This is the first film by 'Jack Shelbourn Films'. Named 'ESCAPE.POD' it is a film about an ordinary man trapped in a situation out of his control, struggling to make sense of the world he now finds himself in.
Directed and filmed by Jack Shelbourn and featuring sound effects and score by Dexter Prior.
When NATHAN (Rex Cahill) awakes in confusion inside a recently launched escape pod, he is greeted by an ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Lucy Mack) that is as out of place as she is out of character. NATHAN quickly discovers his home, a space station, has been destroyed in an enemy attack. As NATHAN works through what happened and becomes acquainted with life in an escape pod, he begins having strange dreams. Will these dreams bring with them the answers he seeks? And will this AI’s out of place character prove to be friend or foe...?
The project ‘ESCAPE.pod’ has been completed as the final piece for Jack Shelbourn’s MA in media production.
The project took place over the summer 2010, between the months of June and early September. The initial aims of the project where to continue improving skills in Adobe After Effects, to utilise new skills with Autodesk Maya and to produce a piece of work to a high quality standard, with the final goal of gaining attention within the industry and finding employment.
Driven by the objectives to produce a fictional film that shows how the human conscience copes with being confined for a prolonged period of time when the physical body is unable to move; ‘ESCAPE.pod’ highlights the struggle between mind and body whilst both are put under extreme stress and how the mind decides to cope.
Also for the audience to gain enjoyment from the story and enjoy the special effects work, for example the colourful vistas within the human mind and the futuristic setting inside the escape pod.
Finally to create a piece that advertises key skills as a director, cinematographer, visual effects artist and motion graphics artist.
The project ‘ESCAPE.pod’ is a science fiction film lasting approximately 20 minutes.
Director, Producer, Editor, Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, DVD/BD menu, disc authoring, Artwork, Costume department, Set construction:
Audio Production, Sound recording, Music Composition, ‘Presenter’ V/O:
Middle animation ‘Quai Industries’, Assistant for day 1:
Script Editor, Producer for day 1:
Producer, Assistant, Make up, Costume department, ‘Anti-Virus’ V/O:
Assistant Director, Shot Logger, Clapper Board:
Rex Cahill & Lucy Mack
As far as I am concerned this is still a work in progress...
This is the version that was handed into my tutors as part of my MA, however there are aspects I wish to improve on. Plenty of things that need cleaning up, and effects that are still not finished.
Over all though I feel that it is a great reflection of 3 months solid hard work, not just by myself but also Dex who did all of the fantastic sound.
The project pushed myself and my machine right to the limit of what was possible with the time limit, the technology limit and financial limit I worked within.
Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoy the film...