A cross between Romeo & Juliet, Pulp Fiction, Run Lola Run and Sin City. Two Romantic Chases through the streets of Brussels, Belgium. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on November 14, 2012.
About this project
Finishing Funds for Post-Production: Editing, Sound Design, Special Effects, Music Scoring & Rights, and for some additional Pick-Up Shots in order to make this film fantastic.
Out of Breath : An Original and Atypical film.
A Different Kind of Movie
“Out Of Breath” is a conceptual ‘Pop Art’ film destined to be both popular and artistic. The uniqueness of the script is that it is based on two separate stories within two worlds that are diametrically opposite, but run in parallel. It plays with the dimensions of space, time, colors, music while remaining in balance with itself. The scenes, the dialogue, and the characters intersect.
It is based on two simple storylines. A chase for a suitcase and a tragic love story. Visually, in one world, all the characters are in Black and White, but the backgrounds remain in color. A hustler has his suitcase stolen, and he must retrieve it at all costs. During his quest, he meets a high society ballet dancer and falls head over heels for her.
In the second storyline, the socialite plays a street hooker who steals a suitcase. She is chased throughout the film, and falls in love with a politician. Visually, in this world, the characters are in color and the backgrounds are in Black and White.
What makes this film unique is that all the actors in the first storyline, play their opposite character in the second story. This creates two alternate realities running concurrently. At the end of the film, two people will die, and the other two will meet and walk off with the suitcase, as the film turns into full color.
2. DIRECTOR'S INTENTION NOTE
Having grown up in Hollywood with filmmakers as parents and having worked on many films over the last 15 years, and because I was born in Brussels after my parents had escaped from Bulgaria and were studying film at ‘L’INSAS’ is the reason why I chose to come back to my place of birth and make a movie here.
‘Out of Breath’ is a conceptual Pop Art film. That means that it is intended to be both Popular and Artistic. I didn’t want to make the typical commercial Hollywood movie nor did I want to make a completely arthouse social film that nobody ever sees and has a depressing end. I chose to come up with a new conceptual film that nobody has seen before yet will take on the many repetitive clichés moments that we see throughout film culture. I decided to use films that have inspired me such as ‘A Bout de Souffle’, ‘Sin City’, ‘Run Lola Run’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’.
The story is very simple. It is basically two chases after a suitcase and two love stories which end tragically. It is the approach to filming and the use of the film language which is different. All my actors are playing two opposite characters in two different storylines which run concurrently. For example, Nick my hustler and dealmaker is robbed and loses his suitcase and will ultimately meet his love interest Evelyne, a high society bourgeoise dancer. In the alternate reality, Nick is now Nicolas, and he works for the European Union. He will fall in love with Eva, Evelyne’s opposite, who is now a street prostitute who happens to steal the suitcase and is being chased around town. This rule also applies to other characters, a bum in one storyline plays a cop in the other storyline.
Visually, I am also attempting to make the look unique and interesting. I am mixing all different film formats and high definition formats in order to create a fantasy world. In the first storyline all my characters are in Black & White, however my backgrounds remain in Color. For example, Nick is walking by with a suitcase, he is in B& W, but the graffiti on the wall behind is in color. In the second storyline all the characters are in Color and the backgrounds are in B&W.
This movie is wall to wall special effects from the beginning to end, and is something I have a lot of experience with. Each scene will start and end with a special effect transition such as was done in ‘Amelie Poulin’ or smash cut editing as was done in ‘Requiem for a Dream’.
My three main stars are Patrick Ridremont, Inge Van Bruystegem and Fabrice Boutique. Concerning my actors, I have chosen to use both Flemish and Walloon actors but all the actors will be speaking in English with their accepts. It adds a special flavor to the film. Ideally for the cameos, I will try and get recognizable and popular Belgian or European stars and if not very unique and interesting characters.
I have been in Brussels working on this film already for the last two years, developing, writing, casting and making the film. We have already started shooting the film in January 2010 and we have already shot 99% of the film
It is my intention to have a rough cut of the film by November and to return to Brussels to shoot 1 or 2 days of pick-up shots to improve the film and to lock picture editing. While in Brussels, I also plan to secure music rights for the film as well as complete animation and special effects segments for the film. It is our goal to compete the film by March 2012, to be entered into the Cannes film festival and afterwards to be distributed worldwide.
I hope you enjoy the concept of this very unique yet avant-garde film to be completed in the near future, and we look forward to your participation.
3. THE CO-PRODUCTION
Vesco Razpopov is doing business as HGSBelgium. It is the holding entity of the rights of the film. It is the film production company which has been in Belgium and operating in film and tv production since 2008. Its goal is to produce Independent European Films with a cutting edge and a global appeal. It has a slate of 5 films to be produced and shot in Europe in the following years. On "Out Of Breath" HGS has many different partners. Its main coproducer is Frederick Chanteux, NewArt Productions which is also a local film producer and is heavily involved in the production and distribution films. In addition, HGS has a coproducer in Sofia, Bulgaria called ERPSofia which provides high end special effects for movies. It is the intention of HGS Belgium to collaborate and involve the best professionals in the Belgium film community.
NEWART Productions SPRL
Since 2001, NewArt Productions is specialised in the production of shortfilms, feature films and documentaries and is currently in different stages of development and production of films with France, Portugal, Poland, USA, Canada and Spain. The film projects all have universal and international subjects. They are mostly appropriate for co-productions between different countries and are meant for international distribution.
NewArt Productions is currently shooting the feature film “Out Of Breath” directed by Vesco Razpopov.
ERP Sofia is a Bulgarian film company which has been in the film business for over 15 years and has been involved in special effects production for movies, animation, computer games and also in distribution in Bulgaria. It has released such films as ‘Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Toto the Hero’, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ and many others. ERP Sofia will be helping with the tremendous amount of special effects which is needed for "Out Of Breath" which in essence is a special effect from beginning to end. ERP Sofia will help in the delivery of all the effects needed for "Out Of Breath".
4. THE STARS
INGE VAN BRUYSTEGEM
Originally Belgium and Flemish, Inge Van Bruystegem started her career in dance in various studios around Europe. She studied dance in London and participated on a number of projects. More notable in "Wolv Va Internationale" in 2002 and in "Aarschot-Mechelen" in 2004.
In more recent years, she has also worked as a model throughout the world. She has also appeared in several shorts directed by Hans Van Nuffel and Ingrid Vanderhoeven. In 2006, she stars in the play entitled "Le Bazar du Homard" directed by Jan Lauwers and produced by the Need Company.
Since then, she participates on many different projects. Her atypical journey through life helps incarnate the character towards perfection in "Out Of Breath", her first feature film.
In the beginning, Patrick Ridremont studied Dramatic Arts at the Institut of the Arts and Diffusion (IAD) in Louvain-La-Neuve. Afterwards, he goes on to act in many different projects and presents on the national Belgium network RTBF and Canal+ from 1986 to 1990.
He plays in many different stageplays like "La Veuve Rusee", "Peines d'Amour Perdues" and "L'Affrontement". Afterwards, he went on to perform "The Two Men Show" and "L'Impro Show". He presents on a number of television episodes such as "100% Tele", "Oh mon bateau", "60 secondes", "Ceci n'est pas de la tele" and many others.
At the age of 42, he recently teaches "Sound and Radio" at IHESC in Brussels. Thanks to his tremendous experience, especially in improvisation, Patrick Ridremont provides a fascinating and captivating character in "Out Of Breath".
39 years old Belgium actor, Fabrice Boutique has followed a number of diverse studies in cinema, radio, song and dance. He performed in a variety of stageplays such as "La Revue Solvay", "Les Liasons Dangereuses" and "La Resistible Ascension d'Arturo Ui".
He also appeared in cinema in a variety of shorts and feature films like "Les Professionels", "Carlo" and "Illegal". He is currently filming Rodrigo Litoriaga's "M'Oublier". He has also participated on many telefilms and commercials, notably on "La Proie et L'Ombre", "Artshock" and "Protection Raprochee".
Recently, he played in the popular Belgian show "Melting Pot Cafe". He has also participated in many contemporary dance performances and musical comedies. Due to his various skills and experience, Fabrice Boutique is capable to represent and interpret multiple roles easily and in a unique style very suitable for "Out Of Breath".
5. FINISHING FUNDS FOR THE FILM
Currently, 99% of the film has been shot over the last 1 1/2 years. We are almost there, and have started the post production in Los Angeles. We are editing and will soon be done, however we still need to find some finishing funds for the film in in order to complete post-produciton.
This money will go towards various parts of the post production process, such as for computer equipment and especially for more hard drives, for the sound design and mix, music rights, for the special effects and CGI needed, for the laboratory, online and color timing costs.
We are seeking the best possible deals, as well as raising some of the money from other sources, but there will also be some additional costs involved with providing all of the distribution deliverables and for the initial marketing, premiere and release of the film.
Your help and contribution is greatly appreciated and will go a very long way towards us accomplishing our goal. We have been working on this film for over 5 years now, and we are getting close to the end. We hope to have the film ready by the end of 2012.
Thank you very much for your consideration and donations.
For my contact information, please go to our website at www.outofbreath.be
Risks and challenges
The main challenge is to make the best possible film possible. Yes, it is difficult to just make a film, which I already have done before, but now I am really trying my best to make this film the best possible expression of ingenuity, originality and entertaining with also the hopes of getting it viewed by the most people possible.
The obvious risk is that it will not be finished, but that is highly unlikely since I have invested already 5 years of my life making this film, and will not stop until it is finished, but a more realistic risk is that I will not finish it as quickly as I would like, mainly due to lack of money, but it will be finished, but it might just take a bit longer than I would like it to.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I really could use the help. Best regards, Vesco Razpopov.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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