After more than a decade of peace... the proud and noble kingdom of Valanor is suddenly torn apart by a terrible civil war. After 12 years, when the dust settles and resources start to dwindle, the starving people of Valanor cry out for peace, forcing the leaders of Tier, Sinnah, Daneth and Osgard to lay down their arms and meet each other at the negotiation table.
As each province prepares an envoy to find a diplomatic solution at the Kingdom's only neutral ground, an ancient and dark organization plots its return....
Unbeknownst to the leaders of the four warring provinces, this old enemy will stop at nothing to crush any hope of lasting peace.
Can the four envoys put their old hatreds aside and forge a bond of trust? Or will those that crave the blood and terror of war get their way...?
Whatever the outcome, the fate of Valanor will be decided at Bitter Lake.
Bitter Lake is the first live action full motion picture to be made in the Furry Fandom and is the second EZwolf and Shay production to date. Produced entirely by the crew itself and sponsored by Eurofurence, Bitter Lake combines the creative skills of a small team of enthusiastic and driven people and shows what can be done with minimum resources in a very short timeframe. The incredible work done when it comes to camera work, script and story writing, music composition, (voice) acting, art and fursuit building is something unique and every piece of the puzzle fits. Shot entirely on location in France and the Netherlands in HD 35 mm, Bitter Lake will premiere at Eurofurence 17 in August of 2011 and will feature an original sound track by Fox Amoore.
This documentary gives an inside perspective on the strange and interesting subculture known as the furry fandom. Filmed at Midwest Furfest 2010, a major furry convention, the fandom is explained by furries in their own words.
This project was both a personal and an academic undertaking. The concept and production was my own, but I also got college credit for producing it, as an independent study at Bradley University.
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This was a very lean production in terms of budget, equipment and crew. All filming was done in existing light. Primary camera was a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Secondary camera was a Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Lenses used were Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, and (on secondary camera) Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
In-camera audio was captured only for sync reference and not used in the final output. Off-camera audio was captured using an Olympus LS-10 linear PCM recorder. Voice-overs were recorded during post production using a Sterling Audio ST55 condenser mic and brought into my PC for editing through a Yamaha MW10 mixer.
Slow motion sequences were shot at 30p, then time stretched using motion vector interpolation, and output at the project frame rate of 24p.
Post production took a little less than a month, though as with so many projects, the majority of the work was concentrated toward the deadline. The production officially wrapped on December 15th, 2010, and I posted it here on Vimeo just four days later.
Douglas "Giza" Muth
Matt "2 Gryphon" Davis
Bryan "Smash" Manternach
Dr. Samuel "Uncle Kage" Conway
Jakob "Granite Tail" Riis
Special Thanks to Dan "Takaza" Hauschild and the rest of the Midwest Furfest 2010 staff for making this production possible; and to the funny, friendly, fuzzy members of the Furry Fandom.