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‘Mime Games’ Blends Silent Film Comedy With Contemporary Action

'Mime Games' Blends Silent Film Comedy With Contemporary Action

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Mime Games

Logline: A short silent film comedy with a modern action twist.

Elevator Pitch: A traditional mime finds that she’s in danger of being upstaged when a modern mime moves in on her territory at a park. Their rivalry starts with harmless teasing but quickly escalates into an extravagant mime fight. By having mimes as lead characters, we see a chance to showcase our love of silent film comedy, particularly the films of Charlie Chaplin. On the flip side, because the centerpiece is a mime fight, we also see an enticing opportunity to make an action movie, drawing inspiration from filmmakers such as the Shaw Brothers and John Woo.

Production Team: 

Directors: David Larsen & Anthony Berk
Writers: David Larsen & Sam DeSurra
Producer: Katie Roletto
Cinematographer: Ryan Thomas (worked in G&E department for “Terminator Genisys”) 
Action Coordinator: Eric Jacobus (worked on the stunt team for “A Good Day to Die Hard”)

About the Film: We’ve always loved the films of Charlie Chaplin. The whimsy, the heart, and the amazing visual storytelling have always been inspiring to us. As a result, it’s always been an enticing idea to make a short in that tradition, but we didn’t want to force it. On top of that, we also love action movies, but it’s difficult to make an action short at our budget level. When we discovered the idea of a mime fight, everything fell into place, and we found a way to combine two of our favorite genres in a way we’ve never seen before.

Current Status: We’re in the process of fundraising on Kickstarter, and we’re all set to start shooting at the end of June!

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