THE INNER is a psychological thriller/sci-fi short film that explores the themes of existence, fate, identity and perception. Marcus wakes up in another person's body, and has to try and discern reality from fantasy while dealing with the fact that he may, or may not, be going mad. The story follows his first steps into the unknown and builds into an intense, psychological crescendo.
This ambitious production intends to provoke and beguile the audience by using unusual, experimental techniques in order to explore a high concept of filmmaking.
THE INNER exists between the boundaries of what is real and what is imagined. Come with us on an audiovisual descent into the subconscious mind. In this modern age, what happens when we are unable to tell the real from the unreal?
THOMAS LAW - FREDDIE (A CINDERELLA STORY: IF THE SHOE FITS, THE WORLD'S END)
Tom is best known for playing Peter Beale in EastEnders between 2006 and 2010 before going on to appear as the young Gary (Simon Pegg) in Edgar Wright's 'The World's End'. His other screen credits include Casualty, A Cinderella Story and Sadie J, whilst on stage Thomas starred as the title role in Peter Pan at the Lowry in 2010.
INGVILD DEILA - MORGANA (AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY)
Ingvild is a Norwegian actress based in the UK since 2012. She has played the lead role in several feature films, short films, plays, music videos and commercial. She appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron alongside Robert Downey Jr. and, most recently, she played as Princess Leia in this year's acclaimed smash hit - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
MIKE BAILEY - MARCUS (SKINS, WE ARE THE FREAKS)
Mike is an English actor and singer from Bristol, known for playing the role of Sid Jenkins in the first two series of the British teen drama Skins, Three Moments in Heaven (2009), and We Are the Freaks (2013).
The photographic “look” of THE INNER will operate on two levels: the first, as a visual interpretation of our subject’s inner torment, suspended between reality and unreality; the second, as metaphor for the human identity itself. The use of graphic close-ups, Dutch angles, chiaroscuro, iconic forms, and placing actors in sparse, simple set designs to draw the audience into the character’s mind. It will change between some very natural, restrained moments to others that will feel like a surreal fever dream.
Visual elements, foreshadowing and hidden references to identity will convey the character’s developing internal conflict.
The film will exhibit a dark, oppressive general ambience that we will achieve through the use of non diegetic sound and unsettling music which will give a sense of mystery as well as fantasy to the film: we will create a recurring violin motif that reappears throughout the story, culminating with an intense crescendo to mirror the film’s actual events. The sound will also attempt to mimic the noises of panic in nature with straining strings and overblowing brass, particularly during the mirror scene where the effect will convey the character’s feelings of horror.
The film is divided in three distinct parts: the dream, the memory, and the real world
The entire dream will be shot in progressively intensifying infrared, to exaggerate a sense of hyperrealism. Steadicam or drone to induce a slight floating effect. Though the main sequence of events flows naturally, we unsettle the audience by making the background action slightly odd, unnatural, static, repetitive, or by deliberately breaking continuity.
The bar scene is the only time we see Marcus and Freddie together, as they were. Their respective personality traits will be starkly contrasted, in order to distinguish them as much as possible, while also revealing Marcus’ jealousy of the life Freddie takes for granted.
This part of the film takes place in Marcus' memory and because of this, we will use vivid, contrasting shades of red and blue, coupled with anamorphic lenses to convey the dichotomy in Marcus' mind and the possible inaccuracy that this entails. This visual style and the introduction of Morgana will accentuate the unreal, fever-dream that we are witnessing.
THE REAL WORLD
This scene is extremely challenging in terms of acting. The confrontation in the mirror is divided in 11 steps that allow us to make Marcus gradually reach a point of acceptance in a few minutes. He shifts from fear to joy when he eventually understands that he has been given a blank slate. Only then he goes to confront the wife. We realise her face is the same as Morgana’s... Marcus gives in to his new reality.
GAÏA GIAFFERI - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Gaïa is a multi-skilled filmmaker/writer who works mainly as a continuity supervisor on short and feature films, but also as camera operator on events and occasional editor and photographer. She directed a few short films back at university where she studied Film Production at UCA (University for the Creative Arts) and won the Lido award at the 2011 French film festival “Sur les Pas de Mon Oncle” for “Across the Border”. Since then she has been working on film shoots while co-writing a number of short and medium length screenplays that she intends to direct with Unseen Films.
ROMAN WOLUJEWICZ - WRITER/PRODUCER
Roman is a filmmaker/writer who met Gaia while also studying Film Production at UCA, where they worked on several projects together and began laying the foundations for a future partnership. Since leaving university, he spent 3 years working in corporate film as a Multimedia Editor before going freelance, allowing him to focus primarily on writing, including several short and mid length projects for Unseen Films.
CHRIS CLARKE - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Chris’ route into Cinematography began working as Assistant Cameraman in 2002. Experience gained from working with such greats as Woody Allen (SCOOP, 2006), Paul Greengrass (BOURNE ULTIMATUM, 2007), Marc Forster (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, 2008), Matthew Vaughn (XMEN - FIRST CLASS, 2010), Ridley Scott (PROMETHEUS, 2012) and Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, 2012) led him to work on Commercials, Music Videos, TV and Features worldwide as Director of Photography. Chris was nominated in 2015 for Best cinematography for a music video at Camerimage and won the Gold in Cinematography at the 2016 Evcom Screen Awards for Canon “The Magic of Ink on Paper” directed by Mark Rodway.
IVAN CIPRIANI - VFX
Ivan is a visual effect artist/supervisor with several years of experience in the field. He started off as an editor in a small firm in Rome, Italy and then moved into the creation of visual images. He’s been freelancing in the industry for the past 8 years and worked on many hollywood films and series (GAME OF THRONES, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, LEGEND), perfecting his skills. His main goal is to support the creative process of film making by designing invisible effects aimed to enhance the storytelling.
FABIEN WALTMANN - COMPOSER
Fabien has worked for many years in the music industry after arriving in London in 1993. The artists he's worked with include Madonna, No Doubt, Etienne Daho, U2 and Katy Perry to name a few. Since 2013, Fabien has decided to go back to his first love: doing music for images. He completed his first score for a short called “Trash” Directed by Nicole Albarelli who then ask him to score her feature called “To Dream”. In 2015 he scored his 2nd feature 'NY84' for French director Cyril Morin. You can also hear his very touching score that he produced in 2014 for “Son Of Aram”, a documentary directed by Mika Rosenfeld. Fabien has a unique touch and enjoys working with a very large palette of sounds. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, Fabien’s sole aim is to create distinct, nuanced soundscapes.
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