White Crow by Noam Kroll
Alice, a young mother who has been ill for years has her life saved when she receives a heart transplant. But after the surgery, she begins to take on her donor’s personality traits and memories, leading her down a haunting path of self discovery.
About The Project
White Crow tells the story of Alice, a young mother who experiences extreme psychological and physiological side effects after receiving a heart transplant. Alice begins to believe that she is taking on the characteristics of her donor – a local woman who recently commited suicide. But as she seeks out the truth about her donor and the events surrounding her death, Alice is taken on a chilling ride of self discovery that will forever change who she is.
The tone and visual style of White Crow is entirely inspired by the emotional undercurrent of our main character, Alice. Her anxiousness, fears, and sadness will be purposefully woven into the visual language of the film, building a world that will look, sound, and feel in perfect harmony with her personality and experience.
We will achieve this in part by framing the film in a 4:3 aspect ratio, which will create a claustrophobic atmosphere, particularily in several scenes that will be shot entirely in closeup. Any camera movement will be slow and subtle, even during scenes with faster action or lots of movement. This will ground the viewer in the reality of Alice’s experience – a woman whose limited physical mobility has long forced her to remain still and silent. We will also be using a zoom lens for Alice’s POV shots, which will slowly draw the viewer into her mind, by highlighting changes in Alice’s perception and focus after her operation.
The film draws tonal inspiration from Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 masterpiece PERSONA, Jean-Luc Godard’s CONTEMPT, and Krzysztof Kieslowski’s BLUE.
White Crow is based on the theory of cellular memory (or body memory), which is a phenomenon many organ transplant patients experience after surgery. During recovery, these patients find their personalities, tastes, and habits begin to shift as their bodies adapt to the new organ. They might develop a new taste in food for instance, or begin to play a musical instrument that they could never play before…
Countless individuals have shared their stories about cellular memory, some of whom have written incredible books on the topic detailing their experiences at length. What struck me most while doing my research, was the incredible amount of psychological turmoil that many of these transplant patients experienced, solely due to the inexplicable personality changes that followed their surgeries.
When it came time to write the screenplay, it was extremely important to me that the haunting realities of these stories were at the forefront of the film’s narrative. The cellular memory experience can be a very scary one, and it only felt right to reflect that tonality in the film. For this reason, White Crow will primarily live in the psychological thriller genre, but will also have subtle undertones of horror that will underscore some of its more intense sequences. The film will be executed with a high degree of realism in order to allow the audience to truly immerse themselves in our protagonist’s world, and empathize with her chilling journey.
Noam Kroll, Writer/Director
Our team is working dilligently to push this film through pre-production, and into production by late November of this year. This will allow us to get all our footage in the can before the holiday season, and have our festival cut ready by late winter, which will be submitted in consideration for the spring/summer 2019 film festival season.
Having just produced another feature film (Shadows On The Road), which is now in distribution, our team has a track record of taking our ideas from concept to finished product, all within our own means. To do this, we like to keep our budgets low and our team lean, so we can work quickly and maintain a tremendous amount of creative freedom.
We will be heavily documenting our process and producing loads of behind the scenes content along the way, so those of you coming along for the ride can take part not only in the finished product, but in the making of the film as well. Our director has been sharing his filmmaking journey for years on his personal blog, so if you’ve enjoyed following along so far, you can expect some even bigger and better content as this film comes to life.
While our previous feature was fully self-financed, this time around we are opening the door for contributions from the community, who we are excited to go on this journey with.
In order to be able to push this film over the top, secure the strongest cast & crew, the best locations, and deliver on some intricate practical effects, we need your support. Every dollar we receive will directly be seen on the screen, and will help us not only to increase our production value, but also to reach the largest possible audience with our work.
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