About this project
After being estranged from her family for several years, Rachel returns home to Hawai'i to take care of her little brother Peter after the sudden passing of their parents. Ever since the traumatic experience, Peter hasn't uttered a single word, making it difficult for anyone to make a social connection with him. Add that to the fact that Rachel has been absent from his life since he was a baby, and it goes without saying that the two don't exactly bond well.
In order to avoid the school bullies, Peter decides to walk home from school each day, finding a shortcut by cutting through the forest. While there, Peter encounters a massive tree giant, and the two of them form a very special friendship.
This heartwarming tale is one that we would love to share with as many people as possible. It is a story that shows the priceless value of friendship, and also reminds us that no matter how busy our lives may get, we should always remember to make time for the ones we love. We know that it has the potential to touch many lives
Where We Are Now
Currently, the film is in pre-production. The script and storyboard are finished and the shooting schedule is being written up. Most of the locations for the film have been already found, and we hold auditions for casting on October 27th.
filming will take place in Hawai'i from mid-November through till the end of February, then post-production is anticipated to take place from March until May/June. We already have our composer, Daniel Bayot, working on some of the sounds and tone we want for the film.
Where Your Money Goes
All the money we raise through kickstarter will go towards allowing us to get the right locations for some scenes, as well as taking care of our actors. However, most of the money will be going towards the construction of the giant.
We have Vanesa Furnari on our team as the scenic artist and prosthetic designer. Previously she has worked on many projects such as set design for Nicki Minaj "Starships" music video, and constructing the dinosaur eggs for "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island". She has also worked on the Disney Aulani resort at Ko'olina on Oahu, Hawai'i, by creating very realistic tree trunks, logs, and stones for the hotel.
The giant will be a man in a suit filmed against a green screen, and then later composited into scenes in the film. We want the giant and film to have the same feeling as the beasts in Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are". In order to pull this off, we need to be able to get the right materials to make the giant look as realistic as possible.
For your very generous contributions, we will be giving away some very exciting perks such as copies of the DVD, exclusive T-shirts, as well as props from the film!
Peter's polaroid camera which belonged to his father plays a major role in the film. Everywhere he goes, Peter takes pictures, and keeps some of his favorites stored safely in an album which also belonged to his father. He also keeps polaroids hanging around all over his room. Each backer who donates $50 or more to the project will get one of the polaroid pictures from the film! (as well as everything else mentioned)
We Really Need Your Help
By contributing to the making of our film, you will become a part of the "Peter and the Colossus" family. We will be sure to follow through with regular updates so you can be a part of this exciting new journey.
Risks and challenges
The largest and main challenge for us with this film is creating the giant and making him as realistic as we can. We have been working on some test shots to see if we can pull off this effect, and so far have been pleased with the results. Also, with this being the first feature-length film fron iNtertainment studios, we will have to work as hard as we can in order to film everything and make every shot perfect. We plan to shoot the main bulk of the film from mid-November through to mid-January, and then spend the rest of January and all of February filming the scenes of the giant against the bluescreen. This way, we can view the footage already taken, and film the giant in the closest way possible (i.e. lighting, angle, etc.) so that we can really make it seem like he's in the scene with the characters.
Other than that right now the other challenge we are facing is making sure we can find the right actor to play Peter, which is quite an emotionally demanding role even though he has nearly no speaking lines in the film at all.
As stated before, we have around 3-4 months to finish all the filming for this, so we are on a tight schedule, which will demand a lot of stamina from our film crew.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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