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The story of Robbery is one of perspective, chance, and the murky idea of what makes a person good or bad. The story unfolds over what is a commonplace nightly news footnote anywhere in America - a late night convenience store robbery. With Robbery, I hope to flesh out that common story with real people with real struggles.
In the film we tell the story twice; once from the perspective of Jimmy and his two friends, Goldie and Parks, and then again from the perspective of James.
A little backstory... Jimmy is troubled kid, who means well but is constantly battered down by his world and environment. He is a poor kid at the end of his rope looking for a better life but not quite sure how to get there. After finding out his on and off again girlfriend is pregnant, he decides to man up and do something to help bring positive light to his unborn child's world. But he just needs a little bit of cash to help him leave this city. With some pushing from his friends Parks and Goldie, he hesitantly agrees to make some quick cash robbing a convenience store in an industrial part of town.
Robbery starts here. We find the boys hanging out a mile down the road from the convenience store before they head off to rob it. We follow the events to just about the end of the story. But from here, we take it from the top and start the story all over again, but this time from James' perspective.
James is a father who is a good dad but is also very protective of his daughter and family. His neighborhood has had a rash of muggings, home invasions, and other small but scary crimes that has put him on edge.
We pick up his story as he is arriving at the same convenience store with his daughter. We follow his perspective of the events and how they play out until the eventual end.
I was inspired by films like Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Prisoners, and The Place Beyond the Pines as films that deal with a dark story of heroes and antiheroes.
For me, the way the camera is moving or reacting must be inherently tied to the story. This short film will rely on careful planning, blocking, and composing to build the story and the characters. Generally this will mean longer takes and more complex camera and character blocking.
I also want to place the viewer right in the center of the action as if they are there. We are opting for a much more natural look utilizing the available light in the space but complimenting it with cool visual cues when necessary.
Also with the telling of the two perspectives, I felt it was important to approach each telling a different way. The world of Jimmy is isolating and oppressive. With their story we will rely more on wider lenses and shots that show their world as well as the dynamics of their trio. They also execute a plan of their own making, so the camera will be more fluid and controlled.
James' world is flipped upside down once he and his daughter get entwined in the robbery. He becomes isolated in a much different way. His world begins to close in around him. As such, we will be shooting with a handheld camera with much longer lenses to help visually create his perspective.
CAST + CREW
That's me, doing something director like. Ha. Find out more about me in the About Me section, or just check out some of my work at my website http://shootlorenzo.com
Here is an epic photo of our DP, Reuben. He is a great guy. I've known and worked with him over two years now and he is constantly impressing. Currently, he is on a feature with some great names (that I can't mention here) but once he is wrapped with that, he will be joining us for the filming of Robbery. Check out some of his clips below and his website as well. http://www.reubendp.com
Here is Matt on set for a Nike job he did in Hawaii not too long ago. That face he has on there is his game face. Don't mess with him while he has his game face. Seriously though, I have known Matt the longest in my career. He is one of the best people I have worked with in the industry and him and his family are great people. Honored to call them friends. Him and his wife also run and own a commercial production company called Abe Froman. Check them out. http://www.abefromanproductions.com
This is Drew. Or the Drew. Or the bearded one. I've known Drew for almost as long as I have known Matt. Drew is and always will be a crowd pleaser. Loved wherever he goes, Drew is such a great guy to have on set because he does whatever it takes to get the job done. Awesome, awesome dude.
I've not known Matt for long, but still he is an extremely talented and cool dude. We met on a McDonald's spot I was directing and the guy is a beast with the Steadicam. He was kind enough to offer his help on the short and we are glad to have him!
Christine Steele is a badass. We have been working on numerous jobs for the past 6 years or so and she always delivers. She is also mega thoughtful and has a gift for me every job we work. Very excited to have her onboard and see what she does with he characters and story.
I know this looks like Kristy is a barber but this is actually a production still taken from an ESPN job she did. I've known Kristy for almost 7 years now and she is incredible. Her background ranges from fashion shoots in NYC, to national spots, lifestyle, and most recently feature films. She will be helping us out with some very cool SFX makeup for our characters that will include bruising, bleeding, and swelling amongst other things. http://www.kristymakeup.com
Aj is an up and comer. I met him while he was living in Brooklyn but he now resides in LA trying to live every actor's dream. He is a young talent that will play the troubled and torn Jimmy. Glad to have him onboard.
I met Micah when he was still living in NYC. Since then he has moved to LA to star in shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Mob City, and most recently The Flash. He is a mega talented actor that will be playing the explosive Goldie for the film.
I also met Matt when he was living in NYC. Matt is an extremely motivated and talented actor who has a theater background but has spread his talents to movies, tv and even producing. Very excited to have him on this project as he will be playing the subdued but dangerous, Parks.
I met Moe about a year ago when I cast him for a campaign I directed for The Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas and the man just killed it. He has such a command of his skill and absolutely nails dialogue. Very excited to have him play the part of James.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest hurdles will be finding the rest of the cast as well as finding the perfect location. I am very confident in my team and I know with their help as well as yours, we can deliver a stellar film. Our hope is to shoot it by summer, finish post by fall and start prepping for the festival circuit in early 2016.
After funding, we will go full force into getting our pre-production details ready for an awesome shoot. Thanks again for your time and I look forward to making this happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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