Development

RETURN (2020)

Director & Writer:  Stephen van Vuuren

LoglineAfter a mysterious encounter on a lonely highway, a painter undergoes a gradual transmogrification while receiving mystifying numbers that she struggles to decipher and unravel the secret of what’s happening to her, or who in fact she really is.

 

Return is full-length adaption of our award-winning short film "Return" that was created originally for the 2015 Greensboro 48 Hour Film Festival and had festival screenings including the 2016 Riverrun International Film Festival.

Launching a film production company during COVID-19 has obviously forced us to adapt. So we brainstormed what feature could we safely shoot in full isolation mode. Thus Return was born and will be shot with on-camera cast of one, Marie van Vuuren and with spouse Stephen van Vuuren as the crew. We will be casting actors for voice roles and if they have the facility to shoot themselves, in news anchor roles.

We aim to roll cameras in June 2020 with late fall release also in 2020.

MASQUERADE
AROUND THE BAND
THE UNTITLED MICHAEL BERN PROJECT
LOST SOULS (Short)

Director & Writer:  Stephen van Vuuren

LoglineA woman's 50-year search for her missing sister resolves when a secret in the shoe her sister lost when she vanished leads the woman to the stars above.

In 2005 we made a short film for online challenge. It turned out well and screened at several regional festivals. But we made the unfornate decision (in hindsight) to shoot with a standard definition camera as that was all our budget (effectively zero) allowed. You can watch that short here.

But to showcase the feature length version of "Lost Souls" (below), Stephen has written as updated script, true to the spirit of the original but setting up the feature that will be shot in 4K DCI anamorphic.

Sheila Duell will reprise her lead role, a new role of her 12 year old sister will be cast and Mickey Flynn and Marie van Vuuren will serve as crew. Production will commence as soon as COVID-19 crisis passes for safe, legal and sane productions.

LOST SOULS (FEATURE)

Director & Writer:  Stephen van Vuuren

LoglineA woman's 50-year search for her missing sister leads her into a complex mystery of missing persons, abandoned shoes, signs in the night sky and the shattering life of a lonely young woman she meets along the way and tries to save.

In 2005 we made a short film for online challenge. It turned out well and screened at several regional festivals. But we made the unfornate decision (in hindsight) to shoot with a standard definition camera as that was all our budget (effectively zero) allowed. You can watch that short here.

The feature version will greatly expand the layers of mystery in our "Iridium Chronicles" universe that "Return", "Lost Souls" and several future project will live in.

Sheila Duell will reprise her lead role, aseveral new roles will be cast and Mickey Flynn and Marie van Vuuren will serve as core crew. Pre-production will commence as soon once the new Lost Souls short (above) is complete.

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