Это я для себе перепощу, чтоб не потерялось, инфа про беседу с Рэйвеном Вульфсоном на радио Криптон, в котором он рассказывает про свой фильм. Я задружилась с ним на фейсбуке, очень интересно общаться. Фильм обещал выложить в сеть где-то в течение двух недель, сейчас его дорабатывают напильником. :)
Жаль, саму беседу я не слушала, из-за разницы в часовых поясах у нас было раннее утро.
On November 7th, 2011, a band of Utah filmmakers embarked on an unforgettable journey. Their task: to create a film honoring and inspired by the world and characters created by Robert Jordan in the famous Wheel of Time book series. Fighting severe weather, organizing extras, negotiating with supernatural beings, building huge set edifices and magical garments, this crew braved many challenges in their making of Flight From Shadow.
The fan film, Flight from Shadow follows Rand al’Thor and Mat Cauthon down the Caemlyn Road. When Rand and Mat seek shelter in the Dancing Cart-Man inn at the village of Four Kings, they soon find that the servants of the Great Lord of the Dark are in pursuit.
The film breaks ground in fan film making by going straight from the book to the screen, bypassing Hollywood completely. The first vision of what the world of the Wheel of Time looks and feels like comes from this film. There is a feature length motion picture in the works, but Flight From Shadow establishes the bar by which any such motion picture will surely be judged – and a very high bar it is. You can see for yourself in the gallery of production and behind-the-scenes stills.
Rand al’Thor is a young farmer and sheepherder from the tiny village called Two Rivers. On the eve of Winternight celebration, Rand is forced to flee his village with his childhood friend, Mat Cauthon, and others. When the film Flight from Shadow opens, Rand and Mat have been separated from their companions and are chased by the servants of the Great Lord of the Dark. Rand can channel the One Power, a magical process which draws from the elements, and it is forbidden for men to do so. Men who can channel the One Power often go mad.
A childhood friend of Rand al’Thor, Mat Cauthon has the reputation of a trouble-maker; someone quick with a practical joke or ready to gamble on a game of chance. When the Two Rivers is attacked, Mat escapes with Rand, but soon carries a dark secret: a ruby-hilted, golden dagger, tainted with an ancient evil, stolen from inside the abandoned city of Shadar Logoth.
A minion of the Great Lord of the Dark, Myrddraals appear as men, have no eyes, yet have the ability to see in the daylight or at night. Their other abilities are to cause a paralyzing fear upon anyone who looks at them, and literally vanish into shadow. They are known throughout the different kingdoms as Fades, Halfmen, The Eyeless, Shadowmen, and Lurks.
Aes Sedai are mostly feared and mistrusted throughout the different kingdoms. They are identified by their membership to one of seven different societies, or Ajahs, distinguished by color: blue, red, grey, brown, white, yellow, and green. The Red Ajah’s main mission is to seek out men who wield the One Power, subduing and stripping their abilities away through a destructive practice called “gentling.” In the film Flight from Shadow, a Red Ajah arrives near the dwelling place of the Great Lord of the Dark. There she reveals herself as one of the Black Ajah, a secret cabal of Aes Sedai who have sworn to carry out the Dark One’s purposes. The Aes Sedai seeks her master’s favor with a plan to capture and gentle Rand al’Thor.
Howel Gode is a wealthy merchant from the riverside town of White Bridge located in the kingdom of Andor. He also serves the Great Lord of the Dark as a Darkfriend, or those who follow and serve the Dark One believing they will be rewarded for the work they do on his behalf. Gode follows their trail to the village of Four Kings and the Dancing Cart-Man Inn where Rand and Mat perform for food and shelter for the night.
Hake is the proprietor of the Dancing Cart-Man Inn located in the Andorian village of Four Kings. A dirty and ill-tempered innkeeper, his business reflects his personality. When Rand al’Thor and Mat Cauthon arrive at the Four Kings, Hake recognizes Rand. He summons the Darkfriend Howel Gode to his inn and provides Gode with the use of his bouncers/henchmen Jak and Strom to assist with apprehending Rand and Mat.
The longest tenured of the Dancing Cart-Man’s serving girls, Ganai’ is also the one among those under Saml Hake’s employ not afraid to speak her mind.. Despite the continual abuse at the hands of her employer, Saml Hake, Ganai’ continues to stand up to him, which has earned her the respect of the Dancing Cart-Man’s resident bouncers, Jak and Strom.
Jak works as a bouncer at the Dancing Cart-Man Inn in the town of Four Kings. He comes from a family of pig farmers who lived in the western part of Andor, which is how he knew Rand al’Thor and Mat Cauthon hailed from the Two Rivers. Drawn to games of chance, and chronically short of money, Jak considers himself the brains of his partnership with Strom, as opposed to the bigger man’s brawn.
Also from the western part of Andor, Strom’s unnatural height and immense bulk led makes him an intimidating bouncer at the Dancing Cart-Man Inn. Strom also works for the village’s ruling magistrate as an enforcer and executioner.
A small village located in the eastern part of Andor, Four Kings is where Rand and Mat stop for the night during their flight from Whitebridge and the Myrddraal who pursues them. The Caemlyn Road, Andor’s main highway, runs straight through Four Kings, making it a convenient stopover for merchant’s trains traveling to and from the kingdom’s capitol city of Caemlyn.
The Dancing Cart-Man Inn
When Rand and Mat arrive at the village of Four Kings, they search for an inn or tavern in need of performers in exchange for food and a comfortable bed for the night. The Dancing Cart-Man is the least frequented of Four King’s inns, mainly because of its owner, Saml Hake, a dirty and ill-tempered Innkeeper.
Danny James - “Saml Hake”
Danny’s numerous film acting credits include Guns, Girls and Gambling, Osombie, Eggsistential Issues, Christmas Oranges and The Shadow Cabal. He’s won awards for his acting in Life According To Penny, Takito: The Quest to Save Rivendork and Hellespont. His directing debut, Remember, also took awards at film festivals.
Jenny Krompel - “Ginai’”
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Jenny Krompel has enjoyed success as a voice over artist, actor, as well as working behind the camera on various film productions. She proudly serves as the Director of Resources for the non-profit Utah Women in Film. When Jenny is not behind the mic or on a film set, she provides taxi services for her three lovely children, all of whom are actors as well.
Nick Whitaker – “Rand Al’Thor”
Nick Whitaker studied Musical Theater, and has appeared in productions on both the stage and screen. Some of his favorite roles include Tom Sawyer in Big River, and Boy Scrooge/Peter Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Other acting credits include “Alan” in Disney’s High School Musical I & III, and Floyd in Disney Channel’s Hatching Pete. He starred as Colby Hatchett in Benji: Off the Leash and as the teenage Joseph Smith in the LDS Church production of Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration.
Thomas J. Post – “The Myrddraal”
Thomas J. Post has been Acting in film and on stage since slightly before his 14th Birthday. He has appeared in dozens of films, including the Fantasy Age of the Dragons, the critically acclaimed Middle Men, True Grit and John Carter of Mars.
Carolyn Lundberg – “The Aes Sedai”
Carolyn Lundberg was raised in a large musical family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She came to Brigham Young University on academic and music scholarships to major in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. As a lover of the performing arts, she found opportunities to cross over as a classical musician on stage, to acting and voice-over work. She has appeared in or performed voice work to well over one hundred TV and radio commercials, as well as industrial, stage, and dramatic film productions.
Bryan Mikele Dayley – “Matrim Cauthon”
Whether it’s stage, film or goofing off, Bryan has always enjoyed acting. Even as a child he was very good at playing pretend and creating funny voices and characters. He played “Lumiere” in a production of Beauty and the Beast. He has also performed as “Tom Jenkins” in Scrooge, “Newsboy” in Jekyll & Hyde, and the Emcee in Lucky Stiff. He landed his first role at Desert Star playing Zach Teflon in Home School: The Musical. He also performs improv and hopes to move into voice acting.
Lee Fobert – “Howal Gode”
Lee Fobert’s extensive background in acting, dance and music has allowed him to work in the entertainment business for over 20 years. Performing on stages and in concert venues from Seattle, Washington, to San Francisco, California (The Blue Door), to the backdoors of the Wasatch Front, in such productions as Damn Yankees (Applegate), The Curious Savage (Jeff), and The Sound of Music (Max) . Lee has over 40 stages and film credits to his name, some of which have earned him various awards and accolades.
James C. Morris - “JAK”
A Theatre Graduate, James has an extensive resume on both stage and screen. On stage, he has performed in “Angels in America,” “Three Sisters,” “Richard III,” “The Heidi Chronicles” and “The Winter’s Tale.” Some of his film credits include the SyFy Channel Original Film “Ice Spiders” opposite Vanessa Williams and the National Lampoon film “The Legend of Awesomest Maximus.” He has worked on Independent films “Unicorn City,” “Chick Magnets,” and “The Shadow Cabal.” As a voice-over actor and model, James has worked with everyone from Lady Gaga to Knotts Berry Farm. He has appeared on magazine covers, billboard campaigns, and earned numerous awards for his work in front of, and behind the camera.
Ulfric Silverwolf – “Strom”
Ulfric Silverwolf’s (a.k.a. Sean Sartori) love for acting began at the age of 8 when he landed the role of “Puck” in A Midsummers Night Dream and “Mercutio” in Romeo and Juliet two years later. Sean’s credits include an extra in The Stand and Dumb and Dumber and the role of Demothenese in the film Out from the Shadows.
Dave Skousen – Director
Dave Skousen made his first feature film during his senior year in high school, called The Power Of The Mind. He works in film industry as a producer, director, cinematographer, photographer, editor, colorist, sound designer, and sometimes as fight choreographer. His recent work has been as cinematographer and/or colorist for feature films and TV shows, such as: The Letter Writer, Silent Night, Christmas Oranges, Osombie, Food Nanny (TV), and many more.
Nathaniel Drew – Composer
Nathaniel has many films, musicals, and commercials to his credit. He has interned with James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer, and was mentored by John Smalley at UCLA. Nathaniel also owns the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, a YouTube sensation that is popularizing orchestral music with covers of popular music and giving away the orchestral music for free to high school and community orchestras.
Blake Casselman – Producer / Screenwriter
Blake Casselman began his professional writing career in 2006 when he was hired to write the screenplay for an industrial short film, and has since written a number of short and feature film scripts for various directors and production companies. He produced the award-winning short film Capital Punishment and wrote and produced the supernatural thriller short, Doppelganger which premiered at the 2012 World Horror Convention Film Festival. The horror short “4” which he co-wrote, has been nominated for numerous awards, and he is the co-writer/co-creator of the independent horror comic book series Devil’s Triangle.
David Powell – Leathersmith and Prop Maker
David Powell has worked in the theater building specialty costume pieces and props for shows such as Sleepy Hollow, The Lion in Winter and Romeo and Juliet. He has worked on various commercials and short films providing high end leather work and armor, including most recently The Shadow Cabal. In 2004 Powell began working in leather, taking basic skills and putting them to use creating fantasy inspired armor. He also works for Badali Jewelry Specialties as an assistant jeweler, designing and building licensed jewelry as described in books such as Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and various books by Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss.
R. Jason Ball – Director of Photography
R. Jason Ball began his career more than a decade ago working as an assistant location manager for Touched by an Angel. Since then, he has turned his focus to the camera department, working as a first assistant camera operator and Steadicam operator. Stepping into the role of Director of Photography in 2007, Jason shot several shorts and commercials. In the fall of 2007, Jason went to Italy to shoot the documentary A Window Into Italy which won the Society of Professional Journalists award for Best Cinematography. Jason also shot the feature documentary We Still Believe which later won an Emmy for best documentary in 2008. Invited to join an elite group of filmmakers, Jason has worked at the Sundance Institute’s Directors Lab over the past twelve years. He is now the head of the camera department for the Labs.
Jennifer McGrew – Costume Designer / Wardrobe Supervisor / Co-Producer
Jennifer, with Flight from Shadow‘s Executive Producer and Production Designer, Hraefn Wulfson, are co-owners of a Salt Lake City-based design firm specializing in custom costumes, sets & props, special effects, models and pre-production services. She has been designing and building costumes professionally for more than 22 years as well as teaching in a variety of fields and programs for more than 20 years. Her goals as working artist, educator and employer include keeping the bar high for production values throughout Utah’s film community, creating jobs for the talented Utah-based artisans, and creating one-of-a-kind costumes for large productions as well as for individual clients.
About Hraefn Wulfson
Hraefn’s (pronounced “Raven’s”) experience as a design professional in the Los Angeles entertainment industry includes more than nine films, two serials and over a dozen commercials. As a production designer, set designer, special effects technician or props and miniature maker, his credits include the familiar titles Windtalkers, The Alamo, Holes, The Postman, Epicenter, The Last Man on Planet Earth, Stealing Harvard, The Works, Sorority Boys and Jesus; the mini-series.
He has worked as a fine artist and consultant for Wizards of the Coast and StoryWarrior Entertainment in LA, the Manzanita Magic Gallery and BreatheEasy Adventures in AZ, as well as the Colville National Forest in WA.
In 2008, Hraefn’s work as the creative developer for Steamworks Tea Company brought him to Utah. In 2010 he returned to working in the entertainment industry. Hraefn is co-owner and Creative Director of McGrew Studios, a Salt Lake-based design firm specializing in custom costumes, sets & props, special effects, models and pre-production services for the entertainment industry.
Hraefn is the production designer for the Showtime TV comedy series Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion and Sex. Apart from Flight from Shadow, his recent Utah-based credits include production design for the shorts Doppelganger and Chris and Jack as well as Gnashing which he also helped to produce.
Hraefn holds board positions in the Utah Cultural Alliance and the Downtown SLC Safety & Security Citizens Watch Sub-Committee. He is an active member of our civic and artistic communities, and he recently gave the key-note presentation at the Salt Lake City Maker Faire. His goals include raising the bar for production values throughout Utah’s film community and creating economic opportunities for our artisans within it.