Relentless Short Stories: "The Pit - a film about crowd surfing"God, I love these. The behaviour of fans at a gig is a key part of the relation between them, the band, and the music. Crowd surfing, along with pogoing and moshing, is an act of rock’n’roll defiance, a demonstration that you are there in the thick of it, lost in the music. “The Pit: a film about crowd surfing” is film maker, Dave Depares’ journey into the complex politics of crowd surfing, which shows the fans in action and tells their story. The fifth entry in the 2011 Short Stories film competition fuelled by Relentless Energy Drink, “The Pit,” takes viewers into a world of bodies and bouncers. Depares introduces us to the fans who risk ejection from the venue, the musicians who live it every night (including Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats and Lee Spielman of Trash Talk) and the bouncers who try to keep everyone safe. The film contrasts the focused energy of the band with the seeming chaos of the pit. The director draws on his dual experiences of directing music videos, and reviewing hundreds of gigs as a music journalist, to get under the skin of the fans and show how they see the art of crowd surfing. “I’ve always been fascinated by crowd politics, the way different crowds respond to different bands, the changing energy levels, the positioning of various crowd members within the venue and their roles within the crowd. There are the planks, the head-nodders, the dancers, the pogoers, the moshers, and the crowd surfers.” The short film is a kinetic portrait of what it is to be lost in music, showing both the beauty of the energy involved and the violence of the actions themselves. It’s a real eye-opening look at a world a lot of us may never have seen. “The Pit” is being released on August 11th via www.relentlessenergy.com
Funding campaign for Little Brother (2011)Hello folks. Some of you may or may not know that I love my Indie (Independent) films. Why? because there are those select few which haven't been tainted by the big studios, and it's these ones that have full control over what a film should be. Now, that's not to say I don't enjoy or love any 'tainted' Indie films, because there are a huge amount of great Indies under major studio banners. Anyway, check this out:
The StoryLittle Brother is a short psychological drama about Ray, a hypochondriac whose obsession with his own body leads him to think that a parasitic twin living inside him causes his chronic pain. When his co-worker and only source of human interaction Rachel invites him to come to her baby-shower, Ray sees a way out of his lonely way of living for the first time. His hope is shattered when an incident related to his compulsive life-style causes him to lose his job and Rachel’s trust. Faced with losing his last connections to human society and indeed with losing what remains of his sanity, Ray has to confront his own obsessions. He has to go face to face with his Little Brother. Where does the money go to? This student short film is one of the most challenging and demanding projects that we had until now. Because this film is a Master Thesis project we have the luck of getting the equipment for free from Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh Skillset Screen & Media Academy and that means that we only have to cover the rest of the expenses to make this project possible and real. Our expenses include location fees, catering, costumes, make-up, props and distribution materials. In order to make a believable set, Ray's apartment requires a lot of work and props. We will need more then a hundred x-rays which are accumulated by Ray over the years of monitoring his own body. Picture a small dark room, with a row of back lit x-rays running along the walls. The x-rays play an important role in the film and will give us a lot of opportunity to play with surreal light-effects. Another challenging location is Ray's working place which is a private clinic. As odd as it sounds we have a Mariachi band in the script. Yes, there is a rehearsal room of a Mariachi band next to Ray's apartment. Again, they play a vital role in the story and their light-hearted, comical music serves to contrast the disturbing scenes involving Ray’s compulsions. Finding them will not be the easiest task In Scotland so we might need to create our own. This means renting or even buying costumes. We are planning to shoot in July for four days with the probability of extending to five or six days of filming. At this point everything depends on the development and evolution of the script. Even though none of the crew and cast members will be paid we will need to provide them with catering and transportation. We will be shooting on the Sony F900 camera which is provided by the university and doesn't cost us anything but the HDCAM tapes do and they are quite expensive. So far our budget looks like this:
|catering for crew and actors||£150.00 ($245.24)|
|DVD's & distribution materials||£140.00 ($283.83)|
Most of the team is formed by post graduate students of Edinburgh Skillset Screen & Media Academy but we are lucky enough to also have professionals on board who are willing to work on this project for free. We are always looking to attach new talent to the project but so far this is our crew: Director & Colour Grader: Andrei Staruiala Writer: Martin Kreuch Producer: Raluca Oros DOP: Carlo D'Alessandro Focus Puller: David Van Der Zanden Gaffer: Steve Cardno Sound: Colin Chipchase Editor: Andrei DascalescuAndrei: Director’s notes
I want to give this film a strong visual character implementing experimental shots and creating an interesting almost surrealistic environment of Ray's apartment. In order to give it a true dramatic essence as well all of this has to be counterbalanced with realistic scenes which allow the performance to fill the screen, give characters flesh and make them real people. Martin: Writer’s notes This project is very dear to me. Though by no means autobiographical, it is inspired by my time working as a paramedic. Surrounded by sick people every day, I found myself reading diseases into every little quirk of my body (still happens after watching too much House MD). Because of lifting patients every day, I developed a chronic back pain and have quite a collection of x-rays of my spine now. So, now that I’ve shared some of my personal story of hypochondria with you, help me share even more of it by donating as much as your Mariachi-loving heart tells you to!
Relentless Short Stories: Good Morning GravityCheck this out, another one of those sweet ass short stories for the Relentless Short Stories competition. This one is called, Good Morning Gravity. Injury is something that Professional BMX riders have to deal with, it comes with the territory. However what happened to Niki Croft at the London Cycle Show on the 10th of October 2010 was something else entirely. The third entry in the Relentless Energy Short Stories 2011 short film competition, Good Morning Gravity, has been directed by BMX videographer Richard Forne, and tells the story of Niki’s recovery after an accident that nearly cost him his life, put him in a two day coma, and left his memory shattered. Beautifully shot, and combining action footage with evocative cinematography, the film is both tragic and uplifting. The film also features a soundtrack composed by Richard and Laurent “Lags” Barnard, guitarist with hardcore punk band, Gallows. For Richard, the reasons for choosing Niki as a subject were obvious. “his accident affected the entire BMX community and I feel his story is inspirational. His recovery and return to his bike had a huge positive effect on me, and I would like to share that with everyone.” Relentless Energy Rider, Niki tells the story in his own words. The affect the accident had on him is obvious, as is his focus on not letting it hold him back, in both his riding and his day-to-day life. “If you have to give up everything you love, then it’s not really life is it. You need to be doing these things to be living, that’s especially true with me and BMX. It makes me feel alive.”