When it’s done – it’s done! The first festival that invited us to present our finish work was the Cinema South Film Festivalin Sderot, Israel. Two years after shooting the film, it was somewhat symbolic to screen the movie next to Gaza, where the fighting has begun two years back. It was very emotional moment to see all the cast and crew and to present to most of them, for the first time, the complete work.
Post-production can be a very long process, and the off-line editing most of all. Lack of money and a few set backs made us push the production up the mountain in a very slow and agonizing pace. On Novermber 2015 the Agora Industry program at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival invited us to take part at the Agora Work in Progress. We’ve pitched the project and presented 10 minutes of the edited materials, but since we already had a coloring and sound deal with Cinepost in Israel, we didn’t participated in the competition.
Nevertheless we got plenty of good feedbacks about what we’ve shown, and that gave us the extra push we needed after that long year of struggling. The most important outcome was the meeting with “Pluto Film“. We had good chemistry and we’ve decided to work together.
Two amazing years of preparation and filming have come to an end, and to celebrate the occasion we went shooting for the last time. After editing a first rough-cut we’ve planed two days to tie-up the last missing shots.
Like little children we’ve enjoyed a day at the beach, filming the nudists scene. Even the cold of the upcoming winter didn’t prevent us from sending the two naked actors to dip inside the freezing water… The cold water did a good job to cool down the heat radiated by the situation ;-)
And then one day it just happened! Shooting the movie. The most difficult and terrifying experience of all – taking cast and crew into the wild to face all the difficulties reality throw back at you.
For 18 days in one of the hottest months of the year, we fought to survive and keep on going. The list of challenges is too big to for this diary, but here are just two of them:
1. 6th of July – first day of shooting – We were caught by security patrol filming on the abandoned military facility which is the main location of the movie. After been thrown out, we’ve decided to sneak back inside and keep on filming. A guard placed at the main gate warned us each time security came to check the area, and we had to under cover.
2. 8th of July – third day of shooting – We wake up with news of war – the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict has began. The Hamas has started throwing long distances rockets, and our shooting ground was now under real fire. Amazingly the children’s families have decided to trust us and we could keep on filming. We never give up!
“Land of the Little People” is first of all a story about Little People, and we went everywhere to look for them. It took us more then half of a year, but just before our time was up, we were able to present a cast and go forward to rehearsals.
In the picture from left to right – Ido Kestler, Amit Hechter, Lior Rochman and Mishel Pruzanski.
By mid march we’ve already knew that we’re going to lose the Kickstarter race for money. But we did manage to add to our growing family a few new members thank to the crowdfunding campaign, and they’ve been a great help.
A nice surprise came from IndieWire were our project have won the ”Project of the day” and then “Project of the Month” awards.
With only about four months until the moment of truth, that is the shooting of the movie, We’ve went on to look for the right weapons that plays a key role in the movie. The answer was found with a craftsman called Asa Ender who is a bow maker enthusiastic. Assa hosted us at his studio where he designed and manufactured the CROSSBOW!
These works of art weren’t just made as a crowdfunding awards but also as inspirations to our upcoming project.
Getting ready to kick start! On a not so cold January 2014 day we went once again to our “Land of Little People” crazy location and shot the Kickstarter crowdfunding video. This time we and our crew members were the subjects of the focus of the cameras. We had to stand there and explain how we are going to pull this off, hoping to raise at least 30 thousand dollars.
Knowing just a script is not enough we went down to prove we can make a concept trailer. August was hot and we had less then 10 hours to shoot – but hot weather, little shooting time and zero budget was exactly what we wanted to prove – that we can make it!