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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.

 
 

IMPACT

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?

 

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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.

 

CAST

THOMAS LAW (FREDDIE)

(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 DAVIES (Marcus)

(Les Misérables

 
 

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).

 

INGVILD DEILA (Morgana)

(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?

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'A Great Movie Evolves when Everybody Has the Same Vision in Their Heads.'

- Alan Parker

 

OUR TEAM

We have gathered together some of the most talented and on the rise filmmakers who share our passion for sci-fi and film.

 

 WRITER/DIRECTOR

GAÏA GIAFFERI    Gaïa is a multi-skilled filmmaker/writer who works mainly as a continuity supervisor on short and feature films, but also as camera operator on events and occasional editor and photographer. She directed a few short films back at university where she studied Film Production at UCA (University for the Creative Arts) and won the Lido award at the 2011 French film festival “Sur les Pas de Mon Oncle” for “Across the Border”. Since then she has been working on film shoots while writing a number of short and medium length screenplays that she is intending to direct with Unseen Films.

GAÏA GIAFFERI

Gaïa is a multi-skilled filmmaker/writer who works mainly as a continuity supervisor on short and feature films, but also as camera operator on events and occasional editor and photographer. She directed a few short films back at university where she studied Film Production at UCA (University for the Creative Arts) and won the Lido award at the 2011 French film festival “Sur les Pas de Mon Oncle” for “Across the Border”. Since then she has been working on film shoots while writing a number of short and medium length screenplays that she is intending to direct with Unseen Films.

WRITER/producer

ROMAN WOLUJEWICZ    Roman is a filmmaker/writer who met Gaia while also studying Film Production at UCA, where they worked on several projects together and began laying the foundations for a future partnership. Since leaving university, he spent 3 years working in corporate film as a Multimedia Editor before going freelance, allowing him to focus primarily on his writing, while still working on events and fashion photography projects.

ROMAN WOLUJEWICZ

Roman is a filmmaker/writer who met Gaia while also studying Film Production at UCA, where they worked on several projects together and began laying the foundations for a future partnership. Since leaving university, he spent 3 years working in corporate film as a Multimedia Editor before going freelance, allowing him to focus primarily on his writing, while still working on events and fashion photography projects.

CINEMATOGRAPHER

RUARAID ACHILLEOS-SARLL    Ruaraid is a London based cinematographer.  Over the last five years I've shot two feature films, countless shorts and many music videos, documentaries and commercials. He's made films for Marks & Spencers, Harrods, Top Shop, British Gas and the Royal Opera House. 

RUARAID ACHILLEOS-SARLL

Ruaraid is a London based cinematographer.  Over the last five years I've shot two feature films, countless shorts and many music videos, documentaries and commercials. He's made films for Marks & Spencers, Harrods, Top Shop, British Gas and the Royal Opera House. 

assistant producer

ARIANE MOLINATTI    Ariane is a producer based in London. Working as an art journalist at French Radio London, she quickly developed a network within the industry while increasing her knowledge of the London arts scene. Ariane started working on various projects and became PR and Marketing agent for the independent film “Orange Fever”. In parallel, she worked for a number of highly respected film and music festivals. In 2011, she produced the independent feature debut “A Morass” with Paradyll Productions and a few music videos before beginning pre-production work on Paradyll’s second feature length venture “Diaphanous Grandeur & The Prisoners Of Grace”.

ARIANE MOLINATTI

Ariane is a producer based in London. Working as an art journalist at French Radio London, she quickly developed a network within the industry while increasing her knowledge of the London arts scene. Ariane started working on various projects and became PR and Marketing agent for the independent film “Orange Fever”. In parallel, she worked for a number of highly respected film and music festivals. In 2011, she produced the independent feature debut “A Morass” with Paradyll Productions and a few music videos before beginning pre-production work on Paradyll’s second feature length venture “Diaphanous Grandeur & The Prisoners Of Grace”.

 

COMPOSER

FABIEN WALTMANN    Fabien has worked for many years in the music industry after arriving in London in 1993.  Madonna, No Doubt, Etienne Daho, U2, Katy Perry to name a few. Since 2013, Fabien has decided to go back to his first love: doing music for images. He sign his first score for a short called “Trash” Directed by Nicole Albarelli who then ask him to score for her first feature called “To Dream”. In 2015 he score his 2nd feature for French Director called Cyril Morin. You can also hear his very touching score that he produced in 2014 for “Son Of Aram”, a documentary directed by Mika Rosenfeld. Fabien has a unique touch and enjoys working with a very large palette of sounds. Multi-instrumentalist, Fabien’s only aim is to create a very distinctive sonic.

FABIEN WALTMANN

Fabien has worked for many years in the music industry after arriving in London in 1993. Madonna, No Doubt, Etienne Daho, U2, Katy Perry to name a few. Since 2013, Fabien has decided to go back to his first love: doing music for images. He sign his first score for a short called “Trash” Directed by Nicole Albarelli who then ask him to score for her first feature called “To Dream”. In 2015 he score his 2nd feature for French Director called Cyril Morin. You can also hear his very touching score that he produced in 2014 for “Son Of Aram”, a documentary directed by Mika Rosenfeld. Fabien has a unique touch and enjoys working with a very large palette of sounds. Multi-instrumentalist, Fabien’s only aim is to create a very distinctive sonic.

 

PRODUCER

ADRIAN CARSWELL    Adrian is a producer with more than 16 years of experience in the film industry. Working for the BBC , he has  produced many documentaries. He also works as an assistant director on independent projects.

ADRIAN CARSWELL

Adrian is a producer with more than 16 years of experience in the film industry. Working for the BBC , he has  produced many documentaries. He also works as an assistant director on independent projects.

 

SOUND DESIGNER

DION THORPE    Dion is a freelance editor and sound editor based in Cardiff. He undertakes all kinds of work from feature films and pieces for television, to short films, corporates and promos.  Dion was nominated for Best Sound Editing in 2012 at the Watersprite Awards, for “The Water’s Edge” (sound recordist/designer, composer).

DION THORPE

Dion is a freelance editor and sound editor based in Cardiff. He undertakes all kinds of work from feature films and pieces for television, to short films, corporates and promos.  Dion was nominated for Best Sound Editing in 2012 at the Watersprite Awards, for “The Water’s Edge” (sound recordist/designer, composer).

storyboard artist

SPIKE ZEPHANIAH STEPHENSON    Illustrator first and foremost, Spike’s work crosses into various practices, such as writing, animation, puppetry and graphic design. He has made illustrations for a wide range of uses and audiences, from graphic novels to logos to live performance drawing. Spike’s work tends to carry a slightly macabre feel, but is often peppered with comedic touches.

SPIKE ZEPHANIAH STEPHENSON

Illustrator first and foremost, Spike’s work crosses into various practices, such as writing, animation, puppetry and graphic design. He has made illustrations for a wide range of uses and audiences, from graphic novels to logos to live performance drawing. Spike’s work tends to carry a slightly macabre feel, but is often peppered with comedic touches.

 

production designer

JASON KELVIN    Having completed a degree in Theatre Design at Nottingham University Jason has over twenty years experience working as a designer, model maker, scene painter and prop maker in television, film and theatre. As well as being able to produce both visuals and models, he has a large range of practical skills that enable him to work creatively on sets within budget and time.

JASON KELVIN

Having completed a degree in Theatre Design at Nottingham University Jason has over twenty years experience working as a designer, model maker, scene painter and prop maker in television, film and theatre.
As well as being able to produce both visuals and models, he has a large range of practical skills that enable him to work creatively on sets within budget and time.

VFX supervisor

IVAN CIPRIANI    Ivan is a visual effect artist/supervisor with several years of experience in the field. He started off as an editor in a small firm in Rome, Italy and then moved into the creation of visual images. He’s been freelancing in the industry for the past 8 years and worked on many hollywood films and series (Game of Thrones), perfecting his skills.  His main goal is to support the creative process of filmaking by designing invisible effects aimed to enhance the storytelling.

IVAN CIPRIANI

Ivan is a visual effect artist/supervisor with several years of experience in the field. He started off as an editor in a small firm in Rome, Italy and then moved into the creation of visual images. He’s been freelancing in the industry for the past 8 years and worked on many hollywood films and series (Game of Thrones), perfecting his skills.  His main goal is to support the creative process of filmaking by designing invisible effects aimed to enhance the storytelling.

 

editor

 

'A Film is a Petrified Fountain of Thought.'

- Jean Cocteau

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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

IMAGE

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. 

SOUND

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

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THE DREAM

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 MEMORY

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.

 

SUPPORT US

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:

Set design

Props

Equipment

Catering

Cast

Post production

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