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FRAGMENTS

Jane awakes slowly, dazed and confused, a sharp gut wrenching pain coming from her lower leg. Splintered tree branches, mangled metal, fragmented glass surrounds her. John lies next to her in the passenger seat, bleeding heavily from his stomach. Victims of a terrible accident, trapped inside the remains of a Mini Cooper.
With help only a phone call away, what untold shame has rendered their cry for help silent.
Forced to fend for themselves, the dark secret that bonds their relationship slowly becomes clear.

  • Isaac Madge
    Director
    Drift, No One On Earth, Do You Remember?
  • Isaac Madge
    Writer
    Drift, No One On Earth, Do You Remember?
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Suspence, Romance
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 7, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Isaac Madge

I am a writer, director & filmmaker, passionate about low budget filmmaking and telling stories that really make an impact. With an ever need to learn, grow and improve my craft, I love to work with fellow creatives to produce individual & innovative film, to both inspire & captivate.

At a young age I found a love for storytelling and as I moved into my teenage years became captivated by moving image. Combining these two passions I began to create, finding a particular love for narrative filmmaking. Regardless of category or genre, my work comes back to the single stimulus - a passion for storytelling.

Based in West Sussex & London, I have been working in film and media for the past three years, producing Music Videos, Promotional Videos, Documentaries, Short Films & Feature Films. I have been privileged to work with many talented and inspiring people and been fortunate to work on some incredible projects. As I continue to move forward with my work, I hope to create exciting and brave content with fellow exciting and brave content creators.

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Director Statement

Fragments has to be one of the most challenging projects I have ever tasked myself with. As I was writing the script I knew production design was going to be key to the success of project. I was blessed to have a car wreckage at my disposal. This also posed its own obstacles, but with the help from family and friends I was able to transport the car to our location and begin designing the set. Walls of branches were constructed and situated around the car to give that feeling of enclosure and being trapped as if the car had spun of the road into woodland.

Makeup and prosthetics would also play a huge part. I had seen Rebecca Herniman’s work in SFX on Facebook and Instagram and contacted her about the project. She was keen to get involve and we spent a lot of time playing with fake blood and working out what injuries we wanted are characters to have. It had to be both gory but realistic.

I really took my time casting the film and I wanted to make sure both actors worked together well. This was difficult as I only had a short time to find them before we would lose our car. After screen testing a number of different people i was yet to find what i was looking for. When one day I was having a catch up with a friend and a conversation about the film sparked up. She recommended two actors she had worked with prior and said she thought they could work well. And a few screen tests later I had found my leading actors.

We rehearsed a lot for the film. More than I have ever for a film prior. We worked on the ark and the progression of each character and it was a real pleasure watching these characters come to life.

As soon as I began working on the image and look of the film I knew who I wanted behind the camera. Ed White, was DP of the horror film Blood Money which I had been apart of the previous year as his assistant. His ability to create eye-catching and suspenseful image i knew would enhance the film no end.

I feel this was a production that was going to be made or lost in pre production with months of preparation all leading to one cold spring night. We arrived at 5pm and by 3am the shoot was wrapped.

The final missing element of the film was the score. I have worked with Francesco Berta many times before. I always enjoy working with Francesco and I feel our styles really complement each other. We have a brutal honesty towards each others work which I feel only encourages us to the best we can be.

And with this final piece of the puzzle falling into place, Fragments was complete.