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Imagine that the world around you has stopped. It is not magic, there is no mystery, it's just a traffic jam.
Imagine that the world around you has stopped. It is not magic, there is no mystery, it's just a traffic jam.
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'One Life, One Death, Two Snails' - [a short film]

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'We are all snails, only the shells are different' - Ben, 12 years old, a fictional character.

We are all trapped. Trapped by our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, houses, cars, monies and Tsars.

Surrounded by big-city-life strangers and daily dangers, we often forget to look up and participate. This film is an invitation. Welcome to a world of peculiarity.

Synopsis:

On a hot summer's day, in an endless line of traffic, three stories are told of the humans trapped inside their cars. A boy and his sister escape their omnipotent parents into a world of their imagination, a serious man is frustrated with the carelessness of his dying father, and a teenage boy worries to loose his Mother's love to his soon-to-be born brother.

The Who and What:

We are a group of passionate, hard-working, egg-breaking, cookie-baking Film Students that are about to graduate from Central Film School London. We've come together to build our graduation film project One Life, One Death, Two Snails, and we've come to you to get your support.

Much like life, the traffic jam has no visible end and no real cause -- and the trapped cars explore stories about our birth, death, and the strange ways we exist in between. They focus on themes like of the child and parent relationship at different stages of development, and the absolute inescapability of the imprint it leaves on us: when the imagination of a child is challenged by the pomposity of adulthood, when the roles of the caretaker swap to the young taking care of the old, and when we are no longer young enough to be the centre of attention.

The Traffic Jam

What this world needs is a convincing traffic jam. A road filled with a variety of cars. Each car its own world, each world its own people. The personalities and the energy of their inhabitants reflecting who they are, what they wear and what they drive. For this we don't need a highway; rather just an isolated country road in Southern England.

                              Not like this                                                         Like this

So, after much scouting, this is what we've found:

A long, isolated country road in Southern England. How convenient! Now imagine that road filled with cars of all colours, people of wonderfully strange cultures and a summery light beating down on them.

The Characters

So, who are these people?

In the stories of the main cars, the characters are built to manifest different archetypes of the relationships between children and parents; each car its own cultural background, each background its own set of clothes, personalities and colour pallets.

However, outside of these cars, amidst the stilled chaos of a traffic jam, are the not so familiar characters who surround our lives: 

A car full of bridesmaids late for the big day, a grandma' sunbathing on top of her car to pass the time, a shirtless bearded man of many trades and talents selling candy on his unsuitably small bicycle and a boy with too many pineapples who knows how to make the traffic stop.

Through the impenetrable collaboration of the creative snail team, we conceptualise every detail onto paper and process it through the snail-o-meter before bringing it all to life.

The Heads of Departments

Asya Segalovich -- The Director

A magical-realist storyteller who's curiosity has pushed her to explore the strange relationships of parents and their children through a world that is not limited by reality, but is fuelled by unlikely and sometimes absurd circumstances. 

Bianca Lai -- The Producer

Make a believable, aesthetic traffic jam in England with a tight budget? Uh... Yeah. No sweat. She's on board, and, with the right amount of caramel macchiatos, she's confident she can pull the right strings to tie this baby together. 

Sofia-Zlata Shestakovskaya

Too long have clouds cast over the skies of England. She's here to bring the Cyprus sun she used to know to make the hot summer of One Life, One Death, Two Snail's worth sweating over. Vimeo.com/Shestakovskaya / Instagram@shestakovskaya

Isabel De Fortuny -- The Assistant Director

If you need a lady to get it done on time - Isabel's what you're looking for. Don't let her attitude scare you, confident and optimistic assistants like her are the best at running sets full of terrified film students.

Joseph Worthington -- The Editor

He's experienced in many, many things. Also in editing. Yes, he's very fond of editing. Cutting... pasting - copying and pasting even! No, really though. He's quite good at it, and he can never turn down a chance to lend a hand to even the most stubborn of jobs, achieving phenomenal climatic results.

Nathan Satin Silver -- The Sound Designer

The only known sound recordist to be accepted by a community of unicorns to record the first ever sounds of a unicorn giving birth (so he claims). He hopes to bring the wacky world of One Life, One Deaths and Two Snails to life through a soundscape worthy of tickling your eardrums.

Rewards!

We believe that the best way to build a home is to build it together as a community -- that's why we believe that, by rewarding our supporters with whatever we can, we can make this project a work that we all get something from. Whether it be a small tribute of a One Life, One Death, Two Snails t-shirt and mug or getting a credit as an executive producer, we want you be part of the snail family.

Risks and challenges

Well, for starters: we need to make a convincing traffic jam on a pretty tight budget. Every car has it's own world, colour and voice, and every car is full of people. Together, like an orchestra playing a symphony of the stages of birth, youth and death, we must turn a long, isolated country lane into the eternal traffic jam that is existence.

However, our team is built of highly qualified, committed young professionals who understand the director's vision and the elements needed to create this magical world. All the creative departments are working in sync; all that is left is some community support.

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    A personalised digital post card featuring from the snail family as a thank you, sent straight to your magical computer machine.

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    An A3 'One Life, One Death, Two Snails' poster printed just for you.

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    A t-shirt and a mug with original graphics drawn by our snail director.

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    For exactly £52 (no more, no less) be the first to get the slate we've used throughout the film! Crew signings on the back.

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    You now have access to all our pre-production concept art files, including: storyboards, costume design, prop design, lighting plans and other cool and hip things.

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    The first to contribute this amount can get the actual functional prop bicycle used by the famous Bearded Man featured in our film!

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    You get a backstage pass! Visit a day of our shoot or sit through one of our post-production sessions to get extensive information on how we're getting this thing done.

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    If you weren't fast enough to get any of the other limited rewards, don't worry! Instead you'll get a personal photo-shoot in the style created by our talented Director of Photography.

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    - To be a background artist in our film
    - Two free tickets to our premiere

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    Thank you and Congratulations! You are now an Executive Producer of 'One Life, One Death, Two Snails' and will have extensive access to our release and post-release plans.

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- (17 days)