A feature film that tells the story of four young kids who clash with two army deserters in a fight over territory.
Another war has started in Israel. Most men are drafted quickly in service of their country. While all the grownups are busy being worried, four kids play at an old army base, now empty and unused. One day, the kids find two army deserters hiding in their secret playground.
Being the sons and a daughter of military officers, the children know only one way to regain their territory - with ruthlessness. The soldiers make a dire mistake and hold their ground. Soon enough, the fight begins. The two soldiers, who sought refuge from the military fighting, find themselves in another war, which turns to be very dangerous and bloody.
WHO ARE WE?
We are a team of enthusiastic professional filmmakers with a track record in the film industry. "Land of the Little People", our current project, is already underway, funded initially with our own investments. In June 2014 the shooting will begin and is going to be one hell of a ride.
Our mission is to create an uncompromising piece of cinema, one that tells a story that takes the audience to an unsettling journey into the realm of children. This place is not what we are made to believe. Instead, it is chaotic, violent and twisted. When children see the world through the influence of war and militarism, it shapes their way of thinking and drives them to act in a very dangerous way.
Tony Copti - Producer
Tony Copti was Production Manager in "Ajami" and many other films. In 2011 Tony created Fresco Films, which was the executive production company of the feature film "THE ATTACK" by Ziad Doueiri and "GIRRAFADA" by Rani Massalha.
Yaniv Berman – Writer & Director
Yaniv is a graduate student from the Film and Television Department at Tel-Aviv University. His works include: "The Alpha Diaries", an award winning feature documentary about a company of soldiers in the Israeli reserve forces. It is an unprecedented, voyeuristic look into military reserve life in Israel and was shot over a five year period. The short film "Even Kids Started Small" was an official selection of the CINÉFONDATION, Cannes Film Festival. It is a thriller about children violently taking over the school and occupying it. "Land of the Little People" will be his first feature film. Please feel free to contact me. Website: www.yanivberman.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/berman.yaniv
Ziv Kitaro – Executive Producer
Ziv is a game designer, author, and project manager who works mainly in the game and content industry. Ziv worked on various projects in the new media as well as for television (MTV India The Chat House), and was the Executive Producer on "The Last Shepherd" - a modern fantasy film that was funded through crowd funding.
Rami Katzav – Cinematographer
With years of experience as director of photography in commercials, TV and cinema, Rami Katzav is one of the rising cinematographers in Israel. "Land of the Little People" will be his second feature film. www.ramikatzav.com
Yoel Herzberg - Production Designer and Art Director
Yoel Herzberg is an experienced production designer. His work includes "Omar", "The Attack", "Zaytoun" and "Miral".
Michael Goorevich - Sound Designer / Re-Recording Sound Mixer
Ziv Karshen - Editor
Ziv is an experienced editor, working on documentaries, narrative films, commercials and music videos. In 2006, he edited the film "Even Kids Started Small" which participated at the Cannes Film Festival. In his spare time he plays the drums for the indie band FOV.
Gad Emile Zeitune – Composer
Gad Emile Zeitune is a film composer living and working in Los Angeles. Growing up in Israel, he met Yaniv Berman at high school and has collaborated with him on all his movies since. He's looking forward to giving the musical tone to "Land of the Little People", but until the film is ready to be scored, Gad has written music for its teaser trailer and Kickstarter video. To hear more of his music, visit www.reelcomposer.com
Shiri Shamsha – Makeup Artist
Itzik Nadel – Special Effects
Serg Bezrukoff – Colorist & Online Editor
Although it seems that director Yaniv Berman is acting in the movie, all covered in blood, climbing way up the cliff as one of the soldiers, it was actually made only for the trailer. Right now we are investing most of our efforts in working with the children actors. Auditions are underway. In mid-February we are opening our acting workshop for the children chosen to play in the movie. The acting class is led by Adina Hamis & Zvi Sahar:
As for the role of the soldiers, we are working with two talented, well-known actors. Their identity will be revealed later on.
We've placed a lot of thought in creating the rewards. Although it is a very early stage in the production, we wanted to create the artistic tone of the movie.
Graphic designer Yuda Dery made the logo for the posters, t-shirts and caps:
Ros Plazma painted a magnificent picture inspired by "Land of the Little People":
Anton Avramov is a metal-wire artist and he made amazing "Land of the Little People" sculptures:
Ender Asa is a bow builder and designer. He made us this special handmade crossbow to be used in the movie. Replicas of the crossbow are offered as a reward. Shipping is only available within the USA.
DVDs, Blu-Rays and digital copies of the film will be delivered by December 2015 (or sooner).
Why do we need your help? We can use your moral support, but your financial support will allow us to raise the artistic and technological level to international standards so we can better share our important message. The Kickstarter campaign would fund the following:
- Renting Sony F5 (instead of Canon C300), which will allow us to shoot in 4K resolution.
- Old school special effects for the final sequence where arrows fly, and hit…
- The set design for the children's camp.
- Props, costumes and weapon rentals.
- Producing a most crucial scene with the army forces passing by the village. This scene requires extras and special props.
Join us at: www.landofthelittlepeople.com.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Filmmaking is one of the more complex projects in the world. With so many different aspects to work through, departments to sync and people to handle, its almost a wonder any film is ever made. But nonetheless, films are being made worldwide.
We worked through many challenges in the past: issues with securing a location, a weather change that pushed shooting dates, actors who fell ill, technical issues that ended with replacing cameras and other equipment.
We know how to deal with these and even stranger issues. This is why, while we are aware of the challenges that are part of any film, we are not worried. Whatever might happen, we will be ready.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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