TITLE: One Night
STATUS: POST PRODUCTION
DATES ACTIVE: August 31st 2017 –
One night is Reel Z Productions 7th professional production and will be the first film featuring twin directors . The screenplay for one night was written in July 2017, and will have Adrian Santillan directing the film. Our own Jason Harris will be co-directing to assist Santillan in the production. One Night will be Santillan’s first directorial debut. Santillan says that he wrote the screenplay after being influenced by the popular song of the same name, by the band Lebrock. The film will have a very “music video” feel to it and will feature the song from Lebrock in the film, which Santillan has gained permission from the band to use in the production. Filming took place in late October 2017 and took two full nights in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The film is now in Post production.
Harris was asked why he decided to co-direct with Santillan and had this to say.
” I find it amazing that after all the work that people put in to make it in this industry, so few are willing to help others realize their visions. This young man has the makings of an amazing director. He has the drive, the vision, and the dedication to make something great for people to see. Reel Z (I am) is honored to assist him in reaching these goals.”
This page will be updated as more information becomes available. If you are curious and want to see the outline of this screenplay, click on the FMI button to the right of this text.
After the film had been completed, Santillan moved to destroy the film and leave it unfinished. A small period of confusion ensued before it was decided that Santillan would step down as director, and he will retain rights as the screenwriter.
Reel Z has licensed the song “One Night” by the band Lebrock to be used in the films post production.
The film will be produced and submitted to festivals before entering distribution.
A young man is downtown, alone and sad. He walks the night without a sense of hope. He sees a girl at a train station and something inside him
sparks. He gets on the train, but is determined to go after her, in search for happiness and love.
Runtime: 89 Minutes
Principal Cast: 9
Budget: /Credit – Independent Finance
Here is the story of Ashley, a young woman around 18. At an early age Ashley’s mom left the family and she was raised in phoenix in the hectic hustle and bustle of city life solely by her father George. George and Ashley have a bond that borders on love, it is so powerful. Ashley grew up respecting and admiring her father and would die for him. During the summer of Ashley’s 18th birthday, instead of partying and drinking with her friends, Ashley and her dad plan a rafting trip/camping adventure in Utah. George is hardly the outdoorsman but wants to impress his daughter so he does some research and even visits a local outfitter to make sure they have all the gear they need.
The pair set out on the long drive to Utah, detouring through Route 89A and the beautiful red rocks of Sedona before leaving Arizona. Once they arrive in Utah they stop in a small town up from the river. While there they meet Amy and her dad John who run the local adventure store. The two secure a raft and some supplies & pick a raging river to setup camp and be able to launch from. Both are totally excited for this trip, and they settle into camp. The next day they set out on the river. While rafting the river, the two enjoy a beautiful adventure. While In the middle of the trip tragedy strikes George and Ashley. They enter a set of rapids that is too much for these inexperienced city slickers. They try valiantly to fight but the raft is overturned. In the capsize Ashley and George are separated. Ashley gets her leg pinched between a rock, pulling the bones from their sockets. George is swept to the other side of the river and manages to make it to shore, he is nowhere near the campsite where they have their vehicle. When George looks back his daughter is nowhere to be seen. Unbeknownst to George Ashley is alive and has been swept downstream, severely injured.
SPLIT PARRELEL: George
George makes it to a road and flags down a logging truck and is taken back to the town where he and Ashley started up the road from the river. He locates the local sheriff and tells him to form a rescue party. The sheriff knows these waters and these forests. He also knows people usually make it out ok on their own. George is not convinced and begs the sheriff to look for his lost daughter. The sheriff still does not seem concerned but promises to file a report. George starts to wander around the town and awaits any news from the sheriff. He finds himself back in the adventure store where Amy is working. He pours his heart out to Amy, and as he stands there wet and in clear pain, Amy decides to help him. Amy knows this area having been raised here, and urges George not to try a rescue attempt on his own. She calls her father and it is agreed that George will stay upstairs in the family’s house above the store until word is received from the Sherriff.
SPLIT PARRELEL: Ashley
Ashley has made it to shore and she is now in a dense forest. She comes ashore and screams in pain when she tries to put weight on her leg. It is growing dark and she is no survivalist. Ashley knows she probably will not survive the night, but she does not want to give up. She makes it to a clearing and remembers she has a small first aid kit in her pants that her dad asked her to carry along. She uses the matches to start a fire and curls up with some fronds for a bed. She finds herself fondling the necklace that her mom gave her when she was younger; it is one of the only things she has to remember her by. She is scared and the noises of the woods are all around her. Ashley is very alone. She cries herself to sleep in the lonely forest.
SPLIT PARRELEL: George
Morning comes with no news. George calls the sheriff (Who is busy eating a donut at his desk) and the sheriff says he is working on it. George is distraught but the sheriff will not help him. He has to sit and wait for the sheriff to help; he has no resources this far from the city. He asks Amy once again if there is any way they can rescue Ashley themselves, but Amy again advises George to sit tight and wait for news. A few days pass and still no word of his daughter; George is beginning to lose hope.
SPLIT PARRELEL: Ashley
On the second day lost in the woods Ashley manages to fashion a crutch out of a fallen branch. She makes her way along the river in hopes she will find help. After a while the river starts to become less turbulent and the shoreline starts to expand. Ashley finds herself on a beautiful tree lined lake. Ashley comes upon a cabin set back from the lake and after many miles of excruciating walking she is exhausted. She stumbles into the cabin to find it empty. It is clearly lived in by someone. Ashley succumbs to the pain of her injury and the stress of the day and loses consciousness.
SPLIT PARRELEL: Ashley & Trent
She is awakened later that night by a man with long hair and a vague familiarity to Ashley. She finds him very attractive, but she is still very scared. The man is slightly older then Ashley and introduces himself as Trent, a former office worker from phoenix, who left the rat race and came up here to live off the land. Ashley thinks Trent looks a lot like Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, one of Ashley’s favorite bands.
As Trent tends to Ashley’s leg his touch is electrifying. She feels stirrings she has never felt before. Trent fixes her leg and advises her that it will be some time before she can leave. Ashley is too tired to argue, Trent feeds her some deer meat and soup and she falls asleep.
Morning of the third day and Ashley tries to get up, only to scream and fall, Trent catches her. Over the next few days Ashley attempts again and again to leave but is too weak to travel. Trent tells her his story and why he came to this place. Ashley grows stronger as the time passes. Trent tells her they are almost 25 miles away from the nearest town (which is where George is waiting). The next day Ashley and Trent are by the lake and Trent is showing Ashley the beautiful environment that he has come to know and love as his home. They share a moment looking in each other’s eyes; Ashley feels things she has never felt inside.
Later that day Ashley and Trent journey to a nearby waterfall. It is a secluded place and one of the most beautiful places Ashley has ever seen. Trent jumps in the cool water and Ashley attempts to join him but slips and falls on the rocks. She is still injured and will need more time to recover. Trent leaves the water and carries the girl into the water. Trent’s touch is again electrifying. Before she knows it she is kissing Trent and their lips are like one world. Trent tenderly takes Ashley’s clothes off and his own. They make love (it is Ashley’s first time) in that beautiful waterfall, with only the forest animals as a witness. Trent takes his time with this beautiful young girl and is passionate; the feelings are unlike anything Ashley has ever felt.
After they sit and watch the waterfall, cuddling on the rocks under a blanket. A week ago Ashley would never have imagined this happening, but without even realizing it she has fallen for this man, the man who had saved her from the Utah wilderness.
Ashley grows stronger and convinces Trent to take her to the nearest town; it is at least a day’s walk away, over many dirt roads and highways. Trent says they will have to cross upriver and they will have to wade across to the fire road. Trent tells Ashley he loves her but cannot go back to the city, he has given that life up. Ashley is sad but she understands and she and Trent make plans to leave the next day.
PARRELELS JOIN: Ashley & Trent & George
Ashley and Trent make it to the town and Ashley locates the sheriff, who had given her up for death. The Sherriff takes Ashley to Amy’s store and Ashley and George are reunited in a tearful reunion. Trent sees the love Ashley has for her father and knows that now she shares that love with him too. He finally agrees to accompany George and Ashley back to Phoenix.
(Prologue) Sometime after a few years back in the city, Trent decides that no matter how much he loves Ashley, this place is not for him. He writes Ashley a goodbye letter and sticks it on her counter. He then makes his way back to his abandoned cabin on the lake at the end of that fateful river in the wilderness of Utah.
(END SUMMARY) This is the prequel to the short movie “Envelope”.
Yes! Absolutely Yes. If you can travel, afford to live and work alongside our crew then you are all welcome. You should have SOME interest in the arts and the making of our craft, and never come just for the paycheck. Everyone who wants to gain more experience is perfect for this as we all will be learning. We should not say this but despite how well we are prepared, this is the director’s first TV show project. With that said however, he has more than a few aces up his sleeve from the 11 month scouting trip we conducted. If you are new or just hungry for credits (and pay if we sell of course) then you will find a home with us in this crazy adventure!
It is not for the crew, however you will have a much better experience if you at least can move around with it. Without it you will be dependent on the other crew, and they may not always be able to help you. We suggest you learn basic Spanish NOW! before you even go. You can get a free app, or find a friend to give you some pointers.
For the HOST, It is a requirement to speak and understand the language as part of the function on our show.
We have several key positions on this project, please note a lot of the secondary positions one would find on a general crew have been eliminated or doubled up to maintain a small crew.
- Host. This position ranks at the top even above our director. We did this because without this person we would not have a show. the host is a charismatic, attractive to the eye, bilingual person who enjoys travel and new adventures
- Director. Top of the heap. Our director is the person who controls the entire project, oversees on the ground operations, and makes sure the crew is safe and functional in country.
- Assistant Director. This is the directors right hand man/woman. This person works closely with the director for schedules, crew assignments, location management, and anything that would allow the crew to function more smoothly while on the project.
- Director Of Photography. This position handles the camera work on our project. The director and the DP work closely to create the look and feel of the project through the cameras lens. The DP will also most likely handle cinematographic duties on the shoot. There is the likelihood the DP will also assist with sound at one time or another. Again multiple roles will be worked by multiple crew members.
- Aerial Pilot. We had our primary pilot walk out on our shoot at the last minute. This position is ideal for someone who owns and understands aerial drone technology. While not a required position on the shoot, we were looking forward to having this position on the shoot.
- Makeup Artist – Production Assistant. Our Makeup artist would double with our project as a PA. She would be in charge of making sure the hostess was camera ready, and most likely would not be needed as much should our host me a male actor. She would double duty as a production assistant.
- Key Production Assistant. This would be the top dog of the PAS on our shoot. This role would perform the needed duties of the crew to keep it functioning on the project. This role is often considered the lowest role on a shoot, however we realize these are very important team members and will always be treated as such.
- Production Assistant. This position is for a basic production assistant and will be under the watch of the Key PA. The production assistant will play an important role and work on the PA team to make sure the shoot flows smoothly at all times.
- Relief PA. This production assistant will be used to change out if another crew member gets tired. We will be running hard on this shoot, sometimes as much as 12 hours a day/5 days a week. This position will allow a crew member a chance to take a break should the need arise. The Relief PA will also be on hand to assist the BTS lead should they need any help.
- BTS/Social Media Lead. This person will be independent of the lead camera crew. Their primary job will be to document the “making of” this project. They will conduct interviews with the host and crew from time to time, be the lead on locations, and also handle any camera/video stills for gathering this material. The secondary and other important focus of this position is the maintenance, updating, and interaction of the projects social media channels on a frequent daily basis, as well as updates to the projects website while the crew is on the shoot.
If you think you would be a fit for any of these positions, please contact us today. Our pay rates have been calculated to provide a very competitive wage for these positions. We look forward to working with you soon!
Yes, we will segments talking about the local food. Please be advised that unlike other shows before us, we have no intention of the host “making love” to the food, and our show is not food porn. We know that there are far more interesting things to focus on in a foreign country besides the food. We give a nod to those shows that practically make food the star, but this is not the focus of our show!
If you see us filming, stop by and say hi. If you want you can also check out Uncharted on your social media. Follow, Like, Subscribe, Pin. you know all that social stuff helps out a lot. Our goal is to allow our travels to build an audience that is interested in what we hope to accomplish.
If you see us filming snap a pic, selfie with the cast and crew, or just hang out. We will have a dedicated Behind The Scenes/ Social Media guru with us. Look for the following.
A host on camera
A camera crew behind them
A second crew behind the main crew. That is the crew you want to approach should you wish to be in our BTS material.
You need three things to come to Cancun!
- A valid united states passport (with at least 6 months left until expiration, however 1 year is preferable). If you do not have this we advise you to IMMEDIATELY go to this link to start the process. it can take up to 6 weeks to process an application, but they usually do come sooner.
- A valid airline ticket. This one we recommend Southwest Airlines. We do so after years of travel with this airline. The reason is that they have no change fees, no reassignment fees, and you cancel a flight up to 1 hour before it leaves the runway. Keep in mind whatever airline you choose (if not southwest) that the longer you wait to book your ticket the more expensive it will be. The crew needs to be in Cancun on September 25th 2017, no later arrivals will be accepted on our crew. Also remember that Central America is always changing. Should you need to leave the project at the end (or before with termination of your contract), Southwest flies out of Cancun, Belize City, and San Jose, Costa Rica only. Other airlines may have different options.
- A solid well made backpack. This one is important folks. Please do not bring carry ons with rollaway wheels, or suitcases on this trip. We will be traveling overland with the backpacker circuit. We want to blend in and travel quickly. We recommend REI as a great retailer to get good gear. if you go to a local REI and tell them what you will be doing, they will make sure you get something that has quality and will last far longer then this trip. Although not required, we highly advise a daypack as well, you will thank us later!
You can do that, that is your choice , however…
You should know that our project has strict guidelines (that do change) and you will be required to complete a large amount of paperwork as well as your contract.
If the crew members are not in Cancun on September 25th 2017, those members will not be invited on the project and their contracts will be void. Any financial losses from a crew member that occur and that crew member does not show up will not be reimbursable by the company in any form whatsoever.
If you are going on this trip, pay attention to all communications in a timely manner.
If you choose not to communicate your position may be replaced without warning, as seen fit by our director.
If you listened closely to the whole filming you will notice the host is bilingual. As soon as the Spanish conversation was finished, the host would have immediately summarized to the camera in English. Our hope is we will reach a much more diverse audience this way.
If you see us filming while you are on your trip, it never hurts to ask.
Seriously though, Our show has a specific format structure, and one of them includes a guest for the day. You would of course have to sign the appropriate releases and legal forms. If you want to be a guest and see us filming, feel free to approach the crew.
The completed show has a three tier distribution plan.
We will most likely primarily be seen on a cable tv network in the USA.
Also we will have the show available on demand at the Vimeo PPV service.
The show will also be able to be downloaded at our website
All behind the scenes clips will be available for free on various forms of social media.
We will also have a “making of” documentary for sale, should anyone want to learn how we accomplished the project.
There is interest, but a DEFINED interest is a whole notha story. I cannot give anyone names of producers, network executives or anything like that. The reason is because I refuse to compromise the integrity of what this project is with a lie. I will honestly say at the beginning (a year and a half ago) we were in talks with a liaison of a large network. Those talks went nowhere and we went our separate ways.
We will make this project independently, and then shop it to various networks/distributors.
This goes back to a two part answer.
- equipment/footage confiscated. This is highly unlikely as we are not doing anything political on this trip. We are not filming anything that could be construed as a safety violation, and we will almost always ask before we shoot any military or police interaction. The governments of these countries are not likely to allow us to see anything that we shouldn’t. Our focus is not humanitarian and we are not Micheal Moore (as much as I love the guy) so I think this one is a safe bet.
- equipment/footage broken. This is more likely possible. We will be travelling in places that are not always hospitable to electronics. We will have backup sources that we will continuously use to protect the assets of the project. We will have a failsafe plan in place should the primary equipment no longer be usable, but we do not anticipate this to be an issue with the quality and reputation of the equipment we have chosen.
I always chuckle when I read the word “safe” in these things. One of the primary focuses on our show is to show people that Central America (and travel abroad) is indeed safe. Obviously you want to keep a sensibility about you and use common sense and safety in your daily travels. I do not consider (after almost 15 months) Central America to be anymore dangerous then a Chicago street, a Brooklyn alley, or an LA park after dark.
If you have an unknown fear of unknown places, then our project probably is not for you. We aim to send a message that travel is fun, exciting, and can enrich peoples lives.
This question is split into three, so we will take them one at a time.
- The right equipment is a highly subjective term. We do not have an Arri, Red, or massive camera system. We have what the project feels is right for us and our mission. Again these are pilots, not full series episodes. We are gathering this material as a sales pitch, nothing more, nothing less.
- Enough equipment. We do have enough that we will not be slowed down to much, and not to much that we will be overloaded. The focus on this project was to compromise between form and function. A ton of heavy equipment could produce great results, but at the expense of draining the crews resources quickly. We have gone over the list with some qualified people, and although we could have used “different” choices, we have their blessing that what we have will do the job we came to do.
- backup equipment. Again with zero budget, zero investors (besides our director who put everything on the line) we had to say no to this. The equipment would have doubled the cost on everything (maybe tripled). The equipment we have is solid and should stand the test of the project.
Again No! This is not Hollywood, we did not attach Bullock or Clooney to this. Our host will most likely be an unknown that is qualified in all the ways we need them to be. If you are looking to play with the stars, you should hang out in LA. Maybe on a set there you will be lucky enough to get someone coffee, or a newspaper.
You might even get an autograph!
At the time of this writing, our crew roster is extremely fluid. We need a base crew of 5 people minimum for our project to launch. Ideally we would like to see a base crew of 10 members, but anything between 5-10 will work.
The more people involved in this project makes it a double edged sword. On the one hand more people means a better production, but also more pay for the crew. A smaller crew means we work harder, but can travel swifter, and less money is paid overall, allowing the crew to reap more benefits.
As for the crew, our director knows what we need to make this be a success, and we will not launch without it!
Again, YES! This is a crazy undertaking that is being placed on your plate. Pack up your life, go to some foreign country for over a month, film god knows what and god knows where and hope that it is a success. Any “Vanilla” play it safe person in the world should stay at home and wait for their phone to ring with some cushy set they can go get paid at the end of the day. The likelihood of that however, we all know is rare.
This project is not for the timid, it will take guts and courage and most of all a lot of faith. Faith in the project, faith in the crew and faith in the director.
The rewards if we succeed are going to be amazing, but that is only IF we succeed. We need a crew and host that can believe this from day 1, if that is not you, we thank you for your interest!
In all honesty, Yes! Our Host and Crew will be travelling along paths that are known as the “gringo trail”, and they are well traveled. At other times we may be in remote places that are not known to the public as of yet. If you see our camera crew along the trail feel free to stop by and say hi, and offer them a beer!
Uncharted is a project that has been two years in the making. Instead of waiting forever to secure funding (that might never come) we went ahead after waiting a solid year. It has undergone two host changes so far.
Our “set” as you will call it will be the location we are filming in. This could be a jungle, a river, a village, or a volcano. It could be a beach, A reef, A bus station or a city street.
Traditional movie sets have craft service tables and all those pretty things, on this shoot the craft will be in the ability for the crew to service themselves.
THIS IS NOT A HOLLYWOOD SET, There will be no pampering here!
Uncharted will be shot in roughly 48 days in Central America. It will span 3 countries and close to 20 locations.
Uncharted received no external funding. Our director put forth a considerable amount of money to make this a reality. Right now the project is known as the dreaded “deferred” project. Simply put everyone goes in with their own money in the hopes the project will sell. If it does everyone is paid their hours at their rate given in their contract. The pay rates are posted. if you are a crew member ask for the password.
That is a reality, one we are not unaware of. we could take the crew the equipment and the time and never sell anything. We look at it like the last time you went on vacation and did not have to pay was… right exactly never. We will be visiting amazing locations in the Caribbean and at the very worst you will end up with a working vacation in some of the most beautiful places on this earth!
hey great. A few things will happen. First the budgets and hours from the project will be tallied. Also all documented expenses put forth by the crew will be calculated. Once we have a buyer a couple things will take place. First everyone who worked on this thing will get a check for their earnings, then they will be asked to go back out to film the full show, paid upfront this time (or at the least while on the project).
This is a great opportunity but we will not sugarcoat it and tell you it is a sure thing, because it is not.
You have some we can borrow, Awesome! Just joking. The crew will travel with close to 200 pounds of equipment. everything from state of the art cameras, to high flying drones. The list is always changing but suffice it to say we have the gear we need!
Good question LOL. No but seriously we went through two hosts as of this writing. The co-creator of our series was supposed to host, and her name was Bobbi Gould from Phoenix. She was replaced with Peter Himmelman , A traveler from New York City in 2016. Himmelman resigned on July 24th 2017 citing personal reasons.
The production is now interviewing dynamic and engaging hosts for the project.
So you too huh, always wanted to travel the world and get paid for it. Lol its not all its cracked up to be but if you want to you can submit a screen test. You just have to be able to do the following
- be able to afford to survive in central america on a shoestring budget for almost two months
- be able to speak and understand spanish at almost 85% fluency
- Have a valid passport and be able to work on a team
- have the passion and drive to help us make a great show
Sounds simple doesnt it!
If you want to become our host, try out today. You can contact us on Facebook or email us using the contact from on our homepage!
Ideally we wanted this to be small, very small. Honestly though to make a good product we need good people. We expect the crew to be between 8-10 people when all is said and done. Perfect size for a private transport!
The crew will be made up of people that can see the “forest through the trees”. If a person thinks about money first, last and always, then they probably wont be on the crew.
We seek die hards, people who believe in a vision, not just in the paycheck.
We have several positions we need to fill, and we are going to have a diverse crew!
Are you some sort of stalker, got it in for movie types? LOL
Just kidding, the filming will take place in the countries of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala.
Right now the list for the cities by country are as follows (this could change at any moment)
|Isla Mujeres||San Ignacio||Santa Elena|
|Tulum||Cahal Pech||Samuc Champay|
|Punta Allen||San Juan La Laguna|
|Isla Blanca (tentative)||San Pedro La Laguna|
|Mahahual (tentative)||Santa Cruz La Laguna|
|Seca La Laguna (Tentative)|
That is great but this gig is probably not for you. One reason is we have no guarantee that anyone will be paid, and this is truly for the adventurous. Also we find most professionals laugh at the craziness for our idea to be a success.
We thank you for your time and your welcome to read all the details, but we caution you when applying.
Actually yes. One of our directors former DP’s had some things to say about the director and the project itself, feel free to read below
Can it be done?
It depends on what kind of person YOU are. If you’re like Jay or like me then this is ENTIRELY doable the way Jay is suggesting. It just takes people with a ton of ENTHUSIASM (like Jay), a fearless attitude, and some balls! (And I’ve worked with plenty of women who have these kind of balls.)
Its all about the best equipment right?
Getting what this show will need will have almost nothing to do with equipment – it will have EVERYTHING to do with WHO is out there in these amazing places making it happen. This proposed show is ALL about getting into the less-traveled locations and getting up-close and personal with the people you all will find there. That’s HEART! HEART is what will be up there on the screen with this show, not technical specs.
Can The Director Pull It Off?
El Director Jay absolutely HAS the passion, the ENERGY, the enthusiasm, and the clear vision to make a project like this happen. Of that there really is no question. All he needs is a half dozen other people who also have that drive and passion up in them for this kind of work. Like you’ll hear everyone high up in the TV industry these days say – “Content is king”. And a unique show idea like this can fly because its content goal IS unique in the world of travel shows.
Dane Paul Stewart – DP , Envelope