The Wolf And The Wayfarer is an independent 35mm short film being developed by Fellows at the American Film Institute Conservatory. Emotional and physical brutality is balanced with a layered nuance in an effort to make this arthouse project an engaging meditation on man, nature and violence.
A lost pilgrim encounters a stranger in the forest while searching for a monastery; a hypnotic dance of death ensues.
A weary Pilgrim roams the wilderness in search of a monastery while the burden of sin weighs heavy on his heart; he is a man that shares our common morals and serves as the protagonist of the piece. The feral Stranger he encounters in the forest is a man of the wild; a force of nature. He is a contradictory and enigmatic character with a heightened intelligence that is able to justify his chosen path of moral ambiguity by citing the cosmic order of all things. Despite his seemingly “evil” nature he is, by story’s end, a character that is as deserving of empathy as the Pilgrim. The story places these two characters in a malevolent forest, where a third, unifying character emerges: the dominion of nature itself.
We’re making a film:
We are tremendously excited to bring this tale to the screen. While the plots of most films arc tendentiously inward in service of it's own tropes, The Wolf And The Wayfarer will aim to move outward, toward us. The film will dare viewers to interpret the story symbolically, to tease its vaporous undercurrents of religion, philosophy and myth into something substantial enough on which to base a reading. But it will withhold the keys to any interpretation that would bind the characters and their emotional drama to a “message.” The biblical portents and philosophical references to nature and chaos: they will be out there, in the distance, like the monastery beyond the trees. But despite the vast symbolic ambitions of the piece, the film’s true inquiry and horror will most readily stem from the dueling psychologies of the Pilgrim and the Stranger.
We can't do it alone:
Making this picture will require the coming together of a large number of essential resources. While pre-production is well underway, we still need to raise a minimum of $15,000 by the 20th of July to see The Wolf And The Wayfarer through physical and post production. We turn to the creative community the world over to help us bring this passion project to the screen. Every donation goes a long way.
Your contributions will go toward:
Production Design: Our story demands a very specific atmosphere. Your donations will be used to evoke the brutality of the American Borderlands in the 1800s. A scale-model of a monastery will be built for shooting purposes and costumes will be designed specifically suited to the period. A scene of particular terror and grace will also see a tree erupting in flames, and that shot alone will introduce a host of challenges.
Film Stock, Processing and Transfer: The Wolf And The Wayfarer demands to be exposed on film. 35mm is our format of choice, and this choice is informed by two ambitions: to achieve in our image and our process the same naturalism in which our story is steeped, and to achieve the sense of cinematic scale in which a story of this ambition will thrive best.
Equipment & Transport: Our principal location is a thick secluded forest in Southern California. The terrain will be tough and our ability to safely transport heavy equipment is essential. We will also require insurance to cover these various items, which include lenses, additional grip and a steadicam package.
Food & Catering: A well-fed crew is a happy crew. We need to keep 30 people fed and energized for our four principal days and two second-unit days of shooting.
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Maazin Kamal - Writer & Director
Maazin was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and recieved his BFA in Cinema Studies and Screenwriting from York University in 2010. In 2011, Maazin was invited to the American Film Institute as a Screenwriting Fellow, where he began to hone his impressionistic and enigmatic approach to storytelling. A prominent theme emerged across his body of work; that of man's complex relationship with nature. The WOLF AND THE WAYFARER marks his directorial debut.
Ahmed Omar - Executive Producer
Ahmed Omar is an aspiring film and television producer from Karachi, Pakistan. His childhood obsession for film led him to Los Angeles where he graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Communication and Cinema-Television. He is currently working on his first feature film in Pakistan. In May 2010, Ahmed joined the prestigious NBC Page Program. As a Page he worked on several popular shows in New York including Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Dr. Oz Show.
Andrew Schwartz - Creative Producer
Hailing from the wild and free Pacific Northwest, Andrew yearns for adventure. While at the University of Washington where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with Distinction. Since graduating in 2010, he has worked at many small business firms, creatively produced one feature-length film and lineproduced several AFI thesis short films. As a recent settler to Los Angeles, he begins his Masters in Fine Arts program at the American Film Institute in 2013.
Vadim Aynbinder - Cinematographer
Vadim Aynbinder was born and raised in Lithuania and moved to New York City at the age of 9. After dabbling in finance in High School and making parodies of Hollywood films with his best friend in a Brooklyn apartment, film-making became his passion. A decade later, he has shot numerous commercials, music videos and narrative films. Clients include; Sudafed, Penguin Books, QVC, Isaac Mizrahi, Wikipedia, Details Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Boy Scouts Of America, Oslo Freedom Forum, MILK Studios Pier 59. Today, Vadim splits his time between NYC and LA shooting a multitude of work and is presently attending the prestigious, American Film Institute Conservatory.
Jonny Converse - Editor
Jonathan graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2010 with a BA in Government, where he also pursued an education in film theory and production. He edited two short narratives SIN AND SAVIOR and WRITER'S BLOCK while in college, and directed PAINTING WITH FIRE in Ghana while studying abroad. His latest effort BAKER BRED led to an invitation to attend the American Film Institute as an Editing Fellow. He has edited six short narrative films as part of the curriculum.
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For more information on the project, visit our official website: www.wolfandwayfarer.com