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FORGOTTEN LANDSCAPES

Fusing art and history together to uncover the stories behind abandoned structures

Prepared by:

August 22, 2016


Mark Magro
Creative Director
+356 9977 1298
+001 416 655 2314
mmagro@wantedmedia.ca

TABLE OF CONTENTS
DOCUMENT COPYRIGHT
SYNOPSIS
OUTLINE
STYLE
DISTRUBITON
PARTNERSHIPS
BUDGET
SCHDEDULE
MARKETING
POTENTIAL LOCATIONS
TEAM
COMPANY PROFILE

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DOCUMENT COPYRIGHT

Wanted Media owns the copyright for this document and all its contents. This document
should be considered private and confidential and may not be shared with any third party
without the prior written permission of Wanted Media.

SYNOPSIS

Forgotten Landscapes is the first in a projected series of multimedia exhibits and


publications that brings together artisans and historians to tell the story of four abandoned
locations in Malta.

OUTLINE

A painting captures a moment in time through the lens of human imagination. Coupled
with a photograph or video of an artist producing the work creates an added level of
intimacy between the artist and viewer.
Taking the above creative concept on visually spectacular ruins and combining it with
primary and secondary source archival material fuses art and history into a format that
can be presented through a publication and multimedia exhibit.
We want to tackle this challenge and produce a timeless work that can be enjoyed for
current and future generations.

STYLE

Book
Divided into locations, a historical narrative will fill one side of the page while the other
will provide a montage of session photography, artwork and any other relevant archival
material. Footnotes will also be included for academic accuracy.
Film
Each film will be essentially a time-lapse of the artist painting at one of the four
abandoned locations. Historical narration and music will provide ambiance and
information. The ideal length will be five to ten minutes per location. Rough cuts will be
produced in order to experiment and polish the final product for the exhibit.
Painting
Artisans will be designated to one of the four locations. Taken to the site and provided
with the necessary equipment, they will be able to examine the environment and produce
an artwork that is not limited to a particular style. They will be documented during the
process through photography and video.

Exhibit
Spazju Kreattiv at the St. James Cavalier in Valletta, Malta willexhibit the artwork,
publication and historical research.
Viewers will walk into a large open space and be greeted with three white walls. One of
the walls will contain a large sized black stencil displaying Forgotten Landscapes
followed by a list of all the sponsors in a smaller size.
The two other walls will contain the artwork that will be organized by location. Each
section will contain a medium sized black stencil of the name and place of the location.
Below the stencil will showcase the artwork mounted to the wall. On one side of the
painting an LCD screen will display the short film while the other side will house a
plaque of text showcasing the artistbiography and story behind the location.
A limited viewing of all the short films will also be premiered at theSpazju Kreattiv
cinema followed by a question and answer period with the director and artisans.

DISTRIBUTION

The film will officially be made publicly available after the opening on the Wanted
Media website and its social media channels. The book will be published through LULU
and the artwork will be made available to purchase online through Saatchiart.

PARTNERSHIPS

Spazju Kreattiv has accepted this project as part of their 2016/2017 artistic season and
will provide assistance to develop the project.

BUDGET
TALENT

COST

Director

1,500.00

Researcher

1,500.00

Artisans (4)

5,500.00

Editor

1,500.00

Graphic Artist

1,500.00
11,500.00

EXPENDITURES
Transportation
St James Cavalier - Running Costs
Artisan Equipment

1,000.00
441.00
1,500.00

Computer Equipment

500.00

Publishing & Printing

750.00

Marketing

500.00
4,691.00

CONTINGENCY (10%)
TOTAL EXPENSES

1,619.10
17,810.10

INCOME
Project Support Grant
Wanted Media & Sponsors

14,248.08
3,562.02
17,810.10

TOTAL INCOME

17,810.10

SCHEDULE

PHASE 1: PRE-PRODUCTION: JUNE JULY 2016


Develop proposal
Finalize locations
Crowd funding campaign
Contact Heritage Malta
Project launch on Wanted Media website its social media channels
Malta Arts Council Production Support Grant submission
PHASE 2: RESEARCH: AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2016
Interview painters in Malta
Begin preliminary historical research from primary and secondary sources
Obtain permissions to document locations
PHASE 3: PRODUCTION: OCTOBER NOVEMBER 2016
Produce test sessions onlocation
Finalize artisans selection
Commission paintings
Photograph and film painters on location
PHASE 4: POST-PRODUCTION: DECEMBER FEBRUARY 2016/2017
Filter photography from documentation session
Develop painter biographies
Finalize and record historical narrative
Edit and produce rough cut of film
Edit and produce rough draft of book
Design poster and pamphlet for gala
Marketing

PHASE 5: EXHIBIT: FEBURARY MARCH 2017


Exhibit at Spazju Kreattiv -Thursday 16th February - Sunday 19th March 2017
Publish book online through LULU
Publish films on Wanted Media website and social media channels
Follow-up with local and international media
Sell paintings on Saatchiart website

MARKETING
Wanted Media
Website & Social
Media Channels
Journal
Behind the scenes
Trailer
Production stills

Media Outlets

Lectures

Prints

Newspaper
Television
Radio
Magazine

Spazju Kreattiv

Pamphlets
Posters
Production stills
Press Kit

POTENTIAL LOCATIONS

1: Mgarr ix-Xini: 19th Century Water Pumping Station


2: Jerma Palace:20th Century Hotel Complex
3: Fort Campbell: 20th Century British Colonial Fortress
4: Arax Tower: 17th Century Order of St. John Watchtower

TEAM

Mark Magro
Passionate about film from a young age, he has produced
films with friends as a hobby for years. Mark is a graduate of
York University where he obtained a B.A. in History and Film
and Centennial College where he obtained a diploma in
Computer Networking. He also attended the Toronto Film
School, where he met his future crew for the documentaries
and films he produced with his production company Wanted
Media. Mark is an artist striving to put his thoughts, dreams
and experiences in the format of film. He is continually
searching for new projects.

Brent Tremain
Naturally artistic from an early age, Brent dabbled in fine
arts as a painter. His subsequent training and experience
gained while attending Toronto Film School gave him the
much needed technical ability to further pursue his
aspirations as a film maker. Brent's dream is to spend a
lifetime capturing beautiful images, to tell intriguing stories
and do it all through the lens of the camera.
Tom Panasiak
Tom graduated from York University with a B.A. in Fine Arts
and Art History. He also has a diploma in Building Restoration
from George Brown College. Photography has always been his
passion. To him, its not just about taking pictures, it is also the
need to capture the overall atmosphere and feeling of the place
and people being photographed.

COMPANY PROFILE

Methodology
Wanted Media is an independent production company founded in 2006 in Canada with
myself and artisans from film school and university with the intent of utilizing film,
history and technology to create innovative projects.
Since its inception the company developed award-winning films, publications,
photographic and experimental works that has been showcased across the world including
Malta.
We have collaborated with artists, heritage organizations, historical committees, schools,
governments and other individuals in addition to providing creative services.

Documentaries
Reflections in the Emerald Isle(2012)
A half-hour introspective documentary on a man
traveling Ireland in search of its history while
reflecting on the life of his dying Maltese father
Financed by Wanted Media, Cable One and
Ascend Productions
Collaborated with Cable One, Ascend
Productions and Yestek Incorporated
Premiered at the 2012 Moving Images
International Film Festival in Toronto,
Canada
Showcased at the 2013 Kinemastik
International Film Festival in Valletta,
Malta
Showcased at the 2013 Notte Bianca
Festival in Valletta, Malta
Showcased at the 2013 European Union
International Film Festival in Toronto,
Canada

Mark Magro Director/Producer/Writer/Researcher/Editor


Bret Teskey Graphic Designer

King (2010)
An hour historical documentary that explores the
story of King Township and its impact on Canadian
history through the eyes of school children
Financed by Township of King Heritage
Committee and King Township
Collaborated with Yestek Incorporated,
Kettleby Public School, King Township
Heritage Committee and Toronto & Region
Conservation Authority
Worked with grade 7 & 8 students from
Kettleby Public School
Premiered at the Country Day school
auditorium in King City, Canada
Won Documentary Awardat the 2010
Multimedia Film Festival of York Region in
Richmond Hill, Canada
Won Merit Award at the 2010 International
Awareness Festival in Los Angeles, USA

Mark Magro Director/Producer/Writer/Researcher/Editor


Brent Tremain - Cinematographer
Tom Panasiak - Photographer
Bret Teskey Graphic Designer

The Story of Uxbridge Station (2008)


A half-hour historical documentary on one of the few
Canadian heritage train services
Financed by York-Durham Heritage
Railway, Township of Uxbridge and New
Roots Studios
Collaborated with Uxbridge Museum,
Uxbridge Tourism and Yestek Incorporated
Premiered at the Uxbridge Music Hall in
Uxbridge, Canada
Showcased at the 2010-2015 Canadian
National Exhibition in Toronto, Canada
Showcased at the Warsaw Polytechnic in
Warsaw, Poland
Showcased at the 2009 ReelHeART
International Film Festivalin Toronto,
Canada
Showcased at the 2010 Independent Film
Festivalin Toronto, Canada

Mark Magro Director/Producer Writer/Researcher/Editor


Brent Tremain - Cinematographer
Tom Panasiak - Photographer
Bret Teskey Graphic Designer

Nonquon Island (2008)


An hour historical documentary that explores the
neglected structures of Nonquon Island and its
historical ties to European and Native American
culture
Financed by Mississauga First Nations of
Scugog, Township of Scugog and New
Roots Studios
Collaborated with Mississauga First Nations
of Scugog, Heritage Scugog, Yestek
Incorporated and Bullseye Studios
Premiered at the 2008 Canoe the Nonquon
Film Festivalin Port, Perry, Ontario
Winner of the 2008 Scugog Heritage Media
Award
Showcased at the 2009 ReelHeART
International Film Festivalin Toronto,
Canada

Mark Magro Director/Producer/Writer/Researcher


Brent Tremain - Cinematographer
Tom Panasiak - Photographer
Bret Teskey Graphic Designer

Cedar Mains Farm: A Forgotten Landscape (2007)


A half-hour historical documentary that uncovers the
story behind the abandoned and now destroyed
Cedar Mains Farm
Financed by Heritage Caledon and New
Roots Studios
Collaborated with Heritage Caledon, Peel
Regional Archives and Yestek Incorporated
Premiered at Empire Theaters in Bolton,
Canada

Mark Magro Director/Producer/Writer/Researcher


Brent Tremain Cinematographer/Editor
Tom Panasiak - Photographer
Bret Teskey Graphic Designer

Short Films
Emotions(2011)
An experimental film on loss and redemption based
on the poetry of Rites of Passage
Financed by Wanted Media
Showcased at the 2012 Scotiabank
Exposed International Photography
Festival in Toronto, Canada
Honorable Mention at the 2012
ReelHeART International Film Festival in
Toronto, Canada
Mark Magro Director/Producer/Writer/Photographer
Brent Tremain - Cinematographer

Heart of Europe(2013)
An experimental travelogue on the beauty of Poland
Financed by Wanted Media
Showcased at the 2009 GSCA IMAX
conference in Indianapolis, USA

Mark Magro Director/Producer/Writer/Researcher


Tom Panasiak Photographer

Publications
Reflections of the Emerald Isle(2014)
A historical and photographic journey of Ireland
Financed by Cable One and Wanted Media
Collaborated with photographer Eva Gingl
Independently published through LULU

Mark Magro Writer/Researcher

Mark Magro Writer/Photographer

Rites of Passage(2011)
A collection of poetry and photography of Mark
Magro
Financed by Wanted Media
Collaborated with photographer Michael
Magro
Independently published through LULU
Honorable Mention at the 2011 New
England Book Festival
Honorable Mention at the 2011 London
Book Festival
Honorable Mention at the 2012 Paris Book
Festival
Honorable Mention at the 2012 San
Francisco Book Festival
Honorable Mention at the 2012 New York
Book Festival
Photography showcased at the 2012
Scotiabank Exposed International
Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada
How the Maltese Shaped the Toronto Landscape(2010)

A detailed historical article on the evolution of


Maltese immigration in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Financed by Wanted Media
Showcased in the Winter Edition of the
2010 Toronto Historical Society
publication

Mark Magro Writer/Photographer