Ouroboros is my latest short film just over 11 minutes duration, , costing about $AU 12,000 to make, will premiere on Film Annex this Wednesday 26th December. watch the trailer (WARNING! There are graphic depictions of violence which may disturb some viewers.)
the making of:
Why Film Annex?
Film Annex is simply the best on line platform to promote and distribute short films for Independent film makers. Lots of time, money and passion goes into making a film, and its great that Film Annex rewards film makers with some monetary return to help us make our next films.
OUROBOROS-The Short Film
RUNNING TIME: 11 minute and 17 seconds
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: Australia, South Australia
DATE OF COMPLETION: June 30th 2012
SHOOTING FORMAT: Canon EOS 7D DSLR NTSC 1080p 29.97 fps
EXHIBITION FORMAT: Multi- Region, Multiple formats.
SCREENING RATIO: 16:9
SOUND: Dolby Digital 5.1
One deal goes wrong. One man gets trapped in the moment.
The film is a tale about how karma affects two underworld figures. Frank Shaunessy collects money owed to him by the younger Latino gangster Emilio Sanchez at a meeting point at the top of a cliff. Frank is overwhelmed by a supernatural experience which, changes him for life.
What Does Ouroboros mean?
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent snake, worm or dragon eating its own tail. The name originates from within Greek language; (oura) meaning "tail" and (boros) meaning "eating", thus "he who eats the tail". Although this ancient symbol has many interpretations, it is most commonly believed to represent cyclicity, the concept of the eternal return, things which begin anew as soon as they end. I was interested in making an experimental film where the beginning and end of the film were the same. “The Worm Ouroboros” a heroic fantasy novel by Eric Rücker Eddison, first published in 1922 also achieved a similar result. It so happens that the Ouroboros is a symbol represented in jewellery, particularly rings, and I found it intriguing that “The Worm Ouroboros” was published prior to Tolstoy’s “The Lord of the Rings” by some 32 years and in fact Tolstoy praised this book, and based his famous trilogy on a ring.
I set out to achieve a short film itself becoming a cycle. The film would begin in reverse motion, then reach a point where a decision or choice was made, as in this case between two gangsters on a cliff’s edge exchanging some money, then proceed in forward motion to the same point film where the film began in reverse.