About this project
Story of "Derailed":
Young stock broker Thomas and pensioner John wake up trapped underneath the rubble of a derailed train. The train has derailed close to the sea, and the ground the characters are lying on will be under water when the tide comes in. John is trapped and cannot move, so Thomas tries to make his way toward him.
"Derailed" is a drama with horror elements.
The story is based on the German novel “Die Lokomotive” which will be published 2017 in Germany. The story-adaptation as radio play was funded by the German Filmstiftung NRW. The English version of the novel has been pitched to Canadian publishing houses.
"Derailed" is a high-stakes story where the lives of both protagonists are constantly on the line. The story is laden with mythological symbolism and addresses timeless themes such as: technology versus humanity, and generational conflicts.
Most of the film will be shot in a studio. The protagonist's memories will be shot at other locations. Although shot in colour, the film will be finished black & white.
An expressionistic look - reminiscent of 1920s Weimar-Era films - will be achieved for this film with painted backdrops by local Art Director Robert Allan Bechtel and Production Designer Charlie Christensen. Imagine Guy Maddin meeting Edgar Allan Poe in a Kafka universe.
Conner Christmas (picture above from LOCKDOWN) as Thomas. Conner is a young local actor with a strong presence on stage and film.
Donald Morin (picture below from IOU LAND) as John.
Donald is an experienced First Nations actor who has worked with Britt Ekland, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Beverly D'Angelo, and starred in the Canadian feature film Windigo.
Producer - Forgotten Trail Pictures Inc.
Director - Thorsten Nesch
Writer - Thorsten Nesch & JP Marchant
Director of Photography - JP Marchant
Art Director - Robert A. Bechtel
Production Design - Charlie Christensen
A big Thank You to the City of Lethbridge who have provided us with an awesome location!
Pre-production is in full swing, principal shooting is scheduled for mid-January to mid-February. Post-production will follow immediately with the feature film finished in time to submit to international film festivals.
We will use the Kickstarter Funding Goal to cover the costs for gas, accommodation and food. Donald Morin is based in Edmonton and will need resources to get here and to have a place to stay. We need to feed cast and crew over the weeks of production. All key cast and crew hold shares in the project like a co-op; none of us get paid unless the film makes any money back. As such, funds exceeding our Kickstarter goal will go towards the cast and crew as honorarium according to everybody's share.
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