A Word From BRETT DALTON, Starring As 'VICTOR'
About This Film
'Trust No One' is a film that sits squarely in the action thriller genre. Seemingly ordinary 'Ben' and 'Amber' have highly sensitive and very much sought after information in their possession. Information that has had them running for their lives. We’re introduced to them right before an exchange that promises to provide them with a lot of money but more importantly - their freedom.
A Note From Simon
I am a huge action thriller fan. My favorites share a common theme; brutal reality that places the viewer right in the epicenter of the violent danger of fights to the death; Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, Ryan Reynolds in Safe House fighting Joel Kinamman, Daniel Craig’s interpretation of the James Bond films - these fights give the impression that they could go either way, they're authentic. So when our heroes walk away from them they are left limping, mentally affected. And thanks to the way the've been conceived, prepared and executed we as the audience have lived through it with them; our adrenaline's pumping, we're in there with them. We've broken through that fourth wall and are now rooting for our hero. We care.
With Trust No One I’d like to take it a step further. I want to see what it’s like when two people fight each other without the special ops training synonymous with the above examples. Ben is physically capable, yes, but not a trained assassin. I want the characters to be more relatable. Not as far as John McLean in Die Hard but not as assured as Jason Bourne. I’d like to match the excitement, fun and tension of the above mentioned films (the suspense and the nail-biting foreboding unease) to a man who reminds us as much as possible of us! I’d like to see a film where we could imagine how WE would fight if placed in mortal danger.
I will be working with the best people in order to achieve the above. I have no intention of making a half-way decent film. I want to walk away with something that matches the examples above and has everyone excited. That’s where YOU come in!
Having watched the making of many action thrillers I’d like to have the camera move around the fight in as tight a space as possible. That means having removable walls that get pulled away and replaced as the camera operator follows the fight’s choreography. Building an entire set is not cheap but it is the BEST way to achieve the claustrophobia and tension the fight needs. And it allows the viewer to be RIGHT NEXT TO the action!
With the handheld work of the camera and very specific mood set by an Oscar winner in Dan Katz, the overall unease of the film will be heightened. Dan wants to use the Alexa Mini - a camera who’s size gets us even closer. His choice of lenses and relationship with the best in the industry will further add to my overall goal - to make a world class action thriller.
Lastly my composer Rui Da Silva is on board to lay down a modern and compelling soundtrack that drives the story forward and injects the ending with energy, dynamism and excitement. When it ends I want the audience to be pumped up and wanting more.
Cinematographer Daniel Katz
Stunt Choreography James Hutchison & Mark Musashi
Costume Design Ann Foley
Ann Foley is an accomplished Costume Designer whose work can be seen weekly on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Created by Joss Whedon, Marvel Television’s inaugural series is in its third season and continues to be one of ABC’s highest rated television series. Foley’s innovative and character specific designs for “S.H.I.E.L.D.” have landed her on the “Top Costumes of the Year” list from Clothes on Film as well as a place in FIDM’s prestigious 8th & 9th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibitions. Before joining the Marvel family, Foley designed the feature film “3, 2, 1 Frankie Go Boom” for Jordan Roberts and “About Last Night” for director Steve Pink, starring Kevin Hart and Paula Patton. As an Assistant Costume Designer, Foley was mentored by prestigious and acclaimed Costume Designers Marlene Stewart, (“Real Steel” and “Hansel & Gretel: Witchhunters”), Michael Kaplan, (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) & Ellen Mirojnick on “Behind the Candelabra” which won a Primetime Emmy for Best Costume Design and was nominated for a BAFTA Award.
Follow her on twitter @afoley24 & Instagram @ann.foley
Make Up Wendi Lynn Avignone
The importance of make up in Trust No One cannot be underestimated. The film must look and feel authentic. We’re after a gritty realism and if we get the make up wrong…we loose the audience. We have a grueling, epic fight, violent encounters, chases - you name it! There’s going to be blood, sweat, scratches, scars...and THANK THE STARS we have Wendi Lynn Avignone on board to make sure it’s the BEST in the business.
Wendi has worked at the highest level for years. She’s recently been Department Head of Make Up for both seasons of ABC’s ‘Extant’ with Oscar Winner Halle Berry. She made ME look good on ‘Marvel’s Agents of Shield’ for crying out aloud?! She was Key Make Up Artist on ‘Heroes’ for all four seasons! I cannot express in words how lovely she is too - always championing the actors and crew and making everyone feel part of the team. We’re more than lucky to have her.
And if that wasn’t enough we have Lori Madrigal joining ranks with Wendi too! Lori has also been Makeup Department Head on ‘Extant’, ‘Vegas’, ‘Chuck’ and “Heroes’ as well as on ‘Agents of Shield’ where we met! Lori is the heart and soul of the make up truck. Speaking of which - I’m hoping we have a truck on this film!!! She’s been the best for a long time but adds so much more than that. We are in the best hands with the two of them!
Script Supervisor Melanie Bradfield
For myself as director and star of this film, one of the most important people in the ENTIRE team will be Script Supervisor Mellanie Bradfield. Poor her! I’m apologizing as of now Mellanie!!!
A script supervisor’s job requires a tremendous amount of concentration, focus and calm. The most concise description of her job came in as:
“In the most basic description, the script supervisor is the editor's and writer's representative on set, as well as being the right hand aide to the director and the director of photography. It is the script supervisor's job to make sure that at the end of the day the film can be cut together. In that sense, they back up every department, monitor the script during shooting and make sure that errors in continuity do not occur that would prevent the film from being able to be compiled smoothly in the editing room.”
If anyone thinks that is easy I have a great doctor for you!
Mellanie does this all with an expert hand, warmth and humor. Her resume also includes ‘Marvel’s Agents of Shield' and ‘Extant’ as well as a whole host of hit shows. Her being my right hand on this film makes a very stressful job that little less bit stressful.
Production Design Jeremy White
Line Producer Aaron Rattner
Why We Need Your Help
The budget in movie making comprises of pre-production (the planning), production itself (shooting the movie!) and post production (adding the sound effects, special effects and CREDITS!). Below we've broken it down by percentages for you to see how and where your contribution will be used!
In order to place YOU right in the middle of the action we're planning on a very distinct approach to the use of our cameras.
When shooting action films there are two very clear choices: the first favor the use of wide shots, where highly skilled actors exemplify their skills (Asian martial arts films like 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' or 'Ip Man'), the second favor many quick cuts and vary between medium, close ups, extreme close ups and 'point of view' shots (like The Bourne series). The action is sometime unclear, heightened by sound and in many shots blurred. The effect of the latter creates the chaos and confusion of a real fight, helping us share in the experience being portrayed. We are there with the protagonist, piecing the reality together, catching up as if we were in the room alongside them.
Below is a breakdown of the shots and cuts used in The Bourne Identity's iconic Pen vs Knife fight:
In going after this style we shall be shooting on at least two cameras, that have been adapted to capture the action and documentary feel needed to deliver the best experience for you the viewer.
Risks and challenges
OUR SHOOT DATES!
The EXACT shoot dates will depend on the availability of our VERY busy actors' schedules and co-ordinating our production so that everyone can be a part of this amazing project.
WE ESTIMATE we shall be shooting at some point between MAY and JUNE 2016. AS SOON AS WE CAN CONFIRM THE EXACT DATES WE SHALL ANNOUNCE!
Film-making is EXTREMELY HIGH RISK but we have a brilliant team with the BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE on board. We're aiming for something exceptional here and are incredibly passionate about achieving our goal.
As stated YOU are PART of THE TEAM! Simon will be sending videos, updates, and VERY EXCITING CASTING NEWS along the way.
Seriously...there's an actress on board playing Amber who is AMAZING! But...some things have to wait :) THANKS FOR READING AND BEING A PART OF ALL THIS!!!!
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