THE KNOCK is a Sci-Fi drama set in London in 2078. The world’s population has spiraled out of control to the point where the earth can no longer sustain its vast numbers.
Ten years before all the governments of the world had agreed to form the Department of Population Control (The DPC) in an attempt to ward off the impending overcrowding.
They formulated and passed a law to control population. The DPC Population Order: • Every human being on the planet carries a microchip which contains their unique number • Every week all numbers will be run through a lottery and certain numbers called • If your number comes up you are sent to a culling camp to be killed. • If you tried to escape or run the microchip would be activated and you would die instantly, plus 2 members of your closest family would automatically be sent to the culling camp.
Our story focuses on The Knockers - a slang term given to the DPC men employed to deliver the culling order to the unlucky chosen. Agent Stanley Teal, a drained and lonely man on the edge of retirement. Stanley has no family or friends; he is an emotional zombie who has long since given up on his failed dreams, the perfect type of person to deliver the death notices. One day someone from Stanley’s past enters his life. What they tell him changes his entire outlook on his life and his reason for living, something he had long forgotten. Stanley is forced to ask: What would he sacrifice his life for?
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Making a film requires a vast variety of work and services, we have managed to secure several media companies and professional film individuals to pledge their help and services towards making The Knock and waiver the fees so we can deliver the film.
Thom and Chris Greybe are a director team based in London. They have developed and produced several independent short films growing in budget. Their first film Boxing Day was screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner and Edinburgh Film Festivals.
Recently they won an award to produce a theatrical teaser through the Trailermade scheme, which is supported by The Pinewood Studios Group, Kodak, Panavision, Panalux, Bucks Laboratories, London Photographic Association, LPA Moving Pictures and Molinare. This trailer was called The Container. It was screened in the UK Film Council pavilion at the Cannes film festival for a panel of industry experts.
In addition their 8mm short ‘Stiff’ was also selected for screenings in Cannes, Golden Lions and the Soho Shorts festival. Their first short ‘Boxing Day’ was screened at Cannes film festival as part of the shorts corner.
Comments from Film Industry Professionals.......
Ryan Haidarian - Head of New Ventures, National Film and Video Foundation – South Africa
‘Gives one the confidence that you could pull something off – and giving me confidence you guys could make a really cool really slick film
Chris Collins - The Film Fund, The UK Film Council
‘Really well done, incredible production values and very good showcase for the directors – they've obviously got a command of this genre – did a very good job in showing what they're capable of’
Sally Caplan - Head of Acquisitions, Icon Distribution/ Momentum Pictures
‘I thought the trailer was incredibly stylish – It looked fantastic and in the way they cut it – overall it’s just such a fantastic film’
Rebecca began her career working for BAFTA and Academy Award Winning Production company, Bedlam Productions as an Executive Production Assistant to the producers of THE KING'S SPEECH. Rebecca is currently involved in the development of a feature film called THE WILDERNESS (2014).
Cubeink films was started by brothers Chris and Thom Greybe in 2001, originally to produce Skateboard videos. During the first 3 years Chris and Thom produced 3 feature length skateboard videos which gained distribution in a number of UK skateboard stores. Cubeink then changed direction and was given a contract to produce promos and idents for a middle eastern music channel Smash TV. In 2004 Cubeink produced its first short film entitled ‘Boxing Day’. After this Chris and Thom dedicated Cubeink only to the production of short films which continues to this day.
Cube Ink Productions are pleased to announce actor Julian Bird, who has starred in the critically acclaimed TV series The Tudors has been cast for the role of Chester.
Actor Alex Claus has signed on to play the role of the head of the DCP. Alex is a highly experienced and talented London based actor and his credits include: Fast Girls, Red 2, Robin Hood,Wraith of the Titans and Grange Hill
Alex is represented by Alban Horncastle Management
We want to tell a universal story. We want real characters and a story that is complete, with a beginning, middle and end which we feel many short films today lack. Chris (Writer & Director) set out to write the script and approached the writing from a new perspective compared to his previous work. Instead of writing the early drafts Chris focused on the images and actually drew sketches and images that would convey the emotion, story and subtext without dialogue and then structured his character development and story arcs around this initial work.
It is this concept that we wish to take further into the production, focusing on each image, its composition, the subtext and unconscious messages that the costume and images convey. We also want to deepen the characters in the film – to give them dimension and to make them feel like real people.
To assist the actors we plan to give them mix tapes with songs that we feel their characters would listen to and love and also music that reflects the character’s emotional state. We feel this could aid them with their character development. The look of the film will be a palette of neon pinks, green, steel blues, juxtaposed with greys and dark shadows. The main character will be set against cold uncaring surroundings which will contrast with the human warmth from the people who care about him. The colours should represent his emotional state.
We consider that careful attention needs to be given to the futuristic look, so we have approached the creation of the city skyline by researching and developing a look based on the concept of a second industrial age but with ‘Apple’ production design, mixed with real life surroundings using current architecture, more ‘Children of Men’ than ‘Minority Report’.
We plan to put all these elements together to create a Neo Noir future that has not been seen before, where we strive to underline the lonely, bright yet saddened city of the concrete jungle that our characters are imprisoned in. Some of the film’s unique look will be achieved in post production, with a 3 week offline edit, followed by 2 days of color correction and grading which will emphasis the strong colors and striking cinematography of the film with its dystopian palette.
The cinematography and camerawork will be a mix of handheld and static shots,as we feel the uncertainty in the main character’s feelings should mirror the uncertainty of the camera, and which will further underline the realism we want to convey. We plan to use cinematic static wide angles whenever something close to the main character’s heart is in view highlighting his sense of responsibility to the people close to him.
The aim of this short is to create something cinematic, moving, ground breaking, and above all thought provoking, which will have a long life on the festival circuit and prove to be a strong calling card for all those involved in its production. The heart of the story revolves around the events in one person’s life. The concept might be about a huge global problem but at the core it is about a single human, about his desires, the causes of his sadness, his regrets, and what he would make the ultimate sacrifice for.
We have secured a VFX supervisor Christian Reith - who currently works as the Head of post-production at Maverick Media and who specializes in the production and making of video game television advertisements and video game vials. Chris Greybe currently works at Evolutions as their workflow Manager. Evolutions is one of the biggest post production houses in the UK and has 3 offices in Soho. They have agreed to supply this production with all of its post-production needs. This will include Avid offline/online suites, Baselight grade and Audio dub and final 5.1 mix.
Christian Reith has worked on huge video game campaigns for clients like Sony and EA games, and Chris Greybe has managed and created workflows for large scale BBC productions and many of the current hit TV shows like The Hotel, One Born Every Minute and The Apprentice. They both therefore have a superior level of professional expertise within the post production industry. Because such a high level of past experience is being brought to this production we feel the VFX production of this film is more than achievable and will create a look and atmosphere that has not been seen before.
We have secured and will be shooting on the Red Epic which will allow for shooting resolutions of 5k (more than twice the resolution of 35mm film). The Red Epic also features HDR or high dynamic range, which allows us to capture a range of exposure wider than standard cameras. This will give us the resolution and exposure range to create some truly stunning images and looks in the VFX shoots.
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Risks and challenges
Film making is a complicated technical and logistical process and often unforeseen difficulties arise during production. These difficulties can include equipment failures, weather, actors pulling out at the last minute, or illness, all of which can cause budget and scheduling overruns. This is a relatively small production and the complexity and difficulty are well within the capabilities of the team we have assembled. We have planned around the availability of all the key individuals and equipment.
We are highly motivated to accomplish our short film goal.
As a production company, we have proven on other projects, such as our short films "The Container", that we can keep moving forward, no matter what obstacle or hurdle comes our way. We have the combined experience, skill, passion and determination to see this project through to the end.
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