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Logline:A desperate survivor struggles to make her way through a forest infested with alien flora, when she encounters a strange young girl…
Elevator Pitch:“THORN” takes place in the future where giant alien objects have come down from space and lodged themselves in the Earth’s crust. The objects have created a global catastrophe by changing the world and making it inhospitable to humans. Alien plants are spreading and choking out native plants, so humans can no longer grow food and people are starving. The movie follows a survivor, a lone woman searching for a rumored place of salvation. But first, she must pass through a forest infested with alien plants and whatever other dangers that might lie in wait.
Judy Phu is a Director of Photography based in Los Angeles. She has filmed for Nike, Skype, Oprah’s 0 Magazine, Google, Jim Belushi, artist Amit Desai (America Sutra) and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan”). She has lensed two features – the narrative film “Detained in the Desert” (Best Feature Award, 2014 Women’s Los Angeles Film Festival) which was executive produced by Sundance award-winner Josefina Lopez; and the documentary “The Laundromat” (2014 Houston APA Film Festival). She is currently working with Emmy and Sundance award-winning filmmaker Tracy Droz Tragos, on a project for HBO, as well as two other films. She is in pre-production on a narrative feature that will shoot in Vietnam and Thailand, and will be directed by Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara (“The Foresaken Land,” Camera D’or winner, Cannes 2005). In 2015, the QueensWorld Fest and New York’s Museum of Moving Images nominated Judy for Best Cinematography on the experimental film, “Lily in the Grinder.” Judy earned dual MFAs in Directing and Cinematography at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and TV and holds two Bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley. As a filmmaker, she pursues methods of expressing personal conflicts bred by relationships to culture, class and history.
Martin is a German artist who specializes in a form of “exo-botany,” unique in the world of CG graphics. His work is colorful and ominous, a beautiful fusion of organic forms that are familiar, yet totally alien. Martin works intuitively when he’s sprouting alien flora from his imagination. He manipulates mathematical algorithms, a mysterious digital alchemy, that produce images of exquisite detail and strange beauty.
Based in London, U.K., Markus is currently working as a senior concept artist, as well as a freelance concept artist/illustrator for the games and movie industry.
Joe Golling is a filmmaker and graphic artist, and an all-around great guy, based in the Bay Area, California.
About the Film:Considering all of the time and money it takes to make a film, I set out to write a story that I truly believed in. THORN has everything I want in a movie: rich characters, suspense, alien plant life, and hulking space ships. It’s a small story in a huge setting, about characters who want things very badly, but just don’t know how to get them. It’s about trust, fear, and how a small decision can change the rest of your life. THORN is the movie I want to see!
Current Status:Currently in post-production