My goal for the fall is to shoot two short films that are both different than anything I've directed before, and that are both very different from each other. Most of my work until now has been studio heavy, very art directed, and staged. With Polar Blades and End of Babes I want to leave the studio, and direct stories that are more based in the real word (so to speak).
Polar Blades presents its self as an old nature documentary, and then turns on a dime and all of a sudden is a high-octane action movie. The premise is we're out documenting the Polar Bear of Southern California, which basically just means its a regular polar bear but one who wears rollerblades. The polar bear spots a pack of seals (also in rollerblades), and tears off after them. It then becomes a chase through the streets of LA as the polar bear hunts down his prey. Lots of physical comedy. Lots of sight gags.
End of Babes, meanwhile, is a New Wave influenced short film about love and how funny it is to be alive and to worry about big picture things. The movie takes place starting the morning after a couple meets and falls for each other. But the kicker is the girl lives out of town, and has to fly home later in the day. So all day they are trying to figure out what to do with their affection and new connection they're feeling for each other. At the same time, teased out to the audience, but unbeknownst to the characters, some sort of crazy apocalypse is happening to the world, destroying all of humanity.
(kickstarter video videography by Sera Lindsey)
Risks and challenges
there are so many costs that go into making a short film, let alone two short films. For one, we're going to have to build a realistic polar bear costume that our lead can wear and rollerblade at a high function in. Not only will the materials be expensive, but the craftsmanship needs to be high in order to sell our aesthetic for the video. For another, we'll have to do a handful of pretty wild end of the world CG animations. On top of that, we'll need permits to shoot on location in Venice, CA, and be able to pay for a three day's worth of production equipment and crew. Cameras and camera operators, transportation vans, lunches, actors, props and an art department crew, hair and makeup, a sound operator, and more. I'll be drawing from my community of collaborators to fill all of these roles, working with an experienced and amazing team.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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