SHORT FILM - 15 MIN
THE INNER is a psychological thriller/sci-fi short film that explores the themes of existence, fate, identity and perception. Marcus wakes up in another person's body, and has to try and discern reality from fantasy and deal with the fact that he may, or may not, be going mad. The story builds to an intense psychological crescendo to finally reach reality.
This ambitious production intends to provoke with the use of unusual techniques and explore a high concept of filmmaking.
THE INNER explores the boundaries of imaginary and reality of our subconscious mind. In our modern world, what happens when we are unable to tell the real from the unreal?
- All artwork by Spike Z. Stephenson -
It also brings up questions of identity: Would you choose to become someone else if you could? Does your body determine your identity?
THE FUTURE OF THE INNER
THE INNER aims to be screened in high profile festivals and film competitions worldwide. The ultimate goal is to use the film as a premise for our upcoming series and feature film projects.
(The World’s End)
Tom is best known for playing Peter Beale in EastEnders between 2006 and 2010. His other screen credits include Casualty, The World’s End and Sadie J, whilst on stage Thomas starred as the title role in Peter Pan at the Lowry in 2010.
Stevee is a a versatile English actor both on stage and on screen known for his work on Les Misérables (2012), A Touch of Frost (1992) and Peep Show (2003).
(Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Ingvild is a Norwegian actress based in the UK since 2012. She has played the lead role in several feature films, short films, plays, music videos and commercials. Ingvild also appeared as princess Leia in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' in 2016.
Who is the real you?
'A Great Movie Evolves when Everybody Has the Same Vision in Their Heads.'
- Alan Parker
We have gathered together some of the most talented and on the rise filmmakers who share our passion for sci-fi and film.
'A Film is a Petrified Fountain of Thought.'
- Jean Cocteau
The photographic “look” of THE INNER will operate on two levels: the first, as visual interpretation of its subject’s inner torment, suspended between reality and unreality; the second, as metaphor for the human identity itself. The use of graphic close-ups, Dutch angles, and chiaroscuro, iconic forms, and placing actors in sparse, simple set designs will immerse the audience into the character’s mind. It will be realistic, however with a surreal quality to it. Visual elements and references to identity will convey the character’s intern conflicts.
The film will require a dark and oppressing general ambience that will be achieved through the use of non diegetic sound and unsettling music that will give a sense of mystery as well as fantasy to the film: we will create a recurring violin motif that reappears throughout the story, culminating with an intense audible crescendo to mirror the film’s actual events. The sound will also attempt to mimic the noise of panic in nature with straining strings and overblowing brass especially for the mirror scene where the effect will convey the character’s feelings of horror.
The film is divided in three distinct parts: the dream, the memory, and the real world
The entire dream will be shot in infrared - progressively intensifying - to achieve hyperrealism. Steadicam or drone to induce a slight floating effect. The main sequence of events flows naturally, we unsettle the audience by making the background action slightly odd, unnatural, static, repetitive, or break continuity.
The bar scene is the only time we see Marcus and Freddie together, as they were. Their respective personality traits will be enhanced in order to distinguish them as much as possible and reveal Marcus’ jealousy of the life Freddie takes for granted.
We will use vivid colours and anamorphic lenses to accentuate the unreal, fever-dream that we are witnessing.
THE REAL WORLD
This scene is extremely challenging in terms of acting. The confrontation in the mirror is divided in 11 steps that allow us to make Marcus gradually reach a point of acceptance in a few minutes. He shifts from fear to joy when he eventually understands that he has been given a blank slate. Only then he goes to confront the wife. We realise her face is the same as Morgana’s... Marcus gives in to his new reality.
We are looking to raise £5 500 by February 10th 2017. This will be used for the costs of production, such as set and equipment hire. Funds raised above our target will be invested in a higher quality of production and design. Every penny goes straight into our film's cost, including:
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