SHIMEA - Webseries Pilot

Coming soon to www.Blip.tv

SHIMEA is a story blending medieval fantasy with a little of that Chinese Wuxia vibe. Set in an imaginary time and place it tells the story of a world beset by Shohan, an ancient enemy bent on domination. Having been defeated two hundred years earlier, Shohan returns to play a more subtle and deceitful game of conquest. Standing against him are Oranzu, a wise master of the Wuxia, and Shimea, a lost son on the brink of discovering the truth of his heritage. Secret identities, betrayals and revelations combine in a story about love and loss, faith and family.

STATUS

Editing is complete, and it is currently being segmented into Episodes. This project will be featured on www.Blip.tv

SUMMARY

The approximate budget for this film was $500.00, which went primarily into location costs and craft services. If not for the energy and talents of those involved, this project would not have been realized.

How it came about? I had just finished watching the Chinese mini-series Laughing in the Wind and wanted to do something Asian flavoured. I took inspiration from a short story I had written some 20 years earlier. You would not recognize the short story from the film version but it was a good base to start from. Writing the script for the project was the first challenge. There were at least a dozen re-writes as we worked to make a story that left as few questions open as possible, making sure to address each of the main characters' growth throughout the story, balancing actions with motivations.

Before filming started we had lined up several locations for interior shots. However, because we were essentially a $0 budget film we lost several locations to paying gigs. And at least one was yanked from under us for no apparent reason other than a change of heart.

As the cast was made up of actors with regular day jobs, we were on a very tight schedule and found ourselves scrambling for other locations. Which meant rooms draped in fabric and a former factory space with extremely creaking floors; a real nightmare for sound. We also moved several scenes originally scheduled as indoor shoots to the outdoor shoots.

Costuming & props also were something we worked hard on. We felt it important to have some differences between the two cultures in the film. Most of the costumes, props and weapons ended up being raided from the closets of myself and friends who belong to a medieval group. Key pieces were constructed to bring the look together. In the end we had a look that we felt worked very well.

We were lucky to get FBN Multimedia to come on board to do the few special CGI effects we had, and Blackthorn Productions who did a wonderful job of staging the fight scenes between the main characters. Musician Kyle Worrall came on board long distance from Winnipeg and really listened to what we needed and delivered in spades an incredible sound track. It would have been much harder without their help.

It was during the filming of Shimea that we became aware of how important sound recording can be. The sensitive mike on the camera picked up extreme amounts of ambient noise which created a lot of inconsistency in sound quality that needed to be corrected in post. With that lesson behind us, we are pleased to have recently picked up an External Shotgun Microphone that will make sound on future projects that much more professional.

Crowd scenes were the final challenge. We had a lot of people commit to showing up and we were lucky if we had half the number actually put in an appearance. Those few who did show up became a solid core of support throughout production for which we were extremely lucky and grateful for. With fewer bodies, however, we needed to do some clever editing to fill in the gaps; such as a voiced over battle and roiling smoke clouds suggesting fire instead of a battle.

Overall, we started filming in February 2009 and wrapped the final shoot in September 2009. I spent close to 200 hours working on editing the final project. We did a video release to the cast and crew in October 2009.

Shortly you too will be able to check it out as a web series available on www.Blip.tv.

Who knows? This adventure of Shimea and Oranzu may just be the beginning. . .

CAST & CREW

CAST [alphabetically]

- Dan Blair [ Shohan ]
- Cheri Booth [ Traveller #4 ]
- Lena Booth [ Traveller #5 ]
- Brian Brodie [ Rebel #2 ]
- Shane de Boer [ Sentry / Rebel #1 / Minion #7 ]
- Sharon Champagne [ Shohan's Captain ]
- Jolene Carley [ Minion #4 / Palace Servant #1 ]
- Morris Dafoe [ Tavern Rebel #1 / Traveller #1 ]
- Brian Dorion [ Oranzu / Dead Body #6 ]
- Danute Dorion [ Battelfield Doctor / Tavern Patron #3 ]
- Rosanne Freeman [ Minion #3 ]
- Marie Gallen [ Terai ]
- Doug Getty [ Joseph Poll ]
- Monika Getty [ Eleana ]
- Don Goyette [ Palace Guard ]
- Elizabth Goyette [ Court Lady #1 ]
- Robin Goyette [ Court Lady #5 / Dead Body #2 ]
- Jennifer Jastrou [ Tavern Patron #2 / Traveller #2 ]
- Heather Larson [ Tavern Patron #1 ]
- Kevin S. Magri [ Emperor ]
- Victoria Mazzocca [ Court Lady #6 / Dead Body #3 ]
- Erin McEwan [ General's Aide / Minion #1 / Court Lady #3 ]
- Gary McLeod [ General ]
- Niclin McNeice [ Imperial Soldier #3 / Dead Body #1]
- Erin May Nichol [ Court Lady #7 ]
- Suzanne Nichol [ Court Lady #2 ]
- Connor Phillips [ Imperial Soldier #2 ]
- Will Phillips [ Imperial Soldier #1 ]
- Laura Podhorny [ Bar Wench / Minion #5 / Palace Servant #2 ]
- Drake Pruett [ Dead Body #5 / Court Page #2 ]
- Tyler Dragon Pruett [ Dead Body #4 / Court Page#1 ]
- Duncan Quinn [ Dying Boy ]
- Lindsey Quinn [ Amber ]
- Nigel Ribeiro [ Rebel #3 / Imperial Soldier #4 ]
- Junior Riggan [ Foreign Emissary ]
- Melanie Robbins [ Court Herald ]
- Rachel Rolston [ Court Physician / Minion #6 ]
- Marissa Santos [ Young Amber ]
- Victoria Santos [ Young Amber's Friend ]
- Sidney Schultz [ Minion #2 / Court Lady #4 / Imperial Soldier #6 ]
- Alice Sheffield [ Storyteller ]
- Brendan Smith [ Shimea ]
- Emily Schooley [ Lau ]
- Mark Taylor [ Tavern Rebel #2 / Traveller #3 ]
- Ian Walsh [ Rebel Leader ]

CREW

- Brian Dorion [ Producer / Camera / Sound Dubbing ]
- Danute Dorion [ Writer / Producer / Director / Editor / Camera / Foley / Fight Choreography / Set Design & Dressing ]
- Kristina Kamarauskas [ Writer / 2nd Unit Camera ]
- Erin McEwan [ Stand In for Monica Getty ]
- Melanie Robbins [ Production Assistant / Set Design & Dressing / Costuming / Props ]
- Alice Sheffield [ Costuming / Props ]
- Graham Yeates [ Props ]
- Angela Yeates [ Props ]
- Heather Larson [ MakeUp Effects ]
- FBN Multimedia [ Visual Effects ]
- Ian Walsh / Blackthorn Productions [ Fight Choreography ]
- Emily Schooley [ Fight Choreography ]

REVIEWS

I LOVED IT! - Ali de Boer

A ton of fun - Lisa Skog

All I can say is Great! - Phillip Rayner

Watching this evolve from filming to final cut has been awesome! - Emily Schooley

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