I usually have a staffer write the story when one of my own projects winds up on AITH (it's less pretentious that way:), but in this case I thought it was important for me to personally present the first teaser trailer to my feature length directorial debut THE SHELTER starring Michael Paré (which will be represented at the 2014 Cannes Market by the fine folks at DC MEDIAS). Lots of you have had my back for years and have supported my cinematic endeavors via seeing my films and sending supportive e-mails... it just felt like the right thing to do.
Holbrook Multi-Media and I are still in the early stages of post-production at the moment, assembling our first rough cut. We have the first 25 minutes of the film pretty much (I stress the words pretty and much) set in stone. Now many people that have seen the teaser before this release have told me that they are not 100% sure as to what the story is about - and that was the point. I wanted to tease this early in the game, not spell it out. It's an aloof teaser for a film that pretty much plays by its own rules. The indie/low budget spectrum is pretty much the only place left in the film biz to try to do something different and to take chances. So yes, The Shelter is all about that, for better and for worse. You can see the teaser below! I hope you all dig it! And if not, that's okay too. NOTE: Keep in mind that none of our VFX shots have been created yet, hence are not in the teaser.
I must admit that the Post Production process has been very stimulating and creative. I am loving every second of it and couldn't be happier. The imagery is striking, the message is coming across and our leading man Michael Paré is so owning that scenery, it's not even funny. It makes all of the "producer" battles that have been dropped in my lap for the last 3 months worthwhile. Yup, this is the "fun" part of making movies. We aim to finish the picture by the end of the year. After that we'll hit the festival circuit (with Sundance being the numero uno priority, aim high, work our way down) and we plan to bring the finished film to the 2014 American Film Market in November of 2014
Here is editor Bobby Holbrook's two cents on the Teaser: “The feel for the film as well as the teaser is to give it a 1970's horror vibe. So we kept to that approach with the cutting, coloring and the music composition of this teaser trailer. We’re mixing new and old techniques to create something really different and effective"
Gayle James as Maryam in The Shelter.
THE SHELTER stars Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle, Lauren Thomas, Anastasia Brooke, Thomas Johnston and Amy Wickenheiser. It is produced by Donny Broussard and myself, with Null Effects handling the VFX and Shawn Knippelberg composing the film’s music. The film is co-financed by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions. Here's its synopsis:
On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas Jacobs (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?
Michael Paré as Thomas Jacobs in The Shelter.