Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's Time to Talk Story...

I've been avoiding this post for a while... It's a difficult one, becuase I want you all to know about the story of The City of Ligthts, but at the same time, I don't want to give it away. After all, words can only do so much. It's the visuals of this film that make it what it is.

Let me start with this. It's our 'Concept Capsule'. The single sentence that tells the story of our film.

The City of Lights is the story of an unlikely companionship in a post-apocalyptic world of isolation and cutthroat survival.

I also want to tell you about the film's characters, and the best way to do that is with their original, short descriptions.

Megs…A rugged, rebellious girl who has lost all hope in humanity and wants to escape the desolate world around her. She finds safe refuge in the storage unit, creating a home within its tight walls.


Jade…An orphaned girl who believes shadows are out to get her within the storage unit (her only perception of the world) and desires to escape to the outside world but is afraid to venture alone.

Intruders…A mob mentality group that takes advantage of the fortune of others in order to survive in the post-apocalyptic era.

That's all I'm going to give you for now... After all, you don't want to know everything about the movie, right?

Stay tuned for more story updates, I'll be giving you more later on down the road.

-Zach







Friday, March 6, 2009

My Vision Changed for the Better...

When Candace first approached me about producing The City of Lights, I accepted because of the vision I had as to what it would look like. I imagined a dark, dank, dripping storage unit; the final resting place of humanity locked away from the wasteland outside. Put simply, an unilluminated and frightening world.

After talking with her more and throughout the construction of the set, I was constantly surprised at the world that was being created. It was a world of hope and beauty. Humanity - in this dire and desolate time - portrayed as vibrant.

Although this was significantly different to what had originally excited me about the film, I found this vision to be something much more unique. It was not a place I had been before; we were not in the standard cliché of a post-apocalyptic world. It was Candace's imagination - her perception of this story - that made this new world so special.

As I walked through Katie's finished set for the first time, I was shocked to see the mass of colors that surrounded me. They were not the dark, frightening walls of a cage that I had imagined. The main storage unit - though still visually the result of an apocalypse - somehow felt safe. It was in no way what I had expected to see, and I truly couldn't have been happier.

This is what makes this project special to me. It is The City of Lights. It's something different, something never before seen. And I am so happy that I am a part of it. I just can't wait to show it to you...


I realize parts of this post may be confusing to some of you... After all, many of you have probably never read the script or even a logline for the film. So when I say something like "the main storage unit", I realize now that that might not mean anything to you. But don't worry! Zach's going to be filling you in on all the details when he posts later this week. What's the Story and who are the Characters? You'll know soon enough...

-Mike

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Let's Talk About the RED...


Have you seen something filmed on RED yet? In all likeliness you have, and if not, you can look forward to having The City of Lights be your first...


The RED ONE Camera was released in 2007, and is quickly becoming a rock star within the film and television industry. With a 12 megapixel sensor, the RED's image quality is far superior to that of 1080P high definition [HDTV and Blu-Ray disk]. And with the large size of the RED's sensor, images are comparable to those of 35mm films.

What's the easiest explanation for all this? Quite simply, RED films are gorgeous. The images are crisp and burst with life. I can't tell you how excited we all were to have the RED Camera for our shoot, and when you see our film, I know you'll think the same.

Here's a little preview, for your enjoyment [and seriously, click to enlarge]...