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‘Scratch’ Provides Plenty of iPhone-Shot Reminders to Never Visit an Abandoned Zoo

'Scratch' Provides Plenty of iPhone-Shot Reminders to Never Visit an Abandoned Zoo

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Logline: Two aspiring filmmakers decide to shoot a video for a local metal band on an iPhone in LA’s Old Zoo, which is cursed by the spirits of the animals who were once trapped there. Who’s filming when, one-by-one, the protagonists revert to their primal selves?

Elevator Pitch: 
Two wannabe filmmakers shoot a music video for a metal band, guerilla- style with iPhones strapped on their heads, in the restricted old L.A. zoo, among empty cages. One by one, the cast and crew disappear, and when they reappear, they are naked, wild, craving sex and food. “Scratch” is one of the first found footage films shot entirely on iPhone6. It’s an update on classic found footage films like The Blair Witch Project. It’s a “found iPhone” horror comedy, and the audience will see what the filmmakers’ crew in the movie is shooting from the point-of-view of their iPhones.

Production Team:
Director: Tristan Convert
Writers: Tristan Convert and Akilah Green
Producers: Tristan Convert, Akilah Green, Sebastien Bizeul
Cast: Daniele Watts (“Django Unchained”), Katarina Leigh Waters, Chris Bound, Joe Martone, Charles Chudabala, Michael Roddy, Myles Cranford, and Jose Rosete

About the Film:
I wanted to make a movie that explored the human struggle to contain the beast within. LA’s Old Zoo, with its decaying greenery and empty cages was the perfect backdrop to explore questions like: “What differentiates us from animals?” And “What does it mean to be truly free?” As well, with a limited budget, we couldn’t afford a camera, large crew, or extensive setup so we chose to be creative and make a movie on an iPhone about aspiring filmmakers shooting on an iPhone. “Scratch” is a zany and imaginative piece of meta-theater.

Current Status: We’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 in funds for post-production. The campaign ends on April 19th, after which we’ll begin editing the film.

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