US/Japan feature film production

When I Was A Human: The Movie

Movie

feature film

When I Was A Human:

The Movie

​Genre

Family-Friendly Fantasy Rom-Com

Logline

Fearing that his owner has grown tired of him and prefers her new boyfriend to just a mutt, the rescued dog magically transforms into a young man by eating a miracle dog biscuit to win back his owner’s affection.

 

Synopsis

Indy, a former mangy mutt on a death row at the crowded local pound, is now a happy dog living with Kimmy and her family. He would do anything for the one who rescued him and made him feel loved.  Kimmy and Indy have been inseparable from day one. 


But Indy’s perfect life starts to crumble when Kimmy begins dating her new rocker boyfriend, Jared. Heartbroken and depressed, Indy is convinced that Kimmy loves her new boyfriend more than him, just a mutt. When Indy accidentally discovers that Jared is a cheater, Indy confides in his wise canine friend, Spike. He admits that he desperately longs to be human so he can easily tell Kimmy the truth about Jared and win back her heart in the process.


That night, the Blue Dog Fairy (secretly Spike in disguise) appears in front of Indy and gives him a Miracle Dog Biscuit to eat and be human. Next morning, Indy wakes up as a young man. 


It is exciting to be someone else at first, However, Indy quickly learns it’s not a walk in the dog-park being a human.  He manages to befriend Kimmy but he begins to realize that pretending to be something he’s not destroys the very thing he turned human to protect --the bond and the love he’s built with Kimmy over the years as her furry companion. Human Indy is now confronted by the choices between the love he’s wanted and the love that really matters in the end.


WHEN I WAS A HUMAN:  THE MOVIE is a humorous and heartfelt modern fairytale about fear of abandonment and a quest for love that will resonate with people of all ages in any part of the world. 

 
 

Production team

We are the best US-Japan joint team!

Akemi Kozu Tosto
Exec. Producer/Director/Writer

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Akemi Kozu Tosto followed her dream of becoming a Hollywood filmmaker by moving to LA soon after graduating high school. She learned filmmaking working on TV, commercial and motion picture productions helmed by such Hollywood heavy hitters such as Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.  A feature project “WHEN I WAS A HUMAN: THE MOVIE” is based on Akemi’s short film "When I Was a Human" , distributed worldwide by Shorts International, the official short film distributor for the Academy of Motion Pictures. The project is currently in development through her production company AKT Pictures.

John Hermann
Producer

John Hermann is a Wisconsin-born, LA-based film producer who most recently produced “Standing Up, Falling Down” starring Billy Crystal that premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.  Since 2014, John has produced nine feature films as well as commercials for major clients such as Honda, Lexus, Hugo Boss and Showtime. John also produced numerous hours of content for Disney, Warner Bros, Netflix and HBO.  John is a member of the Directors Guild of America. 

Maho Morita
Producer (Japan)

Growing up as a niece of world-renowned film director, Nagisa Oshima, Maho Morita was always around the entertainment industry. She flew to America to study English and worked on the set of the HBO series “The Sopranos.” After returning home to Japan, Maho became a film journalist and has been enjoying her success since.  In recent years, she is a film critic of TV network shows, as a host of special events, and the programming director at the Beppu Blue Bird Theatre in Oita Pref, where she founded the Beppu Blue Bird Film Festival.

Jorge Agraz
Consultant

Jorge Agraz was born in Mexico City and grew up in the United States and Europe. He holds degrees in Film Studies and History from Yale University. He has worked in production on commercials and feature films, including End of Days (Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), Blade, Thirteen Days (Starring Kevin Costner), and Evolution directed by legendary Ivan Reitman. Jorge has experience in Visual Effects, production and producing as well as digital production technology.

Proof of Concept

Trailer of the short project

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