We braved out the -30 C Tobermory weather, arrived at our beautiful cottage location, and got some stellar performances from our actors. Check out this frame grab of some of the first footage!
(Glenda MacInnis as "Olivia" and Blake Johnston as "Eric").
Here's another frame grab from the footage. This time it's from one of the outdoor scenes. Also, check out our facebook for a funny video that shows what the Tobermory weather was like while we were shooting.
(Lindsay Smith as "Elizabeth").
An all interiors day. Outside, the wind was nearly blowing the trees over, but we stayed warm with the gas fireplace and shot our much-awaited dance sequence, and some chilling bedroom scenes.
(Lindsay Smith as "Elizabeth").
Despite the cold weather and heavy lifting, we kept our energy levels up with some delicious food prepared by our craft person, Lisa Le. If she hadn't taken such good care of the crew, we wouldn't have been able to get amazing shots like this one: Olivia looking out the window with the reflection of tall evergreens in the background.
(Glenda MacInnis as "Olivia").
This still is from a chilling dream sequence that we shot. Even the original uncut footage alone gives us the shivers... Can't wait to see how creepy it will be when we've finished with the sound design/music for this scene!
(Lindsay Smith as "Elizabeth" and Glenda MacInnis as "Olivia").
Here's a still from a seductive scene featuring Lindsay Smith as Elizabeth and Blake Johnston as Eric. The camera peeks through the doorway as Eric watches Elizabeth in the bathroom.
(Lindsay Smith as "Elizabeth").
Recovering from a mental illness in the desolate atlantic winter, Elizabeth struggles to reassert herself into reality as she becomes infatuated with her older sister’s lover. Temptation overcomes her as the two sisters' personalities begin to bleed into one another.
Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966), Alouette is a psychological thriller and character study about the balance between baiting and feeding internal desires and the repercussions of those actions.
A story of sister rivalry, Alouette is a visual film that explores conflict using minimal dialogue. It is an atmospheric short that is wrapped in the subtext of sexual repression, psychosis and duality.
ELIZABETH - LINDSAY SMITH
OLIVIA - GLENDA MACINNIS
ERIC - BLAKE JOHNSTON
Our film has a budget of $10,000 and we are trying to raise half of our budget through indiegogo. There are many things that are going to be eating up our money while making this film. Below is a simplified breakdown of where the budget money will be going.
Lights, camera, action! Before we can get to the action, there's a whole truck-full of lights and camera equipment needed for production.
LOCATIONS / LODGING
Shooting 4 hours away from our home base of Toronto means that we'll be accommodating our small cast and crew in Tobermory to achieve desolate and picturesque visuals. Help us make sure that everyone has a comfortable place to sleep.
We're going to have a long drive ahead of us to Tobermory, ON and we'll be needing to transport not only the cast and crew but also enough food for the week and a u-haul packed to the brim with equipment. I'm sure we can all agree that GAS AIN'T CHEAP. Your support will help us make it there and back!
With many mouths to feed over the course of our 7-day shoot, you can help us keep the cast and crew well fed. Running on coffee won't be enough to pull this off! Check out the website of our chef Lisa Le.
Makeup, costume, set design and props are going to bring the sets and characters to life in our film.
The audio is just as crucial to the story as the visuals are! We are very fortunate to have Arash Saleki (Abbas Musik) working as our sound composer and Sean Singh as our sound designer. Studio time and access to audio recording software will let us achieve this essential element of the film.
Terabytes upon terabytes of footage! Our editor is going to need hard drives to store and edit the fruits of our labour.
INSURANCE / PERMITS
Like any other industry, there are many legal details we have to take into account. Insurance to cover expensive equipment and permits for location shooting have to be paid before anything can happen.
We've worked a little bit of extra money into our budget to save us when things go wrong or surprise us by costing more than we anticipated.
FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS / MEDIA
Once the film is made, we're going to need to promote it and try to get exposure at various festivals. Awards, here we come! Imagine being a funder for an "award-winning film"...
Premiering at RUFF 2014, other festival submissions will include:
Short Cuts Canada - TIFF
Air Canada enRoute Film Festival
Toronto Independent Film Festival
As well as international competitions such as Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, Sundance, and Festival de Cannes.
DIRECTOR - MICHAELA KURIMSKY
Michaela is enrolled in her final year at Ryerson University as a director and production designer. Balancing creative intuition and practical application, she had her directorial debut with Pawn Song in 2013, a short film which premiered at the Maximum Exposure Film Festival. Michaela has proudly been a key crew member in several short films as a production designer on Bull (dir. Max Martin) and a cinematographer on The Norman Hole (dir. Brad Alexander).
She has worked creatively with various artists and companies including the emerging Afro-Punk band Elephant 12, Yonder Peak, ORA: Organization for the Rescue of Animals, MoFilms and Oliver & Bonacini.The mentorship of established filmmakers such as Ebrahim Ghafori, Amos LeBlanc and Brooks Reynolds has given her insight into every angle of the independent film industry. Accumulating a vast amount of practical knowledge from countless hours on a variety of film sets, she is confident that any future endeavours she applies herself to will be a success. She holds true to her mantra that in order to thrive in any industry one must be equally committed head and heart.
PRODUCER - LEANNA KRUSE
Currently in her final year at Ryerson University’s Film Studies program, Leanna has made a name for herself as a Producer. Her strong organization skills, coupled with the right combination of intelligence, people skills and tenacity, have been key to her success. She has gained experience and technical know-how in all stages of film production, from the first script draft through to the final details of post-production. Leanna enjoys partaking in the creative process and script development of any project. She also prides herself on management of all the practical and logistical aspects of keeping a project running smoothly.During her time at Ryerson, she has produced several short films including award-winning short film Estranged (dir. Yves Dupaya), Marlowe’s End (dir. Nicholas Rothwell), Alan’s Study (dir. Jordan Kennington), Losing Face (dir. Nicholay Michaylov), and Miss America (dir. Hakyung Chang). This year she is working as a Line Producer for Abacus, My Love (dir. Rebeccah Love) alongside producing Alouette (dir. Michaela Kurimsky).
CINEMATOGRAPHER - JORDAN KENNINGTON
Before coming to Ryerson Jordan attended film studies at York University where he got a solid basis in Film Theory. Utilizing that knowledge he’s spent the last 4 years developing his craft and exploring the idea of telling stories through visual mediums. Jordan is well versed both as a director and cinematographer and has been working as a commercial director for the last two years. Learning how to condense the core aspects of a story in thirty seconds or less has helped him learn the transcendent qualities of the motion picture and the effect that story can have on ones life. He’s worked with such brands as Durex, Chevy and Campbell's and his work has been played overseas in Europe and China.
Inspired by such cinematographers as Conrad Hall, Roger Deakins, and Bradford Young, Jordan is fascinated by their ability to impact audiences through composition and lighting.
For him, cinematography is finding a characters’ perspective of the story and exploring it through their eyes. He believes that the art of cinematography is telling a story through pictures, not shooting a script.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - ELEANOR STRELKOV
Eleanor Strelkov’s educational background includes studying for a year at Ontario College of Art and Design in Advertising, and is currently on her 3rd year in Ryerson Chang School taking Film Studies and Design for Arts and Entertainment Certificate courses. She has been production designing films in and out of school for the last 2 years, and is currently interning at TopixFx.
In addition to designing the wardrobe and set decorating for a Japanese samurai short film with Western influences, No Bushido (dir. Joshua Amar), Eleanor has also designed two spec commercials for Mucho Burrito and freelance short films, including The Balloon Knot (grungy drug dealers apartment) and Future Explorers (contemporary house with 1960s influences). Eleanor has a strong artistic background thanks to her family and education, which then compliments her design work with the necessary practical knowledge required to achieve great designs on budget.
Even if you can't help fund this film, you can still help us out tremendously by spreading the word and sharing the link to this campaign. Also, follow us on our social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) to track the progress of our film.
Alouette is important to us as filmmakers because it is a film that opposes the gender bias often present in much of contemporary ﬁlm works. It passes the Bechtel test, which requires a script to have at least two leading female roles and at least one situation where they speak to each other about something other than men.
Alouette will also ask you to reassess your perspective on mental instability and where you place yourself on that spectrum.
Every dollar we receive will go towards the completion of this project in hopes of supporting women in film (behind the scenes & on camera) and raising awareness of mental health issues. Toronto is a thriving metropolis yet it does not have realistic funding and grant programs for the arts. Your donations will support the creative visionaries of tomorrow.
We thank you for helping us get there!
*Thanks to Jake Van Buskirk for the graphic design on our indiegogo.