THE MAKING OF A SHORT - "TOMORROW"


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Background

It's not always easy to come up with a story that resonates so deeply with a large majority of people while at the same time differ from anything ever seen before. As visual artists we always try to run away from the "generic" but often find ourselves drawn back to the simplicity of it. 

The idea for this film came when we got in contact with east-coast writer Eddy Gudakov, and started throwing ideas around. We knew that we wanted to create a story that was relatable to us in a very real way. Something that is happening now, and something that people can identify with today.

In our generation there seems to be a lack of confidence when it comes to choosing a career or even just a life purpose. Now we're no connoisseurs when it comes to these things, but we felt inspired to create a story that will explore this subject of this thing we call 'dreams' and 'ambitions'.

Our short film Tomorrow explores the loss of a dream. Set against the canvas of the early 1990's, we have an older woman named Tommy who is in her 60's and works as a middle school lunch lady. Every passing day is another drop of disappointment into the bucket of misery she lives in. When Tommy was young and in college, she had an opportunity to go on a "study-abroad program" with the chance of becoming a theatre actress. That was her dream. Once, her parents had visited her and she presented the idea to them. Her extremely conservative father didn't even consider it a possibility and with the help of her mother dismissed the idea. 

Cinematography reference board.

Cinematography reference board.

Pre-production

We've called our closest friends, contacts and assembled an incredibly talented team. This blog will serve as a diary for our thoughts and show the progress of this project.

Our Production Designer Benjamin Holtrop created mood boards for the 3 different scenes we will be filming in this short. Shooting in the 50's and 90's was a stylistic choice as well as a challenge to create an emotion of nostalgia throughout the film. This nostalgia being a metaphor for Tommy's longing to take back the lost time and live out the pursuits she was determined to live in her youth.


Cast

David Meyers (Dad)

We are honored to introduce you guys to one of our principal actors, David Meyers. He's been on films such as "Men of Honor", with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, and "Firefox", with Clint Eastwood. Mr. Meyers has also recently Co-Starred in the NBC episodic, "Grimm". We cannot wait to see what he will bring to our film!

We are honored to introduce you guys to one of our principal actors, David Meyers. He's been on films such as "Men of Honor", with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, and "Firefox", with Clint Eastwood. Mr. Meyers has also recently Co-Starred in the NBC episodic, "Grimm". We cannot wait to see what he will bring to our film!

Katie Bennett (Older Tommy)

Katie Bennett has an MFA in Theatre from the University of SC Department of Theatre and Dance and an AB in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Berkeley. Though a native Oregonian born in Portland, Katie used to live in New York and worked in guest roles on As The World Turns and All My Children. Now in Portland, she is booking roles in indie films and commercials as well as writing, teaching and directing.

Katie Bennett has an MFA in Theatre from the University of SC Department of Theatre and Dance and an AB in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Berkeley. Though a native Oregonian born in Portland, Katie used to live in New York and worked in guest roles on As The World Turns and All My Children. Now in Portland, she is booking roles in indie films and commercials as well as writing, teaching and directing.


Behind the Scenes

First formal production meeting with the department heads. Left to right: Avel Chuklanov - DP, Leo Zhuchenko - 1st AD, Andrey Lytvyn - Gaffer, Dennis Mulyar - Director.

First formal production meeting with the department heads. Left to right: Avel Chuklanov - DP, Leo Zhuchenko - 1st AD, Andrey Lytvyn - Gaffer, Dennis Mulyar - Director.

Left: Production Designer - Benjamin Holtrop. Right: Producer - Ian Midura. 

Left: Production Designer - Benjamin Holtrop. Right: Producer - Ian Midura. 


You're invited to the Premiere!

June 20th, 2015 @ Cinema 21 | Portland, Oregon (Time TBA - follow here for updates)

Admission is Free!

 

 

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