Get a Glimpse Into the Future with PostPanic's Debut Film Project SUNDAYS
Mischa Rozema and PostPanic Pictures' debut film project SUNDAYS completes a first step towards its Feature Film goal with the release of the ambitious proof-of-concept short. Much-anticipated and widely-supported by the international creative community (over 50K US Dollars was donated on Kickstarter alone for the live action filming part in Mexico City), SUNDAYS is directed by Mischa Rozema and was produced by Dutch hybrid commercial film production company, PostPanic. PostPanic has gathered a formidable international creative reputation over the past 18 years and SUNDAYS is the debut project of its new fledgling long-format arm, PostPanic Pictures, which is set to turn heads in Hollywood.
Set in Mexico City sometime in the future and starring US actor Brian Petsos ('Revenge For Jolly') and Mexican actress Sofia Sisniega, SUNDAYS is an ambitious philosophical science-fiction proof-of-concept short.
The end of the world seems like a nightmare to Ben. A memory of a past life that doesn’t belong to him. When Ben starts to remember Isabelle, the only love he’s ever known, he realises she’s missing in his life. An existential descent into confusion and the desperate need to find out the truth begins. This reality depicts a stunning, surprising and dark world. A world that is clearly not his.
Rozema has developed quite a name for himself as a director over the years (primarily in the commercial world), winning awards and recognition for his often uncompromising creative directions created with PostPanic, the hybrid film production company he co-founded with producer Jules Tervoort back in 1997. New long format arm, PostPanic Pictures, adapts PostPanic's successful hybrid production model from the commercial world, directly producing in-house both the expected live action elements in SUNDAYS but also the extensive post-production required to create Rozema's futuristic world. PostPanic carried out the vast majority of the VFX themselves in-house applying their trademark artistry and CG techniques but also welcomed additional support on specific scenes by an extended team of specialist freelancers and Glassworks Amsterdam.
As a proof of concept, the short SUNDAYS represents not only a first step in realising the feature film ambitions for this future-facing script but also sets PostPanic Pictures firmly on the map as a new brand of filmmakers to watch. Their determination to create not only evocative and beautifully crafted stories but produce them realistically using PostPanic's pioneering business approach, is injecting new energy into Hollywood at a time when the film industry has begun looking for new methods of financing and producing.
By producing directly themselves both the live action and post production elements of SUNDAYS, PostPanic Pictures have shown that ambitious visual films can be made on much smaller and more efficient production budgets. In addition, the reduced financial risk allows PostPanic Pictures to not only closely guard the creative integrity of projects such as SUNDAYS but also ensure scripts remain closer to their original vision. Could this therefore mean the return of more intelligent, thoughtful (sci-fi) films which don't always end up with a Hollywood shoot-out at the end? And could this open the door for more directors to shine in Hollywood? PostPanic Pictures certainly believe so.
Production Company: PostPanic Pictures
Director: Mischa Rozema
DOP: Jon Gaute Espevold
Producer: Ania Markham, Jules Tervoort
Producers: (Co) Stacy Perskie Kaniss, (Associate) Annejes van Liempd
Production Designer: Roberto Bonelli
Editor: Mischa Rozema
Post Production / VFX
VFX Supervisor: Ivor Goldberg
Composer: Ben Lukas Boysen
Sound Design: Jochen Mader
Genre: Visual VFX