By Tony Del Degan
Two intertwining tales of crime in Los Angeles, both told through the eyes of the city’s youth, some of whom are more prosperous — and law abiding — than others.
The Dead Toreador by Edouard Manet: An important motif within the film.
Four people are invited to what they think is a dinner party, all of them being rich or famous. As the night progresses, odd things begin to occur, arguments erupt, and tensions rise, until everything comes crashing down in a moment. Eventually, it is uncovered that the host is someone, or something, completely different than previously believed. The story alternates between this and a sublot featuring a luckless lawyer who is struggling to find cases. He meets a hitman who he uses to kill victims, the families of which then become his clients. At some point near the end, these stories connect in a clever way.
This is no book, but rather a film. Scheduled roughly to be released sometime during the summer of 2020, this project will showcase the directing talent of Tony Del Degan, as well as the acting talent of the actors, all of whom will debut in this film. As the first project under the revised film studio 8 Leaf, formerly known as Gandersphere, this film will display a heightened maturity and understanding of production from everyone involved; you may even see it premiere at a film festival…
Details are subject to change. Headshots of the full cast will appear closer to the date of principal shooting.
The rich house owner who orchestrated the dinner. He has a silken tongue, which he uses to hide something from his guests.
An actress dressed in silk and fur. She is overbearing towards the others, but mostly lets them bicker among themselves. Her fighting attitude, however, soon gets her into trouble.
Kayley is an incredibly talented, award-winning actress with experience in stage acting and directing. Her ability to deliver believable performances regardless of the role is inspiring, which is why I chose her for the lead of this film. Her experience with not only acting, but directing and writing as well, will be a huge help to both myself, as well as the project itself. Exactly Where I Saw Them will be her induction into the world of film, in which, I truly believe, she will shine.
Wine-maker who talks down to all the other guests. Arrogant and unfeeling, and wants nothing more than to leave the party once things begin to turn suspicious.
Tim is a charismatic person who will certainly be bringing lots of fun to the set. He has experience in stage acting, and has taken part in musical, as well as one-act productions. His directing instinct is fine-tuned to the intricacies of the craft, making him a wonderful asset to the this film.
Property developer who owns most of the city. He is slightly naive and rude, which leads to conflict with the others.
Dai, like Tim, will no doubt be bringing fun and charisma to the set. His personality is the opposite entirely of his character’s, but his acting skill is honed enough that he can pull off any sort of persona. Like most of the cast, Dai has experience in musical, as well as one-act stage productions, and has even received awards for his talent.
A shy model who sits around quietly, letting the others dictate what to do. Arrives late to the party.
Ashley is a committed, kind-hearted person, with experience in stage acting and behind the scenes FX and beauty makeup. She has worked on numerous musical and one-act productions, both on stage and off, making her a well-rounded addition to this talented cast.
A lawyer down on his luck. He meets a hitman, whom he uses to kill people, the families of which become his clients. Arrogant and demeaning, mostly because of his ill-luck.
Pierce is one of the most talented actors I know in regards to improvisation and range. He can stand on stage and deliver a three minute comedic rant entirely created on the spot, then slip into the head space of a character racked with guilt and emotion, delivering a powerful performance that makes the audience shed tears. He has starred in musical, as well as one-act productions, and is truly the perfect fit for a character such as Haider.
A quiet hitman who hides beneath black clothing. He does not speak much to Haider, though he is partners with him; he prefers to do his job, then disappear.
Abhay is an actor who shines in intense roles where lots of emotion must be portrayed through a mask of composure. He was the person I originally wanted for this role while I was scouting, and I am so glad he agreed to take part in this. He and I seem to think the same, and the way we both look at storytelling meshes in a wonderful, violent, tragic little package.
One of Elmer’s targets, though saved by Haider when he starts to beg for his life. He is acquainted with Elmer, though not in a friendly way. Haider keeps pestering him to find out what he is so hesitant to reveal.
Jackson, Pierce, and Abhay got the roles they did not only because of their talent and suitability for the roles, but because their chemistry with each other is clear to see. Jackson is a recent addition to my list of acting friends, but he is perfect for the role of Ciaran. I predict the relationship between both he and Pierce, as well as he and Abhay will be believable and entertaining to watch.
This is a VFX test for a pistol. I wanted to be certain I could pull off a realistic gunshot, and though this was filmed on a crappy camera, I was satisfied with the results. There will be guns in the film, so perfecting this was incredibly important; its also a basic editing skill. EWIST will be filmed on a Black Magic camera, which should up the picture quality significantly. You can also notice the smoke coming off the gun is unlocked from the shot, so when the camera wobbles slightly near the end, it stays still. This is just one of the things that makes it important to test before you commit fully to a project. Knowing what to do and how to avoid mistakes is pertinent.
This is a composite shot, where I take an empty slate of field footage from my short film Wall, then add a mansion on top. Pay attention to the bottom strip of grass; you can really see the color correction, as well as the blending shift taking place during the wipe. The smoke rising from the chimneys was also added, giving a slight boost to the realism.
Here’s a little test for an opening clip that will play at the start of the film. I wanted to have a kind of creepy VHS tape kind of thing, as if the film is being played from a cassette, and this intro is some kind of odd distortion that’s corrupting the footage. The words will obviously be changed for the final product. As scary as my dog is, he’s not the star here.