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a short motion picture business plan


Introduction p.3
Story Outline p.4
Production Plan p.5
Marketing Plan p.8
Budget p.13
Cash Flow and Financing p.15
Investment Considerations p.17
Director’s Statement p.19

A good story can make a lot of money. Film production is a lucrative
way to go from having a great story to owning part in a bountiful revenue
stream. Ideally Planned Productions, LLC (“IPP” or “the Company”) is
currently seeking investors to finance the production of a short film entitled
“The Irresistible Offer” (“TIO” or “the Short”).
“TIO” probes the depths of the human condition, contrasting our
potential for the best and the worst within the span of 17 thrilling minutes.
The short film seeks to maximize ORIGINALITY, ENTERTAINMENT, and
PRODUCTION VALUE and is designed to achieve success at the highest levels
of international festival competition in order to be a contender for an Oscar.
This high concept film deals with cutting edge debate topics that will
serve to provide word of mouth advertising - the bedrock of a good marketing
campaign. In addition the Short’s innovative
marketing plan will utilize the latest developments PROJECT LOGLINE
in Internet promotion as well as more traditional A homeless man is offered
means of promotion such as festivals and print. $100,000 and a new identity
Furthermore shot on HD and ready for Internet and in exchange for participating
mobile distribution, this film takes advantage of all in a terrorist plot to detonate
an explosive device in the
the emerging digital technology. Research is middle of Times Square, NYC.
showing that there is a lucrative niche for well-
produced short form entertainment. While the internet is flooded with
“shorts” they are done by amateurs and do not have inherent commercial
value, in other words customers are not interested in paying for them, while
they don’t object to being subjected to advertising messages. Currently
companies like Apple, Fox, and Amazon are moving into providing feature
length films, to buttress and test their models they also require well done,
high quality shorts. Aside from the Internet and mobile devices, the
traditional modes of distribution such as home video, television, and
theatrical are also part of the marketing plan. IPP has extensive contacts in
all these branches and will utilize them to get the project in the best possible
commercial vantage point.
Another potential and lucrative revenue stream may come from sale or
optioning of the story rights. The film as it stands now is planned to be a
mini-blockbuster, with the possibility of expanding it into a full feature using
footage shot (like the British Oscar nominated short “Cashback” – now a
feature) for the short or allowing another team to re-imagine the story in a
remake, a currently popular trend in Hollywood.
Aside from the story and the talented human capital, the project’s
greatest asset is the relationship with an established production company
that will serve as an umbrella providing use of it’s office space, production
and post-production equipment, and insurance.
Investment in IPP’s production of “The Irresistible Offer” will provide
good returns because the film will look as if it was made for considerably
more. In the entertainment industry, this greater percieved value directly
translates to greater sales.


CHARLES: Homeless man in his late 40s early 50s. Diabetic, drinking
problem, intelligent but has given up hope.

OFFICER MICHAELS: NYPD beat cop in his mid to late 30s. Likes his
job, whether it means saving the day or being aggressive in order to
maintain status quo.

SYLVAN VERLOC: Man of ambiguous Balkan descent in his mid to late

30s. We don’t know if he’s a spy, mafiosi or terrorist. He could be any
combination of these things.

VERLOC’s COHORTS: 5 men in their 20s who comprise VERLOC’s



The film starts off with our hero, CHARLES, unconscious on the
pavement of a midtown street during the morning rush hour. He is confronted
by a cop, MICHAELS, who uses intimidation and mild physical violence to
force CHARLES to get up and move out of the area. CHARLES’s situation is
further worsened when he is beat up and robbed by another homeless, PETE.
At the end of his line CHARLES is approached by a charismatic stranger,
SYLVAN VERLOC, who keeps feeding CHARLES $20s and invites him to
dinner. In a deserted restaurant undergoing renovations and staffed by
VERLOC’s cohorts, the “irresistible offer” is made to CHARLES. Even though
CHARLES is hooked after he accepts the first $20 bill from VERLOC, his
resistance and acquiesce serves to build dynamic tension and segway into
the last scene – the execution of the plot to detonate a bomb in the middle of
Times Square. CHARLES follows the plan, but at the last moment has an
epiphany, a moment of frozen time where he has a vision of the LADY IN
WHITE. When time revs back up, he has changed his mind. Too late though,
the bomb is triggered remotely by a cell phone. VERLOC’s men begin dialing
in to detonate – but they can’t get a signal! CHARLES takes off running away
from the Times Square crowds. A thrilling chase/man-with-a-bomb sequence
follows. Just as the bomb is finally about to go off, MICHAELS appears on the
street. He’s on the beat, patrolling. He senses that something is not right, and
reads CHARLES’s body language (CHARLES wants to get rid of the bomb, but
can’t decide where). MICHAELS yells to CHARLES to throw him the package,
CHARLES does when it starts beeping. Fortunately, there’s an open truck
double parked on the street, MICHAELS throws the bomb inside and closes
the doors. The film ends with the bomb going off.

This section seeks to outline for the lay investor the general process of
film production. Special considerations and challenges to the production are
outlined towards the end of this chapter.
Film production falls into three categories: pre-production, principal
photography, and post-production.

Pre-production is the process of preparing

all the elements involved a film.
In the film industry, pre-production usually
only commences once a project has been
developed and is green lit. At this stage a project
will generally be fully financed and have most of
the key elements such PRE-PRODUCTION
as principal cast, Script Breakdown
director and Budget and Schedule
cinematographer in Casting and Rehearsals
place, as well as a Script Rewrites
screenplay which is Storyboards
satisfactory to all the Crewing and Contracting
During pre-production, Insurance and Permits
the script is broken Wardrobe and Props Prep
down into individual scenes and all the locations,
props, cast members, costumes, special effects
and visual effects are identified. An extremely
detailed schedule is produced and arrangements
are made for the necessary elements to be
available to the filmmakers at the appropriate
times. Sets are constructed, the crew is hired, financial arrangements are put
in place and a start date for the beginning of principal photography is set. At
some point in pre-production there will be a read-through of the script which
is usually attended by all cast members with speaking parts, all heads of
departments, financiers, producers, publicists and of course the director.

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Principal photography refers to the phase of film production during

which the movie is actually shot. It is usually the most expensive phase of

film production and generally marks a point of no return for the financiers.
Once a film concludes principal photography it is said to have wrapped, and a
wrap party may be organized to celebrate.


Post-production is the general term for all stages of production

occurring after principal photography and ending with the completed film.
The footage is brought into the editing computer (usually running Avid or
Final Cut Pro) and is synced with the recorded
POST-PRODUCTION audio. Following this a rough assembly is made
where the director and editor start to actually put
Composing the Film Score the film together. A digital effects specialist also
Special Effects starts working on creating
Color Grading and compositing elements Benefits of Tapeless HD
that were not done in Production for Short
camera. After a rough cut, there is a series of finer Films
and finer cuts based on feedback. Eventually a final
cut is made. This is sent off to the composer who • Stock is reusable and
writes a unique score to fit the mood and purpose of cheaper.
each scene. Parallel to this work is being done on • Looks like film @ 24
sound design – adding effects, ambience, etc. Once
• On-set WSIWYG
the picture is locked (no more edits) it is color monitoring.
corrected. Finally there is a sound mix and audio is • No processing lab fees or
married to the image. The final result is laid off to mess-ups.
digital tape masters. • No logging or capturing,
content instantly ready for
• No camera noise.
HD: The film is going to be shot on HD. • Same pallete of lenses
Recently, projects like Michael Mann’s “Collateral”, and camera accessories as
in 35mm.
George Lucas’s “Revenge of the Sith”, Roman

Polanski’s “Oliver Twist”, Bryan Singer’s “Superman”, Mel Gibson’s
“Apocalypto” and Robert Altman’s “Prairie Home Companion” have all been
shot using this format. As can be glimpsed from the selection, HD now is not
just a sensible solution for CGI heavy productions, put works great for any
story. In general, the artistry of Cinematographer working in concert with the
Art Director is what results in that feeling of high production value that
people have to expected from Hollywood entertainment. HD just means the
expense of working with emulsion film is illuminated. The debate of HD vs.
35mm is moot at this point and will not affect the commercial desirability of
the product.

FX: As maybe gleaned from the script there are going to be a number
of special effects shots, the most elaborated ones being the frozen time with
the Lady in White and the explosion. A green screen studio will have to be
rented, but that will be the only expense as the actual special effects labor
will be done for free as part of IPP’s coproduction deal with Run Cycle

NYC: The film was written for the city. While shooting on location in
Times Square will be no doubt challenging, the director has 6 years of
shooting on the streets of the city and New York City’s Film and Television
Commission is extremely accommodating to insured productions (MTV shoots
in Times Square daily). Furthermore, NYC has a great source of acting talent
willing to work for free to get a chance at exposure. The numerous film
programs offered by New York’s universities provide a sizeable pool of behind
the camera talent as well interns.

RESTAURANT: New York has a lot of restaurants, a number of which

are always under renovation. The fact that the script calls for them to be
under renovations and hence unusable will add further savings to the
production and will make scouting and negotiations easier, the production
will offer the restaurant to make some money even when it is closed down.

POST: Woo Art International has modern post-production facilities that

will be used to edit the film and lay off to HD tape.

Film marketing is an art onto itself. It is standard practice for studios to
budget 25%-50% of the film’s production budget in order to promote and sell
to the public. Indies, whose budgets are considerably smaller, had to come
up with innovative “guerilla” tacticts to get the word out about their
productions. But the truth of the matter is, like with any product, a good
project speaks for itself and nothing beats word of mouth advertising.
IPP has come up with an innovative strategy to promote this unique
short film. The backbone of the campaign will be the festival push towards
the Oscars, but a hedging strategy, using the internet in conjunction with the
founding partners’ extensive connections with media industry and NYC
cultural and nightlife luminaries, will also be implemented.
The film will have a site and a blog, as well as a promotional
trailer/teaser will be made available. The film will be promoted to other blogs
in order to get a buzz going about the project. Furthermore, screening parties
will be held at stylish spots in order to directly promote the project to the
trendsetting audience. All this, of course, can be done without any expense to
One good write up in the right place will launch the project into the
mainstream creating interest from established distributors.



Global Filmed Entertainment Market

$103 Bn
- in US$ Millions


$75 Bn




1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

The Global Filmed Entertainment Market is forecast to continue strong

compounded growth of 7.5% over the next five years, reaching $103 billion
by 2008 in box office and home video/DVD sales alone.

With approx. 450 theatrical releases per year, the US cinema business

is worth in excess of $1.45 billion a year in box-office ticket sales alone.
Home VHS/DVD sales and rentals account for an additional 250% of box
office receipts.

HDTV households continue to grow in numbers and are projected to

reach 20.3 million by the end of the year, jumping 5.3% from 15 million in
mid-2006. U.S. and Japan account for 91 per cent of worldwide HDTV

Furthermore as of 2003, there were 3851 features and 1809 shorts

films being produced annually, worldwide in a $75 bn market. Along with
1687 made for tv films, 1355 tv series, and 1660 direct to video movies there
were 25,253.5 hours worth of content. These figures indicate that in
2003 on average each minute of distributed film generated close to
50,000 dollars. Each minute of Titanic made 9.5 million in worldwide
theatrical gross alone.

Apple’s iTunes sold over 1 million videos for $1.99 each in the first 20
days of the service being offered. And as of writing this, Amazon has
launched their own analogous service as well. Youtube gets 80 million visitors
a month. And there are currently 100-200 sites that offer video on demand.

"In EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) online subscription services and
video streaming services are entering the market. Together they will reach
$2.2 billion by 2010 from only $216 million in 2005, averaging 59.1 percent
growth compounded annually." Source PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


There was a time when shorts were screened in movie theaters before
features. This changed in mid 80s when advertising replaced this classic
entertainment and shorts were relegated to festival slates and an occasional
appearance on television. They became merely calling cards for aspiring
directors and most were the results of film student productions that lacked
the maturity and production value of the long-form Hollywood fare.
Fast forward to 2006 where thanks to digital filmmaking and emerging
internet and mobile device distribution models the Short is making a
comeback, and in a big way!
Due to The Irresistible Offer’s high concept and budgeting for a high
production value the film will be poised to take advantage not only of the
traditional successful path for a short – festival screenings, major festival
recognition, followed by television and DVD distribution, but will also be sold
as a high resolution internet download and a scaled down and trimmed down
5 minute version that can be purchased for viewing on a video capable cell
phone (like Verizon’s Vcast phones) or a portable media device like Apple’s
But that is not all, the film will also become a calling card for the
feature length project that can incorporate the already shot footage, on the
model of the Oscar nominated short Cashback. IPP will own the story rights to
the project and naturally whose sale or optioning revenue will go to investors.



25% 1%

Cable &Pay-Per-View
Worldwide TV/Cable
Domestic Home Video
30% International Home Video
Portable Electronics


Short films fall under the category of short form content. This is the
predominant form of video content on the net and mobile devices, it has
advantages over the long format such as features because download times
are smaller and the content can be digested without commitment, say over a
coffee break.

IPP is planning on pursuing traditional distribution routes along with

emergent ones whose reality is being made possible by technological
advances – cheaper LCD screens, cheaper bandwith, faster wireless and
wired data transfer speeds, etc.


What we are looking for is a catalyzing word of mouth moment where

exposure and distribution potential can start to snowball creating more and
more income revenues for IPP and its investors.


The last stop on a short film’s journey to major exposure is an Oscar

nomination. In order to be considered for the Academy Award the film has to
film has to be recognized by a festival on the Academy’s list.
IPP will put apply to dozens of these festivals on the Oscar route and
will work off the momentum to generate buzz.

Ann Arbor (Michigan) Film Festival Florida Film Festival

Aspen Shortsfest Foyle Film Festival
Athens (Ohio) Intl. Film Festival The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival India Intl. Film Festival
Austin Film Festival Locarno Intl. Film Festival
Berlin Intl. Film Festival Los Angeles Film Festival
Bermuda Intl. Film Festival Los Angeles Intl. Short Film Festival
Cannes Festival Intl. Du Film Melbourne Intl. Film Festival
Chicago Intl. Film Festival Montreal Intl. Festival of New Cinema
Cinequest Film Festival Montreal World Film Festival
Clermont-Ferrand Intl. Short Film Nashville Film Festival
Festival Oberhausen Intl. Short Film Festival
Cracow Intl. Festival of Short Films Palm Springs Intl. Short Film Festival
Flickerfest Rhode Island Intl. Film Festival

San Francisco Intl. Film Festival Tampere Film Festival
Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival
Short Shorts Film Festival Turin Intl. Film Festival of Young
Shorts Intl. Film Festival Cinema
Slamdance Film Festival Uppsala Intl. Short Film Festival
St. Louis Intl. Film Festival USA Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival Venice Intl. Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival


The following excerpt from the New England Film journal sums up IPP’s

“Most of the short films DeVine licenses on behalf of IFC are negotiated directly
with the filmmaker. IFC recognizes lots of "up-and-coming talent" through short film
submissions, which can lead the channel to seek to other projects from a filmmaker.
Because IFC and its competitor, the Sundance Channel, are the largest markets
for short films in the U.S., the variety and volume of short films they are able to
showcase is larger than other outlets. This is good news for filmmakers of short
projects, who may find a shortage of appropriate ways to submit work, especially for
television. "Filmmakers should feel more relaxed about submitting short films to IFC,
because there isn’t the kind of network for short films that there is for features," says
DeVine. Because competition is less intense in the short film circuit (between
filmmakers, distributors, outlets, and promoters, for example) filmmakers should not
feel as if they need connections to get exposure for their work. Creators of short films
have a much more equal footing in this quest than in the selection process for
feature films; credentials and networking mean less, while talent and originality
mean more.” – New England Film

Al Gore’s CURRENT TV is also a good target for the effort, TIO’s

capacity to spark political debate will be appealing to CURRENT TV’s
programmers. In addition start-up cable channels are known to license shorts
as a cheaper alternative to features.


The Internet is in the middle of a video on

demand boom. The two main differences are the
Youtubes vs. Amazons. While YouTube content is
mainly DIY with low production value or content legally
ambiguously recorded off TV and offered for free (just
as the providers of the content themselves are not
compensated for their submissions). The Amazons and
iTunes on the other hand license their content and sell
it at a fee. It has been recently leaked that Apple plans
to sell features by end of the month for $14.99 keeping
$1.00 for themselves. Services selling video content
are growing by the minute. Currently there are
between 200-300 sites on the net aggregating, giving
away or selling video content.
IPP will have numerous opportunities. While

iTunes prefers to deal with major distributors, it has a precedent of dealing
with independent music distributors and it is probable they will adopt the
same strategy for licensing desireable video content from indies. Revver,
Google Video


Films that win the Oscars always get to be on DVDs currently being
distributed by Magnolia Pictures. Furthermore there are several prominent
DVD collections of shorts and magazines that are interested in licensing
shorts for home video.


“The digital projection of alternative content—ie, forms of large-screen

content other than feature film, represents the greatest new revenue
potential for cinema exhibitors.” Global Information, Inc.

Over the next 3-4 years, Technicolor plans to digitize 5000 screens.


While devices like Sony’s PSP and iPods can handle fairly long and
highrez content and will have no problem playing the full version of the film,
IPP intends to have a shorter version of the film made especially for cell
phones. This shorter version will be recut and reframed for cell phone
screens. Currently companies like Mobizzo and Verizon offer content for cell


Due to the high concept of the film and its potential for buzz we are
including this revenue stream in case another producer wishes to develop the
idea into a feature or we get financing to incorporate the footage into a
feature length project. The writer has several ideas about expanding the
film’s themes and characters and framing the key events in an equally
exciting feature length script.


Fringe assumptions: THE IRRESISTIBLE OFFER

Payroll Tax 0% Shoot Days: 4
WGA 0% Location: Local
DGA 0% Unions: None
SAG 0% Production: HD
AFTRA 0% Off/On-Line: r
Agency Fees 0% Finish: HD


02-00 Script 0
03-00 Producers Unit 1,100
04-00 Direction 0
05-00 Cast 0

10-00 Production Staff 0

13-00 Production Design 725
15-00 Set Operations 1,860
17-00 Set Dressing 950
18-00 Property 500
19-00 Wardrobe 650
20-00 Make-Up and Hairdressing 425
21-00 Electrical 2,625
22-00 Camera 9,100
23-00 Sound 485
24-00 Transportation 3,300
25-00 Location Expenses 600
26-00 Picture Vehicle/Animals 0
27-00 Film & Lab 0
30-00 Editorial 80
33-00 Music 550
34-00 Post Production Sound 575
35-00 Titles & Graphics & FX 25

37-00 Insurance 0
38-00 General & Administrative 0
Total Above-The-Line 1,100
Total Below-The-Line 22,450
Total Above and Below-the-Line 23,550
Contingency @ 10 % 2,355


IPP will be co-producing this short with Woo Art International and Run
Cycle Productions. Woo Art International will contribute general &
administrative support (office space, etc.), certain production equipment +

expendables, and the use of its facilities for post production. Furthermore, at
a big savings to the production, IPP will use Woo Art’s umbrella insurance for
securing locations and equipment rental. Run Cycle will provide special FX
consultation and implementation.

IPP will acquire IFP sponsorship for the project. IFP sponsorship
provides a means for individuals and companies to grant tax refundable
donations including cash, materials, and services. This will further allow for a
decrease in expenses.

Furthermore, staff will be encouraged to defer whole or part of their

salary until the film recoups the money for principal investors.

10% Contingency prevents the chance of film running over budget, if

the film is underbudget investors get return on investment of unused funds.

Marketing will be done by the founding partners with additional help

from ThinkPR and Three21 Productions.

In the following scenario the “Director’s Purse” represents a 20%
ownership of the comapany by the founding partners. While the time and
energy invested by the Producers warrants such a stake, in reality the 20%
will be parlayed into deffered payments to the crew, hence it is a means for
investors as well to minimize their investment.

Revenue Summary

Year Ended 2007 2008 2009 2010 Totals

DVD $15,000 $2,000 $1,000 $2,000 $20,000

Television $5,000 $2,000 $1,000 $2,000 $10,000
Internet $10,000 $5,000 $1,000 $1,000 $17,000
Mobile Device $10,000 $5,000 $1,000 $2,000 $18,000
Story Rights $2,000 $2,000 $25,000 $0 $29,000

Total Gross Revenue $42,000 $16,000 $29,000 $7,000 $94,000

After investors submit their money, it will be kept in a bank account

and will not be touched until all the funds are accumulated, all the accounting
will be with proper monthly reports.

As can be seen from the scenario, the first revenue of $30,000 (120%
of the investment) will be split between the investors only, allowing them to
recoup their money and take a good profit. All the moneys coming in after
that point will be split between the 20% “Director’s Purse” and the investor’s
80% share of the company.

Pay outs to investors will be made quaterly from a dedicated bank

account. All Accounding will be transparent.

The following points sum up some of the benefits of investing in Ideally
Planned Productions, LLC production of “The Irresistible Offer”:

• Participating in a rapidly expanding industry.

• Exciting story that will generate a buzz.
• Project headed by experienced and talented crew.
• Business takes advantage of technological developments and niches
in entertainment market.
• Two products for price of one 17 min “theatrical” version and 5-7 min
“portable” version.
• Support of the artistic.
• Access to the independent segment of the film market with favorable
risk/reward dynamics.
• Each investor will receive a monthly progress statement outline how
much has been achieved and how much has been spent.
• Credited as Executive Producer and receive DVD copies of the


Investors will be Members or shareholders whose obligations will be limited to

their initial investment. There involvement is purely as a passive investor as
per certain stock purchases.

Andrew Yakovlev and Tina Mohanty will be the Managing Members of the
company and will be responsible for making any and all creative and business
decisions regarding the motion picture project, The Irresistible Offer.

Many business professionals believe LLCs present a superior alternative to

corporations and partnerships because LLCs combine the best advantages of
both. With an LLC, the owners can have the corporate liability protection for
their personal assts as well as the tax advantages of partnerships, much like
a Subchapter S-Corporation without the management restrictions.

In summary, there are several advantages of the Limited Liability Company:

1. Protection of personal assets from business debt.
2. Profits are not taxed at the corporate level (flow-through tax
3. Greater flexibility in management and organization of the business.


• USD 1,000 per unit

• Investment units of $1,000 are available for purchase in Ideally Planned
Productions, LLC (minimum purchase 5 units).


Investors will receive 120% of the company’s financial returns up to the

break-even point (the budget plus 20%)


In the profit participation deal, the time frame depends on the purchase of
the short by the outlined distributors. Since IPP will be licensing the film to
these companies, the money will be received as soon as negotiations are
finished, money is received and masters are delivered.


Offers to purchase Membership interests are subject to acceptance by the

Managing Member. A questionnaire must be completed by each proposed
investor. Contributions by the prospective investor are to be made by check
at the time of the signing of the Limited Liability Company Operating
Agreement as well as The Securities Subscription Agreement. All funds will be
kept in a separate bank account until applied towards company expenses.

The securities represented by the Limited Liability Company interests are

being offered pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Federal
Securities Act of 1933, and as amended in the New York Corporations Code.
As such, company interest may not be resold or transferred without
registration under federal state securities laws, or an exemption from the
provisions thereof.


Investing in the film industry is a high-risk venture. The sole business of the
limited liability company Ideally Planned Productions, LLC will be the
production, promotion and distribution of the short film. In such a venture,
the risk of loss is especially high in comparison with the prospect for any
profits. Company interests should not be purchased unless the investor is
prepared for the possibility of total loss of investment.

For lay investor this is a great opportunity to invest in a great little
project and make a modest $ while also supporting art. For industry investors
this is a great opportunity to test the waters to get involved in something that
really seeks to take advantage of those buzzwords that people here all the
time, but don’t really now what to do. Well as this proposal shows, well
planned out and acted a short film can be great way to make money, but also
to inject fresh blood into the industry.


The dramatic triangle of this story is between the three men: CHARLES
(motivated by desire to get back into the social pyramid, the status quo),
VERLOC (motivated by desire to shock the status quo for personal material
gains), and MICHAELS (motivated by the desire to maintain the status quo
and preserve the social pyramid). Furthermore, CHARLES goes through an
important transformation through the course of the story. In the early pages
he is on the lowest levels of the social rungs, and by working with VERLOC,
he sinks even lower – his desire for material gain and revenge on society
motivates him to agree to commit mass murder.
The historical source for this scheme came from the terrorist acts in
France and Russia. The bomb in the garbage can has been a staple M.O. in
those two countries. What makes this story unique, and the Russian tragedies
different is that in certain terrorist acts, there is a record of participation by
Russians. This contrasts sharply with the current image of Al-queda trained
jihadists and fanatics. In acts like the Nord Ost and Beslan, bribery was used
to secure complicity of Russians.
Furthermore, in Russia, there is a law that offers a pardon to anyone
involved in terrorist activity who changes their mind and prevents an attack
from happening. This coupled with a personal belief that sometimes a wisest
decision a man can make is to change their mind and be flexible, are the
reasons why CHARLES makes his decision in the frozen time landscape. In
that nick of time, CHARLES comes from being a socially worthless traitor to a
real hero. He proves it, because he holds on to the bomb and tries to get it
away from the crowds.
A good story should give the audience what they expect, but not in a
way they expect it. Our twist is MICHAELS helping CHARLES save the day. In
the beginning and the ending of the film MICHAELS does his job which is
being a cop, sometimes it means using the threat of violence to maintain
social order, in other times it is sacrificing himself to violence in order to
maintain social order. I think a nice aspect of the script is that our perception
of MICHAELS changes, and that can be just as rewarding as a character going
through a transformation.
The LADY IN WHITE is a symbolic element; it can imply a number of
things and is there for the audience to ponder. For dramatic, stylistic, and
visual purposes she is a means to pause the tension in a feverish climax and
redirect the story towards a more satisfying, and even more intense ending.
Furthermore, it’s a good opportunity for some special effects work to

heighten the production value of the short.
The final sequence is an intercutting of the cell phone dialing,
CHARLES actions, and the recording of the terrorist’s video camera. Terrorists
often record their acts ad proof and means of securing further finances, for
the purposes of a film it is a great stratagem to show off the explosion
without actually going the expense of blowing up a truck in the middle of the
city. Using the pixilated and grainy image of an exploding truck (miniature)
will give all the BANG of an expensive shot, without sticking it to our budget.