Two men arrive at the doorway of a grand house, one having been invited to a social engagement, accompanied by the other man whose fellowship he has not solicited. Evidently reluctant to remain with the man any longer, the invited man attempts to enter the house. He is detained by the other, who stretches out his arm toward the house and smiles as a mood of silence overtakes them both. Snapping out of his funk the man suddenly recognizes his companion for a confidence trickster who stands to take advantage of his relative naiveté. He immediately excuses himself, and, with a sense of relief, enters the house.
To develop and adapt Franz Kakfa's work in a sharp and respectable way, while also interpreting and communicating the themes and feelings within the work via innovative and stylistic visuals and audio.
To convey the key theme of power discrepancy that the scene provokes, which will focus on the way people act when put into assumed categories of power, and how they react when these structures are skewed. Another key message is the isolation and detachment humans tend to rely on in situations involving an 'other' or stranger, and pushing this to the forefront with a disjointed and almost surreal atmosphere.
Targeting people in their early 20s to mid 30s, primarily those who are readers and admirers of fiction literature (and the adaptations that spawn from this).
Going against the grain of classic drama, our style will be heavily influenced by the detached and disjointed nature of Kafka's characters, dialogues and actions. His characters speak clearly and directly without much emotion, which will be conveyed with subtle and low-key performances. In the cinematography we will be experimenting with different uses of angles to help to display a world that is not nurturing. Though continuity editing will be used for the most part, the aim is to leave an odd and uncomfortable feeling within the visuals.
Our primary and initial distribution would be through 'short film' film festivals that cater to art house type productions. Other platforms such as Fandor (An arthouse movie streaming website) and websites such as lndiewire, Cinephilia and Beyond and The Film Stage who all promote and premiere new short films and new talent would follow.
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