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.

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The Gift

You might remember Adam Berg’s Dark Knight-Inspired Short Film Carousel which offered an exploration into one single frozen moment of time in a robbery gone wrong in one Hard Boiled-inspired continuous tracking shot. The Philips-funded short won the Film Grand Prix Winner: at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

Well Philips is hoping to recreate that magic, and this time has commissioned five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates to create a series of groundbreaking short films in a genre of their choice. All of the films feature the same unifying theme. RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking. The films explore the most popular genres of filmmaking including drama, action, animation, sci-fi and thriller, and were shot on location in Uruguay, London, Moscow, China and South Africa.

The project is entitled Parallel Lines, and the five directors are: 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.

You can watch a teaser trailer promoting the upcoming release of the five films, after the jump.

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Editor’s Note: Filmmaker Jake Scott has been blogging his Sundance experience on /Film. You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott yet, but you will. You definitely know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Chances are, you’ve probably never seen Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane. He’s directed iconic music videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2. Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys premiered in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition. The story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo.

You can read Jake’s first blog post herehis second here, his third blog post here, and his fourth and final post, after the jump.

Jake Scott

Working hard on my latest project in South Africa

Well, that was quite a week. Saw some incredible films, especially an Estonian movie called ‘The Temptation of St. Tony‘ written and directed by Veiko Ounpuu. Quite the most riveting thing I got to see. There were many walk outs but this is not a film for everyone. It’s about one man’s moral confusion in a world turned upside down. It’s an odyssey through hell. I felt the same way when I first discovered Tarkovsky or Bela Tarr and clearly this director is influenced by them both. The sound design and stark, sooty black & white photography are superb.
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Editor’s Note: Filmmaker Jake Scott has been blogging his Sundance experience on /Film. You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott yet, but you will. You definitely know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Chances are, you’ve probably never seen Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane. He’s directed iconic music videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2. Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys premiered in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition. The story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo.

You can read Jake’s first blog post herehis second blog here, and his third blog post, after the jump.
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Things have chilled down a bit after a MASSIVE Wednesday night. We had the filmmakers dinner where you could meet all the other producers and directors.

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Editor’s Note: Last week we were approached by a filmmaker who wanted to guest blog his Sundance experience on /Film. You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott yet, but you will. You definitely know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Chances are, you’ve probably never seen Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane. He’s directed iconic music videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2. Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys premiered in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition. The story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo.

You can read Jake’s first blog post here. His second blog post, which you can read below, is full of tons of photos and an exclusive one-minute video interview Scot conducted with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hesher director Spencer Susser.

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SUNDANCE CALLING
27 JAN 2010
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Big weekend. People seem to really like Welcome to the Riley’s. Phew. Hung out with Kristen Stewart & Melissa Leo all day, did press, then Runaways premier. Sat next to Kristen & Dakota Fanning, the two leads. Kristen plays Joan Jett & Dakota plays Cherie Currie. Pretty great.
Then the high light of the weekend, the Banksy documentary. He’s here but of course mysterious. Check out this piece he did on a wall off Main St.

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Jake Scott’s Sundance 2010 Guest Blog #1

Editor’s Note: Last week we were approached by a filmmaker who wanted to guest blog his Sundance experience on /Film. You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott yet, but you will. You definitely know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Chances are, you’ve probably never seen Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane,. But you’ve probably seen his work on the small screen, MTV to be exact. He’s directed iconic videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2.
Jake Scott

Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys premieres in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition, 1 of only 16 films which were selected from 1,058 submissions. Written by Ken Hixon (who has written City by the Sea and Inventing the Abbotts), the story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo. You can read Jake’s first blog post after the jump:
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Jake Scott's Welcome to the Rileys

You might not know 42-year-old director Jake Scott, but you know his father Ridley, the filmmaker behind such films as Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner (Jake worked in the editing room during the school holidays). Jake’s directorial debut was a 1999 British historical action comedy titled Plunkett & Macleane which chances are you’ve never seen. But you’ve probably seen his work on the small screen, MTV top be exact. He’s directed iconic videos for REM’s Everybody Hurts, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone, as well as videos for Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Live, Blind Melon, Tori Amos, Lily Allen, The Strokes, The Verve, and U2.

Jake’s second feature film, Welcome to the Rileys, will premiere in Sundance’s US Dramatic competition, 1 of only 16 films which were selected from 1,058 submissions. Written by Ken Hixon (who has written City by the Sea and Inventing the Abbotts), the story follows a damaged man on a business trip to New Orleans who is seeking salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. The story has also been described as being about a couple torn apart after the death of their child. The movie stars James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Leo.

Rileys is one of the first two features to be produced under a new venture between Scott Free, the film and television arm of Jake’s father’s company RSA, and Argonaut Pictures. The other film is Cracks, is the feature directorial debut of younger half-sister Jordan, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Five more photos after the jump.

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