THE IRRESISTIBLE OFFER
a short motion picture business plan
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction Story Outline Production Plan Marketing Plan Budget Cash Flow and Financing Investment Considerations Director’s Statement
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IPP has extensive contacts in all these branches and will utilize them to get the project in the best possible commercial vantage point. and insurance. the project’s greatest asset is the relationship with an established production company that will serve as an umbrella providing use of it’s office space. LLC (“IPP” or “the Company”) is currently seeking investors to finance the production of a short film entitled “The Irresistible Offer” (“TIO” or “the Short”). The short film seeks to maximize ORIGINALITY. Research is middle of Times Square. Aside from the story and the talented human capital. NYC. and PRODUCTION VALUE and is designed to achieve success at the highest levels of international festival competition in order to be a contender for an Oscar. and theatrical are also part of the marketing plan. Another potential and lucrative revenue stream may come from sale or optioning of the story rights. In the entertainment industry. production and post-production equipment. and Amazon are moving into providing feature length films. The film as it stands now is planned to be a miniblockbuster. Investment in IPP’s production of “The Irresistible Offer” will provide good returns because the film will look as if it was made for considerably more. Film production is a lucrative way to go from having a great story to owning part in a bountiful revenue stream.the bedrock of a good marketing campaign. This high concept film deals with cutting edge debate topics that will serve to provide word of mouth advertising . showing that there is a lucrative niche for wellproduced short form entertainment. contrasting our potential for the best and the worst within the span of 17 thrilling minutes. this greater percieved value directly translates to greater sales. $100. Ideally Planned Productions.INTRODUCTION
A good story can make a lot of money. while they don’t object to being subjected to advertising messages. In addition the Short’s innovative marketing plan will utilize the latest developments PROJECT LOGLINE in Internet promotion as well as more traditional A homeless man is offered means of promotion such as festivals and print. ENTERTAINMENT. high quality shorts. Fox. this film takes advantage of all in a terrorist plot to detonate an explosive device in the the emerging digital technology. a currently popular trend in Hollywood. with the possibility of expanding it into a full feature using footage shot (like the British Oscar nominated short “Cashback” – now a feature) for the short or allowing another team to re-imagine the story in a remake. Currently companies like Apple. Aside from the Internet and mobile devices. the traditional modes of distribution such as home video. in other words customers are not interested in paying for them.000 and a new identity Furthermore shot on HD and ready for Internet and in exchange for participating mobile distribution. While the internet is flooded with “shorts” they are done by amateurs and do not have inherent commercial value.
. television. “TIO” probes the depths of the human condition. to buttress and test their models they also require well done.
Fortunately. whether it means saving the day or being aggressive in order to maintain status quo. VERLOC’s men begin dialing in to detonate – but they can’t get a signal! CHARLES takes off running away from the Times Square crowds. When time revs back up. The film ends with the bomb going off. PETE. VERLOC’s COHORTS: 5 men in their 20s who comprise VERLOC’s “cell”. CHARLES follows the plan. SYLVAN VERLOC: Man of ambiguous Balkan descent in his mid to late 30s. but can’t decide where). the “irresistible offer” is made to CHARLES. MICHAELS yells to CHARLES to throw him the package. In a deserted restaurant undergoing renovations and staffed by VERLOC’s cohorts. CHARLES. MICHAELS throws the bomb inside and closes the doors. CHARLES does when it starts beeping. A thrilling chase/man-with-a-bomb sequence follows. patrolling. his resistance and acquiesce serves to build dynamic tension and segway into the last scene – the execution of the plot to detonate a bomb in the middle of Times Square. We don’t know if he’s a spy.
. Just as the bomb is finally about to go off. He’s on the beat. a moment of frozen time where he has a vision of the LADY IN WHITE. intelligent but has given up hope. MICHAELS appears on the street. he has changed his mind. but at the last moment has an epiphany. PLOT The film starts off with our hero. unconscious on the pavement of a midtown street during the morning rush hour. drinking problem. there’s an open truck double parked on the street. He is confronted by a cop. and reads CHARLES’s body language (CHARLES wants to get rid of the bomb. Diabetic. He could be any combination of these things. At the end of his line CHARLES is approached by a charismatic stranger. mafiosi or terrorist. who uses intimidation and mild physical violence to force CHARLES to get up and move out of the area. Even though CHARLES is hooked after he accepts the first $20 bill from VERLOC. OFFICER MICHAELS: NYPD beat cop in his mid to late 30s. Likes his job. CHARLES’s situation is further worsened when he is beat up and robbed by another homeless.STORY OUTLINE
CHARACTERS CHARLES: Homeless man in his late 40s early 50s. Too late though. SYLVAN VERLOC. MICHAELS. the bomb is triggered remotely by a cell phone. who keeps feeding CHARLES $20s and invites him to dinner. He senses that something is not right.
Principal photography refers to the phase of film production during which the movie is actually shot. Sets are constructed. props. principal photography. At some point in pre-production there will be a read-through of the script which is usually attended by all cast members with speaking parts.
QuickTimeª and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. cast members. all heads of departments. the crew is hired. as well as a Casting and Rehearsals screenplay which is Script Rewrites satisfactory to all the Storyboards Crewing and Contracting financiers. In the film industry. producers. financial arrangements are put in place and a start date for the beginning of principal photography is set. During pre-production. An extremely detailed schedule is produced and arrangements are made for the necessary elements to be available to the filmmakers at the appropriate times. It is usually the most expensive phase of film
. pre-production usually only commences once a project has been developed and is green lit. Film production falls into three categories: pre-production. director Script Breakdown and cinematographer Budget and Schedule in place.PRODUCTION PLAN
This section seeks to outline for the lay investor the general process of film production. and post-production. costumes. special effects and visual effects are identified. At this stage a project will generally be fully financed and have most of the key elements such as PRE-PRODUCTION principal cast. Special considerations and challenges to the production are outlined towards the end of this chapter. publicists and of course the director. Agreements the script is broken Insurance and Permits down into individual Wardrobe and Props Prep scenes and all the locations. financiers. Pre-production is the process of preparing all the elements involved a film.
design – adding effects.
. masters. A digital effects specialist also starts Composing the Film Score working on creating and Special Effects compositing elements that Color Grading Benefits of Tapeless HD were not done in camera. The final result is laid off to digital tape mess-ups. POST-PRODUCTION Following this a rough assembly is made where the Editing director and editor start to actually put the film Soundesign together. Roman
content instantly ready for editing.production and generally marks a point of no return for the financiers. Once a film concludes principal photography it is said to have wrapped. Production for Short After a rough cut. • No logging or capturing. unique score to fit the mood and purpose of each • Looks like film @ 24 scene. monitoring. The footage is brought into the editing computer (usually running Avid or Final Cut Pro) and is synced with the recorded audio. • Same pallete of lenses and camera accessories as in 35mm. George Lucas’s “Revenge of the Sith”. ON-SET PRODUCTION HIEARARCHY
Post-production is the general term for all stages of production occurring after principal photography and ending with the completed film. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE FILM HD: The film is going to be shot on HD. This is sent off to the composer who writes a cheaper. Recently. • No camera noise. projects like Michael Mann’s “Collateral”. ambience. Finally there is a sound mix and audio is married to • No processing lab fees or the image. Parallel to this work is being done on sound frames. and a wrap party may be organized to celebrate. there is a series of finer and finer Films cuts based on feedback. Once the • On-set WSIWYG picture is locked (no more edits) it is color corrected. etc. Eventually a final cut is • Stock is reusable and made.
35mm is moot at this point and will not affect the commercial desirability of the product. Furthermore. The numerous film programs offered by New York’s universities provide a sizeable pool of behind the camera talent as well interns. but that will be the only expense as the actual special effects labor will be done for free as part of IPP’s coproduction deal with Run Cycle Productions. While shooting on location in Times Square will be no doubt challenging. a number of which are always under renovation.
. FX: As maybe gleaned from the script there are going to be a number of special effects shots. the most elaborated ones being the frozen time with the Lady in White and the explosion. RESTAURANT: New York has a lot of restaurants. The debate of HD vs.Polanski’s “Oliver Twist”. A green screen studio will have to be rented. the artistry of Cinematographer working in concert with the Art Director is what results in that feeling of high production value that people have to expected from Hollywood entertainment. As can be glimpsed from the selection. HD just means the expense of working with emulsion film is illuminated. In general. HD now is not just a sensible solution for CGI heavy productions. NYC: The film was written for the city. the director has 6 years of shooting on the streets of the city and New York City’s Film and Television Commission is extremely accommodating to insured productions (MTV shoots in Times Square daily). Bryan Singer’s “Superman”. POST: Woo Art International has modern post-production facilities that will be used to edit the film and lay off to HD tape. put works great for any story. The fact that the script calls for them to be under renovations and hence unusable will add further savings to the production and will make scouting and negotiations easier. the production will offer the restaurant to make some money even when it is closed down. NYC has a great source of acting talent willing to work for free to get a chance at exposure. Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” and Robert Altman’s “Prairie Home Companion” have all been shot using this format.
will also be implemented. reaching $103 billion by 2008 in box office and home video/DVD sales alone. The film will be promoted to other blogs in order to get a buzz going about the project.000
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. screening parties will be held at stylish spots in order to directly promote the project to the trendsetting audience. All this.000
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$80.5% over the next five years. The backbone of the campaign will be the festival push towards the Oscars. 450 theatrical releases per year. a good project speaks for itself and nothing beats word of mouth advertising. as well as a promotional trailer/teaser will be made available. It is standard practice for studios to budget 25%-50% of the film’s production budget in order to promote and sell to the public. Furthermore. The film will have a site and a blog. can be done without any expense to IPP. With approx. of course. using the internet in conjunction with the founding partners’ extensive connections with media industry and NYC cultural and nightlife luminaries. like with any product.000
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. One good write up in the right place will launch the project into the mainstream creating interest from established distributors. IPP has come up with an innovative strategy to promote this unique short film. but a hedging strategy.MARKETING PLAN
Film marketing is an art onto itself.
253.3 million by the end of the year. And as of writing this. But that is not all." Source PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP REVENUE POTENTIAL There was a time when shorts were screened in movie theaters before features.5 hours worth of content.2 billion by 2010 from only $216 million in 2005.worth in excess of $1. HDTV households continue to grow in numbers and are projected to reach 20. the film will also become a calling card for the feature length project that can incorporate the already shot footage.5 million in worldwide theatrical gross alone. on the model of the Oscar nominated short Cashback. Each minute of Titanic made 9. major festival recognition.
. "In EMEA (Europe. Middle East. Youtube gets 80 million visitors a month. Fast forward to 2006 where thanks to digital filmmaking and emerging internet and mobile device distribution models the Short is making a comeback. Furthermore as of 2003.000 dollars. Amazon has launched their own analogous service as well. there were 3851 features and 1809 shorts films being produced annually.45 billion a year in box-office ticket sales alone.1 percent growth compounded annually. jumping 5. Along with 1687 made for tv films. IPP will own the story rights to the project and naturally whose sale or optioning revenue will go to investors. Apple’s iTunes sold over 1 million videos for $1. And there are currently 100-200 sites that offer video on demand. 1355 tv series. and Japan account for 91 per cent of worldwide HDTV households. Africa) online subscription services and video streaming services are entering the market. This changed in mid 80s when advertising replaced this classic entertainment and shorts were relegated to festival slates and an occasional appearance on television. averaging 59. worldwide in a $75 bn market. They became merely calling cards for aspiring directors and most were the results of film student productions that lacked the maturity and production value of the long-form Hollywood fare. but will also be sold as a high resolution internet download and a scaled down and trimmed down 5 minute version that can be purchased for viewing on a video capable cell phone (like Verizon’s Vcast phones) or a portable media device like Apple’s iPod.3% from 15 million in mid2006.S. Together they will reach $2. and in a big way! Due to The Irresistible Offer’s high concept and budgeting for a high production value the film will be poised to take advantage not only of the traditional successful path for a short – festival screenings. These figures indicate that in 2003 on average each minute of distributed film generated close to 50. followed by television and DVD distribution. and 1660 direct to video movies there were 25.99 each in the first 20 days of the service being offered. U. Home VHS/DVD sales and rentals account for an additional 250% of box office receipts.
BUZZ What we are looking for is a catalyzing word of mouth moment where exposure and distribution potential can start to snowball creating more and more income revenues for IPP and its investors. cheaper bandwith. faster wireless and wired data transfer speeds. it has advantages over the long format such as features because download times are smaller and the content can be digested without commitment. etc.ie W r w e T / a le o ld id V C b T e tr a h a ic l In rn t te e D ms H m V e o e tic o e id o In rn tio a H m V e te a n l o e id o P rta le E c o ic o b le tr n s
Short films fall under the category of short form content. IPP is planning on pursuing traditional distribution routes along with emergent ones whose reality is being made possible by technological advances – cheaper LCD screens. say over a coffee break. This is the predominant form of video content on the net and mobile devices.SHORT FILM DISTRIBUTION POTENTIAL
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Short Film Festival Melbourne Intl. the film has to be recognized by a festival on the Academy’s list. IPP will put apply to dozens of these festivals on the Oscar route and will work off the momentum to generate buzz. Film Festival
. ENTERTAINING. Du Film Chicago Intl. Film Festival Cinequest Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand Intl. In addition. Short Film Festival Palm Springs Intl.FESTIVALS The last stop on a short film’s journey to major exposure is an Oscar nomination. Film Festival Los Angeles Film Festival Los Angeles Intl. Film Festival Bermuda Intl.
Ann Arbor (Michigan) Film Festival Aspen Shortsfest Athens (Ohio) Intl. Short Film Festival Rhode Island Intl. Film Festival Cannes Festival Intl. Short Film Festival Cracow Intl. Festival of Short Films Flickerfest Florida Film Festival Foyle Film Festival The Hamptons Intl. In order to be considered for the Academy Award the film has to be ORIGINAL. and have PRODUCTION VALUE. Film Festival Atlanta Film Festival Austin Film Festival Berlin Intl. Festival of New Cinema Montreal World Film Festival Nashville Film Festival Oberhausen Intl. Film Festival India Intl. Film Festival Locarno Intl. Film Festival Montreal Intl.
. especially for television. because there isn’t the kind of network for short films that there is for features. Currently there are between 200-300 sites on the net aggregating. Because IFC and its competitor.San Francisco Intl.S. the Sundance Channel. Film Festival
TELEVISION The following excerpt from the New England Film journal sums up IPP’s strategy:
“Most of the short films DeVine licenses on behalf of IFC are negotiated directly with the filmmaker. IFC recognizes lots of "up-and-coming talent" through short film submissions. Louis Intl. Short Film Festival USA Film Festival Venice Intl. outlets. Film Festival Santa Barbara Intl. while talent and originality mean more." says DeVine. which can lead the channel to seek to other projects from a filmmaker.” – New England Film
Al Gore’s CURRENT TV is also a good target for the effort. Services selling video content are growing by the minute. Because competition is less intense in the short film circuit (between filmmakers. Amazons. Film Festival Slamdance Film Festival St. INTERNET The Internet is in the middle of a video on demand boom. Film Festival Short Shorts Film Festival Shorts Intl. credentials and networking mean less. for example) filmmakers should not feel as if they need connections to get exposure for their work. are the largest markets for short films in the U. TIO’s capacity to spark political debate will be appealing to CURRENT TV’s programmers. Film Festival Sundance Film Festival Sydney Film Festival
Tampere Film Festival Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival Turin Intl. Creators of short films have a much more equal footing in this quest than in the selection process for feature films. IPP will have numerous opportunities.99 keeping $1. While YouTube content is mainly DIY with low production value or content legally ambiguously recorded off TV and offered for free (just as the providers of the content themselves are not compensated for their submissions).00 for themselves. The two main differences are the Youtubes vs. who may find a shortage of appropriate ways to submit work. In addition start-up cable channels are known to license shorts as a cheaper alternative to features.. "Filmmakers should feel more relaxed about submitting short films to IFC. the variety and volume of short films they are able to showcase is larger than other outlets. This is good news for filmmakers of short projects. giving away or selling video content. The Amazons and iTunes on the other hand license their content and sell it at a fee. distributors. and promoters. Film Festival of Young Cinema Uppsala Intl. It has been recently leaked that Apple plans to sell features by end of the month for $14.
iTunes prefers to deal with major distributors. The writer has several ideas about expanding the film’s themes and characters and framing the key events in an equally exciting feature length script. it has a precedent of dealing with independent music distributors and it is probable they will adopt the same strategy for licensing desireable video content from indies. represents the greatest new revenue potential for cinema exhibitors.ADDITIONAL INCOME REVENUE Due to the high concept of the film and its potential for buzz we are including this revenue stream in case another producer wishes to develop the idea into a feature or we get financing to incorporate the footage into a feature length project. THEATRICAL “The digital projection of alternative content—ie. Google Video DVD and HD DVD Films that win the Oscars always get to be on DVDs currently being distributed by Magnolia Pictures. Currently companies like Mobizzo and Verizon offer content for cell phones. Over the next 3-4 years. STORY RIGHTS . IPP intends to have a shorter version of the film made especially for cell phones. Inc.” Global Information. This shorter version will be recut and reframed for cell phone screens.
. PORTABLE MEDIA While devices like Sony’s PSP and iPods can handle fairly long and highrez content and will have no problem playing the full version of the film. Furthermore there are several prominent DVD collections of shorts and magazines that are interested in licensing shorts for home video. forms of large-screen content other than feature film. Technicolor plans to digitize 5000 screens. Revver.
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THE IRRESISTIBLE OFFER Shoot Days: 4 Location: Local Unions: None Production: HD Nonlinea Off/On-Line: r Finish: HD
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.550 2. Woo Art International will contribute general & administrative support (office space.625 9.100 0 0 TOTAL ABOVE-THE-LINE 1.100 22.905
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IPP will be co-producing this short with Woo Art International and Run Cycle Productions.100 485 3.
10% Contingency prevents the chance of film running over budget. if the film is underbudget investors get return on investment of unused funds. staff will be encouraged to defer whole or part of their salary until the film recoups the money for principal investors. IFP sponsorship provides a means for individuals and companies to grant tax refundable donations including cash.
. and the use of its facilities for post production. IPP will acquire IFP sponsorship for the project. Marketing will be done by the founding partners with additional help from ThinkPR and Three21 Productions. and services. materials. Furthermore. This will further allow for a decrease in expenses. IPP will use Woo Art’s umbrella insurance for securing locations and equipment rental. Run Cycle will provide special FX consultation and implementation.expendables. Furthermore. at a big savings to the production.
. hence it is a means for investors as well to minimize their investment. While the time and energy invested by the Producers warrants such a stake. in reality the 20% will be parlayed into deffered payments to the crew.CASH FLOW and FINANCING
In the following scenario the “Director’s Purse” represents a 20% ownership of the comapany by the founding partners.
000 $10.Revenue Summary
Year Ended DVD Television Internet Mobile Device Story Rights 2007 $15.000 $17.000 2009 $1.000
After investors submit their money.000 2010 $2.000 $1.000 $25. allowing them to recoup their money and take a good profit.000
$94. the first revenue of $30.000 $2.000 $1.000 $1. Pay outs to investors will be made quaterly from a dedicated bank account.000 $2.000 $2.000 $18.000 $1.000 $0 Totals $20.000 $2. As can be seen from the scenario.000 $29.000 $5.000 (120% of the investment) will be split between the investors only.000 $5.000 $10.
. All the moneys coming in after that point will be split between the 20% “Director’s Purse” and the investor’s 80% share of the company.000
$7.000 $2. all the accounting will be with proper monthly reports.000 2008 $2.000
Total Gross Revenue
$42. All Accounding will be transparent. it will be kept in a bank account and will not be touched until all the funds are accumulated.000
LLC production of “The Irresistible Offer”: • Participating in a rapidly expanding industry. • Two products for price of one 17 min “theatrical” version and 5-7 min “portable” version. there are several advantages of the Limited Liability Company: 1. Profits are not taxed at the corporate level (flow-through tax capability). PROFIT ALLOCATION
. CLASS B INVESTOR TERMS • USD 1. • Business takes advantage of technological developments and niches in entertainment market. • Credited as Executive Producer and receive DVD copies of the project. 2. The Irresistible Offer. • Project headed by experienced and talented crew. • Exciting story that will generate a buzz. Many business professionals believe LLCs present a superior alternative to corporations and partnerships because LLCs combine the best advantages of both.INVESTMENT CONSIDERATIONS
The following points sum up some of the benefits of investing in Ideally Planned Productions. 3. In summary. Greater flexibility in management and organization of the business. Protection of personal assets from business debt.000 per unit • Investment units of $1. With an LLC. • Access to the independent segment of the film market with favorable risk/reward dynamics. Andrew Yakovlev and Tina Mohanty will be the Managing Members of the company and will be responsible for making any and all creative and business decisions regarding the motion picture project. THE LIMITIED LIABILITY COMPANY Investors will be Members or shareholders whose obligations will be limited to their initial investment. the owners can have the corporate liability protection for their personal assts as well as the tax advantages of partnerships. • Each investor will receive a monthly progress statement outline how much has been achieved and how much has been spent. LLC (minimum purchase 5 units). • Support of the artistic. much like a Subchapter S-Corporation without the management restrictions.000 are available for purchase in Ideally Planned Productions. There involvement is purely as a passive investor as per certain stock purchases.
The sole business of the limited liability company Ideally Planned Productions. Contributions by the prospective investor are to be made by check at the time of the signing of the Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement as well as The Securities Subscription Agreement. the money will be received as soon as negotiations are finished. or an exemption from the provisions thereof. As such. Company interests should not be purchased unless the investor is prepared for the possibility of total loss of investment. Since IPP will be licensing the film to these companies. company interest may not be resold or transferred without registration under federal state securities laws. promotion and distribution of the short film. the time frame depends on the purchase of the short by the outlined distributors. The securities represented by the Limited Liability Company interests are being offered pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Federal Securities Act of 1933. and as amended in the New York Corporations Code.Investors will receive 120% of the company’s financial returns up to the breakeven point (the budget plus 20%) WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE A RETURN? In the profit participation deal. the risk of loss is especially high in comparison with the prospect for any profits. money is received and masters are delivered. LLC will be the production. In such a venture.
. RISK TO INVESTORS Investing in the film industry is a high-risk venture. A questionnaire must be completed by each proposed investor. SUBSCRIPTIONS Offers to purchase Membership interests are subject to acceptance by the Managing Member. All funds will be kept in a separate bank account until applied towards company expenses.
NOTES The dramatic triangle of this story is between the three men: CHARLES (motivated by desire to get back into the social pyramid. He proves it. there is a record of participation by Russians. The bomb in the garbage can has been a staple M. Our twist is MICHAELS helping CHARLES save the day. he sinks even lower – his desire for material gain and revenge on society motivates him to agree to commit mass murder. For industry investors this is a great opportunity to test the waters to get involved in something that really seeks to take advantage of those buzzwords that people here all the time. A good story should give the audience what they expect. there is a law that offers a pardon to anyone involved in terrorist activity who changes their mind and prevents an attack from happening. are the reasons why CHARLES makes his decision in the frozen time landscape. but don’t really now what to do. and MICHAELS (motivated by the desire to maintain the status quo and preserve the social pyramid). the status quo). it’s a good opportunity for some special effects work to heighten
. but also to inject fresh blood into the industry. because he holds on to the bomb and tries to get it away from the crowds. in other times it is sacrificing himself to violence in order to maintain social order. CHARLES comes from being a socially worthless traitor to a real hero. in those two countries. VERLOC (motivated by desire to shock the status quo for personal material gains). well planned out and acted a short film can be great way to make money. and by working with VERLOC. and the Russian tragedies different is that in certain terrorist acts. What makes this story unique. but not in a way they expect it. In acts like the Nord Ost and Beslan.O. bribery was used to secure complicity of Russians. For dramatic. I think a nice aspect of the script is that our perception of MICHAELS changes. This contrasts sharply with the current image of Al-queda trained jihadists and fanatics. Furthermore. CHARLES goes through an important transformation through the course of the story. in Russia. The historical source for this scheme came from the terrorist acts in France and Russia. In the beginning and the ending of the film MICHAELS does his job which is being a cop. Well as this proposal shows. it can imply a number of things and is there for the audience to ponder. This coupled with a personal belief that sometimes a wisest decision a man can make is to change their mind and be flexible. In the early pages he is on the lowest levels of the social rungs. and even more intense ending. stylistic. and visual purposes she is a means to pause the tension in a feverish climax and redirect the story towards a more satisfying. Furthermore. In that nick of time. sometimes it means using the threat of violence to maintain social order. Furthermore. The LADY IN WHITE is a symbolic element. and that can be just as rewarding as a character going through a transformation.DIRECTOR’s STATEMENT
For lay investor this is a great opportunity to invest in a great little project and make a modest $ while also supporting art.
and the recording of the terrorist’s video camera. for the purposes of a film it is a great stratagem to show off the explosion without actually going the expense of blowing up a truck in the middle of the city. The final sequence is an intercutting of the cell phone dialing.
. Using the pixilated and grainy image of an exploding truck (miniature) will give all the BANG of an expensive shot.the production value of the short. without sticking it to our budget. Terrorists often record their acts ad proof and means of securing further finances. CHARLES actions.