Quiet on set. During a mandatory moment of silence, we take a peek into the deafening thoughts of the crew members.
At the end of a long day of shooting an uninspiring Christmas Movie-of-the-Week, the Boom Operator must record a minute of silence ("room tone") before everyone can go home. During this recording, the film crew must be absolutely quiet; no one can speak. However, inside everyone’s mind, a unique monologue blares. While some of these thoughts are jarring and ruminative, others are absurd and commiserative and the viewer is invited to bare witness to them all. Among these seemingly disjointed thoughts, we notice patterns of reflectiveness. Each individual, recalling a moment of regret, loss or disconnection that has led to where they are today -- heartbroken, stuck, lost and ultimately, unable to pinpoint exactly where to go from here.
We all share an unadulterated love for bold, daring cinema. Having worked on everything from big budget network television shows to indie festival darlings, we believe we have the skills, talent and passion to make this unique and gutsy film.
The cinematography will consist of slow, sweeping movements that will track throughout the film set, from person to person, in a meditative, dream-like manner. We’ll float, too.
The pacing of the film will start considerably slow and ramp up as we weave through the crew members and their monologues ––like a pot of water coming to a boil. As the emotions become more and more charged, from person to person, the editing will mimic the frantic and unpredictable nature of thought; tough to filter and tough to retain as a cohesive stream of consciousness.
Many film industry folks in Vancouver are familiar with a specific type of branded movie-of-the-week ––they lend themselves to a particularly familiar aesthetic that we have seen in countless local productions. We hope to authentically pinpoint that look and do as much as possible to create an environment that our filmmaker peers (among cinephiles and general movie-lovers) will appreciate and recognize to be an accurate depiction of these film sets.
Sides.pdf, a six minute short film and sister piece to Room Tone.wav, will be launched on the prestigious online platform Short of the Week.com. Here, we will re-direct online traffic to Storyhive’s voting platform in order to promote this fruitful funding opportunity for Room Tone.wav. Sides.pdf will also serve as an appropriate set-up for the continued exploration of themes relating to self-actualization and the blurring between performance and realty,
On our last project, the Storyhive award-winning music video for XX by Missy D featuring Kimmortal, we created an online Instagram gallery that viewers could visit after watching the video, in order to learn more about the performers who were featured. Each performer was given a platform to speak out about the struggles, obstacles and/or moments of resilience they’ve experienced as minorities and/or allies to marginalized people. This implementation of another platform to accompany the video extends the lifespan of the work and broadens the audience.