Rama is a feature-length film about a girl named Lex who is infected with a deadly virus, and assembles a ragtag group of strangers to help her cross a post-apocalyptic landscape in order to find the cure.
This is a sci-fi movie, like a mix of Firefly, Mad Max & Blade Runner.
It's a story about this group of strangers who kind of stumble into this perilous situation, and they've got to get along with each other if they're going to survive. So all kinds of issues come bubbling to the surface throughout the course of the movie...and at the centre of it all is this girl who's changing and mutating as the virus takes over her body.
This is definitely a passion project for the entire cast & crew. We're a small production company from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and we're trying to make a big movie. We've already made 2 short films that take place in the same universe as Rama.
Scab tells the story of how Lex met one of her companions:
And Pisces introduces another character...as well as the spaceship that plays a big role in Rama:
So after making these 2 short films, we're ready to take on something a little bigger. And that's where we're gonna need some help. In order to make a film like this, we need costumes, props & sets.
We want to film as much of this movie as we can in camera. We want it to look and feel like a real, lived in world. And in order to do that, we've got to make a lot of this stuff for real. And costumes, props & sets cost money.
And that's where you come in. We're trying to raise the money to get this project off the ground, and every little bit helps. If you don't have any money, feel free to spread the word about this project!
At just 14 years of age, Meredith has already racked up more acting credits than most actors twice her age. She's strong and wise beyond her years, and is the perfect person to lead this cast of all-star actors.
Corey's a boss. He's handsome, smart, and funny, and he is truly dedicated to his craft. Corey provides the perfect compliment to Meredith in this film.
Walker is a machine, and that's perfect, because he plays a mechanic in Rama. He's cool, calm & collected, and he's an essential member of this cast.
Paul's been making movies since the 7th grade, and has been doing it professionally for the last 10 years. After finishing 2 sci-fi shorts (Scab & Pisces), Paul is excited to sink his teeth into a sci-fi feature.
Andrew is absolutely a master of light & lenses. He was the cinematographer for Scab & Pisces, and he's looking forward to expanding on the style he established in those films in Rama.
Erik is a master of models & sets. He built all the spaceships & sets in Pisces, and he's the best person to be heading up the Production Design for Rama.
Emily is an absolute genius. She was the Key Makeup Artist for Pisces, and she's psyched to get to work on Rama!
Joe is a maestro of music. He composed the soundtrack to Pisces, and is the perfect person to work on the score for Rama!
RAMA WILL BE FILMED OVER 3 DIFFERENT SEASONS: SUMMER, FALL & WINTER.
Principal photography begins in October 2018, which gives us just a few months to get the cast assembled, sets built, and locations locked. It's a tight timeline, but it also means that we can start churning out results right away. We want to keep our audience in the loop as we go through casting & set construction, as well as camera & effects tests. That means vlogs, pictures, events, etc. Anything and everything to keep people interested and engaged as they go on this journey with us.
Our second round of filming is in March 2019, where we film the opening of the movie in a winter landscape. That will give us a few months between sections, giving us time to build new sets, props, etc. By then the cast & crew should be a well-oiled machine, and we can make the beginning of this film as eye-popping and dynamic as possible.
And our final round of filming will be in June 2019, where we film the end of the movie in lush green fields & forests. We leave this section for the end to give us the maximum amount of time to explore this world through our sets, characters & visual style. The end of the film will be the culmination of all the work we've done up to that point, giving us the experience needed to help us end on a high note!
The 3 seasons of filming will give us more time to spread the word about this film, and gather a larger audience as we move through production. That way we have a built-in audience for the finished film as we head towards marketing & distribution.
Risks and challenges
About 2/3 of this film will be shot outdoors in rugged environments. So weather is an ever present challenge in making a film like this.
That being said, we've made films like this before, and we always get what we need without compromising the integrity of the finished film.
When we filmed 'Run' (https://vimeo.com/172108381), we dealt with -20 degree temperatures, and it didn't stop us.
When we filmed 'Scab' (https://vimeo.com/232055121), we dealt with wind & rain, and it didn't stop us.
We want 'Rama' to look rugged, and to feel rugged. So that means that we have to go out into less than favourable conditions to make this movie. But bad weather is just another obstacle in our path. It may slow us down, but it won't stop us. We guarantee that we'll get this movie made, no matter what the weather throws at us!
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