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Kickstart Your Weekend: 'Timeless'

UT student director seeks immortality through crowdsourcing
Richard Whittaker, 10:55am, Fri. Apr. 4

Cinema is about taking an instant in time, and making it eternal. But wouldn't that be terrible if that was what your life was like?

The wonderful curse that is immortality is the subject of "Timeless," the planned new short from UT student Marshall Copous.

The story is inspired by the Nuremberg Eggs: Designed in the early 16th century by German clockmaker Peter Heinlein in Nuremberg, they're often regarded as the precursor to the modern wristwatch. In Copous' script, Oliver (Ali Taheri) is a soldier in World War II who stumbles across one of these devices, one whose mechanism has more to do with stopping time's progress than charting it. As Oliver passes through the years, he must face the personal and emotional consequences of being ageless.

Writer/director Copous is finishing up his final undergraduate year as a film student at UT, and this new project will serve as his thesis project. The short will shoot out in Elgin, and will be completed in time for the end of his course in May. With a week of fundraising to go, he is over halfway to the $4,500 he needs to fund the piece. That cash will go on equipment rental, historically accurate costumes, and the creation of the central prop: their Nuremberg Egg time piece.

You can fund the movie at the film's Kickstarter page, and find a full list of perks. Here's Copous and his cast explaining the project, and also his earlier film, Western short story "Dry."


Kickstart Your Weekend is a series intended to showcase Texas film and tech projects that are crowdfunding their way to a goal, be it distribution, a prototype, or production costs. If you have a project that we should know about, email us at filmflam@austinchronicle.com.

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