This is a short musical I wrote and directed in 2007.
All the exterior shots were captured in the Cedar forest in Lebanon.
The story behind the story:
I wrote the film in a month and 6 re-writes. I then met with many production companies and set up a production team. We then decided on the DOP, Arnaud Stefani, who came from France for the shoot.
The shoot was planned for 3 days. On the first day, and after a summer of clear sky and hot sun, we were greeted with a unique violent storm that shred the set and the art deco to pieces. Actors danced in mud, and the main characters had to be wrapped in warm blankets and 'carried' from the set to the car between each take. It was a disaster, and most of us thought it was over before it even started. Luckily we made it through, and the dark clouds added more drama to the scene then initially expected.
The pre-production, production and post-production took 100 days.
Unfortunately the film's narrative is now undecipherable due to difference of opinion with the producers who wanted more of the central character's singing instead of proper character development. Nevertheless, being my first 'serious' budget film, I am pretty satisfied with the beginning and ending of this version.
The Green Bird is a post-apocalyptic tale of hope in which music, dance and decaying architecture interplay and interact in order to bring out human hope amidst total chaos and destruction.
Production on this short fantasy-fiction film is planned for Fall 2010*.
Written, directed and produced by Camille Mallat, Jean-Laurent Ratel, and Adam Shamash.
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