Lonely Whale recounts the fantastical tale of a 20 something year old girl, roaming the vast grandeur of the city in search of her purpose. Like most members of this generation floating in the post recession cosmopolitan hub, life can feel a little damp…and solitary.
The film follows a young girl, the Lonely Whale, in her daily monotonous routine: home-coffee-work-home-sleep. One day, that routine is interrupted by a mysterious gift, a camera with magical abilities that allows our Whale to see people as they really are. Her bland life turns technicolor when she starts seeing people in their most beautiful, honest moments. She possesses something special, for the first time, that connects her. Then, at the height of her happiness, the camera breaks, and so do her spirits.
Will our Lonely Whale sink under the pressure of her isolation, or will her newfound discovery help pull her out of her loneliness and connect?
This short film is a quick witted, quirky piece that highlights the absurdism of our generation's vanity, economical struggle and of course, the isolation that comes with the rise of technology and connectivity. The story is told through an eccentric lens, starting with a girl sauntering around in a whale suit. Think, if Wes Andersen and Jean Pierre Jeunet had a baby, it would be the Lonely Whale.
Music will be scored by the acclaimed composers/musicians Nicholas Littlemore and Henry Hey.
Nicholas Littlemore is an Australian musician and producer. As a musician he is the frontman of electronic act Pnau (with Peter Mayes), a member of art-rock band Teenager (with Pip Brown, now known as Ladyhawke) and one part of electro pop-duo Empire of the Sun (with Luke Steele). As a producer he has worked with Elton John, Robbie Williams, Lover Lover, Ellie Goulding, Lost Valentinos, Mercy Arms, Groove Armada and Mika.
Henry Hey, a New York native, is an established keyboard player, composer, songwriter and arranger. His many accolades include working with UK pop sensation 'Mika,' Gospel great BeBe Winans, Australian pop group 'Empire of the Sun,' TV and broadway star Tom Wopat, and singing icon Dionne Warwick.
With so many wonderful projects floating along the world wide web, why support this film?
Because we all are, or have once been, The Lonely Whale.
The Lonely Whale isn't just a girl in a whale suit, it's the state of mind of an entire generation of "millennials". If you were born between the early 1980's and the early 1990's, you've found yourself coming into adulthood during the biggest recession since the great depression, paired with the exponential rise of technological advances. How awkward.
This film explores how one girl fares in these conditions. It gives us the opportunity to put our generation under the microscope in the form of a "lonely whale" and cinematically explore the panicked state of being that is "what do i do with my life? and does it matter?".
We intend on taking this delightful short film around the festival circuit, starting with The Tribeca Film Festival (deadline September 15th 2015)
A breakdown of the budget is available upon request!
We turn to you now for your help in contributing the funds needed to tell this story. Thank you for all your support!
The Lonely Whale Team
Risks and challenges
Having successfully funded our last film on Kickstarter, we are confident this will be no different!
There are many hurdles to jump with such an elaborate tale set in the big bad city, but we are a qualified group of professionals who take pride in the seamless execution of our work.
Rain, shine, sleet or snow, the story of the Lonely Whale will be told.
- (35 days)