Ash has the power to communicate with ET’s, a gift he needs to be stripped of by the end of the day or risk succumbing to its side-effects completely. This power is beginning to make him one of them – incredibly calculating, but devoid of any human emotion. He gains valuable time by ingesting prescribed sleeping inhalers which keep the symptoms at bay, but are quickly losing their effect as he grows more and more tired. In turn, he downs sachets of coffee to offset the inhalers, while trawling through the city meeting old acquaintances. It’s through these human connections that he collects the pieces of the past that keep his emotional muscle working (a photo, a song, a piece of jewellery). By the end of the day his hope is to find a former interfacer like himself, rumored to live in the city and that has rid herself of the gift permanently.
Vessel is the latest film by independent filmmaker Adam Ciancio who wrote, directed and produced this unique piece of work alongside producers Gabrielle Christopher and Leanne Hanely, casting director and producer Jonah Klein, photographer Aaron Farrugia and editor Ian Reiser.
Adam is no newcomer to the world of film making with his music videos being featured in Melbourne’s International Film Festival and St Kilda Film Festival. The idea for Vessel was born late in 2011 out of the frustration with finding funding for a feature film he wanted to work on. With investors coming and going and leaving Adam with nothing but disappointment and a growing sense of frustration he decided enough was enough. As many independent filmmakers soon come to realize if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. So with that in mind Adam began work on Vessel and by early 2012 the film was near completion. The script was something Adam had already worked on, so with some adjustments to fit his lower budget Adam was ready to go.
The film was shot over two weeks in Melbourne, Australia on a budget of $15,000. It boasts some truly remarkable shots and stunning visuals. It shows Adam clearly has a talent for direction and the advantages of shooting on location are made evident throughout. The natural lighting and locations used add this sense of realism to the film. You can use artificial lighting and a film would look good, but use natural lighting and it looks that bit better, that bit more authentic.
Mark Diaco plays the lead role and a what a role he plays. His performance is brilliant, he fits the role perfectly. Even with his character’s gradual inability to feel emotion you can still somehow see what he is feeling. Having such an actor as your lead is really something rare in independent films and is a breath of fresh air. His ability is undeniable and a pleasure to watch, he adds a sense of professionalism that you would normally be more accustomed to seeing in a big budget feature film. Having Mark on board seems instrumental to the film’s success.
What I find interesting and intriguing about this film is the fact that even though it is a science fiction film, the use of location shooting and the way in which it is shot adds this sense of realism. I for one am a huge fan of location shooting and directors who have the drive and dedication to the project in order to take the time and effort to shoot away from a studio is something special.
I cannot recommend this film enough, everything about it screams indie, raw and unique. With the support of indie film fans like you, filmmakers like Adam can continue to produce these one of a kind films. So click the links below for more information on Vessel and show your support any way you can.
Official Website: http://www.vessel-movie.com/index.html
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Written by Oliver Willis