"Still Falls the Rain" (it's the title of a wartime poem about the London Blitz, also relevant in terms of subtext in the closing scene)
It's the story of a homeless teenage boy and his struggle to survive wartime London during the 1940s. He is caught stealing food from a recently bombed house, and part of the film takes place in the alleyways and passages of East London, as the boy attempts to evade the policeman who spotted him looting the house. After he runs into a dead end, he must face the officer and decide just how far he's willing to go in order to escape and survive. With a few twists and turns along the way, of course ; )
Independence, Survival, Guilt.
The film should run at about 4 minutes long, and is to be shot on two days, on the last weekend of October. The total budget is £3000, a lot of which is already secured by personal funding, as well as sponsors. I'm also planning a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com
It will be shot on the RED Epic camera (already booked), capable of shooting 5k video images, and up to 320 frames per second for slow-motion. Other films currently being shot on this camera include the new Spiderman and The Hobbit.
In terms of script, it's being mentored by Richard Jobson, a well known british Director (New Town Killers).
Also, a well known british DOP Philip Bloom (recently filmed some of George Lucas' Red Tails) has shown interest in the project, but this is still being negotiated.
Shooting is set to be on the last weekend of October, which will allow me roughly 6/7 months of post-production.
The Visual Effects Proposal:
A lot of it will be cleaning out the modern parts of london, to make them look as they did back in the 40s. A lot of bomb damage too, which will be done through projections and texture work. A lot of the work is similar to the environmental pieces in the recent Sherlock Holmes film, and I've been lucky enough (and encouraged!) to open up scene files at MPC, to see the ins and outs of that type of work. Had a few chats with some of the artists too, who gave me some insight into doing this type of thing successfully.
I've been very busy reading this summer!!
Obviously in terms of VFX, films such as Sherlock Holmes, Sweeny Todd, Dorian Gray etc, and the short film Nuit Blanche. Some of the images that really excited me, and made me want to bring this world to life were the following:
Plus many many more, would be silly to post them all up here. If anyone has any useful references, post them up please!
Also, I went out to Tottenham the day after the riots to capture some of the aftermath, lots of good texture stuff (though these were just the more arty photos for my blog)
I have a very very talented composer working with me on this, he scored one of my all time favourite animations (The Ark). There will be a full orchestral recording session for the film's OST, which excites the hell out of me, almost more than the camera.
Just a photoshop montage of about three images, showing the type of scene I pictured for the opening of the film, as the boy watches his home burn (Mario might be doing the fire).
Note, it will not be in black and white! That's just how the original reference images were. Also, his house is not that regal, just that picture was close enough in terms of angle and fire.
A lot of storyboarding to come in the next week or two!
Edited by Miguel, 27 August 2011 - 09:31 PM.