THE SHARK - Feature Film
Small town, big creek, huge problem! A thrilling shark film that returns to the roots of the classic horror genre -- with no CGI.
Inspired by the sharksploitation films of the 1970s and 80s, THE SHARK (scheduled to shoot June 2016) is an action packed adventure story about a man, a shark, and a thirst for revenge. Written by Brannon Carty and story by Carty & Dylan Dang, this thriller shark feature will bring the genre back to reality, have a more practical approach, and stay far away from the likes of SHARKNADO. A RetroVision Entertainment, LLC Production.
It's JAWS meets JAMES BOND in this action-packed suspense thriller. Vicarstown has been invaded by the ultimate predator -- a ten foot Great White shark! Upon the death of a loved one, local Marine Biology professor, Peter Diller, is accused of murder. His initial cry of “shark” is disregarded by the unconvinced law enforcement, but suspicions change as more locals begin to disappear and the body count climbs. Together, they fish for clues related to the townspeople's deaths. With a mayor on temporary leave, and his pro-tem assistant, Mr. Lewis, in charge, the deaths are covered up to keep the townspeople from prying into what’s hidden beneath the surface: a sunken treasure. As Peter and the sheriff, Frank Hammer, discover the secrets related to the shark and the sudden presence of the certain suspicious figures, they also realize there's more to the situation than meets the eye. It all leads up to a spectacular showdown between the town and the shark.
What initially began as a 12 page short-story, became a 120-page finalized screenplay in a matter of years. Carty, obsessed with the shark-film genre, decided to revitalize and regenerate the 'Summer of the Shark' with his very own entry to the film world: THE SHARK.
Instead of utilizing an overload of JAWS homages and a plague of CG, Carty went a different route and handpicked the most notable elements from the past 40 years of shark films and combined them with new, innovative ideas.
Unlike more recent entries in the genre such as SHARKNADO, GHOST SHARK, and the upcoming HOUSE SHARK, this film is not relying on a gimmick; rather, THE SHARK will offer a much-needed breath of fresh air for fans of the genre. The story is full of adventure, drama, and thrilling suspense!
Here we are, four years after the initial conceptualization of the premise, and the time has come to put paper onto film. With your help, together we can bring seriousness and quality back into the shark-film genre.
This film is not meant to swim in the shadow of the ultimate shark film we all know and love. Rather, it is to pay tribute to the legacy of films that came before it, while presenting a new path for shark films with NO CG-elements and focus on deep, emotional character development.
Mike Malloy (Sumarai Cop 2) as PETER DILLER
Lover of the ocean and its creatures, Peter Diller is a marine-biology professor at the local university. While not his dream job, he's happy with his life and soon-to-be wife, until one fateful day when a shark terrorizes his world.
L.J. Sargent (Every Dog) as SHERIFF FRANK HAMMER
Sheriff Frank Hammer is an experienced headstrong officer of the law on the hunt to find two men who harmed his family many, many years ago. While up to his neck in the investigation of the shark attacks, he realizes that the two men are closer to him than he thinks.
Amanda Cook (One Tree Hill) as KIRA DILLER
Sister of Professor Diller, she's the hands-on one in the family. Having been the role model for Peter, they both went into Marine Biology -- albeit different fields. While more extroverted and tactful than her brother, they both share an equal love for the ocean. Little does she know, she's going to change her brother's life.
W. Scott Parker III (The Polar Bear Club) as DR. IAN WEST
A world-renowned marine biologist ruined by his poor life choices, Dr. West is on the run trying to remain hidden from men who want him dead. However, it will be much harder than he could have ever possibly imagined.
Keith Rafalko (Iron Man 3) as MICHAEL SORENSON
Drunk by day, passed out by night; Michael (Mikey for short) is the go-to local fisherman. While famous in the town for his tall-tales of his daily catchings, he's a short man with a short temper that will detonate if pressured. Despite his unpleasantness, he's the best there is and will even sabotage others to make sure it stays that way.
Gary Pezzullo (Fix It In Post) as SAM R. LEWIS
A man who's heart is where his wallet is, Sam Lewis is the mayor's right-hand man who is in too deep, and too much of a pushover to change his ways. While the mayor is on vacation, Sam decides to try to run the town himself, even if it means covering up the shark attacks.
Lucas Cardona (Holy Matrimony) as MATTHEW BOYD
Brother and henchman to Franz Boyd, Matthew is a combative businessman who is sent to Vicarstown to collect some money from a not-so-honest friend. Upon arriving in town, his criminal record begins to slowly catch up with him.
Michael Forest (The Shark Hunter) as DON JENNINGS
Vicarstown's famed controversial radio personality -- Jennings is known for hitting where it hurts his interviewees. Amidst the mystery of the shark, he uses his wit to keep his listeners informed, even if it means some rather tasteless jokes.
Enzo G. Castellari and his very own son, Andrea Girolami, are signed for the film in soon-to-be-announced roles! More information will come over the course of the Kickstarter.
While modern 'shark films' rely solely on CG to simulate their aquatic villains, THE SHARK went a completely different route and commissioned a mechanical shark prop from Mike V. Schultz of SHARK CITY OZARK. The first part built was a 5-foot tall shark head with movable jaws. Second, a life-size dorsal and tail fin were molded and built. Finally, to top it off, a full 4-ft long miniature shark was also molded. All three props will be used to let the actors interact with an "actual shark" and make the performance much more believable. We're going entirely practical, no CG!
THE SHARK is not only pioneering the microbudget shark-film genre, it is also one of the few feature films to be shot entirely on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in 2.5k RAW. This camera is revolutionizing independent cinema by allowing filmmakers to shoot industry quality video for a fraction of the price!
The man behind this revolutionary camera will be THE SHARK's talented Director of Photography: Darin Holiday. Having been experienced with a variety of Blackmagic Design's cameras, Holiday is the perfect man for the job.
The film's aspect ratio will be 2.39:1, and due to shooting non-anamorphically, vertical resolution will be lost when cropping. It is imperative to shoot in 2.5k to make a high quality 2k DCP in the end.
Brannon Carty - Writer & Director
Brannon Carty is a fresh, new name to the expansive film world. In 2013, he founded RetroVision Entertainment, LLC, an independent film production & distribution company that has been involved in the production and global distribution of three independent features. Carty has also been involved in the production of over a dozen local shorts, HANK VS. THE UNDEAD; LIAR; GREAT WHITE: THE LEGACY; and namely his German short from 2015: MAN VERSUS MURDER, based off the crime films of the 1970s. That same year, Carty won second place in a national film competition conducted by SkillsUSA and placed first in the regional competition. For over three years, he has been penning THE SHARK script while majoring in film studies at UNCG.
Mike Malloy - Screenplay Consultant & Actor
Mike Malloy is an acknowledged expert on tough-guy movies, having been interviewed in cinema documentaries & written film books; this led to opportunities in acting and screenwriting. He also put in a draft for the official, upcoming sequel to the legendary DJANGO film, and also produced/starred in THE SCARLET WORM, which featured four Spaghetti Western veterans in the cast. His cameo in SAMURAI COP 2 is currently playing theatrically, and his role in the feature HOT LEAD HARD FURY pairs him as cop partners with '70s kung-fu star Ron Van Clief. He has other action screenplays under option by producers. He brings years of writing and acting experience to the role of Peter Diller and to his function as screenplay consultant.
Dan Sellers - Producer
Dan Sellers is a director and producer based out of Greensboro, NC. His company Wreak Havoc Films has been responsible for three independent projects so far: HANK VS. THE UNDEAD, DARK HEAT, SAMMIE THE COMIC BOOK MAN. He will take on the producer role of the film. Seller's experience with meeting production deadlines and asset management will bring a timely schedule to the film's production.
Michael McCormack - Composer
Michael McCormack arranges, performs and customizes original music for film, television, internet and video productions. His scoring capabilities span a variety of genres ranging from classical, romantic symphonic to modern "electronic" music. McCormack's portfolio includes Universal Studio's recently licensed JAWS documentary: THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING, LAMP POST LANE, THE AGONIST, and the 2015 Godzilla documentary HAIL TO THE KING! Michael will provide the original score for THE SHARK.
Mike V. Schultz - Special Effects
The Schultz family of SHARK CITY OZARK have been in the SPFX business for over 20 years quietly sculpting, molding, and casting museum quality pieces for satisfied clients demanding nothing but the best. The most recent focus of SCO has been the legendary Great White Shark. Mike's credits include SyFy's GHOST SHARK, BEAST OF THE BERING SEA, and RAGIN' CAJUN REDNECK GATOR. For the film, Mike and his family have provided the titular Great White menace and a many other additional props for the film.
The funds you are graciously donating towards this ambitious production will go towards nothing BUT the production. With the camera, some equipment, and shark props already paid for, more money is needed to help keep our actors paid, fed, and motivated to make for one hell of a movie.
The money will also go towards storage as the 12-bit RAW files take up humongous amounts of space! To future proof our work, it is imperative to shoot in a resolution higher than 1080p. During post production, storage will be huge asset!
Additionally, lighting is very important in film. We are going to put the funds raised into purchasing better equipment to light our film properly, as it won't look any good if lighting isn't paid any attention to. This also helps out faithful DP, Darin Holiday, create the mood of the image through the density of the shot.
Finally, the funds will go towards additional equipment to improve the quality of our production such as better microphones and better rigs to keep the camera steady.
From my own wallet, I have already invested over $10k (camera, software, equipment, etc) into this film over the past years, and now, I ask for your help to assist me in finishing what I started.
Let us bring back the Summer of the Shark once again -- and put an end to schlock CG nonsense!
Your time and donations are sincerely appreciated.
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iMDB: The Shark
Website: RetroVision Entertainment
Risks and challenges
No matter what poses as an obstacle to our production, my team and I are 100% confident and will do anything in our power to have a final cut by December 2016 (when the perks will be delivered), ready for a full-scale release by Spring 2017. We are starting this campaign early to help us prepare and have funds to make sure we are well prepared. You can also pre-order your personal copy of the film by contributing $20.
During production, we may have issues working with our shark prop. During days we aren't scheduled to shoot, we will troubleshoot any potential issues we might have and perfect our process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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