A science fiction short film that spans centuries and galaxies.
Using real data from the Kepler mission and the history of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Ellipse is a film to inspire and encourage interest in science and / or the creative arts. You can help us make this!.
So what's it about?
How does science and history figure in this scifi movie?
You need a lot of money, what's it for?
We have a small budget for this film, but larger than normal crowd-funded shorts. This is because we want to make sure we get the best crew, props and look for the film. It will have a wider reach if we make it a quality production. We have cut as many corners as we can, but as we all know, film making costs alot of money. We really need every penny and hope you can participate in making it happen. Remember, even if you cannot donate, we would ask you to spread the word about the project.
As well as our eternal thanks, we have some cool rewards below. Thanks for reading and check back for news about the production as we progress.
About the team:
The film is being made by director, Ilana Rein, who made the fantastic award-winning documentary WE ARE ALL CYLONS, which has received much critical acclaim. She has screened her films at galleries and festivals internationally and her work has been widely published in press such as Wired, Doubletake, Scientific American and Art in America.
Our producer is Louis Savy, founder and festival director for SCI-FI-LONDON. Louis has produced many corporate videos in his time and as the programmer for his festival, seen over 10,000 scifi shorts and features. Putting his head on the block, he thinks it is about time he made a scifi film.
Special effects are being handled by Territory, the studio that recently worked on Prometheus - it is going to look amazing!
We have an amazing crew helping us make the movie including Gareth Ward (DOP) Ewan Cassidy (Gaffer, Moon), Ali Reith (Make-up) and we even have a tantra guru on set, the wonderful Hanna Katz-Jelfs! - every film shoot should have one http://www.hannakatz.com
Finally, music is being scored by Luke Corradine - composer of numerous award winning features and shorts and the film is being edited by Ben Nugent.
We have assembled a cast of superb character actors with many years experience. Check the image below!
Once again thank you for supporting the project - we are on the way though post now and looking forward to sharing the finished movie with you.
In the meantime, this is a plea to help promote us to your friends and networks - we are still shy of our target, so the more people we can reach the better our chances!
Below is our press release text and link, if you can blast it out there!
Louis Savy (Producer)
Ellipse the movie:
Film and science worlds collide at the Royal Observatory
A unique collaboration between SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival and The Royal Observatory Greenwich just wrapped on their co-produced film, ELLIPSE.
The film was shot on location at the Queen’s House and The Royal Observatory Greenwich – a sumptuous backdrop to a story which aims to inspire and encourage interest in science and the creative arts. It will premiere at the BFI Southbank on Friday 3rd May 2013.
What makes this film project so extraordinary is the authenticity of the real science side. At the core of the film is real research data from NASA's Kepler mission and EXOPLANET app. Hanno Rein, from the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton has chosen several stars with Exoplanets to feature on screen and in the accompanying educational pack for schools written by Dr Lewis Dartnell and Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer at the Observatory.
The film starts off in 17th century London where Louise de Kérouaille, a mistress of Charles II and keen amateur mathematician, persuades the King to build an observatory in Greenwich. She encounters an unusual character, LEO (Brian Bovell). Centuries later, RO (Deborah Bouchard), a young girl also meets LEO and her interest in astronomy begins. As an astrophysicist in adult life, working with real NASA data, RO can investigate whether we are really alone.
Louis Savy, Festival Director, SCI-FI-LONDON says: “Science fiction film has been a key influence on so many of today’s scientists as film sparked their imaginations when they were kids. I want to contribute to making those sparks for today’s generation. Also, I must have seen over 10,000 sci-fi shorts and features coming through the festival and think it’s about time we made one!”
Award-winning Ilana Rein directs Ellipse. She says: "I love that so many incredibly talented people are on board for Ellipse – it proves to me that people recognize that we are creating a film that will spread inspiration through art. I know that women are vastly underrepresented in the sciences and we hope to help be a part of changing that in the coming generation. Having the Royal Observatory as a location is a filmmaker's dream and the fact that it's a true sci-fi story filmed there adds to the excitement."
Encouraging girls towards science
Women are vastly underrepresented in science, and we need thoughtful, positive strategies to engage young girls in science subjects at school. Ellipse begins with a 10 year old girl in a London park, and shows her successful journey as an astrophysicist, leading a crucial mission to the discovery of life in other solar systems. The female lead and real NASA data used in the film work together: Ellipse encourages girls to believe there is room for women in the sciences.
The producers of the film needed to fund this film as cuts to the Observatory's budget wouldn't allow for this type of project. Therefore the film has had to use a crowd funding platform, Sponsume.com, to help finance the project. The details are here: http://www.sponsume.com/project/ellipse.
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Notes to Editors:
Director Ilana Rein has screened her films at festivals internationally, including award-winning documentary We Are All Cylons . Rein has also been published widely in press such as Wired, Doubletake, Scientific American and Art in America. Special
Effects are by BAFTA 2013 nominees Territory FX [Prometheus and Casino Royale]. Music is scored by Luke Corradine, composer of numerous award winning features and shorts. The project is produced by Louis Savy, founder of UK’s premiere science fiction event, SCI-FI-LONDON.
Ellipse is currently in pre-production, gathering funding on Sponsume crowdfunding website and we start shooting on Feb 18th. The film is premiering at the BFI Southbank in NFT1, on 3 May 2013
Please Contact: Louis Savy
Telephone: +44 7588 681 566
Images are available at http://media.sci-fi-london.com
Thanks once again for helping getting this far, we have wrapped photography.
The shoot went very well at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the Queens House. Four days on location and an amazing cast and crew. we shot on a RED EPIC camera and our DP, Gareth Ward got some amzing images...
We have a long way to go still, the editor, FX and sound design are next. We still need to reach our target on Sponsume and ask you to tell your friends to donate if they can.
We want to again thank you all, and look forward to showing you the finished film soon.
We are excited to be starting shooting this film, Monday - Friday 18th-22nd Feb...
The team have come together, we have a great crew that now includes EWAN CASSIDY, the gaffer who did MOON - now that is some scifi credentials!
Costumes are hired from The National Theatre for the period costume scene in the beautiful Queens House in Greenwich Park, and money is slowly coming in from some lovely people - thanks folks!
Please keep spreading the word and check back next week for some set reports!