Land of Dry Bones tells the story of an unassuming single father, Emmanuel, who struggles desperately to keep his life together as it unravels around him when it is discovered that he was a child soldier who had committed heinous atrocities.
An incident outside a grocery store causes Emmanuel to act out of character. This results in friction between him and his daughter, Willow, and girlfriend, Sarah.
Emmanuel wrestles with haunting revelations about himself and struggles to confront his past.
When I was nine years old, during the 1999 rebel war in Sierra Leone, I looked out my window to see a child soldier walking in front of my house. He was around my age. He was dragging a rocket-propelled Grenade (RPG) that was too heavy for him to carry. Slung across his chest was an AK-47 rifle.
He was headed down to a river a mile away, to push back foreign military forces attempting to stop the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels from taking over the country. The image of that child never left me. Throughout the years, I've always wondered what became of him.
Over the years, I’ve heard about men like these first hand from my father who worked for the United nations rehabilitating and reintegrating ex-combatants in post-conflict societies. These were the driving forces for my exploration into this story.
Can we escape our past? Should our past define us? Land of dry bones will be a compelling and entertaining exploration of this conundrum.
MOOD & VISUAL STYLE
My aim is to create a film that is intimate, surprising and visually compelling. A meticulous and authentic study of these characters and a highly artistic vivid world. The cinematography will be deliberate, engaging, and at times surprising.
The visual palette of the film will be reflective of the time, place and the character’s evolving emotional lives. We’ll depict an optimistic vision before the key incident and an evolving bleak vision that’s reflective of Emmanuel’s life as it unravels; creating a compelling and unique mystery.
- MOOD BOARD
Here are some reference images from other films that help convey the vision of the world of Land of Dry Bones.
- STORY BOARD
Here are a few excerpts from storyboard sequences of our film
DARRELL LAKE - DIRECTOR | WRITER - REEL
- DARRELL LAKE - WRITER|DIRECTOR|PRODUCER
Darrell Lake is a director, writer, producer and actor based in Los Angeles. A native of Sierra Leone, Darrell was born abroad in England. At a young age, he and his family were forced to flee his beloved native country due to the devastating war. His family sought refuge in Guinea, Ghana, The Gambia and Eritrea before moving back to Sierra Leone. During his travels, he became enthralled with the diverse cultures he was immersed in and came to the conclusion that he wanted to tell stories that capture the humanity he witnessed. After starting to write short stories and scripts, he quickly realized the limitations of a career in filmmaking in his country, so he pursued the American Dream and came to the U.S.!
Most recently, he created, wrote, directed, executive produced and starred in the Warner Bros. Stage13 short-form series ‘The Incredible Life of Darrell’.
His industry accolades include: A Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance film festival for the short film Emergency that he starred in, Best Actor at the Independent Television Festival, Best Web Series at the Miami Short Film Festival for The Incredible Life of Darrell, Semi-Finalist at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival for his drama short A Silent Whisper, Finalist for his short documentary Grand Park July 4th Block Party at the On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project, Best Drama Web Series for his web series Love Struck, at Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) Film and Webisode Festival. He also won best actor for starring in the drama short Roubado
- KYLE KRUPINSKI - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Kyle Krupinski is an award winning Director of Photography based in Los Angeles. He is originally from the midwest. Kyle’s passion for cinematography and storytelling has led him to lens films, commercials, documentaries, fashion, and music videos.
His work has screened at Sundance, British Film institute in London, SXSW Music Conference, Future Film Fest, Newport Beach Film Fest, Berlin Fashion Film Fest, Burbank International Film Fest and more.
- PATRICK LAWRENCE - EDITOR
Patrick Lawrence is a Los Angeles based Editor and Director, originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Patrick recently edited the Netflix Original series Bonding. He has edited over 9 Feature Films since 2014, including Clara's Ghost (MGM/Orion), which world premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to having 4 films premiere at Sundance, projects that Patrick has edited have screened worldwide at SXSW, Cannes, LA Film Festival and more.
Patrick is also the Lead editor on The Incredible Life of Darrell, an upcoming comedy series for Warner Bros, Stage 13.
As a director, he has directed over 30 music videos, working with Grammy nominated artist James Lay, Cece Frey (The X Factor), Caroline Pennell (The Voice)…
His latest short film, “Lionheart”, produced by Universals Music Group, premiered at the British Film institute in London and the SXSW Music Conference.
- EDMUNDO SANCHEZ - STORYBOARD ARTIST
Edmundo is a Los Angeles based Game Artist with skills ranging form 3-d modeling to concept art. He graduated from the art institutes international of California in San Francisco with a Degree in media arts. He has been working as a game artist for over 15 years in California.
Pre-Production | June - July 2019
We are currently building our creative team, location scouting, casting etc.
Production I Mid July 2019
We are slated to shoot for 3 days mid July in Los Angeles.
Post-Production I July - August 2019
We plan to have a final cut in time for fall festival deadlines.
Festival Submissions I Fall 2019
We will be submitting the film to festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, Tribeca, and more.
Premiere I Early 2020
Our goal is to premiere the film at an acclaimed film festival in early 2020 and screen at various film festivals throughout the year.
The funds we raise through Kickstarter will enable us to acquire all the different resources necessary to bring this story to life, from camera and sound equipments rentals, hiring cast and crew, food, production design and post production. The cost of making a short film adds up very quickly. Especially a short film of this magnitude, that has elements of fight choreography and stunts.
Our DP Kyle Krupinski will be creating a limited edition Chef knife as one of the rewards. Below are images of other chef knives he's crafted.
We appreciate you checking out our project LAND OF DRY BONES, and hope that you will consider donating and helping us bring this incredible story to life!
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Risks and challenges
Bringing a film to life comes with numerous challenges from funding to Post Production. Funding is one of many hurdles. We are trying to make an amazing film, with a very tight budget. We have a lot to acquire. Location fees, insurance cost, permits, equipment rentals, transportation, food, costumes, production design elements, post-production and more. Money has to be spent wisely and creatively. Luckily we have an experienced team that's determined to bring this project to life.
The biggest risk we have so far is that with Kickstarter. It's an all or nothing platform. If we don't achieve our goal, the film won't happen. But we believe we have a strong impactful project that will resonate with people and we'll be able to garner support. I am excited by the challenges and getting to share this journey with you.
With love, light, and gratitude - Darrell LakeLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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