What is Chasing Mayflies?
"(...) After all this time, I realised that it's much easier to listen to a dog telling me what to do. I need not to question it, nor to fear it, for he must know for sure what is the purpose of me. After all, he is a dog of my creation." - Scarecrow
Being an organism, with self-sustaining processes, the ability to grow, reproduce, respond to stimuli. That’s life.
Hunger, rage, loving thy neighbour. That’s life.
Self-awareness, self-consciousness, understanding one’s existence, making one’s own choices, not knowing what to choose. That’s life too.
That’s what Chasing Mayflies is about. On the surface, it’s a short film about a scarecrow who comes to life and wonders about the path it must follow and the purpose of its existence. It’s about a young man who, like the scarecrow of his dreams, knows not what he is or where to go, and his childhood best friend, who returns to him after years of separation. Why? Love. That’s life too.
"Now all I have is dreams in pieces and paintings half-finished." - Bernie
Bernie has a recurring dream of a Scarecrow who comes to life in a field, who doesn’t understand what it is, who wonders what to do with the life it was given. Seeking guidance in a dog, Dr. Dogma, and God.
Bernie has a unexciting job and an unexciting life. He comes home everyday to an empty apartment, no photographs to hang, no memories worth keeping. One of those nights he receives a visit - Callum was his childhood best friend, perhaps his only friend, in whom he could confide and, like Scarecrow in Dr. Dogma before him, in whom he sought guidance. But Callum left, and then he was alone.
Now Callum is only a soldier at his door, with intentions of saying goodbye, before he goes to war. They talk, and talk, Bernie just wants to know why Callum is back, dubious of the necessity for long overdue goodbyes, and Callum just wants to regain the innocence and thirst for happiness of the days they spent together chasing mayflies. Those days are gone. And if there are no mayflies to chase, at least there’s each other to hold.
The Scarecrow's Monologue
Translating a script into audiovisual information is always a challenge. The plan for this film and to keep things simple, and utilize our tools to transport the rawness of the script into the screen. We don't envisage expensive VFX or helicopter shots, but we must create a world for these characters, at times bright and idyllic, at times dark and claustrophobic. A world of contrasts. We want to explore their inner conflicts and tell their stories not only through their voice but also thought visuals that will give you, our collaborating audience, a piece of these character's hearts and through sounds that create even more layers of information and storytelling. The potential is great and that is why we need your help with donations, to fund people and tools that will enable us to turn a beautiful story into a beautiful film.
Fabio Lopes de Magalhaes [Writer/Director]
Born and raised in the Portuguese countryside, I developed a very interrogative and curious nature from childhood. I started writing in my teenage years and, through my love of cinema, applied such writings to the screen. I wrote my first script, a horror short, when I was 13 and it was terrible. I kept on writing because it's the best way for me to not only express myself but also dwell on my own shortcomings. It's like therapy. I'm very interested in the human mind, as dysfunctional and self-centred as it may be, our inner conflicts and desires, and our own understanding of what we are - from simple instinctive animals to soulful god-like creatures.
I graduated from the School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto, with a BA in Audiovisual Communication and created my final BA project at the Newport Film School in Wales. I then pursued higher studies, graduating with Distinction on the MA in Filmmaking at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Derek Laviniere [Producer]
A graduate of the Advancement of Film Education Charitable Trust (AFECT), Derek has worked in the capacities of 1st Assistant Director, Production Manager and Producer on a number of short films including 'The Preacher' (dir. Peter Blach), 'Leftovers' (dir. Nick Swinglehurst) and 'Bipolar' (dirs. Laura Plancarte & Leo Machado).
Sandra de Silva De La Torre [Director of Photography]
Sandra was born in Paris but grew up in Mexico, where she attended a French school. She studied at the Vancouver Film School and worked in the Mexican Film Industry for five years before returning to school to do a Masters Degree in Cinematography at the prestigious National Film and Television School in the United Kingdom. She now works between the two countries, working across feature films and short-form fiction, commercials and music videos.
Sandra says "Being caught up between two different cultures made me understand the diversity that existed. I have always been amazed by human behavior and the relationships we have with one another. The desire to capture the essence of that, is what drove my passion to work in film. I hope my images can entertain or even change someones point of view". Website
Risks and challenges
There are always unseen factors which can affect film productions, predominantly during the production and post-production phases - from adverse weather conditions to losing a location at the 11th hour to equipment malfunction. We will employ meticulous planning during pre-production and attempt to identify potential problems which may arise and create contingency plans to tackle these.
We are aiming to recruit the most experienced heads of department to this production in order to reduce the risk factor and realise the best production we can, a production way above the resources available to us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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