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The idea of making this film came up during a late-night conversation in 2013, between two old friends who had not seen each other for a number of years. The family house that belonged to one of them, a small castle on the Playa Ancha hill in Valparaiso, had been put up for sale, and the heir wanted to make a video of the rooms, gardens and cellars where he had grown up, before the property went into the hands of its new owners. The friend in is the actor Renato Larrea, who plays the leading role in Mal de Mar. The third friend of this sleepless group on a summer night in 2013, is Pablo Jerez, who ended up as the director of this film.
Renato Larrea´s idea was to make a simple record, save a memory, but the conversation brought up unexpected complexities. Why not transform this record into a kind of rite of passage? An exorcism of the happiness and tragedy the old family house had seen?
"Let´s make a film", offered Pablo Jerez. He had at his disposal a group of friends with whom he had already discussed forming a filming team.
The fundamental actors of this project would be Adrian Jerez as the director of photography and cameraman, and Beti Maggi in charge of production. The actors from the Spontaneous Theatre group Batuco Bacanales, Pablo, Cecilia Millán, and Cristian Ibarra, in addition to Diego Jerez, musician and actor of the Spontaneous Theatre Group, would also become part of this team.
" What about the money?", asked Renato.
" Let´s make a fundraising campaign to help our friends get a few quid, and then we’ll go to Valpo. Tomorrow I´ll talk to the team and we´ll go ahead with it. What do you think?"
"Great! Cheers, mate!", was the answer.
Next, they had to think about the casting, especially about finding the person who would play the role of the port´s sex worker, but even before there was any mention of any other candidate, Camila, also an actress of the Spontaneous Theatre Group ´Batuco-Bacanales´, was chosen for the part.
Over the following days, all those approached accepted the challenge. A rule was made: Anyone who agreed to act, would also have to take on a second duty. So, Diego would be the audio assistant, Cecilia would be in charge of the set and costumes, Beti would be in charge of production and help with make-up, Cristian would be in charge of organizing catering. Renato and Camila were let off the hook, in the beginning, so they could fully concentrate on their characters and would take on cleaning duties and assisting the director at a later stage. Beti invited Vicente Pantoja who did a “Making-of” and acted as the second cameraman. As for Adrian, the director of photography, for Vicente Pantoja the rule was the other way round: anyone doing a technical job would also have to act or, at least, make an appearance on screen.
On Friday, 1st of February, 2013, everyone collected mattresses and sleeping bags to take to the house, as it was unfurnished. They bought some food, packed all the technical equipment in two cars owned by members of the group, and set off for the Port of Valparaiso .
The team made up of 8 members worked diligently on the shooting of the film, day and night, for 3 days.
Upon their return to Santiago, the film´s director and the director of photography submitted their first edit, but , due to lack of funds, could not move on to the following stages of either filming or post-production.
Years went by and though the team´s members’ lives went separate ways, they remained close. Some of the members worked together on other projects until, just a few months ago, in February of 2021, exactly 8 years later, the director sent the edited material to the Producer Cristian Vidal of Le Sole. Thanks to the quality of the project, this renowned film maker decided he wanted to become the film´s editor.
The journalists Paula Kiessling and Italo Franzani also recently joined this strange ship with the objective to help position the project in the public eye.
The music composer and cinematic soundtrack designer Juan Carlos Valenzuela, had already agreed, earlier in 2017, to join the project, and is currently working in the studio, creating a universe of sounds for the Mal de Mar soundtrack.
And it is here, at this point in the process, that we need your support to help Mal de Mar sail into high seas towards Chilean and International film festivals.
Up to this point and taking into account the contributions towards the basic filming expenses in 2013, the cost of the equipment, consumables locations, and the time 8 people have spent since the project was started in 2013, it all adds up to a total investment of 18.700.000 CLP.
At present, through this Ideame project, we aim to get financing for the following items:
1. Phase 2 filming.
2. Complete editing of the new material in addition to the existing material.
3. Post-production color editing.
4. Post-production of the soundtrack, which includes, among other things, composition of an original score for the whole film.
5. Distribution, which in this case considers submitting the film to international film festivals. This, in turn, requires translation and subtitling as well as the graphic design for the film.
We sincerely hope to count on your support.
The reward for every person who contributes to this project will be to see his/her name in the credits of the film.
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