My personal favourite (Hi, I’m Daazo guy Attila) Pitch Page is featured today on the World of Shorts Blog. I mean, if you ever smoked at least one pack of cigarettes in your life, this poster sure gets you the urge to go and buy one. But don’t do it, cigarettes are bad, besides they won’t have a great looking pack like this. Except maybe in the USA, where Stephanie Wilmers, director of the hopefully upcoming film “Alabaster Smith” is from. The European Shortfilm Centre coudln’t be happier to be able work with talent from overseas. Check out her Daazo profile.

Alabaster Smith is a movie about: When cigarette advertisements get banned from television in 1970, advertising icon Albie (for Alabaster Smith) watches his life go up in smoke before he signs off the airwaves forever.

The film has a 10,000 budget and the producing company Limelight is covering 20%. Stephanie had a film in the Short Film Corner last year and as you can see, she’s doing Cannes this year too!

Stephanie was kind enough to do a little interview, so here we go:

How does it feel to have people in Cannes looking at your upcoming project?
It feels great having people at Cannes looking at my upcoming project. It’s weird having my name up on a wall but obviously really exciting. With my past shorts we always finished before getting it out there so it’s really cool garnering some interest in advance.
What did you focus on when you were making your Pitch Page?
Having not yet started shooting, I thought it would be best to make a sort of teaser poster that features the cigarette box for our fictional cigarette brand, which is the center of our film. Its design hopefully gives a sense of the look and feel of the film.
How do you like the magazine itself?
It’s beautiful! It’s more like a book really! It’s a great resource with quality information in there in addition to the pitch page competition.
How long have you been dealing with this project and what was the idea behind the whole concept?
This project has been bouncing around in my head for about 5 years now. The concept came from a play a friend of mine wrote, which went through many adaptations before getting totally re-vamped into its current form.
It was really important to us to keep the original idea of this animated protagonist living life in the real world, but when we adapted it we also needed to find what made the story tick for us, which ended up being Albie’s relationships with the people around him. In order to make those work he took on a totally new form, keeping that cartoonish feel, but as a personification of the original character rather than an animation.
My co-writer and I have been waiting a long time for it to come to fruition so you an imagine our excitement.
Contact Stephanie for more info at stephaniewilmers@gmail.com