About this project
The year’s 2012, but we live in a world where time flows backwards. Clocks go from 12 to 11 and so on. Calendars run from December back to November and so forth.
We open at a graveyard, where an official looks at his papers and gives the order to exhume a grave.
In an apartment, an old man (Graydon) wakes up as the alarm clock switches from 11:00pm to 10:59 pm, and begins to get ready for the day. He calls his son (Rance), who’s at the airport with his family. Among them is Rance’s daughter, Simone, who is 7 years old, and thus only has a few years left to live.
They are all gathering at the hospital to go meet Graydon’s deceased wife. Her unearthed corpse waits in a morge to be brought back to life - much to the joy of the family. All the while, Simone contemplates her upcoming mortality.
With EMIT, we as filmmakers seek to bring a wholly unique way of looking at our world by simply changing one key variable of the physical realm – TIME.
Our premise is simple – What if Time were to flow backwards? What if you were resuscitated from a grave, and had a predetermined life?
Since most social commentary and larger philosophical concerns are more easily addressed through the genre of Science Fiction, we hope to utilize the conventions of sci-fi to make a short film that shows how life would be if everything was predestined and if there were no such thing as ‘choice’.
Our hope is that this film would make people appreciate life more, and urge them to feel contented with what they have, or perhaps even encourage them to make positive changes. Our film will hopefully speak to people about love, humanity and destiny.
The script for EMIT has been met with great enthusiasm from industry professionals and potential audiences.
It recently won the Grand Prize for Shorts at the Table Read My Screenplay contest, beating out over 1200 scripts, and a reading of it was performed at Sundance 2012.
MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
-- Our primary goal for this film is for it to be used as a marketing tool to get the filmmakers access and recognition at all the top movie studios and production companies.
Given the director’s excellent representation at Circle of Confusion, his contacts in Hollywood, and his extensive personal relationships with top film executives, producers and directors, this film will get seen by the who’s-who of Hollywood, and open several doors for everyone involved.
-- We expect EMIT to be shown at major film festivals across the world – Sundance, Cannes, Telluride, Tribeca, LA Film Festival etc.
-- We also endeavor to utilize the online avenues and arenas to get the film across as many platforms as possible. Because of its short duration, we feel it would be perfect material for today’s booming New Media market– YOUTUBE and HULU.
THE CREW EXTRAORDINAIRE
J S MAYANK - WRITER / DIRECTOR
J S Mayank is a British-Indian filmmaker, represented by one of Hollywood’s foremost literary management companies – CIRCLE OF CONFUSION, whose other clients include the Wachowskis (Matrix, V for Vendetta), Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli).
His first sci-fi feature script – SLATE earned him a spot on the 2009 BLOODLIST (the horror/sci-fi/ thriller Blacklist). He was also invited by Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival to the prestigious 2010 Tribeca All Access Program for his feature script MARATHON.
For his directorial debut, Mayank was granted an opportunity by the band Radiohead to create a concept music video for their song WEIRD FISHES/ARPEGGI. He worked alongside visual artist extraordinaire John Langdon (Angels & Demons) to design special ambigrams for the video. It played at numerous festivals, including London Film festival, Cinegear, Reynolda, and many others.
His most recent film SUPERNUMERARY is currently on the festival circuit, having premiered at the Newport Beach film festival, and winning three major awards (Best Musical, Best Soundtrack and Best VFX short) at the Action on Film Festival.
Mayank has an MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and an MA in Communication & Film from Wake Forest University.
JESSE MORRISON - PRODUCER
Jesse Morrison is a multicultural narrative and commercial producer raised in Hong Kong and Orange County, California. As a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, his work has been recognized and honored by the American Advertising Federation, BAFTA LA, and numerous other film festivals.
Jesse’s first directed and produced film THE LOOKING GLASS, sold airing rights to KCET and went on to win other festival awards. Though having worked as an art director for a number of years in commercials, music videos, shorts and features, his experiences producing several short films and commercials have led him to develop his own projects and produce ever since.
Jesse has worked under producer Philip Lee (Cloud Atlas, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and trained with Lisa Howard, the head of budgeting and finance at Sony Pictures Television (Breaking Bad, Community). He also interned at Participant Productions (Good Night, and Good Luck, Charlie Wilson’s War) where he helped develop marketing and distribution material.
Jesse is currently a 2011-2012 fellow in Film Independent’s Project: Involve Producer's program.
ALEXANDRA CRESWICK - CO-PRODUCER
Alexandra Creswick is a Creative Director at Arsenal Film where she works closely with Executive Producer John Ptak. She has worked on films like The Way Back and Let Me In, and has produced several short films for rising filmmakers. She got her start as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University writing and editing the DIGI GET IT? shorts for Wake Forest University, four films that introduce incoming freshman to the trials and tribulations of computing in a campus environment. They won a silver medal in the EDUCAUSE film competition.
A graduate of UCLA's MFA Producer's Program, she produced the critically lauded Forgive Us Our Transgressions, a UCLA thesis film that was awarded the Technicolor DI Postproduction Grant. She was the recipient of the James Pendleton Foundation Prize for 2010, and is a proud member of Women in Film.
ANTONIO LEPORE - COMPOSER
Antonio Lepore is a film composer specializing in a variety of styles and genres, with particular emphasis on action and horror music. After attending Berklee College of Music, Antonio moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue a career in writing music for all types of media. In the past few years Lepore has composed music for more than 50 short films, several commercials, while placing original cues in TV shows, a few examples of which can be heard here.
Antonio's last collaboration with writer-director JS Mayank was the musical SUPERNUMERARY, winning "Best Musical" and "Best Soundtrack" at the Action on Film Festival 2010.
Antonio is currently working on several feature films in production, after having finished work on a video game app. soon to be released on the iPhone and Android. With a never-ending ocean of inspiration Lepore is always looking for ways to evolve his sound while staying true to his musical roots.
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