Press release for Mike and his Brother Simon Pegg - Mike Beckingham is MIKE in our feature - SUBCONSCIOUS
A short Tease from our U-Boat Scene ( don't worry the film is in English!) this is a "slop" edit quickly compiled for the fans, it's only camera audio, no color work, temp vfx etc... but I think you'll like it.. it give you a taste of things to come!
A Walk through our location - The USS LIONFISH and some cast/crew shoutouts
After years of obsessive research into the sudden disappearance of his missing grandfather from the USS LIONFISH, Naval War College historian, Peter Williams, is mysteriously invited by the Department of Defense to be the first person permitted on the classified World War II submarine since the disappearance. Peter and his research team soon discover the truth about the LIONFISH and the mysterious events surrounding it; with the fate of Peter, his team, and the outcome of World War II hanging in the balance. Peter must make a decision that could potentially change course of history.
Can't wait to start filming! Our UK team is scheduled for this coming weekend JUNE 8th and our US team is filming the U-Boat scenes at the end of the month. Then principle photography starts on the USS Lionfish in laste AUG!
here's some of the first production stills from our first filming days
How will we do it?
Step One: Surround yourself with people who are great at what they do
Georgia Hilton MPE(editor), CAS, MPSE – A US NAVY Veteran herself, Georgia brings 20+ years of technical expertise, film production experience, Directing, sound design, picture editing, and visual effects to our project. Creating an incredible submarine film has been a dream of hers for a very long time, and you can help.
Lars Lunde - 25 years in film production, art direction, lighting design, and a "whatever it takes" attitude - the exact person you want on your team.
Stacey Morris – Managing film sets and finances for 20 years, Stacey is a pro at balancing resources and ensuring projects get completed.
Pete Morrison - The youngest member of the production team, Pete started working with Georgia 6 years ago as a lowly intern. After suffering the slings and arrows of production (and never having the sense to run away) he joins Subconscious to round out the crew as the third Producer.
Paul Wareing - Our UK Associate Producer, Paul brings years of producing experience to our team as a frist rate entrepreneur, from dealing with governments, technology, and media. Paul has an MA in digital media. In fact, paul is working on a documentary film all about Cambridge Jones, famous photographer, and one of our cast.
Norm Harbinson - Our US associate producer is a massive history buff and is handling all extras.
The Cinematographer: After being introduced to the Oscar nominated, Emmy winning Director of Photography on a film project, Georgia and Garry Waller synced on production sensibilities and were eager to find a project on which to collaborate. We are excited that Garry joins us as he brings invaluable experience from past films including “Star Wars”, "Indiana Jones", “Die Hard”, and “Air Force One.”
Our UK DP, Pete Barry is always off to support charity and relief organizations thru film and video. Pete has filmed all over the world from the UK, USA, the EU, and in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Angola, Indonesia, Thailand, Malawi, Romania, and India.
The Sound Designer: Half of a movie is the sound track, and when you think of good submarine movie sound, "U-571" is top of mind. Fortunately for us, Georgia and the Emmy winning Sound Designer (and sound designer of U-571) Charles Maynes are long time friends. Charles's other credits include "Twister", "Battleship" (2012), and "Letters From Iwo Jima."
Visual Effects: How do you have a submarine that is moored in Massachusetts fight a battle in the Atlantic? Visual Effects, and nothing sinks a film faster than bad CGI. So we have Avi Das on the team, Visual effects supervisor on films such as "Spider-man 2 (2004)", "The Manchurian Candidate", and "Hostel: Part II".
The Actors: We called the best actors from around the world and asked them to be in our film, they all said "Yes!"
Subconscious is starring Tim Abell of CBS’s NCIS and “We Were Soldiers”, Amye Williams Gousset of Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, Tom Stedham from A&E’s “The Glades”, Cambridge Jones, world famous photographer and actor, Naomi Brockwell as Vicki, and we are introducing Mike Beckingham in his first feature film roll. We've also got some great supporting cast like Dominick Mancino "Life on Mars" & "Inside Man" and Jay Cavanaugh "Walking Dead" - the famous Darrell double tap Hero Zombie, Bop Tweedie, Norm Harbinson and more!
Our Technical advisors include Lt. Cmdr. Bill Murray USN Ret., from the US NAVAL WAR COLLEGE and George Cullen, a USN diesel submarine Sailor.
The Equipment: We have a RED Scarlett Camera package from Marque DeWinter, Audio gear from our wonderful sound mixer Ken Wilkinson, plus lighting and other equipment from our Producer Lars Lunde.
Step Two: Find a really cool location
Originally we planned to build a set and shoot the whole film on green screen, but with such an emotional and intense script we felt it was necessary to immerse our actors in the world of our story.
We are very fortunate to have partnered with Battleship Cove, a nonprofit maritime museum located on the waterfront in historic Fall River, MA. Home of the Battleship USS Massachusetts, Destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and our primary location the 298 Submarine, USS Lionfish.
The staff at Battleship Cove has worked tirelessly to prepare the boat for use as a film set. They even moved a 1000 pound torpedo into a launch tube, the first time in 40 years.
Step Three: Make a movie!
We are close. We have pulled together all our friends, and called in every favor to make our first film.
But favors aren't enough. We've raised half of our budget through friends, family, and by draining our bank accounts but we’re just not there quite yet.
We need your help to get us the rest of the way. We have our location, our equipment, and our crew, but we need you to help us get everyone to Fall River, MA. We’d also like to give them a decent place to sleep and enough food to get through those long 14-hour days. Most importantly, we need to get insurance and cover the costs of our on-set medic, Bop Tweedie, to have icepacks at the ready for all of our bumped heads.
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Here's fun "Interview" we did about the USS LIONFISH and the events of AUG 13th and 14th, 1943.
USS MASS Living History Group https://www.facebook.com/USSMassLHG
OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://www.subconsciousfilm.com
OFFICIAL BLOG http://www.facebook.com/subconsciousthefilm
IMDB PAGE http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2909932/
A bit more about Georgia, the director and the project itself:
STORY: The basic story is about Peter Williams a history professor at the US NAVAL WAR COLLEGE who is searching for the truth behind is grandfathers disappearance in 1943. Peter and his team discover that the classified story about his grandfathers command, the USS LIONFISH and his grandfather goes deeper than anyone ever imagined.
INSPIRATION: My family is now 4th generation military. Two of my grandparents we're in the military. My grandfather George Sterling was involved is locating and capturing NAZI spy rings in WW II. My grandmother was an Army major in WWII, my dad was a US NAVY Seabee in the pacific in WW II and fought hand to hand in some of the islands over there. I was in the US NAVY for 6 years as well. I worked in Submarine Communications and the VLF site in Annapolis MD and I was involved in Anti-Sub warfare at the end of my Navy life and in Heavy Military at General Electric. And my Niece and her husband graduate from US ARMY bootcamp this week and are on their way to South Korea for their first duty station. So the military and, of course, submarines are very high on my list so I wanted to do a Military movie and I wanted to do it with other veterans and for veterans.
RESEARCH: I've always been a big time travel, SciFi, and military story movie buff so the time travel aspect was pretty easy to sort out. The historical aspects were more demanding.. We wanted to and I believe we succeeded in getting a few real history tidbits in the film to really create a story line with some truth in it. When there is a bit of truth in a scripted story it just seems to make the entire story much more "believable".
Key Locations and elements: Originally we were considering the usual sets... But I just didn’t like the idea of yet another fake submarine movie. Even the good ones tend to cheat the conning tower/bridge and the control room into one set. So I started looking around and got some Navy Veterans to help .. We located the USS LIONFISH. A REAL world War II diesel sub that was perfect for our movie. So we’re filming for the first time in the Indie film world – on a sub movie on a REAL submarine. We also needed some establishing shots for the characters as we meet each in their “normal” environment, so we went to the real location and we’re filming Mike’s introduction in the farm lands of Britain, Peter hopefully on the grounds of the US NAVAL WAR college. Stacey and Vicki in Peter’s apartment in Fall River, MA and Mr. Garmin’s intro on board the USS Massachusetts – a real WWII battleship. So all our characters are introduced in their “home” element in a real location. We’re still waiting to hear from the US NAVAL WAR college. They’ve already provided a lot technical and given us a technical advisor for the film, Lt. Cmdr Bill Murry USN Ret. So we’re hoping they’ll approve our request to film on the campus.
Special Effects: Wow, yeah, this is a SCIFI, time-travel , military submariner movie... This is a visual effects heavy film and frankly if I didn’t have the good friends I have, it could never get made for under $2M dollars, but I do have good friends and I am also a visual effects artist. Between Avi Das at BArbedwireFX and my “home” team in NYC we’re getting all the Visual effects done at no cost up front! So our visual effects will be right up there with Hunt for Red October and others.
CAST and CREW: They are all my friends. ... And they’re great actors... Two of our main cast are both US special forces veterans and are hard working actors. Tom Stedham from “The Glades” and Tim Abell form “NCIS”. We also have Amy Gousset, she was in “Army wives” and I worked with here on another feature “Legend of Love”. Added to that we have A great Aussie actress Naomi Brockwell and to top it all off Mike Beckingham in his first feature length leading role. Mike, by the way is Simon Pegg’s little brother. Simon plays Scotty in the new Star Trek films , he’s got a new film out as well, The World’s end. So we have big hopes for Mike to follow in his bro’s footsteps!
The Look and feel of the film: The movie is a dark suspense/thriller borderline horror film, on top of the SciFi and military aspects. Come on, it’s sent in a 70 year old metal can designed to sink – that’s a lot of drama right there. Add in the fact that the boat is a runaway and takes our team back to fight in WW II – now it the roller coaster just gets better and better. Because the boat is a character in the film I wanted to let the audience feel it’s presence and emotions as well, and of course the spirit that drives it. To do that we’ve added some specialized camera shots and planned heavy post processing for the “boat eye view” of the story. Along with this, one of our characters plants some hidden surveillance cams around to record the events and these are written in and have special processing planned as well. The two custom camera shots, along with being in a sub deep underwater create a vary dark and mysterious world our team have to survive in... Or not... But you’ll have to watch the movie to see. Overall we’re really driving toward “American Horror Story” meets U-571.
Georgia's background: Just love movies and got burned out working for corporations on wall street. I literally quit and decided to start a new career. I started as a sound designer/sound editor, then started Mixing/re-recording features, then started editing and doing the rest of post, and over the past 3 years started directing and producing. I learned how to do Visual effects last summer. I’ve done a lot of other people’s projects and thought it was time to do my own. You can see most of my info on IMDB or my website. I wouldn’t dare try to describe my Directing... I’ll just say that all the actor’s who have worked with me tell me I’m an Actor’s Director... You tell me what that means. I just won’t let them getaway with anything but their best. By the end of the film a few of the hate me... Until they see the finished piece and then they call and want to work with me again... So I must be doing something right. Frankly, I just love the whole process of giving the audience a great story and a good ride.
Risks and challenges
The first problem in really getting a WWII period film made is finding, securing and paying for a good location. We've done it! In fact, we've even got a partner in the project: The USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee has agreed to allow us to film on board the USS LIONFISH (our principle location), the USS KENNEDY and the USS MASSACHUSETTS. And they agreed to do it at an extremely low cost in return for a percentage of the backend, so they are as committed to our project as we are!
Next, I called all my friends in the feature film business and asked them to support us in our project, and they stepped up. So even though this is an micro-budget film we have extremely high end professionals in all the key positions and the cast, increasing the chance of a high-quality successful project. The list of credits between our cast and crew spans over a hundred features, TV shows, shorts and corporate projects.
A third issue is shooting a huge exterior shot including 30 extras in 1943 authentic uniforms working on a real battleship, submarine and Destroyer...but we've done it by hiring 3 different reenactment groups in New England including the official reenactment team from Battleship Cove.
One of the biggest risks in completing a feature film like this is post production and creating exciting and realistic visual effects. The good news is Hilton Media Management and Barbedwire FX have both agreed to do all the post production at no upfront cost to the project! So we have VFX people who have done projects ranging from Asockalypse to Spiderman II.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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