The upcoming Feature Film The Rainforest has become quite the buzz around town and in many Western Washington regions where the project is slated to be filmed in 2017.
Created, written, directed and executive produced by award-winning Washington State resident and indie filmmaker Scott A. Capestany, this project carries quite the exotic and elaborate storyline that’s sure to get viewers excited while experiencing Pacific Northwest settings, authentic PNW Native American legends and some ‘Lara Croft’-style treasure hunting, action and adventure. Filming locations slated include Forks, Lake Quinault, Amanda Park, Sequim, Bainbridge Island, Seattle and the University of Washington, which will be the central settings for this epic action/adventure feature film.
The story was conceived by Capestany during his most recent TV series production, NW Waters Adventure TV, while fishing in Western Washington. By December, he produced a “proof of concept” teaser that he has used to help generate interest from investors, business partners and to showcase to inbound cast/crew. His project was selected as a “pitch” finalist for the Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab, which in turn led to some major interest among Hollywood distributors, VODs and programming networks to also make the feature into a TV Series.
With pre-production scheduled to begin in Summer 2017, Capestany’s endeavor is now on the fast track, having gained quite extensive support from well known PNW cast and crew, from statewide businesses and organizations, as well as from some very well known Hollywood players.
“The goal was to spend a solid 1.5 years developing new business partnerships and backers for this project with the goal to impact the Washington State economy positively through general interest and commerce,” he said. “With a limited budget, I figured that if I could connect my proposed filming locations/communities to our project, all the moving parts on the finance end of things would fall into place seamlessly.”
Committed to keep 100% of The Rainforest produced in WA State, Capestany will be using local Emmy Award winning Seattle Post Audio design company BAD ANIMALS along with KOERNER CAMERA to facilitate his projects camera needs. “Our relationships with long standing highly acclaimed regional leaders are important not only for the economics of our local industry but also from the high level of work they do”, Said Capestany. “Bad Animals has been the premier leader in sound design in our market having worked with some of the greatest musicians of our generation including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Steve Miller and R.E.M. And they are still winning Emmy’s!”
Scott’s strategic planning paid off recently by signing on 7 CEDARS CASINO in Sequim, Washington, as both a marketing and creative participant whose tribe’s history and legends will be accurately featured in the main storyline.
Jerry Allen, CEO of the 7 Cedars Casino, said, “We are honored to have this new partnership with Scott. I think this is a compliment to the tribe that Scott wants to do something like this. We are excited to be part of it. There were a lot of choices. When you think about the number of tribes that circle this peninsula and the fact that we were able to put this together, we are very, very flattered.”
Preserving the delicate filming locations and their delicate environments are a primary objective for Capestany. His goal of attracting more PNW, national and international outdoor apparel, products and services (that will be functional as both props and woven into the storyline) that support sustainability and environmental awareness will remain at the forefront in the coming months with The Rainforest.
As creative director at Capestany Films for a number of years, Capestany has cut his teeth like all indie filmmakers operating outside the studio system. He’s created a quite impressive Hollywood network ranging from relationships with major players in the industry to actively participating annually in dozens of international panels and workshops educating creatives on the business side of the industry. He has worked as a consulting producer and film financier for over a decade on multiple creative endeavors and likes to keep his business involvement with many well known films modestly at bay when asked about them. “My goal as a financier has always been about the filmmaker, not about how we arrived there.”, He said. “If I can help an artist guide his creative endeavor early on by removing the money equation that hampers 90% of films and often times contaminates the creative process with all involved, then the projects our group typically gets behind most always seem to find a way to be realized and produced.”
After reading the book Rebel without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez, he launched Capestany Films on Main Street in Park City, Utah, during the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, where he was serving as a volunteer at the Slamdance Film Festival under the watchful eye of founders Peter Baxter and Dan Mirvish. He still carries his first “creative” business card he made that year in his wallet as a daily reminder that “if you can dream…you can achieve.”
To date, Capestany has been selected to pitch at multiple Hollywood networks, studios, production companies and some of the most recognizable film market events in the world. Including recently in Beverly Hills at the Variety’s Faith-Based Summit and the American Film Market, where he met one of his current consulting producers, Anne Marie Gillen. After hearing one of his explosive and engaging pitch presentations, Gillen quickly decided to join Capestany Films to help guide his new endeavors through the quite complicated terrain of Hollywood business and finance.
Gillen was the former COO of Morgan Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment, and is currently an expert in business development and finance for indie filmmakers around the world.
The Rainforest is “a hero’s journey” about a quite intelligent and skilled female professor, Dr. Riley Stone, who one day is visited at her college campus by a young girl claiming her great-grandmother’s story of a Rainforest legend should be examined further. After recognizing a very rare necklace the girl shows up wearing, Dr. Stone agrees to set off to her small town located in Western Washington to meet with the woman. Upon her arrival, Dr. Stone learns more about the legend and discovers some extraordinary clues that leads her to assemble a world-class team of explorers to join her for an expedition of discovery and adventure. Soon after the team gets underway, bizarre things begin to affect the expedition, sending them all on a death-defying race of survival and psychological mystery.
Casting for the film will begin in January 2017 underway with the lead, Dr. Riley Stone, being considered for numerous named Hollywood Female lead actors whose intellectual strength have already graced well know Film/TV productions.
As one of the most fierce and vocal advocates in the independent film sector of the industry for Women in Film, Capestany is strategically positioning this partnerships with some of Hollywood’s elite leaders in this current fight for equality and diversity in the work place. “My lead character Dr. Riley Stone is a reflection of some of the strongest and most influential women I have met in this business and throughout the world in my business travels whom I respect”. She’s what I consider an authentic representation of a person that women can and should aspire to be. Strong (emotionally and psychologically), Intelligent, dynamic leader and most importantly well-respected among their male counterparts”, Capestany Said. “The days of commercially viable scripts describing a woman as sexy, beautiful and alluring are reaching a breaking point and soon to be replaced by stories of strength from within”.
Capestany has begun assembling quite the impressive Pacific Northwest crew, including Seattle producer Ben Andrews (founder of the Seattle Film Summit) and Vashon Island resident Tim Everitt (SFX animator who has worked on Pirates of the Caribbean and The Last Samurai). Capestany is a frequent speaker at regional industry events and an instructor at the Northwest Film Forum teaching emerging filmmakers the importance of connecting commerce and creativity.
Production for The Rainforest is slated for late August 2017 with a projected 22-day filming schedule. The official films proof of concept launch party was held this summer at the 7 Cedars Casino in Sequim, WA, August 29th. Story intro to the general public, live music by award-winning singer/songwriter Melanie Dekker (www.melaniedekker.com), catered food, raffle and gaming were part of the festivities. More can be found on Facebook (Capestany Films & The Rainforest) and on Twitter @CapestanyFilms and @MediaIncMag. All inquiries may go to firstname.lastname@example.org.