Colin Emmanuel has spent the end of the year composing music for a proof of concept short for the feature film KENYA.
Every superhero has an origin story, detailing how they gained their powers and decided to fight crime; and Kenya Cole (the protagonist of this story) is no different.
Following a savage beating at the hands of a group of racist thugs, who have been emboldened by the Brexit vote, Kenya uses the experimental super soldier enhancement implant created by a generous engineer to exact revenge on her attackers and the shadowy organisation behind it all.
KENYA is a science-fiction/action short developed as a proof-of-concept for a feature-length version to be filmed in 2018.
PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY LORAINE FFRENCH
A few words from the films screenwriter Shaun Davis,
Write the Feature. Make a Short. Get the Feature Made. (Coming Soon: the KENYA Feature Film)
I dropped a status update recently about finishing the third (and hopefully final) draft of my screenplay for a feature film called KENYA, but it’s been a while since I talked about what else is going on in the adventure of turning my (and Loraine’s) vision into an actual feature film. The title of the post gives it away: we’ve only gone and filmed a short. Why did we do this?
Well when it comes to funding feature-length films, every investor is looking—and looking hard—for a reason to say “no.” It is a habit of risk-avoidance, and employing a director who has never directed a feature film is at the top of their lists as something to avoid; and that was the impasse we had unfortunately reached. Loraine, although an accomplished music video and promo director of over eleven years, (who’s shot enough things on video to make up fifty feature films) is still considered a first-time director. Go figure. Whilst trying to figure out a way over this speed bump the term that consistently reared its head to us was “proof-of-concept.”
Cue the proof-of-concept short. Simply stated, a proof-of-concept is a scene (or two) from the feature film script, shot and fashioned into a short. Its purpose is to provide an example of the writing, directing and cinematography that will go into the feature, as well as demonstrate the film’s viability on the big screen.
The proof-of-concept is, in the present era, the introduction that facilitates such a thing—it allows investors to hedge their bets and limit their risk. This business is currently all about risk management. In the current climate, it’s safe to say that you probably cannot direct your feature script unless you have already shot a proof-of-concept, particularly if you’re a first-time feature director.
Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” is a well-known example of a project that started as a proof-of-concept meant to grease the wheels with the intention of getting the greenlight for the feature.
We shot our proof-of-concept on a shoestring budget (in the course of one weekend) and had to rely on the selflessness of our talented cast, crew and post-production teams—who offered to work for fees far beneath their actual worth (many of them did it for free 🤕). Huge shout out to Charles C. Meyer, Colin Emmanuel, Adetomiwa Edun, Nibras Mua, Richard William Preisner, et al for lending us both their time and experience.
So without further ado, I present to you the KENYA “Proof-of-Concept Short” (2017).
Kenya will return in the feature-length film in 2019!
SHAUN DAVIS, FACEBOOK. 20/12/17