'ARK' is a coming of age story of young love and rebellion set aboard a massive spacecraft (The ARK) midway on a 200-year trip to humanity’s new home. Two families with a rift in their past are drawn back together when a spark ignites between JAMES RYAN the great-grandson of the ARK’s designer and SUN ZAO the daughter of one of the most powerful men aboard; a Sponsor.
Sharing more in common with a city than a space-craft, the men and women of the ARK live and die at the hands of the Sponsors; a small, closed circle of powerful families who financed the project. Its 10,000 inhabitants dream of a world they will never see, and a home they will never know. All the while, a dangerous minority wait for the ARK to reach midpoint. Then for the first time, humanity will be closer to its new home than to Earth.
This short proof of concept was produced as part of a presentation for the 2010 ENGAGE Programme. Based on 1st draft treatment. It does not represent a finished project or the any further re-writes which have taken place over the last six months. More then anything it serves to show-case the backdrop to our narrative and give a broad sense of tone.
Produced by BUCKLED CRANIUM
Written & Directed by : Luke Leslie
Cinematography by : Narayan Van Maele
Visual FX by FATHOUSE
3D Animation by David Chandler
Compositing by Michael Lathrope
With additional FX by Luke Leslie
Nora Kelly Lester
David Lester Mooney