One day, Ernest woke up and found his television was bleeding…
“A poignant look at mortality through the eyes of a senior whose mind may be fracturing under the pressure of our disposable society. The characters feel human and the message is clear, all in a contained world.”
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 2012 jury
“Moving, fresh, an emotional exploration of loss and grief that doesn't get soppy.”
-Marguerite Pigott, Head of Creative Development, Superchannel
STATIC is a heartbreaking, gloriously messy, but ultimately redemptive story about enduring love, loss, and about how guilt, shame and everything else we keep sealed tightly inside can paralyze us if we let them. And how sometimes, no matter how well-fortified we are, all it takes is a little crack in the glass to make it all right again.
The Story of the Story
STATIC, the short film script, is based on the short story “Static” by playwright, screenwriter and author Robert Shearman, which appeared in his World Fantasy Award-winning debut collection, Tiny Deaths.
Rob’s story grabbed me personally when I first read it, because it seemed to illustrate, in a wrenchingly beautiful, kind of twisted, rather literal way, that moment in stories (and in life) that I as an artist am endlessly fascinated by – the moment when the armour cracks, and the dark, sticky truth leaks out. That stuff burns, and I LOVE it. My first short, Happy Pills, dug into this territory too, and this was the absolute perfect followup!
The script won the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival’s Screenplay Giveaway Prize last year, which awarded us some generous donations from highly respected industry suppliers such as Deluxe Post, William F. White’s and Cinespace to go toward making the film a reality.
Since then, we’ve also negotiated a prelicense for the film with the CBC network, for their Canadian Reflections series.
We’ve also been busily negotiating, location scouting, casting, and scheduling, and plan to be shooting this August, 2013.
This is all totally wonderful, BUT...this alone won’t get the film made!
We’ve come so far already, but we still need at least $15,000 to fill out the rest of the budget – in order to pay for cast and crew fees, location fees, permits, insurance, sets/props/wardrobe, special effects, digital effects, and all those many inter-connected, collaborative things that go into making a film great.
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If we do reach our goal amount (and how awesome would that be!) you can still help out. Any funds over and above our goal will go directly back into making the film even better. Anything even above that (hey, we’re positive thinkers!) will go toward festival submission fees, so that we can get this out to as wide an audience as we can.
This project has been living close to my heart for a couple of years now. I’m SO excited that it’s finally coming together, and I can’t wait to be able to show it to you.
We can’t tell you all about the cast yet, it’s a secret!! Ok, not a secret, but we don’t want to get your hopes up until they’re 100% confirmed – in the meantime, we can HINT that you will be seeing some actors who are absolutely LEGENDARY in the world of film, TV and stage! Stay tuned to this page for updates!
YANNICK BISSON as Billy
Best known and loved as the titular Detective William Murdoch in the hit “CSI in the 1890′s” series Murdoch Mysteries, Yannick has been a sought-after staple in the film and television industry since his days as a child actor. Other credits include series Sue Thomas F.B.Eye and Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy, and films Casino Jack and the dark indie Nothing Really Matters.
CHANTAL CRAIG as Billy's Wife
A few of the effervescent Chantal’s credits include series Forever Knight, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, Degrassi, and the Murdoch Mysteries, and she is also an accomplished writer with a book and several television series under her belt.
KRISTIAN BRUUN as the TV Host
Kristian has appeared in such popular shows as Covert Affairs, Nikita, Murdoch Mysteries, and most recently played the duplicitious Donnie in the ecstatically-received smash hit series Orphan Black.
IGOR PUGDOG as Blackie the Dog
Igor is an emerging Actor/Model who also works as a St. John's Ambulance therapy dog, as well as a Child/READ tested literacy dog who loves to have children read to him.
TANYA LEMKE - Writer/Director
Tanya is a veteran of the Canadian film and television production community, whose many credits include Queer As Folk, The Murdoch Mysteries, Lost Girl, and Orphan Black. Her first short film, Happy Pills, part of the acclaimed anthology Little Films About Big Moments, premiered on HBO Canada in 2010 and screened in festivals around the globe.
She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Writing program, and was a CTV Fellow at the Banff World Television Festival.
SONYA DI RIENZO - Producer
Sonya is an accomplished producer who has worked on such milestone Canadian projects as Slings and Arrows and Blindness. She was the co-creator and co-producer of Little Films About Big Moments, and her short film from the project, The Translator, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. More recently, she has directed the half hour documentary Behind the Curtain, produced the films The Devil’s Delight, The Eyeborg Documentary, Little Mao, and written/edited the incendiary short film God’s Wrath.
She is currently the Director of Development at Whizbang Films.
CRAIG WRIGHT - Director of Photography
Craig has been the Gaffer for a battery of beloved TV series including Due South, Queer As Folk, Rookie Blue and Murdoch Mysteries, and is currently the Director of Photography on Season 4 of Lost Girl.
IAN BROCK - Production Designer
Ian is a highly-respected Production Designer in the film and TV industry, whose credits include Bruce MacDonald's iconic Highway 61, and the hit series Being Erica, XIII, Lost Girl and this year's smash Orphan Black.
How IndieGoGo works:
You decide how much you want to pledge, and choose an associated perk if you like. When our campaign ends, IndieGoGo takes a 4% fee off the money we’ve raised. If we don't reach our goal, the fee is 9% (which is pretty high, and also why it's important we reach our goal). Another 3% or so also goes to IndieGoGo for credit card processing fees. But everything else will go straight into making this movie (and making sure everyone gets their perks).
About the Perks:
We'll cover shipping costs worldwide on things that need to be shipped. All claimed perks are estimated to be delivered around January, 2014, but this is film, so expect some flexibility!