One Punch is a feature film project designed to bypass the expensive filmmaking process and use innovative and creative ways to bring this contemporary story to screen. The story is being created with a group of actors using an improvisation method called “The Mike Leigh Process”. The actors and director create a character, and then engage in improvisations to create backstory, history and scenes for the lives of the characters. The director starts with an idea and develops the story through this process. The production process will involve a micro crew using hand held mobile devices such as iPhones to film the scenes, allowing for the characters and their interactions to take center stage. Distribution will be online with select invitational screenings.
It seems we can’t go a week without another media story on a King Hit incident. We want to show the elements and behavior that contribute to this problem. No young man sets out to injure another when he leaves home to have a night on the town, but the toxic masculine behaviors of alcohol and drug abuse, peer pressure, bullying and violence are getting worse. We want to get this project in front of as many young men as we can, to share the decision making process that leads to these incidents. We are also excited to explore the process of creative expression through using the Mike Leigh improvisational process, and the innovative production methodologies of smart phone filmmkaing.
Donations will be used to pay cast and crew for their time and for the costs of the production and post production. Grants will also be used for marketing and distribution of this project in the online space, a significant part of the budget and vital for reaching our audience.