A Day of Havoc is a Drama/Comedy short film about a
guy with a strong passion to follow his dreams and to prove himself to his
father, but in this case Havoc dreams of becoming a Super Villain and lives
under the shadow of his demanding Super Villain father, Doom. Havoc has the
opportunity to show everyone what he can do by being on Mark Stewart’s ‘Day in
the Life of’ news segment, but in his quest to prove he’s villainy Havoc must
confront his father for the first time to legitimize himself as a
father-son drama takes place in a fantastic world where Superheroes and Super
Villains live among us and are treated like Celebrities with fans and Paparazzi
around the world. Drawing correlations from the Celebrities in the real world, these
Supers play a huge role in society and pop culture regardless of their Heroics
or Villainy. A Day of Havoc also examines and comments on the implications and power news media has on our world
THE DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
A Day of Havoc is a very unique story that draws from
my love of Comics and the Superhero genre of stories I grew up with. I loved reading
X-Men, Superman, and Batman Comics as well as watching animated Spiderman,
X-Men, and Batman TV shows in the 90s. These influential stories coupled with
my curiosity about the origins of their most interesting and complex
characters (at least to me), the Villains like Magneto and the Joker, created the rich and thought-provoking
basis for my story idea of A Day of Havoc.
I built on the
fantastic and grandiose basis of this genre and the Super Villain protagonist
with a grounded, real life human story that the audience can relate to. I centered
the story around a guy with a strong passion to follow his dreams and to prove
himself to his demanding father, but he can’t seem to get out of his own way
and stand up for what he believes in to reach his dreams. This is a very
personal story for me, because Havoc’s journey and desires is rooted in my own
dreams and pursuit of a career in filmmaking. Much like Havoc, I’m trying to prove
to my family that I belong in the film industry and to justify that leaving a
career they deemed “stable and reputable” to pursue my dreams is not only necessary,
but the right choice for me.
I have very
high expectations for A Day of Havoc.
It’s an incredibly ambitious project, which incorporates Animation and
Live-Action as well as a difficult Superhero/Super Villain genre to make on a
budget. In order to achieve a successful film, every aspect of this production
will need to be handled with creativity, collaboration, and professionalism. I
will lead by example and keep up communication with every member of the cast
and crew to create a nurturing environment where collaboration and creativity
can flourish. But it will take more than a well run Production to create a
successful film. It requires a well-prepared, passionate, and creative vision
along with a nurturing and never-say-die attitude to meet the expectations of
this ambitious film. I’ve also surrounded myself with an amazingly talented
cast and crew that I will collaborate with every step of the way.
My goal for
this film is to tell an honest and truthful story the audience can emotionally
connect to within a rich, believable Superhero/Super Villain world.
THE PRODUCER’S STATEMENT
Being a part
of this project was a no brainer for me due to my previous experience working
with the Director and crew on other film projects. More importantly, I was
drawn to this project because of the story and the mixing of Animation and Live-Action
to make the story come to life. Wanting to follow your dreams and have the
support of those that you look up to and love is a universal feeling
(situation) and desire that most have had to deal with. Sometimes having to
abandon the balance of trying to please others while still staying true to your
dreams needs to happen in order for your dreams to become a reality. This is at
the core of what A Day of Havoc
For A Day of Havoc, the real challenge comes
from being able to successfully incorporate the Animation and Live-Action
together making it feel like they belong together. If executed properly, the film cannot stand-alone without either the Animation or the Live-Action because it will be a perfect marriage of both. In
order for this to happen, the Live-Action part must be planned out thoroughly
with specific details in camera, lighting, production design and costume
departments to make sure each visual element contributes to the overall theme. The
Animation portion should enhance and setup the environment that is
shown before, during, and after the Live-Action.
As the Producer,
I plan to work alongside the Director and each department head to help take the
script and create a world that the writers have envision. The location that we
want and have chosen is one that distinguishes Los Angeles, but has not been
overdone. The costumes are being handmade, which takes time with it’s intricate
detailing. Once the details are finalized it will make the film that much
stronger and have a lasting effect on the audience that they can
Clarence Ma (Writer/Director/Producer): Clarence Ma was born on September 18, 1984 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up in a conservative Chinese family, Clarence was expected to purse a career as a Doctor, Lawyer, or Accountant. But since the age of 8, Clarence dreamt of becoming a filmmaker. Clarence received a Business Degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and worked full time as a Financial Analyst in Investments at Central Pacific Bank. Clarence finally got the opportunity to chase his dream of becoming a Filmmaker in 2010 as a Graduate Student in the Film & Television Production program at Loyola Marymount University, giving up a bright future in Investments.
Mindy McKoin (Producer/1st AD): Mindy McKoin was raised in Bastrop, Louisiana, which is where her entire family resides. She has been captivated by movies ever since she was a little girl. She would fall in love with movies and watch them over and over memorizing every line. When Mindy moved off to college, only two hours away from her family, she never thought that majoring in film, TV and video would be an option or something that she was even good at. After her first introductory to film production class, she had a new love/hate but mostly love relationship with making films.
After undergrad, Mindy headed out west to attend Loyola Marymount University as a graduate film student, where this past May 2012 she received her MFA in Film & TV Production. Mindy’s film production experience ranges from being the 1st and only AD on the independent feature film The Last Tour to working on 20+ films holding positions such as Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, and Director of documentary films.
Anthony Berenato Jr. (Director of Photography): Anthony Berenato Jr. is a visual storyteller, embracing the
aesthetics and principles of motion photography as a means to connect with
people. He is currently studying graduate-level Film and Television Production
at Loyola Marymount University, often lending a hand to student productions and
learning new techniques through other dream chasers.
With a secondary
background in music and audio recording, Anthony tries to apply the concepts
behind the dynamic flow and range of organic sound to the film medium. His
interest in cinematography spawned from his love of still imagery, now adding
another level of life and movement.
Peter Sebastian (Editor/Actor - Dave): Peter Sebastian discovered filmmaking at the University of Colorado, Boulder. There he studied under Stan Brakhage who inspired Peter to view the screen as a canvas. Peter’s cinematic world was forever changed and he has since strived to breath life into that canvas. Peter landed a job at ChicagoHD where he worked as an Assistant Editor. Working on professional projects provided a crash course education in all the fundamentals of on/off-line editing, coloring, and visual storytelling. In addition to filmmaking, Peter performed theater throughout Chicago. Under the bright lights in dark seedy comedy clubs is where Peter was able to sharpen his comedic timing, which has proved useful in many editing sessions.
Peter works as a freelance editor and has had the good fortune to edit several great projects with the Neo-Futurists, So Natural, and Kraft foods. He is currently earning his MFA from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles.
Havoc: Havoc was born
into this world as Harry Park, son of the legendary Super Villain Doom. He grew
up idolizing his father and dreamt of following in his footsteps as a Super
Villain. Nothing can stand in the way of Havoc reaching his passion in life and
making his father proud, except for his inherently good heart that skews his
view of Villainy. On top of that, he doesn’t show any signs of superpowers,
including his family’s ability of telekinesis. Instead, Havoc uses his smarts
to engineer weapons for his many failed attempts at Villainy over the years. Now,
he works for Doom as his Chief Weapons Engineer, but his dream of becoming a Super
Villain and proving himself to his father is constantly in the forefront of his
Doom: Doom is the
world’s foremost Super Villain, feared by his enemies, beloved by his many fans, and
respected by all. Doom made his mark as a Super Villain by going on a rampage
that lured all 26 members of the Hero Legion away from their headquarters only
to have his minions stroll in and blow it up. Ever since then, the world can’t
get enough of Doom and Paparazzi continuously chase after him for photos. Doom
has a son named Harry, whose continuous failures as a Villain brings
embarrassment to their family’s long legacy of Super Villainy. But Doom isn’t all
bad, he wants the best for his son and sees Harry excelling in a stable and respectable
career as his Chief Weapons Engineer and wants to save him the heartache of
chasing a career with a high failure rate.
Mark: Mark Stewart
grew up in a small town outside of Los Angeles. A future Super Villain named
The Tornado picked on him when he was a freshman in High School. This is
when he vowed to become more powerful and the world’s most incredible Heroes
and Villains. In college, he realized the impact of media in society and
started his journey to become a Journalist. This way even Heroes and Villains
would need him to keep their status in society. Mark is the host of a special ‘Day
in the Life of’ news segment called ‘Up-N-Coming’, where he finds and
introduces rising Heroes and Villains that can potentially become a Super. He
also uses his show and his news journalist status to gain power for himself.
Carol: Carol is Harry’s
faithful girlfriend who loves Harry for who he is. Carol works for Doom as a Weapons Engineer, which is where she met and fell in love with Harry. She fully
supports Harry and his dream to become a Super Villain, but not at the expense
of changing who he is as a person.
In A Day of Havoc, the Cinematography and
Lighting will play a huge role in guiding the audience through the Drama/Comedy
tone, creating a believable and consistence Superhero/Super Villain world, and follow
Havoc’s transformative journey to prove himself as a Villain via Mark Stewart’s
‘Day in the Life of’ news segment. Through the use of the camera, lights, lenses,
and color we will create an experience of Havoc’s journey and the world he
lives in for the audience.
Cinematography is used to tackle one of the biggest challenges of this film, the tone. It's difficult to create a heartfelt yet funny film
that follows the natural progression of the story and Havoc’s journey from a
sitcom style to a drama style. Thus, we’ve chosen to approach certain Cinematography
elements in a similar progressive manner.
selection, lighting, and depth of field follow conventional sitcom decisions in
the beginning and through most of the film. We mainly stick with medium to wide
shots with a few select close shots and a few glimpses of Wes Anderson camera
work to build the comedy. The lighting is a flatter, high key, and low contrast
style. We also chose to use wide-angle lenses to give us a deeper focus so
almost everything is in focus. These choices carry through most of the film
until the climax of the story and of Havoc’s journey, where we transition into
an almost film noir style of Cinematography. Here we select medium to close
shots with a few wider shots, the lighting is high contrast with a low key, and
the lenses are longer to create a shallower depth of field that hopefully creates a stronger connection between the characters and the audience for real
Much like the
Cinematography, the Editing will also be used to tackle the tone as well
as follow the progression of the story to emphasis Havoc’s journey. Editing will
be used to build the funny moments of the Comedy, using more quick cuts followed
by character’s reactions. When the tone shifts to the more serious drama, the
editing will slow down so the audience can sit with the characters and connect with
them on an emotional level. The Editing/Post Effects will also work hand in
hand with the camera work to create a unique experience for the audience
through our natural transition wipes, incorporation of animation, and visual
Our goal is to
create a smoothly edited film that the audience can simply follow along without
wondering what’s going on, while also creating a unique and textured experience
that will draw them into the story and characters.
THE SOUND DESIGN
A Day of Havoc will gain almost all of its texture from its Sound Design. Even though
it’s set in Los Angeles, it’s a Los Angeles where Superheroes/Super Villains
are among us and are at the pinnacle of society’s Celebrities. The sounds of
everyday Los Angeles will be the basis of the sounds in this world, but on top
of it we will create a whole new world of sound for Los Angeles by
incorporating ideas of the Super beings that inhabit this world. We will be
creating and adding flying, battling, running, etc. sounds that the Super’s
would bring to the city. We’re also creating custom sounds for each Super’s
powers to develop a unique sound world that will generate a fully immersive
experience for the audience.
The Sound Design will also help allow the Comedy and Drama to be
effective and stand out. Our goal is to provide seamless audio cues for the
audience so it can help point out whether something is meant to be funny or dramatic,
without being overtly on the nose.
A Day of Havoc incorporates Animation and Live-Action
to tell the story of Havoc in a creative and unique way. We’ve chosen to go
with a Motion Comic/Graphic Novel style of Animation for the film. This was inspired by the
Comic Books and Comic based Animated TV shows from the 90s that influenced the
story. The Motion Comic/Graphic Novel style we’ve chosen are stills with moving
elements that create a classic yet dynamic feeling that’s perfect for the film.
This Animation will provide a fun and exciting way to bring the
Superheroes/Super Villains and their world to life without having to do heavy
Special Effects and blowing up buildings. Animation will also be incorporated
in actual live-action shots to add to the atmosphere and the world of Havoc.
THE PRODUCTION DESIGN
Design in A Day of Havoc is extremely
important and incredibly challenging to create a rich, believable, and seamless
Superhero/Super Villain world. It’s vital to create the right atmosphere to
capture the attention and build authenticity for the audience so they can be
drawn into the world wholeheartedly. By taking real physical locations in Los
Angeles and utilizing the right set dressing and key props, we will transform
the Los Angeles we know today into a Los Angeles filled with Superheroes and Super
Villains. In addition, the color scheme of the Production Design will assist in
the progression of the story and journey of Havoc. We have a warm, vibrant
world created through Production Design that represents the world with Havoc as
a bystander and not a villain, and a cool, listless world where Havoc starts to
become a part of that world.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges that come with completing A Day of Havoc lies within all the additional elements of this film on top of the already difficult nature of finishing a film. The Animation, the Visual Effects, and the Music are the biggest challenges of this film. In more common Live-Action films without Animation or Animated films without Live-Action, the added risks and challenges involved in successfully incorporating the two mediums of filmmaking are undeniable. The significant amount of Visual Effects required in the Live-Action and building a score that compliments, but doesn’t compete with the story, will be a unique test. But I’m not worried about an unfinished film; instead I'm aiming for a completed high quality film that everyone can be proud of. Please, take a look at the few scenes we’ve already shot that we’ve included in our video.
A Day of Havoc is my Thesis film at Loyola Marymount University so the possibility of not completing it is slim to none. It’s true that setbacks can always happen, but that’s when having great people around you is a lifesaver. And fortunately for me, I’ve surrounded myself with all great people. I have two phenomenal Animators that I’ve been working with on the ideas and the story for almost 6 months now. The Visual Effects Artist I have onboard is a young, but talented guy that’s dedicated wholeheartedly to the project. I’ve previously worked with my Composer on a film last year so we know how to work with each other and have a great respect for the work we each do. Plus, many of the crew members like my Director of Photographer and Producer are multifaceted filmmakers themselves and would be more than willing to give me a helping hand.
You will receive a "Special Thank You" credit, a Digital Download, a Special Postcard from the Director, a DVD copy of the film, and tickets for you and a friend to the Premiere Screening of 'A DAY OF HAVOC' in Los Angeles (travel expenses NOT included).
You will receive a "Special Thank You" credit, a Digital Download, a Special Postcard from the Director, a DVD & Blu-Ray combo-copy of the film, 2 tickets to the Premiere Screening of 'A DAY OF HAVOC' in Los Angeles (travel expenses NOT included), and an 'A DAY OF HAVOC' gift package (including Havoc T-Shirts and more, shipping included).
You will receive a "Special Thank You" credit, a Digital Download, a Special Postcard from the Director, a DVD & Blu-Ray combo-copy of the film, a Deluxe 'A DAY OF HAVOC' gift package, and VIP tickets for you and 4 friends to the Premiere Screening of 'A DAY OF HAVOC' in Los Angeles (travel expenses NOT included).
You will receive a "Distinguished Producer" credit in the film, a Digital Download, a Special Postcard from the Director, a DVD & Blu-Ray combo-copy of the film, a Deluxe 'A DAY OF HAVOC' gift package, 5 VIP tickets to the Premiere Screening of 'A DAY OF HAVOC' in Los Angeles (travel expenses NOT included), and an actual Prop or Set Dressing used in the film.
You will receive an "Associate Producer" credit in the film, a Digital Download, a Special Postcard from the Director, a DVD & Blu-Ray combo-copy of the film, a Deluxe 'A DAY OF HAVOC' gift package, 5 VIP tickets to the Premiere Screening of 'A DAY OF HAVOC' in Los Angeles (travel expenses NOT included), and a special dinner for you and a guest with the Director in L.A. on us (travel expenses NOT included).
You will receive an "Execute Producer" credit in the film, a Digital Download, a Special Postcard from the Director, a DVD & Blu-Ray combo-copy of the film, a Deluxe 'A DAY OF HAVOC' gift package, 5 VIP tickets to the Premiere Screening of 'A DAY OF HAVOC' in Los Angeles (travel expenses NOT included), a special dinner for 2 with the Director in L.A. (travel expenses NOT included), and be Animated as a Hero or a Villain (your choice) in the film.