About the Film: SCENES FROM A ROOM
Scenes from a Room is a series of short dramatic films, each an independent story that together form a larger narrative. Set in a one-room pension, the film explores an array of characters and the events of their stay.
For The Love of Film:
For us, film is not so much a choice but a calling. It is a passion that drives us to tell stories and inspires us to create. It is the vehicle for doing meaningful work and it allows us to live creatively. Beyond the complexities and endless challenges of production, the journey of making films is a road we have chosen to pursue. We do it because we must.
On Character and Perseverance:
Independent filmmaking challenges all of us in countless ways. There are the known challenges that we plan and prepare for but sometimes there are unexpected challenges that we can't foresee. Most of the time, the obstacles jeopardize some component of a film project; but once in a while, filmmakers have to face the possible cancellation or indefinite suspension of their project. It is then that the truest character of the filmmaker and the strength of the production team reveal themselves.
This was our first opportunity to build a set for a film project and amidst the sawing, hammering and painting, pre-production had, for a couple months, been in full swing including rehearsals, wardrobe fittings and storyboarding.
Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the set build:
Suddenly, everything came to a halt. One week before principal photography was scheduled to begin, a robbery in our studio resulted in the loss of three cameras including our Red Scarlet digital cinema camera, lens kit and a large majority of camera accessories. Without a camera, no budget to replace it and under immense pressure to make some decisions, we found ourselves in a quiet studio.
Stopping Was Never An Option:
“They've taken the camera’s but they can’t take the film.”
And with that comment we knew what needed to happen next. The cast and crew rallied and contributed far more then the compensation justified. The production date was pushed back by three weeks and the resources were re-organized into a new plan. By the end of December we had our first chapter of Scenes from a Room in the can.
The ‘Pact’ with The Community:
Funding independent film, to the point where all the crew and talent are compensated appropriately is a real challenge. Independent film producers often call on people to contribute their time, skills and passion for free or for minimal compensation. Though the circumstances for each film are different, we firmly believe that no effort, on the part of the producers, should be spared to find ways to compensate those involved. Filmmaking is a collaborative endeavor and the contribution of every member of the team is equally important to the successful execution of a film project.
Nature of Independent Film Production Funding in Northwestern Ontario:
Scenes from a Room is being made with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council. Furthermore, Imaginarium Studio Inc., a video production company is providing a large portion of the resources, including studio space and production equipment. As a result of the unforeseeable events of last year and despite our best efforts, Imaginarium Studio is no longer in a position to make a contribution to the wages of our actors and crew. Consequently, we cannot in good conscience move forward without an effort to reach out to the public now and ask for your contribution to help us compensate the many artists and technicians working to bring this film to the screen.
What We Need And What You Get
All the funds raised through this campaign will be used to pay the creative professionals and technicians for their work on Scenes from a Room. Investment in the set and props is complete and equipment resources are now again in place via Imaginarium Studio. Your contribution will directly help support the local talent pool and you will have our sincere gratitude for helping us provide the best possible compensation to the many people involved in the film.
We have created a series of thank-you gift packages that we hope you will enjoy. From advance screenings to prints and one-of-a-kind items, through these small tokens of our appreciation, we wanted to provide you with a little piece of the project.
About the Filmmaker: PIOTR SKOWRONSKI
Independent cinema has been revolutionized within the last few years and has made an enormous impact on the way films are made and experienced. Everything from acquisition formats to new distribution platforms, are allowing filmmakers to bring their stories to the screen.
My name is Piotr Skowronski and I am one such filmmaker working during these exciting times. Based in Northern Ontario, Canada, far from any large city centers, filmmaking here is truly unique to the region. For nearly a decade, I’ve been collaborating with filmmakers, technicians, actors, and artists alike to create independent cinema. In mid 2012, we set out on our most ambitious passion project to date, entitled Scenes from a Room.
Have a look at some of our work: