THE DAY WE WERE is a short, funny film that considers the idea of context, reality and the power of our collective imagination. In addition to timeless locations, period costumes, and a fantastic cast and crew, THE DAY WE WERE is based on an original story, with funny dialogue, and a twist at the end that will leave the audience smiling.
This short film will be made by and created for those of us who love classic films. It is to be an exercise in the art of film making, using the collective vocabulary of imagery and language that has created such films as Casablanca, Blazing Saddles and Chinatown. Using new technology such as the iPhone4 as our primary recording a device has proven to provide high quality imagery and sound on a past project (SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS) and will be implemented on this project as well. In addition to the phone we hope to use an iPad2 on this shoot for improved framing and playback visibility on the bright desert location.
The location of the desert was selected for THE DAY WE WERE for its drama, timelessness, and bang for the buck. There was a reason Hollywood made so many westerns in the old days (and later spaghetti westerns), and it was cost-savings. Again, a nod to the films of a different time, there will be expansive horizons and, undoubtedly, a heart tugging sunset.
Just as the brilliant Robert Evans says in the movie The Kid stays in the Picture, "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the screen." We believe in starting with a solid script that moves, entertains and tells us something about life. The 10-page script for THE DAY WE WERE has those qualities and that's why we are eager to bring it to the screen.
We are not interested in casts of thousands behind the camera. We've all been there and done that on big budget projects we have worked on. And have seen not only lots of time and money wasted, but more importantly lost momentum. Our crew will be purposefully small (3-4). This intimate shooting scenario will facilitate a more personal artistic experience which we hope translates onto the screen.
- JOYA HOYT: Director of Photography
- PAMELA GRANBERRY: Art Director
- LYNN REINSTEIN: Producer
- TIMO ELLIOTT: Director
PRE-PRODUCTION: We have had our initial table reading of THE DAY WE WERE with the principal performers LYNN REINSTEIN and TIMO ELLIOTT. The straight read-through takes about 8 minutes, so we are on target with action, titles and credits for a tight 14-16 minute film. The location scouting went well with the DP, and most sites have been selected. The costumes are a key component to this picture and some care is going into selecting just the right elements.
PRODUCTION: We will be shooting THE DAY WE WERE in California's Anza Borrego Desert in the Spring of 2011. Although it is a short film, we plan to shoot only during the golden hour of light and also use multiple locations. The shooting schedule allows for 2-3 days. Because we are interested in furthering our exploration of unconventional film-making technologies and techniques, the iPhone4 (and possibly the iPad2) will be used for digital capturing,
POST PRODUCTION: The editing of THE DAY WE WERE will be the most labor intensive aspect of the project. We plan to include an original score and music by talented emerging artists. Title design will also be a considered factor, as it is a necessary component to the storyline. Poster design, promotional materials and social media interfaces will be developed. These things will be key as we then prepare for and launch THE DAY WE WERE into the film festival circuit.
It is important to us to create a film that is artistically merited but also has "film-fest appeal." We hope to create interest in our film-making abilities on this project, so that Kickstarters like you have confidence in supporting our future film-making ambitions. Our ultimate goal is to continue to making great short films that have a positive impact.
Kickstarter is a great platform because it allows us to build a community around THE DAY WE WERE by engaging movie fans who are curious about the movie making process. Allowing people to become personally invested in this project is thrilling for us as filmmakers because we get to share what we do on a new level.
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