Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Casimir Effect: A Film in Progress

A few months ago I found this little trailer about Casimir Effect, a film in pre-production in Cardiff, Wales. As a Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones on Torchwood) fan, I'd heard about this project late last October, when the actor participated in the Hurricane Who convention in Orlando. I'd had a chance to talk with him briefly about the project, and he seemed eager to discuss it. Once I checked the trailer and corresponded with Gabriel Strange, a driving force behind the film, I could understand why.

On the surface, Casimir Effect pushes my SF, requited/unrequited love story, and independent film buttons. I'm interested in the time travel premise, and the characters sound interesting. What intrigues me just as much, however, is the approach the writers and producers are taking to getting their film made and noticed.

Their website


lets fans, the film industry, and potential investors look behind the scenes of this production. Getting an independent film made is increasingly difficult, and the Casimir Effect writers and producers gain their funding from people interested in seeing their short film succeed. Through eBay auctions (about which I'll write in future blogs), merchandise, and donations, people just like you and me can ensure that this film is made.

As an added perk to feeling good about helping promote independent film and new talent, all donors can have their names listed in the credits. (Yes, I want to see my name on screen--and this is likely to be my only chance. That's Lynnette, with 2 N's.) I always regretted not joining the Lord of the Rings Fan Club early enough to be listed in credits--a very nice touch by Peter Jackson. Casimir Effect gives me a second chance.

If you haven't seen the extended trailer, check it out on YouTube:


I'll be writing about Casimir Effect and my upcoming set visit in subsequent blogs. If you want to read my blog site devoted purely to this film project, go to


Please note that I'm not officially affiliated with this film or anyone associated with it. As a film student and fan, I like to write about new projects that take my eye. Casimir Effect has done that, and I hope you'll become interested in it, too.

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