The Gift

A few weeks ago we wrote a piece about an upcoming collaboration between Philips and five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates, called Parallel Lines. RSA was asked to create a series of groundbreaking short films in a genre of their choice, using “the same unifying theme.” RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking: Jake Scott, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, and Hi-Sim.

A few of these filmmakers have been profiled on the site in the past. Carl was originally attached to direct a remake/prequel of Alien, but that fell through, and Jake Scott guest blogged for /Film during Sundance, where his feature film Welcome to the Rileys premiered at the fest. I’m interested to see what these filmmakers can do with a narrative too big for a commercial or music video.

Philips has released a new one-minute trailer for the project, which shows a lot more footage than the previous teaser. The trailer also reveals the single piece of dialogue which became the basis for the five short film projects. Watch it now, after the jump.

Official release:

“Five directors were each challenged to create short films in different genres using the same dialogue. The five 5 beautifully diverse films are by Greg Fay, Jake Scott, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch and animators Hi-Sim and their genres range from drama, animation, action, to sci-fi and thriller. This single piece of dialogue was composed to form the basis of the 5 short films, serving as the glue that binds the films into a truly unique cinematic viewing experience, proving that while “there are millions of ways to tell a story, there’s only one way to watch one.”

More information about the films:

El Secreto de Mateo:

El Secreto de Mateo: Young Mateo, his companion and their secret in the touching drama. Directed by Greg Fay.

A former associate editor at both iD and The Face magazines, Fay has directed music videos for acts including Lilly Allen, Oasis, and The Streets and worked for commercial clients including Reebok, Orange, British Airways and Yellow Pages. In 2005 he wrote and directed his first short Last Trip to Cardiff on the back of which he was signed (as one half of directing partnership Ben & Greg) to Partizan Films. He joined RSA as a director in his own right in 2008 and has shot numerous commercials for the likes of The Guardian, Asda and Vodafone, amongst others. In February 2010 Greg will shoot a pilot for a BBC Wales comedy series called Dappers.

Jun & the Hidden Skies

Jun & the Hidden Skies: Jun meets the dragon in the animation adventure. Directed by Hi-Sim

The pseudonym of directing duo Chris Hawkes and Cheun Hung Tsang, their work consists of live action and computer generated imagery. They were recently featured in Boards magazine as one of the top 20 directors to watch out for. They have directed many commercial projects for brands including Adidas, Stella McCartney, Bacardi and Investec Specialist Bank.

Darkroom

Darkroom: An investigator zooms in on his subject in the future film noir sci-fi thriller with a dark secret at its core. Directed by Johnny Hardstaff

His most notable works to date remain the politically provocative shorts films, History of Gaming and Future of Gaming, which have now been inducted into the National Film Archive. Hardstaff also famously created the experimental music video Like Spinning Plates for Radiohead, and is responsible for a raft of innovative, contemporary, design based commercials for leading brands.

The Hunt

The Hunt: Carl sights his prey in the mystical horror. Directed by Jake Scott.

Scott gained early directorial prominence with REM’s Everybody Hurts which won multiple MTV awards, a Grammy nomination and was inducted into the MVPA Hall of Fame in 2005. He has also directed videos for U2, No Doubt, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes and George Michael, and has two videos in the MTV 100 best videos of all time. In 2003, Scott won an Emmy for Best Commercial, three AICP awards and an Andy for his work on Nike’s Move. In 2005, Scott won a Silver Lion awards in Cannes for his work on Adidas in addition to winning two CLiOs for the same brand spot. Scott was nominated for a Grammy for direction of George Michael’s Flawless for Best Music Video and received three AICP awards for his work with Nike’s Magnet. In 2008, his work on HBO’s Voyeur won him a Grand Prix and a Cyber Lion at Cannes, Scott has recently completed his second film, Welcome to the Rileys starring Kristen Stewart and James Gandolfini and Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo, which has just screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The Gift

The Gift: A robotic manservant flees the police in the futuristic action thriller.Directed by Carl Erik Rinsch.

At just 14 years old, Rinsch had his first film shown at both the New York and Tulleride Film Festivals. Since then he has worked as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine, and now as a director has received accolades including the D&AD/Campaign Screen Award for Best New director. He was fortunate to have been included in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase at Cannes. Rinsch’s work includes visually stunning and memorable commercials for the likes of BMW, Earthlink, Sprite and the SciFi Channel.

The films will be released on April 8th 2010.

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