Filmosophy is a series of one-minute films based on the New York Times Bestseller Plato and Platypus Walk into A Bar...by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein. The films explore complex philosophical concepts such as Epistemology, Ethics, Existentialism, Logic, Metaphysics, and Relativity through jokes. Directed by a diverse group of filmmakers of different walks of life and artistic sensibilities, respectively each film vignette seeks to visually tell the story of two detectives on a camping trip wrestling with inductive logic in You Idiot! Someone Stole our Tent!, a snail and a stay-at-home dad illustrating relativity of time in What Was all that About?, a believer conversing with God after falling and plummeting into a deep well in Is there anybody else up there?, a doctor who can't see his patient in The Ding an Sich (the thing-in-itself), two cannibals eating a clown in Does this Taste Funny to You?, a mother predicting her two sons future in Telos (Purpose), an angel granting the blessing of wisdom to a philosophy professor in I Should Have Taken the Money.
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...
the guidelines (aka Some Wishes)
tone and style
- be playfully, unapologetically daring and experimental
- be diverse, and multi-culturally aware of cast and crew
- be visually surreal or striking (see photos as reference)
- be precise and concise in telling your story in one minute (including titles and end credits)
- be able to shoot in one day only
- be funny!
- Camera Requirements (DCI 4k sensor or UHD 4K or Film--see list of the following approved cameras:
- RAW (Sony RAW, REDCODE, Arriraw etc.)
- COMPRESSED (XAVC, ProRes, or other I-Frame capable formats)
- Minimum of 16-bit Linear or 10-bit Log processing
- Minimum data-rate of Bitrate of 240 Mbps at 23.98 fps
- Capture Transfer Function
- S-Log3, Log-C, V-Log, Log3G10, etc.
- Capture Color Space
- S-Gamut3.cine, RED Wide Gamut RGB, Alexa Wide Gamut, etc.
- No looks or color corrections should be baked into the original camera files.
- Files must maintain all metadata (i.e. Tape Name, Timecode, Frame Rate, ISO, WB, etc.).
2. Sound Requirements Record in 16 bit or 24 bit soundtrack (or no crappy sound) https://partnerhelp.netflixstudios.com/hc/en- us/articles/360001794307-Netflix-Sound-Mix-Specifications- Best-Practices-v1-1
Max Eugene. Co-Director
Max is a Haitian-American, raised partially in Brooklyn. Eugene studied Philosophy, Theaters Arts and Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and earned his MFA in Performance at CalArts where he gained notoriety as a standout in experimental theater and movement technique. In addition to years of production experience, he is an accomplished educator and facilitator. A rare mix of Zen and rapture, Max loves Kung Fu, Philosophy, Dance/Theater, Sports, Scrabble, Dominoes, and Vanilla Ice Cream. He is currently in pre-production for his latest docu-fiction film Spoken Word by Confused Person, a production of Labcoat Meerkat which he co-founded in 2010. Eugene has also been a member of the Big Show Co., an LA dance-theater company since 2011.
Jorge Castañeda. Writer
Jorge was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. After training alongside Max at CalArts, the award-winning actor starred in Dijon, Montpellier, Paris, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on camera for Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. It was at this time that Jorge began experimenting with form and function in script. He won the McNair Award for his original ENIGMA, and wrote and produced original scripts for years before co-founding Labcoat Meerkat, a global collective that creates Avant-pop movies with an emphasis on imagination. Jorge is curious and collaborative by nature, without fear of exploring the human experience with other artists. He also works as a political organizer in Los Angeles, including as deputy field director in the Obama 2012 campaign and also a political consultant with Hillary in 2016 most recently with the Coalition to Preserve L.A.
Marketing and Distribution
Filmosophy will debut as a gallery exhibit where viewers will be able to experience each vignette on a flat screen tv at their own pace with a pair of headset and later at home via Youtube Originals or Vimeo.
Today we find ourselves in what’s been coined a “Brave New World of Filmmaking,” a world in which a skilled production team can nurture an original brand, harness an audience, engage the festival circuit, and launch a hybrid-distribution campaign. It is with this knowledge that we decisively embrace the following Two-Path Approach.
Film Festival Path
Recognizing the value of screening at a major film festival, we’ve developed a package that sensibly increases our probability of playing at one of these high visibility events.
Hybrid Distribution Path
Simultaneously, we’ve prepared a Hybrid-Distribution Path (our Plan B) in which we maintain full rights to our film while collaborating with foreign and domestic sales partners, alternative screening houses, as well as digital distribution agents like Youtube Originals, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon VOD. The goal here is to secure and manage separate deals and revenue streams while maintaining full ownership of our creative content.
LABCOAT MEERKAT PRODUCTIONS - We are a global collective creating Avant-pop films. An emphasis on imagination and a respect for craft activate our stories in word and aesthetic. Inclusive, collaborative, and authentic-adjacent, we are playfully unafraid to explore human experience. We are a unique blend of filmmakers and artists from China, Japan, South Korea, Haiti, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Czech Republic, New York, Los Angeles, and Texas.