November 3, 2011 05:39:12 PM IST Glamsham Editorial
PROJECT 11, a short film slated for release on 11.11.11 has been shot in 11 countries across the world in a shoe string budget of 9 lakhs, entirely self funded by the makers. In this unique initiative by two film enthusiasts, PROJECT 11 is probably the first of its kind in short the film genre which bridges a vast geographical divide. The film was made with an idea to raise funds for their feature film on the same lines. They decided to release it on 11.11.11, which is a once in a lifetime date.
PROJECT 11 is a High-Concept thriller, which blurs the line between the real and the virtual world. The film has been shot in 11 different cities in the world. This experimental film has 11 eminent directors collaborating from world over.
Unlike a lot of collaborative films, PROJECT 11 is not an episodic film. It is one holistic story set in 11 cities with 11 principal characters. The film has been made in three cuts a 22-minute, a 15-minute and an 11-minute, which are full fledged films in their own rights.
Talking about this unique short film, Producer, Ranjan Singh said, 'PROJECT 11 is an attempt to show that good content can be created on a shoestring budget. Also, to get appropriate funds for our feature film on the same lines, the short will work as a curtain raiser. And thus we want to release the film online and gauge the audience reaction for this kind of a story. The film premieres on 11.11.11 on http://www.glamsham.com/project11/ at 11.11 AM and then later we want to put it for download on various other platforms.'
11 filmmakers were shortlisted from across the world, by using every free medium available including every possible social networking portal. They followed a locked screenplay and shot their respective segments based in their cities. A Storyboard was prepared in active consultation with the filmmakers and then sent to the extended directorial team for reference. The final material was received in Mumbai and then put together by Vikas Chandra with the help of editor Geeta Singh.