Run is a psychodrama set in the world of Elite Triathlon.
Tristan Selina is a top Triathlete preparing for a crucial late-season championship race. After life-changing revelations are made by his lover, he's forced to confront a traumatic past whilst he and his coach struggle to remain focused on the race ahead.
A Triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines.
Tristan, our main character in the story, occupies a prominent place in the most mainstream form of Triathlon: Olympic distance, World Series competition - what is known in the sport as ITU (International Triathlon Union). Balancing endurance with speed and intensity, and taking the athletes around the world each year on an almost weekly schedule of events, this world offers the grind, the routine, the punishing schedule of endless travelling, dislocation and separation from loved ones, accumulating valuable points towards a world title. It is a lifestyle of endurance, around the endurance sport itself. It is a solitary world, in which focus and isolation are the norm, and where any kind of intrusion - even by close family and friends - can potentially derail a whole season. It takes a certain breed of "Type A" personality to thrive in this environment and, up to the point of our story, Tristan always has.
We're aiming to explore two notions:
1) What drives athletes to the very highest levels of endurance sport?
2) What does it look like when those efforts are undermined by emotional influences outside of our control?
It's really exciting to research and portray Triathlon as a setting for a psychological drama like this. As far as we have been able to tell, and according to all the people within the community we have spoken to, this is the first movie, long or short, to be set in the world of "Swim, Bike, Run".
We are very grateful to have support in our project from Triathlon BC, consultation from Former Ironman Canada Champion Jasper Blake, and gear donations from Speed Theory, Vancouver. We are building new relationships all the time as we work towards the November shoot date!
Tone & Style:
Directors note: Run is a fascinating study of a repressed man finding escape in a very extreme and isolated world, one where the only limitations are self dictated or self inflicted. What initially drew me into Theo's story were the psychological drama aspects of it, allowing us to experience Tristian's closed off, inner world in an almost surreal way, reminiscent of moments seen in films like Bergman's Wild Strawberries or Through a Glass Darkly - haunting, yet confrontational. But as we started immersing ourselves in the world - the sport started to emerge out of it, almost bursting at the seams. The patience, the dedication, the focus, the endurance, the distance. We became enamoured with telling a personal story that takes place in the mind of a competitor during the week prior to a race: how endurance is stretched both physically and emotionally as people confront their own truths.
Cinematographers note: The challenge with Run is to tell a story that finds stillness in the whirlwind of professional triathlon and chaos in the eyes of an elite athlete. Private moments in this film occur underwater between strokes and over pavement at 50 miles per hour and we need to experience time expanding and contracting with the level of pain managed within each moment. The content of this film demands a dynamic camera with a broad cinematic language to invite the audience into the mind of our conflicted hero. I’m drawn to the intimate tone of the story and find in this project a rare opportunity to be able to lens a personal film that necessitates the use of high-speed photography, time-lapse, underwater housings, Russian arms, and octocopters in addition to classical photography techniques.
Theo Devaney (Writer/Producer/Actor - TRISTAN):
Theo trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2005. Until 2012 he worked extensively in UK theatre, appearing in acclaimed productions such as War and Peace (Shared Experience) and as the lead in a self-produced Caligula by Albert Camus (Critic's Choice, Timeout London). Run is Theo's first self-penned film project. Previous Film and TV work includes: Night at the Museum 3 (Warner Bros), Supernatural (CW Network), Psych (USA Network), Doctors (BBC), as well as numerous independent projects. He likes running.
Danny Wattley (Actor - MARCEL)
Danny first got the acting bug as a child after watching the late great Sammy Davis Jr perform. He has been a working actor for over two decades. Over the past few years Danny has been fortunate to land recurring roles in Red Widow, the critically acclaimed Blackstone and Rogue, where he worked alongside the lovely Thandie Newton and the immensely talented Cole Hauser. Now fresh from lead roles in Pop Fan starring Chelsea Kane and Paper Angels Danny is truly delighted to be working with the amazing creative forces of Theo Devaney and Scopitone Films, on Run: a film that will make an indelible impression on the viewer.
Elysia Rotaru (Actor - Sophie)
Elysia Rotaru was born in Vancouver to Romanian immigrant parents. She has appeared in USA Network’s “Psych”, SyFy’s “Eureka”, The CW’s “Smallville”, “Supernatural”, and Fox’s “Fringe”. She also had a recurring role on The CW’s “Hellcats”. Up next, Elysia can be seen in the forthcoming Fox crime comedy-drama series “Backstrom” alongside Rainn Wilson, and in The CW’s crime-drama “iZombie”. On the big screen, she can be seen in the Halloween-style slasher feature "Girlhouse", which premiered in October 2014.
Elad Tzadok (Producer/Director) Born and raised in Israel, Elad is a Producer, Editor and Director based in Vancouver B.C. He is a graduate of the UBC film program, and co-founder of Scopitone Films. He has Produced, Directed and Edited many Short Films, Music Videos and Commercials. Some of his recent work includes producing and editing Letter From a Stone Cold Killer, and the Telus Storyhive winning film Lead and Follow as well as producing Croft (Best Action Film at the Atlanta Action Film Festival; Best in the Fest at the Dam Short Film Fest). He edited the 2013 Crazy 8’s winning short film Brain Damage, and is currently editing Larry Kent’s latest Feature film She Who Must Burn.
Stirling Bancroft (Director of Photography)
Born In Vancouver, Stirling is a working Director of Photography who specializes in music videos, commercials and narrative film. Stirling’s many films have screened internationally and won various awards. Some of his recent work includes the Leo award winning short film Little Big Kid, Croft (Best Action Film at the Atlanta Action Film Festival and Best in the Fest award at the Dam Short Film Fest), the MPPIA-winning short film True Love Waits, and the upcoming feature films XBus and She Who Must Burn.
Jordan Findlay (Associate Producer) Jordan is a director and producer from Vancouver, BC. He is a founding member of ROOM, a director’s group, and MOOR, its brother collective. Jordan has produced and helmed music videos for local artists, including Smash Boom Pow and Floridas, and has also directed several short films. Jordan recently finished working with ROOM on the group’s first short film: Esperanza.
Jasper Blake (Sports Consultant) Jasper has been one of Canada’s most reputable endurance athletes for the past two decades. His accomplishments are numerous including 2006 Canada Ironman champion and dozens of professional wins as a triathlete. From the year 2000 to 2011 Jasper never finished worse than 5th in an Ironman with the exception of one race in 2001. He has also competed extensively as a runner, swimmer and cyclist. He now coaches Triathlon as well as individual disciplines with his company B78 http://www.b78.is/
A word from Jasper:
Scopitone Films (Production Company) Scopitone Films is a creative film agency and commercial service production house based in Vancouver, BC. Scopitone's artisan group of filmmakers utilizes a strong background in narrative and visual storytelling to produce a variety of projects, from music videos and commercials to working directly with agencies to highlight a client or brand. The company's focus is on original, artistic and compelling storytelling that is visually striking and engaging.
Thank you for taking a look at our profile, and good luck in your search for exciting new projects to support!
You can keep track of our journey on our website: www.run-film.com
Risks and challenges
Professional Triathletes spend a lot of time outside, and consequently so will our film crew. We are lucky to be able to present the stunning natural and man-made landscapes of Vancouver - one of the most beautiful cities in the world. However, there are inherent challenges in shooting narrative drama in an exterior environment that we can't control. With the shoot scheduled for November, it will be hard to predict what awaits us on a daily basis. And yet, for this film, rain and overcast weather will certainly give us a light that suits the tone of the film and the visual style - whereas if the weather is very fine, then there will be the greater visibility of all of the stunning sights of Vancouver. As November is traditionally a very busy month in the Vancouver filming calendar, we will of course be blessed with a crew who are very well-versed in dealing with wet or changeable autumnal weather.
Accuracy, form, and function:
Quite simply, we must ensure that the world of Triathlon is truthfully presented in the film, or the Triathlon community will not buy it. Even though we are working with a modest budget in film terms, we will continue to collaborate with our fantastic partners from the Tri community to help us get the details right.
There is a lot of debate about what those details are, because every athlete has different processes and methods! Thankfully we have well-connected, highly experienced and communicative partners in Jasper Blake, Jeremy and his friends from Speed Theory Vancouver, and Triathlon BC's Allan Praszky to help us in our efforts.
We welcome your support, tips and tricks to help us portray the sport as accurately as we can. Share your personal stories with us as we prepare for our November shoot. We would love to hear your thoughts. Connect with us on our Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/triathlonmovie ) or via Twitter (www.twitter.com/ShortFilmRun/ ).
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