In the autumn of 2013 I will be directing an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s more obscure plays, in preparation for this we have decided to make this beautiful short film to give the creative team a chance to work together, myself as director, Glen the inspirational and imaginative DP, Ian the resourceful producer, the attentive JD and award-winning Axle on sound, the perfectionist Drew as editor, the genius Nickolai as score composer, plus the stunning work of the Canadian fantasy artist Thiery, and of course the cast, all of whom I plan to use in the feature.
But why this film?
This is a beautiful and deceptively simplistic story about Alice a young girl (11 yrs) who is isolated from the world (mother gone, father uninterested) who discovers a man cached in her garden shed who claims to be from the future. He is scared of the world, hiding from it, rather like she is, only his seclusion is physical not psychological. He is afraid of cars, thinks her pets are dinner and recounts disturbing tales of how humanity fell in his past - her future. Through him Alice finds a companion and also a surrogate father figure, through her the Man (whose name we never know) finds someone to help ease him back into life and into a society he doesn’t understand leading both to save the other. Is he actually from the future? That is never revealed, even I don’t know, I have let the actor playing the role decide for himself.
This short has been in development now since I first stumbled across the script in October. Several drafts later I feel the writer Claire has created something unique. The film is pretty much prepped and ready to go, locations, storyboards, cast, crew, and we had originally planned to shoot in February however when we pulled our collecting resources we realised that in order to do the film justice we needed more finance than we could muster, that coupled with wanting better weather and the unexpectedly early arrival of an heir to the DP estate meant that we have chosen to shoot in late April / May.
If we have to we will shoot on DSLR camera and a basic kit, however we feel this story deserves a bit more. The money will be spent on getting better equipment (camera, stedicam, lighting etc,) there is one night time sequence in the garden that begs for a specific lighting look, plus a camera that we have secured if we have the funding. We will make this come what may; we would just like to make it better. All cast & crew are giving of their time pro bono, and the main location is also free however we will need to hire the Church cemetery location and licencing rights for the art work that will be used as a comic book for Alice to read.
I know there are a lot of other films out there looking for funding and no doubt many are more deserving than ours, but we are committed to telling great and unique stories and this is one of them. If we get this right the Shakespeare feature may well be a work of art.