VERSUS

A shortfilm with jon kortajarena

ABOUT

THE PROJECT


Among our projects you may find that we also focus on fictional pieces. Levering Studio is rooted in many shortfilms and a couple of documentaries that helped our team to develop our creative skills as visual storytellers. When the production company was founded we decided that we would keep that spirit alive because it offers us the possibility of an endless exploration of the film language and a learning platform for the new crew.

Versus was a collaboration by different agents. On the one hand Jon Kortajarena, a reowned male model, wanted to explore his potential as an actor on a dramatic piece.

Versus was a collaboration by different agents. On the one hand Jon Kortajarena, a reowned male model, wanted to explore his potential as an actor on a dramatic piece. He had already acted in Tom Ford’s A Single Man and after this project he performed in a couple of other movies and TV series.

Our team wanted to work with the Red camera and a fictional piece would give us the freedom to explore different lightnings scenarios that we could helps us in future commercial projects.

Strategy

Knowing Jon Kortajarena’s physique and the roles he was pursuing we wrote a story about a comicbook villain that crosses the border between fiction and reality to shoot down his creator. The whole shortfilm focuses on that first encounter and how both characted deal with it. This situation allowed us to build scenes with lost of tension and suspense using a wide variety of lightning techniques.

Production

We spent three full days in the middel of summer in a rented house in Hollywood shooting with a big crew and dealing with construction noise nearby. Nevertheless filming in just one location made us more time-efficient, although it forced us to be more creative in making the space visually interesting all through the movie.

Edit

Editing a fictional piece is one of the most fun things you can do in the filmmaking business. All the footage needs to be organized and the story is to be unfold into one unique piece (and there are multiple decisions to be made in each second of movie edit). The creative input it demands can be overwhelming and sometimes the process becomes tiresome if the story doesn’t find its way through the edit. During this stage we realized we had to change several aspects of the story so we had to records some ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording) and a completely new “cut-out” that would work as a bridge between two scenes.

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