In production: UNTITLED TWENTY TWELVE
A new film by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone for delivery 2014. ‘Untitled 2012’ is a wildlife feature based in East Africa. Shot on RED Epic 5K cameras, the film began pre-production and test shooting in 2011 and principal photography started 2011/12.
They are working together with long-time collaborator and colleague, Etienne Oliff - the team that produced the multi-award winning ‘The Queen of Trees’. The new film will take the audience under the skin of wild Africa and immerse them in a natural drama that is ambitious in its extent and intriguing in its detail.
The wildlife drama’s story revolves around a recent event that had repercussions for wildlife communities throughout East Africa - it will bring together the intimate behavioural stories of a select cast as together they battle the changing face of ‘Grand Africa’.
DOP Mark chose RED's new Epic-M cameras after considerable testing.
" For us, RED's new 5K digital cinema camera was a natural fit. Its combination of exceptionally high resolution and slow motion capability capture the detailed high-speed interactions of African wildlife exceptionally well. Combine that with 13+ stops of dynamic range and RAW capture and it is almost the same as shooting film. It frees up the cinematographer to concentrate on sequence building and story telling. Rather than having to decide on the 'look' I want ahead of time, dig deep into the engineering menus to achieve it and have it 'baked in', shooting RAW means that we have extraordinary flexibility to grade the images in post, just as we enjoy with film. I have never enjoyed shooting digital quite as much".
The film is expected to take 2 years to shoot and will be shot in Kenya.
Vicky Stone, producer: "The story to us is the most important ingredient. This film has a powerful story that will appeal to families. It is a story that has the protagonists overcoming adversity in an extraordinary fashion. We always know the story in detail - what can change though is the cast. When you are in the field for so long there is always that serendipitous surprise - that animal or behaviour that just shouts out to be included. If either fits the storyline, then the excitement is in how we write them in. We are constantly evaluating and rewriting when on location. 'Untitled 2012' will be no different - that is the excitement and satisfaction of our type of filmmaking".
Principal photography on UNTITLED 2012 will finish in the last quarter 2013 with completion in 2014.