Shortfilm - footsteps-Produced Tiairani drollet Lecaill -Terry Rangi
&Directed by lennie Hill
Approx 12 minutes
Tiairani Drollet lecaill - Terry Rangi
A father’s ultimate sacrifice.
Cook Islands Legend of One Foot Island
Quinton Scholfield [Senior]
Quinton Scholfield [Junior ]
A Cook Islands father and son are in the middle of the ocean, hungry and having no fishing success. Against his better judgement, the father moves towards One Foot Island, a better fishing ground, a protected reserve outside his own territory. Their catch is plentiful but their excitement is short lived as the father notices a distant canoe approaching. The father makes a decision to head for the island.
They land and the boy runs for the treeline. The father carefully steps in each of his son’s footsteps to make it appear as if there is only one trespasser. He hides his son in a tree branch and continues but the warriors catch him and behead him in a traditional form of punishment while his young son watches in horror. As the warriors leave the island, the boy carefully walks away in his father’s footsteps in the sand.
Our aim is to produce and deliver a short film that grabs the attention of film festival selectors around the world. This unique story is embedded in the cultural history of Aitutaki This project will showcase the Cook Islands Culture and promotes ancient oral story tell in the digital platform.
I bring a team that I have worked with commercially in New Zealand, Philippines and Singapore.
Paul Summers -an Award winning Editor and color grader- is from Canada he specializes in film and short film.
Tanya Wheeler - our writer- has taken my directors notes and turned them into a script that keeps this story real and traditional whilst capturing the drama of this legend. This is my 3rd project with Tanya. Tanya is a gifted screen play writer who excels in her craft as a story teller.
Our team proposes to show the international film festival scene a powerful and unique story shot in one of the most exotic locations in the world.
This ancient and timeless story of a father and son, the islands of Aitutaki and the preservation of a legendary ancient Cook Islands story.
An outrigger canoe trespasses into forbidden waters to fish, but are seen by the tribesmen and chased into a lagoon. The father realises he and his son will be killed by their pursuers, they paddle to the nearest island, As his son scampers to the bush, the father instinctively covers his sons footsteps with his own feet as they run to the bush on one foot island, leaving only one set of footprints in the sand.
Working with (2K of workflow) our DOP has dedicated assistants to help him with this cinematic shoot on the water. The performance by the local cast will be enhanced by the use of traditional costumes and outrigger canoes. We have been told there is a wonderful pool of talent ready and willing to assist. Aitutakians’ are natural entertainers and musicians. From the script we will be portraying the connection between our protagonists in each frame - by defining the drama of what the father and son are reacting too on emotional beats will ensure the short film keeps a great momentum.