“The Tower of Babel” is a medieval period short film. It follows a plague stricken knight and his ward, a priest, after they discover an injured barbarian in the road. A riff is driven between the two as they attempt to figure out exactly what to do with this man, whom the knight believes to be an enemy.
This project is unique for a few reasons. First off, the desire is to weave together a believable medieval fantasy world on a very low budget, a task which is rarely attempted in this format. Second, the ten minute film will be shot in just five two minute shots, meaning that it will have a distinctive style that will really bring out the performances of our incredible actors.
This production is also an official SAG/AFTRA signatory production.
Ryan Blewett will serve as the director, as well as writer. A recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he is an aspiring screenwriter and soon-to-be resident of Los Angeles. He has directed more films than he can count on his fingers and toes, including a feature length film, “The Adventures of Admiral Atlantis and Wolf Punch.” In many ways, “Babel” represents the cumulation of his film school education and transition into the professional world.
Luke Chase will serve as the director of photography. A long time collaborator of Ryan’s, the two met in high school and immediately bonded over their mutual love for Chinese food, and also movies. In addition to co-directing “Admiral Atlantis and Wolf Punch”, Luke has also recently released an album with his brother, which can be downloaded here.
Serafina Maiara, a current NYU Tisch senior will serve as the art director.
Aaron De Groot, a Toronto based composer, will be composing an original score for the film. More of his work can be found here.
James Stewart will play the role of “Felix”, the priest. Hailing from New Zealand, James is a highly accomplished actor, and has showed off his talents in everything from Shakespeare to Lord of the Rings. James will be appearing courtesy of SAG/AFTRA.
Rob Byrnes will play “Thomas”, the knight. An actor from Long Island, Rob strives for challenging character roles.
Scott Jackson will play the barbarian. Another New Zealander, Scott recently made the move to America to pursue acting after a double role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Believe me when I say that everything that can be free is free. From donated furs to cloaks and mic stands, a base has been built to ensure the successful completion of the film. However, the donated money will help provide….
Transportation to and from rehearsals and set.
Rentals of rehearsal rooms and all necessary equipment.
Food to feed our hard working cast and crew, who are working without monetary compensation.
Costumes and props to give the film a realistic look and feel. From swords to broaches, living in the middle ages wasn’t cheap.
Film Festivals will allow for the finished film to be seen by the masses, and will hopefully open up future doors on projects, including an already written feature film based on the short.
The perks will allow you to get the most out of your donation. Because we are shooting on a Black Magic Cinema Camera, we are able to offer a HUGE 2.5k resolution download of the movie. Posters will be signed and numbered, and Skype calls will be so enjoyable you’ll want to donate for another one.
Rob, Scott, and James at the table read
It goes without saying that this film is a huge point of passion for all those involved. Bringing this film to life is only the first step of many. If you cannot donate, consider sharing the project with others, sharing via the internet, or possibly reconsider donating.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.