„You must be crazy!” That‘s what the director and the producers have heard over the past four years, spent with the production of a 13-minute short called The Big Leap.
„Does God exist?” – everything started with this universal question that the director, Kristoffer Rus, wanted to ask in the era of a global financial crisis. With the help of pitch black humor, The Big Leap stresses the moral dilemmas that erupt when the protagonists realise that everything they have fought for is gone. They meet on the roof of a skyscraper. They have the same intention – to commit suicide due to a major financial crisis. The conflict quickly deepens when they discover that they all represent a different conviction about the hereafter: Sarah is the believer, John the atheist and Ben the uncertain agnostic. The only way to find out who’s right is to take The Big Leap.
The whole film was made in green screen technology. The actors and parts of the set were real, but the whole space around them was created using computer technology. As the action takes place on the roof of a skyscraper, the whole world around it had to be created in CGI. The Big Leap is for sure special effects heavy. Yet, all these computer effects were only a tool to tell the story. It’s first of all an actor-driven story with a wonderful cast of rising stars – Tilly Scott Pedersen, Gustaf Skarsgård and Arkadiusz Jakubik.
What does the term short really mean? In the case of The Big Leap, it took three years to close the budget, one week to shoot the film and one year for post-production. How to keep up the steam through the years of production? For the creative team it must have been like the Chinese water torture, with different phases of production continuously dripping onto their heads…
Think Big was for sure a motto for all the people involved. This short film about the financial crisis combines an up-and-coming director, international well-established actors, live action and animation and two countries to finance it. Also, the promotion strategy for The Big Leap was made as if it were a feature. The Big Leap is proof that you can reach for an even higher production value than in the long format and you can talk about a serious topic in a light way with mesmerizing visual tools. So what the team learned from the production was to think big, have patience and faith in the project and to let it take its time. Not to rush it just because it’s „only“ a short. As Mark Twain put it: “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
The Big Leap (2013, 13’, Poland / Sweden), directed by Kristoffer Rus. Produced by Prasa & Film, East of West Cinema AB, Telewizja Polska S.A., ATM FX, WFDiF. World Sales: New
Written by: Joanna Solecka / WAJDA STUDIO