A psychological short film shot in Two Rivers, Wisconsin starring Mark Borchardt.
A psychological short film shot in Two Rivers, Wisconsin starring Mark Borchardt. Read more
Two Rivers is a story about the destructive relationship between Dirke and Emma. Dirke is a troubled individual who can’t hold down a job. Haunted by his own demons and coupled with an explosive temper, Dirke is a force to be reckoned with.
Dirke’s uncontrollable attitude also spills into his relationship with Emma, a long-suffering woman. Dirke’s abusive way leaves her cold and broken. Emma neither has anything left to give to their relationship nor any place nor means to escape her situation. She fears and resents Dirke. Her feelings don’t go unnoticed – Dirke can feel Emma is slipping away from him. The thought that he cannot control her feelings makes him out of control all the more.
Two Rivers represents two bodies of water that can’t be merged. It’s Dirke and Emma’s Mesopotamia. A tale of tainted love that has gone past the point of no return.
Risks and challenges
Seven years in the making “Two Rivers” went through a number of challenges, obstacles and setbacks. From numerous changes to the storyboard due to numerous relocations to complete wipe-out of all materials due to a bad computer virus. After the loss of the film materials, we lost our momentum. Life and work became too hectic for us, and the movie was put on the backburner. It was only recently that the script had the opportunity to be rewritten, shaped and molded.
Two Rivers was our very first project, and that alone was a big challenge. There are many uncertainties to doing something for the very time regardless of what you learned or read. Fortunately, in a town with population of 12,000 people, we came across an award-winning cinematographer, who helped us bring the script to life with his RED. It was fortuitous if not serendipitous that we had the opportunity to collaborate with this super talented cinematographer who put us at ease about our first project after our first meeting.
Shooting a movie in Wisconsin presented a whole new set of challenges as the weather in the Midwest could be unpredictable. You can start out with a nice, sunny day and calm winds and the next thing you know, you have to seek refuge from a downpour with lightning and thunder.
Making a movie with a low-budget was another challenge. Just because we had a low-budget for the film, it didn’t mean that we wanted to make a film that looked low-budget. We had to weigh every financial decision carefully without compromising the look and feel of the film.
Our next project, the prequel to Two Rivers, will be another low-budget short. We will work with the same cinematographer and main actor plus a few additional actors as the story calls for more characters. The prequel will also call for the crew to be on 4 different locations. We already have the cinematographer and main actor, Mark Borchardt, committed to this project and don’t foresee any problems. With Two Rivers under our belt, we can say that the prequel to Two Rivers will be a little more elaborate with the requirement for additional actors and locations.
With that, we are launching our first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our upcoming project. We would like to thank all backers in advance for helping us make this new project possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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