Post-production on the documentary continues, with the first segment of the five-part film now complete. One hour in length, “The First Ten Years” covers the school’s inception in 1967, its first home in a former British Military Hospital, before moving to newly constructed buildings in 1974, and features interviews with former teachers and students who taught or studied during those years. With photos and video of the school and Hong Kong taken at the time, each segment of the film will examine one decade in the school’s history in detail, culminating in the anniversary celebrations in 2017. Go to http://www.cinebrand.com.au/island-school-50th-anniversary to read more and order a copy of the film.
Producer Laura Sivis is attending the 2019 Cannes Film Market, to pitch the Science-Fiction/Thriller screenplay, “Shadow Men”, to distributors and investors.
Co-Written with Kent Hill, “Shadow Men” is inspired by seminal 1980s Sci-Fi/Thrillers, including John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York” (1981) and “They Live” (1988), and hard-edged Action/Adventures “First Blood” (1982) and “Red Dawn” (1984). These high concept films (and many more from the ‘90s) deliver excitement, suspense and spectacle, while exploring universal themes, such as the misuse of authority and technology, to control us (government conspiracies). “Shadow Men” updates these themes, adding surprising new twists, while appealing to the global fanbase of these genres, and of John Carpenter (this year’s honouree at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight). Go to PROJECTS for a synopsis.
Producer Laura Sivis recently returned from the 2018 Cannes Market, where both projects were pitched to distributors and investors.
In June, 2017, Island School in Hong Kong celebrated its 50th Anniversary with three days of celebrations. Alumni from all over the world reunited at the school, which is to be redeveloped in the coming months. As well as celebrations at the school and throughout Hong Kong, a Gala Dinner was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, on June 10.
Filming took place over the Gala Weekend (June 9 to 11), and interviews with alumni took place over a ten day period, between June 7 and June 16. The footage captured includes 4K U-HD video (interviews and events), as well as a Virtual Reality Archive of the school, captured in Spherical Video with the Orah 4i 360 camera system. A clip from the Archive can be seen below, or on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/225714209
The Indiegogo campaign can be seen here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/island-school-celebrating-50-years/#/
A Crowdfunding Campaign to raise production funding for the Documentary Feature, "Island School: Celebrating 50 Years" was launched on April 20th. The campaign was a huge success, exceeding the initial goal of $5,000, to raise $8,525 in only 25 days!
Later this year, the International School I attended in Hong Kong as a teenager will be demolished to make way for a new design. To mark the 50th Anniversary of the school, and preserve the old buildings for future generations, I'm producing a documentary film that tells the story of this unique institution and the people who spent their formative years there - the Islanders.
The winning screenplay is announced April 30 in Los Angeles.
The online Festival is held from February 16 to March 19, 2017.
Watch the winning January 2017 Horror Best Scene Screenplay Reading.