Pressekit "The Red Balloon" – ein nonexistenter Film

Dieser Film ist ein fiktives Projekt, das ich für meine Filmproduktionsklasse als Abschlussarbeit einreichen durfte:

"The Red Balloon", ein Kurzfilm über wahres Verlangen. Das Cover besteht aus verschiedenen Stockfotos.

"The Red Balloon", ein Kurzfilm über wahres Verlangen. Das Cover besteht aus verschiedenen Stockfotos.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE RED BALLOON”

Press Kit

Written&Designed by Tobias Deml

1 ….. Table of Contents

2 ….. Synopsis

3-4 … Actors – Headshots & Bios

5 ….. Treatment

6 ….. Above the Line / Filmmakers

7 ….. Budget

8-9 …Shooting Schedule



The Red Balloon

Logline:

A young boy finds himself mysteriously attracted to a red balloon and does everything to get it.

Synopsis


We find ourselves in the big-city-life of a little boy during the 1950s. He likes to play all day long in the rain – so he eventually ends up in the hospital. As he lies in bed, he sees a beautiful, red balloon flying by. He is fond of it and encounters one red balloon flying by every day for a whole week, till he gets out of the hospital.

After being released, the boy waits patiently for another balloon to pass by. This day, he finds out that a balloon seller walks by every day. He follows the man to a plaza and observes his balloon business. A balloon costs 10$, much too much for the little boy to pay by himself. Watching the man selling his balloons, he witnesses how a limousine stops at the balloon cloud, the driver gets out, buys the red balloon, and gives it to a rich boy inside the car.
Knowing that the balloon seller inflates new balloons every day, the next day, the little boy waits again for his chance, but again another boy takes it away from him: A famous child buys the red balloon. The boy tries to find work at local businesses – but is rejected or taken advantage of. A few days later, with only two dollars in his pocket, he runs toward the square where balloons are usually sold. When he arrives, it is raining in streams and the plaza is empty/ The boy runs under a passageway and sees a very sick homeless man.

Still disappointed about his inability to get a balloon but full of empathy, the boy gives the homeless guy his only money. The mysterious man smiles, lifts the ragged clothes next to himself and pulls out a beautiful, red balloon. He gives the balloon to the boy.


(This film is fictional and was never planned to be made. I found the actors’ photos and mini-bios on various casting ressources on the internet; their faces fitted my vision for the film but I have no intent to actually making it.)

ACTORS for THE RED BALLOON

As ”TOMMY”:

Vini Ribeiro

Acting Experience:
2004 – “The Lorax” – Old Orchard Repertory Theater -Campbell CA
2004- Let’s Do it Show – Mountain View Community Center -Ca
2004 – “Silly Simon” – San Jose Ballet Theater – Ca
2002 – “Bugs” A Musical – Old Orchard Repertory Theater Campbell -Ca

Sports & Hobbies:
Soccer, Swimming, Computer Games, Traveling, Hiking, Bike Hide, Reading.

Language:
English, Portuguese, Spanish and Germany

As ”MOM”:

Elizabeth Anderson

Experience:
“A Tale of Revenge” (NYFA)
“The Object and the Machine” (USC)
“The Samurai’s of Strongsville, Ohio” (USC)

Training:
Jim Metzler, acting coach
Childhood courses in local and school classes

Special Skills & Talents:
Piano
Singing
Songwriting/Writing
Vast emotional access

As ”BALLOON SELLER”:

Brian Kent


TRAINING: MARILYN FOX, PACIFIC RESIDENT THEATRE
MILTON KATSELAS WORKSHOP
CBS/DISNEY STAND-IN PAUL SORVINO
UNIVERSITY OF SO. CALIFORNIA
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE
TRACY ROBERTS ACTIGN STUDIO
FREDERICK COOMBS (LA ACTORS LAB)
CHRIS DiCARLO SANTA MONICA PLAY HOUSE
JOHN RUSKIN (S. MEISNER TECH.)

FILM: LOOK AT ME CO-STAR

POWER PLAY CO-STAR

LOVE KILLS PRINCIPAL

As ”HOMELESS MAN”:

Vernon Corneaux

Credits

Californication, Nip/Tuck, Bret Michaels rock of love, heroes, CSI Miami, Tekken(film), Lie to me, monk, my name is earl, sympathy for delicious(film), E.R., life, The Closer, Date Night(film),Greenberg(film),Raising the bar, Sisters(indie film), The Roommate(indie film), Meiko “under my bed”(video)

As ”RICH BOY”:

Andy Scott Harris


FILM AND TELEVISION:
Alice in Wonderland – Co-Star – PBS-TV
From My Window – Supporting – Dir. Sana Soni/UCLA
Jimmy Strikes Back – Supporting – Dir. Nico Schwierz/NYFA

TRAINING:
Commercial – Jan Bina & Jon Smet with Lien Cowan Casting
Acting – Actorsite, The Academy for Film and Television, Young Actors Space
Comedy – Joey Paul Jensen & Colette Craan
Voice-over – Anthony Gonzales with The Young Actors Voiceover Workshop
Musical Theater – Gloria Bennett with Demme-Bennett Music & Theatre
Dance – Tap, Ballet, Jazz at Millennium Dance Complex



The Red Balloon

Treatment

We see blurry blues and cyans, in the background loud rain sounds. In the picture, two red dots are flickering. The focus shifts to backlit drops slowly rolling down a window – through which we eventually discover a boy, Tommy, that is dancing in the rain It must be autumn, the narrow brickwall-street tells us we are in an urban area in the 1950s. Low shots Tommy’s the boots show puddles of mud splashing through the air.

We hear a shouting, female voice from the off – his mother appears on the street, coming home from work. She is soaked with rain as well. “How long have you been out here?!”, she says. “Oh, just a couple of hours.”
Mom hurries to get her boy inside the house and warm him up.

Being out too long in the rain, Tommy gets sick this evening and has a fever. The next morning, his mother decidedes to bring him to the hospital. Being employed full-time and a single mother, she has to leave him mostly by himself during the hospital stay.

While Tommy lies in the hospital bed, covered by thick, fluffy blankets, he suddenly encounters a magical object outside the window: A red balloon flies by. He is thrilled and wants to know where the balloon came from. During the next four days, he sees the balloon again and again. On the day of his release, he waits outside the hospital to see where the balloon came from.

This day, he finds out that a balloon seller walked by every day, holding the red balloon on top of all the others. He follows the man to a plaza and observes his balloon business. A balloon costs 10$, much too much for little Tommy to pay by himself. While Tommy admires the balloons dancing in the air, a sleek, black limousine stops in the middle of the plaza. The driver exits, shortly negotiates with the balloon salesman and buys the one red balloon that is on the very top of the whole bunch.

Tommy is deeply disappointed and leaves; he is convinced tough that he will have a chance the next day.
And truly, the balloon seller shows up with a new, even shinier red balloon. As Tommy contemplates how to get the money to buy the balloon, a cheering crowd passes him. They all dance around a child movie star – who walks straight towards the balloon salesman and buys the red balloon.

Tommy tries to find work at local businesses, doing errands and small jobs – but is rejected or taken advantage of. A few days later, he counts his earnings: 2$ (remember, in the 50s, 2$ was quite something). On the next morning, with only two dollars in his pocket, he runs towards the square where the old man usually sells his balloons. When Tommy arrives, it is raining in streams and the plaza is empty. Blue-turquoise rain surrounds little Tommy who is now left alone. To not get a cold this time, he runs under a passageway to shelter himself and meets a sick, coughing homeless man who is lying on the stone floor, covered in rags and trash.
Still disappointed about his inability to get a balloon but full of empathy, Tommy hands the homeless man his only money. The mysterious man smiles, lifts the ragged clothes next to himself and pulls out a beautiful, red balloon. He gives the balloon to the boy.


ABOVE THE LINE for THE RED BALLOON

TOBIAS DEML

Tobias Deml

Writer/Director/Producer

2010: “Motorhomes on the Beach” (in production)

2010: “Gnel – from 100.000 to Homeless” (in production)

2009: “Faces of Venice”

2005-2009 Photography: Working with models, assistants and complex scenes. High-contrast work.

2003-2009 3D Graphics: Self-taught CGI skills, mainly Cinema 4D. Focus on modeling, lighting and

composition. Character animation self study for ½ year. Working knowledge in Maya, 3DSMax and XSI.

1995-1999 Elementary School: Crowned “Book Reading King” for reading more than fourty books in 1998.

JOSHUA KNAUS

Joshua Knaus

Director of Photography

2010: “Motorhomes on the Beach” (in production)

2010: “Gnel – from 100.000 to Homeless” (in production)

2009: “Faces of Venice”


Production: The Red Balloon Budget Draft Date: December 17th, 2009 Sheet # 1
Length: Shooting Dates: January 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 2010 Page # 1 of 1
Location: Produced by Tobias Deml
Account # Category Specifics Cost
Budget Actual Cost
001 Script & Rights 0 $1,000 $1,000
002 Producer $2,000 $2,000
003 Director $1,500 $1,500
004 Cast Deferred Pay $0
ABOVE THE LINE TOTAL: $4,500
005 Travel Two Vans, 5 Days 200×5 $1,000 $1,000
Crew Gas Money 300×5 $1,500 $1,500
Limousine 2 Hours $400 $400
006 Hotel & Lodging $0
007 Catering 5 Days 400×5 $2,000 $2,000
Catering for Extras 1 Day 800 $800 $800
008 Camera + DP Kit, 3 Crew, Expendables 900×5 $4,500 $4,500
009 Lighting + Grip Kit, 3 Crew, Expendables 900×5 $4,500 $4,500
010 Sound Kit, 2 Crew, Accessories 400×5 $2,000 $2,000
011 Locations Fees & Permits $250 $250
Fire Marshal, Police 2 Days 500×2 $1,000 $1,000
Hospital 1 Day $300.00 $300 $300
Business Entrances 1 Day, Business Street 4×150 $600 $600
Plaza 2 Days 2×1000 $2,000 $2,000
012 Art Dept Props, Wardrobe etc.
Balloons 240 Balloons $70 $70
Helium 10 Tanks $350 $350
Rain Machine 2 Machines 300×2 $600 $600
Fog Machine 4 Machines 100×4 $400 $400
Make Up 200×5 $1,000 $1,000
Photo camera rental 2 Hours, 5 cameras 100×5 $500 $500
1950s Style $4,500 $4,500
Extras 40 Extras 150×40 $6,000 $6,000
013 Office Expenses Paper supplies, fax, internet etc. $250 $250
014 Petty Cash $500 $500
015 Film or Tape Stock $500 $500
016 Lab Developing, dailies, etc. $2,000 $2,000
017 Insurance $1,250 $1,250
018 Editing $2,000 $2,000
Retouching 1950s $2,000 $2,000
019 Shipping $250 $250
020 Still Photos Photographer, film, developing, etc. 200×5 $1,000 $1,000
021 Contingency 10% of production costs $4,302 $4,402
PRODUCTION TOTAL: $48,322 $45,522
022 Final Post Online Conform, Color Correction, etc. $750 $750
023 Final Post Mix Sound mixing session $3,000 $3,000
024 Marketing Festival fees, screeners, postage $5,000 $5,000
POST PRODUCTION TOTAL: $8,750
GRAND TOTAL BUDGET: $61,572
ACTUAL GRAND TOTAL: $45,522

SHOOTING SCHEDULE

The Red Balloon
Balloon Productions
Producer: Tobias Deml Director: Tobias Deml
Scene D/N Int/Ext Scene Description Location Cast Props
DAY 1 – Thursday, January 14th 2010 – 9:00AM to 5PM
14 D EXT Tommy running home Streets Tommy
15 D EXT Tommy running back to the plaza Streets Tommy
25 D EXT Tommy running towards plaza Streets Tommy
11b D EXT Tommy follows the balloon seller Streets Tommy, Balloon Seller 50 Balloons, The red balloon
COMPANY MOVE to BUSINESS STREET
17, 18, 19, 20 D EXT Tommy knocking on business doors & conversing with owners Business street Tommy, 4 Store owners
21, 22, 23, 24 D EXT Tommy getting paid Business street Tommy, 4 Store owners 20 coins, One dollar bill
DAY 2 – Friday, January 15th 2010 – 9AM to 5PM
3 D EXT Tommy enters hospital Hospital entrance Tommy, Mom, 5 Extras
11 D INT Tommy’s release Hospital entrance Tommy, Doctor
11a D EXT Encounter with the Balloon seller Hospital – outside Tommy, Balloon Seller 50 Balloons, The red balloon
4 D INT Tommy in hospital bed Hospital room Tommy, Doctor Bed, medicine pile, blanket
5 D INT Nurse brings food Hospital room Tommy, Nurse Red Apple, tray
6, 7, 8, 9, 10 D INT Balloon flies by Hospital room Tommy Balloon
DAY 3 – Monday, January 18th 2010 – 9AM to 5PM
12 D EXT Balloons sold & Tommy observing Plaza Tommy, Balloon Seller, 20 Extras 50 Balloons, The red balloon
13 D EXT Limousine driver buys red balloon Plaza Tommy, Balloon Seller, 20 Extras, Rich boy, limousine driver 50 Balloons, The red balloon, Limousine, Wallet
16 D EXT Famous kid buys red balloon Plaza Tommy, Balloon Seller, 30 Extras, Famous kid, 5 Paparazzi, 2 Bodyguards 50 Balloons, The red balloon, 5 Photo cameras, 5 Press tags,
2 Intercom headphones
DAY 4 – Tuesday, January 19h 2010 – 9AM to 5PM
1 D EXT Tommy playing in rain Streets Tommy, Mom Rain machine, Fog machine, Red boots
COMPANY MOVE to PLAZA
26 D EXT Tommy alone in rain Plaza Tommy Rain machine, Fog machine, Red boots
27 D EXT Tommy gives money to homeless & gets balloon Plaza (under the passageway) Tommy, Homeless man 20 coins, One dollar bill, rags, The red balloon, Fog machine, Rain machine, Red boots
COMPANY MOVE to House: KITCHEN
2 N INT Tommy coughing Kitchen – home Tommy, Mom Medicine packs, Thermometer
DAY 5 – Wednesday, January 20th 2010 – 9AM to 5PM
POSSIBLE RESHOOT DAY,
INSERTS

About the Author

Tobias Deml is an Austrian Filmmaker and Visual Artist. 2012 Cinematography Reel: http://vimeo.com/53973421 Tobias Deml ist ein österreichischer Filmstudent und Möchtegernregisseur in Los Angeles. Er arbeitet derzeit als Kameramann in Los Angeles und popelt in seiner Nase.