I'm in the middle of pre-production on a short film called Fastball. This will be quite different from the work I've been on lately: this one is extremely planned out. Every shot will be figured out before we start shooting. It's not necessarily the type of filmmaking I think I'll be doing regularly; I enjoy the spontaneity of improv and figuring things out while working. This film, though, requires the preparation.
It's a script I've been poking at over the past couple years. It centers on a young ten year old boy trying to deal with his emotions brought on by the death of his mother. (And I want to be a comedy director!) These emotions are mostly made manifest by anger, the go-to feeling of a ten year old boy. It has baseball as a backdrop; this is how the young character deals with his pain.
I remember being ten. I had a temper that is hard for me to comprehend now. When something confused me, I got frustrated, angry. For me personally, it was the only real emotion I can remember from that time. This short is going to tap into that a bit.
SO. Right now: script is done. Storyboards being worked on. I'll be scouting (farm/barn) locations next week with my DP, Martin Wojtunik. We've had a couple meetings to talk about the look. We get each other- I'm confident this will look and feel as beautiful as I'm picturing it. Going to shoot on the RED Epic. Looking for a production designer and wardrobe.
I've got a look-book put together of inspiration. I can't stop thinking about Caleb Deschanel's work on The Natural. I love the colors and the use of shadows. I've also been watching Terrence Malick's work, specifically focusing on Days of Heaven. Rich silhouettes. Here are a few shots I'm in love with: