We are presenting to you a short film project titled “POOL”. We're a passionate and dedicated team of professionals based in Montreal in Canada. POOL was inspired by our readings, the documentaries we watch and the music we listen to. It's everywhere. Feelings related to the existential crisis spare no one. The themes resonate on a strangely personal and intimate level, but are also universal. Far from providing answers or solutions, which should be subjective, this film merely tries to highlight the questions.
POOL follows the story of Willem, a wealthy young man from Norway on the dawn of an existential quest. It's the birth of an introspective process that could be compared to the ones described by writers and philosophers such as Albert Camus, Nietzsche, Graham Greene and many others . The protagonist's starting point is characterized by what has been called "the existential attitude", or a sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless world. The great questions about man's place in the universe are at the root of Willem's rebellion. This quest is characterized by the loss of certainty.
Willem suffers from a rare condition called selective mutism. It's a psychological disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech fails to speak in social situations due to severe anxiety. It's often the result of a childhood stutter or other speech impediments.
This unusual predicament has left Willem isolated, but the viewer has access to his deepest most secretive thoughts through narration. Throughout the film, Willem' journey becomes increasingly detached from reality and almost becomes a fantasy; a skewed mentality where sex and recreational drugs are used to trivialize the very matters that haunt him.
Far from being heavy or bleak, POOL is a contemplative journey through consciousness and the human mind; a hypnotizing mood piece that ensnares the senses.
What We Need & What You Get
We've shot a few scenes for the movie already over the winter. So far we've been delving deep into our own pockets to make this films. We've put together an amazing crew and they need your support in order to realize the scope and the ambition of this film. These funds will be used to cover the raw costs of production and post-production. A detailed budget is also available on the demand to insure complete transparency. We're going to stretch every dollar to give this film the scope that it requires.
We want pledgers to be part of our team. We'll keep them up to date via a blog and video diaries. Once the film is released, pledgers will receive an exclusive behind-the-scene documentary along with the film. Major contributors can also receive a producer credit.
If we don't reach our entire goal, we'll still be making the film. The production schedule will be stretched. The film will take more time to make, but we have the drive and the determination to see it through.
“Nothing is everything. In order to grow strong, you must first sink your roots deep into nothingness. Learn to face your loneliest loneliness.”
— When Nietzsche Wept (2007) dir. by Pinchas Perry
I think films like POOL and the great works of the writers, philosophers and other artists who inspired it are essential in popular culture. They have the power to both destabilize and support. They rock you to your core by making you question everything, but also comfort you with the universality of their themes.
This project is nurtured by a team of professionals who are already in the business. However, our goal is to create something that goes beyond the "professional looking"... It has to be noteworthy.
Other Ways You Can Help
It's not easy out there and we get it. If you can't contribute to this campaign financially, we invite you to share it with the people around you.
Benjamin Lussier (writer/director/co-producer)
Originally from the West Island of Montreal, Benjamin Lussier was introduced to the world of filmmaking at a very young age. Armed with his 8mm camera, it was routine to see him go through miniature models, toy cars and matches for him to create his own disaster films. Shortly thereafter, Benjamin turned his sights onto theatre. During this time, he was also self-taught in the art of creating digital visual effects, which eventually led him, at age 18, to his very first official industry job for the next six years. From there, Benjamin got to work on the visual effects for over a hundred commercials, over twenty Canadian and international music videos in addition to live events for Cirque du Soleil's LOVE (The Beatles), Criss Angel, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Justin Timberlake and others. 2008 saw Benjamin step behind the camera once again in order hone his craft as a director. What is still ensuing is a career worthy of notice not only due to his versatility, his distinct visual flair, but also due to the originality of his chosen projects.Portfolio website here.
Alex Lampron (D.O.P, Co-Producer)
Alexandre Lampron is a cinematographer from Montreal working mainly on fiction and documentary movies, commercials and music videos. He's working a lot with director Benjamin Lussier. Their most recent fashion short "I'LL GET THERE (2013) traveled all around the world and won several prices as "BEST fashion film" at the Miami fashion film festival.
Portfolio website here.
Thomas Wilkinson Fullerton (Lead Actor)
Newly graduated from the intensive 3-year Professional Theatre program at Dawson College, he last appeared on the Dawson stage as Irwin in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys before graduating this past spring. Thomas has familiarized himself and proven his versatility through a wide array of mediums and genres: from music videos to classical Shakespeare and is avidly pursuing an acting career in film and television. Thomas is very excited and humbled to be collaborating with such a talented team. Being featured in POOL represents a terrific opportunity and experience, making for a very promising start to his career so soon after graduating.
François Bélanger aka Rivver (Music composer)
François Bélanger's latest endeavour “Rivver” is a project that distinguishes itself by the use of sampled voices and electronic sounds. A cinematic flavour that's perfectly fitting for POOL. During the day, François is a renowned sound designer at Sonart in Canada. He won several awards as a sound designer for TV shows and commercials. He also composes tracks for prestigious clients such as Louis Vuitton, La Presse+ and Rogers. Soundcloud here.