CITY.  Film credits include THE MIDWIFE, THE HAPPYS, FIRELIGHT, THE RESTORATION, EVERYTHING BEFORE US, CRUSH THE SKULL, and VIRTUALLY HEROES opposite Robert Baker, which was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.  
instagram:  katie__savoy
Twitter: savoykatie


Wolé Parks (actor, Nate)

Having appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, Wolé Parks has long ago established himself as a reputable actor. His credits include starring roles in movies such as PREMIUM RUSH and television series like RAY DONOVAN and DEVIOUS MAIDS. He recently wrapped up a season-long arc as the main villain in the final season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, showcasing the versatility of his skills. A native New Yorker, he pursued a double major in Acting and Mathematics at New York University. Originally working in finance after graduating, his acting career didn’t flourish until 2012, when he decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue acting, full time.


Ana Krista Johnson (Producer)

Krista is a romance novelist with a background in event production and community theater. She is excited to bring her love of good stories with a great romance to her role as producer of VIRTUALLY.


P. Patrick Hogan (writer/director)

Patrick received his MFA from USC film school.  His thesis film, THE BUSINESS CARD was an award-winning short that has the distinction of being the first USC student film ever sold to an airline for in-flight entertainment.  His debut feature film, the coming-of-age tale POPE DREAMS, won 11 Best Film awards at film festivals, was distributed domestically and in 40 countries around the world, aired on Liftetime Network and was streamed through Netflix and Amazon.  Patrick is also an award-winning Sound Supervisor.  But currently he is most excited to bring his short film VIRTUALLY to life.  


Chris Burgon (cinematographer)

Chris graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory with a MFA in cinematography and from USC with a BA in cinema-tv.  In between studies, he took the best training route towards cinematography by working his way up in the lighting departments of many narrative shorts and features as well as many documentaries.  Lighting is his passion and he feels that through lighting, a cinematographer has the greatest opportunity to connect with the audience on an emotional level.


Christy Carew (composer)

Christy has been a composer and pianist for 26 years, beginning with the Royal Conservatory Program in Vancouver, B.C.  She wanted to be a film music composer at age 6 when she saw Star Wars and told her parents, "I want to make music like that!"  Christy then went on to get a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Arts in film scoring/composition from NYU.  She is currently the music director and in-house composer for 5 Alarm Music and has composed scores for several award-winning films and episodes of many popular tv shows.

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