Exclusive: Kosmos Part One

The Movie Sleuth has been granted exclusive access to the first part of Simon Horrocks' Kosmos. Read our review here.

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Kickstarter, the crowd-sourced fundraising site, has been one of the biggest game changers in the realm of the arts. Now independent artists can appeal directly to their audience to get projects funded instead of having to rely on giant corporations or production companies. However, these campaigns can be a risky endeavor for the funders and being directly involved monetarily might make them more critical of the final product. It has allowed projects that normally wouldn’t see the light of day get seen though, and just for that reason, I think crowdfunding is a positive change to the filmmaking industry.

Kosmos is one such crowdfunded project—an ambitious sci-fi television show directed by Simon Horrocks, better known for his well-received low-budget film Third Contact. Horrocks raised over $50,000 to make six episodes, each around twenty minutes long. While this is a small budget, Horrocks proved that he is able to do a lot with limited resources, as Third Contact was made for less than $25,000.

The show centers around a scientist named Philip Hoyt (Jeff Dahlgren) who is distraught by the fact that his wife is in a coma from which she cannot awaken. He desperately tries to find a way to bridge the gap between the physical world and her inner consciousness to ascertain what mysterious illness is ravaging her body. There is definitely a sci-fi theme running through the show, with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. The actual look of the show is very slick and it looks much more expensive than it is. Both the lighting and the cinematography are top-notch, with lots of interplay between light and shadow. The musical score is excellent—very lush and ethereal.

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Unfortunately, some of the acting is stilted and bland which may be attributed to the writing feeling a bit off. The dialog is very exposition-heavy (which is common with sci-fi shows) and it doesn’t flow as well as it should. Sometimes shows with a complicated premise start out rather clunky and gain their footing a few episodes in. I was very intrigued by the events in this first episode and want to watch the others to find out how the story ends. 

Kosmos definitely is off to an interesting start and hopefully Horrocks can keep the momentum going and deliver a great season. 

Check out EnterKosmos.com for more info. 

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-Michelle Kisner