New Delhi: Here is a short film on gamers and a video game that could decide their life. But it is made at a fraction of the cost of RA.One. In the age of mega-promotions of expensive cinema, eleven directors across eleven international locations have collaborated to make a short film on a shoe-string budget of Rs 9 lakh on a subject that blurs the line between the real and the virtual world.
The film is entirely self-funded by the makers, according to an official release. The film has been produced by Ranjan Singh and Vikas Chandra. In this unique initiative by two film enthusiasts, Project 11 is probably the first of its kind in the short film genre which bridges a vast geographical divide.
The film was made with an idea to raise funds for their feature film on the same lines. Project 11 is a high concept thriller and has been shot in 11 different cities in the world. This experimental film has 11 eminent directors collaborating from world over.
The film\'s central theme is a cult underground video game, in which no one has ever gone beyond level 11.
Unlike a lot of collaborative films, Project 11 is not an episodic film. It is one holistic story set in 11 cities with 11 principal characters. The film has been made in three cuts; a 22-minute, a 15-minute and an 11-minute, which are full fledged films in their own rights.
Talking about this unique short film, producer, Ranjan Singh said “Project 11 is an attempt to show that good content can be created on a shoestring budget. Also, to get appropriate funds for our feature film on the same lines, the short will work as a curtain raiser. And thus we want to release the film online and gauge the audience reaction for this kind of a story."
Eleven filmmakers were shortlisted from across the world, by using every free medium available including Facebook, Twitter and Skype. They followed a locked screenplay and shot their respective segments based in their cities. A Storyboard was prepared in active consultation with the filmmakers and then sent to the extended directorial team for reference. The final material was received in Mumbai and then put together by Vikas Chandra.
The film's central theme is a cult underground video game, in which no one has ever gone beyond level 11. Eleven avid gamers across the world are racing to cross it. What they don’t realize that they could be playing the last game of their lives.
Chandra is a filmmaker, with a passion for meaningful cinema, associated with films like Ghajini, and Kavi - a short film that was nominated for Oscars.
Singh is a film professional with around 10 years of experience in the industry and worked with brands like INOX and PVR.<b>Watch the Project 11 trailer here:</b><br><br><iframe width="100%" height="403" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Fz0xa9nL17g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>