Beyond Time tells the story of Nate, who cannot move on from the death of a loved one. Nate must find a way to move on - with Jessica’s help and a sentinel force - before he loses himself.
What is left beyond time itself?
The film opens with Nate observing a funeral, foreshadowing the introduction of Jessica - and a mystical encounter. But we have no idea at first how these two characters are related, and their initially dissonant conversation brews confusion until the audience realises that something is not quite as it seems. We, as the audience, slowly build an understanding of the emotions afflicting Nate and Jessica, not just now but in the past and future. Beyond Time is flickering moments of time, with no past build-up of the world these characters live in to colour our view of their ‘now’. Beyond Time is a visual piece which builds tension by using symbolism to show the passing of time – for example, as the story progresses, flowers will be seen dying, and trees lose and re-gain their leaves. Shots will be held a beat longer than expected to extend the tension as time inevitably ticks by for our heroes.
Beyond Time asks the simple question: ‘What is left beyond time itself?’
It deals with the pain and the hurt of losing somebody not just close to you, but someone who was closer to you than anyone else ever has been, is, or will be. Because after you have lost everything, what is there to live for?
Beyond Time looks at the emotional state of the anguished mind of someone who has lost the one thing they thought they could never – would never - lose. How can you move on from the realisation that this is the end of the road – forever, in all eternity?
This project needs to be made to show the emotional connections you create and the loss you feel after losing a loved one. Life isn’t always about the dramatically over-acted screaming moments of loss. I aim to show within the piece that the moment after death and the mourning process can be jarring and disjointed, by holding the shots a beat too long and by making the conversation a little confusing at times. For some observers, the subtext might be clear – they will understand who Jessica is straight away; for others, they may have to re-watch the film. This project will be set up to facilitate re-watching, enabling viewers to connect with moments that might have missed first time around.
Beyond Time will be a visual piece, creatively engaging the audience through an array of mechanisms, from its quality of text to the manner of filming. The film style and the set will place the audience as another character looking into the action, enabling us as watchers to see everything unfold. There will be references and subtle moments on screen which will engross the audience and prompt its members to re-watch.
With Beyond Time we intending to create a multi-layered thought-provoking piece of film. Beyond Time will appear as if it is one continuous shot from the audience’s point of view .The camera will move around the graveyard, zooming in and focusing on a tree. When zooming out, it will be a new shot, but the audience will believe it is s a continuous shot. As demonstrated in the Alfred Hitchcock 1948 film Ropes.
Alan Anthony trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School. Alan worked on numerous short films and commercials as well as the multi award winning We Are The NHS ( Ridley Scott Associates Films) and Wimbledon Rematch 1980 (Rematch).
As a writer, he has worked with both SOHO Theatre and Liverpool Everyman writers groups. Alans play “Skin Thin” was premiered at SOHO Theatre.
The role of Jessica will be played by actress Louise Lee. Louise trained at East 15 Acting School. Louise has worked on many Shakespearean productions such Sh*tfaced Shakespeare (Magnificent B*stard Productions), and classic like A Christmas Carol (ADG Theatre Company).
David Wayman will work as our Director. David has directed the short film Sarah (David Wayman). As an actor, David trained at E15 Acting School, he has worked on numerous projects such as, Stalkers Who kill (CBS), Thats English (BBC) and The Test (Channel 4).
The Budget for Beyond Time will sufficiently be used make sure everyone involved in the project are all paid. The majority of the budget will go on the crew, equipment hire, cast, insurance, travel and food expenses.
We will be looking at entering Beyond Time in to the film festival circuit, such as the Liverpool Film Festival, Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival, Romford Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, and UK Film Festival, to name a few, as well as promoting it on social media.