OR

The Challenge: After Effects

My friend, Clay, told me during a digital film making class that After Effects can mimic a 3D environment, but that no one could make an actual 3D movie in the software. I immediately took this as a dare. I’d only been working in After Effects for a few months at this point, but I went home that day and began drawing OR, rigging the puppet and testing some lights. I knew right away that not only was it possible, but I HAD to do it. Now all I needed was a story…

A Tribute to Mother and Todd

My mother, Kim, had recently passed away from breast and brain cancer, and the loss was a fresh wound for a long time. She was an avid film buff, and I could think of no better way to honor her memory than to include her in a film.

Shortly before my mother knew she had cancer, she met Todd, and she and my little brother, Chad, moved into the Scott household. But because of the way health insurance works, my mother would have lost her coverage if they had gotten married, and the astronomical costs of dealing with cancer would have been too dire. This situation and my mother’s eventual death tragically cut short the love between them.

I have little doubt that she would have loved this final product. Aside from being my mother and loving everything I ever made, I think OR would have struck that cord in her heart that she always seemed to be in search of. Regardless of how the world takes it, that’s all I need to know.

Motifs and Homages

I lost count of how many nods to other films and filmmakers are in OR. When the process involves making small changes, then waiting several minutes to see the rendered results, endless ideas creep in and take root. I tried to keep the homages down to films that were also technology-based or in a realistic realm of Sci-Fi (The Matrix, Tron, Blade Runner, Blade, etc.). But there were also some unexpected influences that bear mentioning: Jeunet/Caro films and Charlie Kaufman’s Being John Malkovich.

Jeunet/Caro films are easily my favorite with their use of color, atmosphere, and camera movement. The City of Lost Children, especially, with its steampunk mise en scene and the semi-claustrophobic sets, always limiting the edges of the world.

And from the beginning, I set out to take a lesson from the puppeteers in Being John Malkovich, trying to find my way to breathing life into inanimate objects.

Creator’s Bio

Luc Londe (real name Dale Davidson) is a filmmaker and motion graphics designer, as well as an electronics technician.

Traveling the world throughout his childhood in a military family, and taking to the sea after returning from high school in Germany, Dale “Luc” Davidson found the only adventure comparable to an adrenaline-filled early life to be film making. He realized in his childhood that movies are elaborate magic tricks designed to do more than mystify and entertain, but to transport the onlookers to other worlds, to spark ideas and questions that linger long after the lights come back on. The only true remaining adventure is the journey of the mind; an infinitude of possibilities awaits behind the looking glasses of the camera.

A true auteur, “Luc” is highly enthusiastic about every aspect of the craft, from writing to cinematography and directing, through editing, sound, and special effects.

Credits

Director/Writer/Animator
Luc Londe

Producers
Todd Scott
Jeanne Sloane
Nathan Strange

Original Score
Eddie Renteria

Creative Consultant
Susie Heyden

Financial Backers

Todd Scott
Jeanne Sloane
Nathan Strange

Javier Martinez
Jacob Christfort
Jeff Sengstack

Robert Llewellyn
Stephen Beam
Leslie Orr

Chuck Starzenski
Myla Fe Poh
Laura Morillon
Dock McDowell
Ash Reyes Picache

Erika Smallen
Jeffrey Ventrella
Dale Cusak
Jimmy Jams
Nicholas Craib
Mario Morquecho
Austin Smagalski
Simon Gibson
James Hicks
Brian LaShomb
Cameron William East
J. Monty
Ian Kragh
Screenings

Windsor Independent Film Festival

13 Jan 2017
Windsor High School
Windsor, California


Film Fest Petaluma

07 May 2016
The Mystic Theater
Petaluma, California

World Premiere

01 April 2016, 7pm
Santa Rosa Junior College
Petaluma, California

Download Press Kit

Official Press Kit for OR – PDF

Official Press Kit for OR with Production Stills – ZIP