ABOUT THE PROJECT
SYNOPSIS / DESCRIPTION
Bonnie Blue is a door-to-door “door” saleswoman at Flip-Siding in the Tornado Alley town of Shamrock. Down-on-her-luck and up against a recession — the harder she chases a sale, the faster doors slam in her face. Her boss, Flip Smyth, doesn’t believe in the recession, rallying his young bucks into a frenzied battle cry of “Flip the switch!” — his mantra for turning a customer’s “No” to a “Yes.” An equal-opportunity bully, Flip relishes publicly shaming Bonnie and his office manager, Don Stuckey, her sole ally. After hours, they find comfort in each other’s arms. Don helps Bonnie rekindle a childhood passion, which gives her confidence to close her first deal. But when Flip pulls a bait-and-switch to avoid paying her commission, she finally challenges him, sending him into a rage as fierce as the approaching storm. Determined to prove herself, Bonnie races toward it—blind to the internal storm that’s chasing her.
STORMCHASER will be shot in 4K for High Dynamic Range (HDR): an emerging technology that will give the film a wider palette of brightness and colors, deeper shadows and richer textures, to viscerally create the look and feeling of the windowless, claustrophobic office interiors versus the expansive, weather-torn, brooding-sky exteriors. Sparingly, too, we will push the environment into a hyper-reality with HDR to convey the story’s magical moments when we glimpse Bonnie's turbulent inner landscape.
By merging HDR’s innovative visual language with an original soundscape and score to support incredible performances, we will powerfully immerse the audience in the film’s real and metaphoric storms, compelling them to connect with this action-packed story on multiple levels—as pure entertainment: a darkly-funny thriller with a dash of romance (think Blood Simple meets Glengarry Glen Ross meets Bonnie and Clyde), and also as satirical commentary featuring archetypes: Flip Smyth, epitomizing the Old “Merica” and culture of entitlement; Don Stuckey, a dark-skinned man in a white man’s world, who—like far too many—lives in fear of losing his joyless job; and Bonnie Blue, an anti-heroine who represents the changing face and struggles of a New America.
One only has to follow the news — global warming, catastrophic storms, Trump vs. Clinton, shrinking middle class, recession clouds looming — to see that the climate’s right to bring STORMCHASER’s unique, relatable world to life on the screen.
GENRE Narrative Short
DIRECTOR Gretl Claggett
SCREENWRITER Gretl Claggett
PRODUCER Alena Svyatova, Sonia Blangiardo
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