The highly anticipated Feature Film The Rainforest, currently in development by Capestany Films, will soon be taking the international stage featuring an epic saga of mysterious adventure, riddle solving treasure hunting and heart-pounding action that’s sure to ignite audiences around the world.
Created, written and executive produced by Award-Winning filmmaker Scott A. Capestany, The Rainforest carries quite the adventurous story-line about a group of international explorers that set off into the heart of a mysterious Rainforest in search of an ancient lost civilization that also uncover the truth of an ancient mystical legend that protects is rumored existence.
International locations currently being considered include exotic mountainous parts of Southern China and South East Asian (Borneo) regions including originally proposed lush temperate Rainforest regions of the Pacific Northwest (Canada and WA State).
The story boasts of rich and authentic indigenous tribal legends within the proposed filming locations around the world woven cleverly into a ‘Raiders of The Lost Ark’-style treasure hunting and pulsating cinematic adventure.
Co-Production meetings with international partners from China, Canada, South America, USA the the UK are currently underway whom many will be converging at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA this fall to meet and discuss the project.
“We are very excited to be expanding the overall scope of this long anticipated film”, said Creator and Producer Scott A. Capestany. “It’s been quite the journey to see this story evolve over the last few years. We’ve remaining patient while strategically aligning the project with more partners to enhance the overall production and commercial value with new internationally proposed locations and alliances to compliment the extraordinary story-line.”
The story was conceived by Capestany during the filming of his cable TV series, NW Waters, while on a river fishing expedition deep in the heart of one of the largest temperate rainforests in the western hemisphere within Washington State.
His quite engaging “proof of concept” teaser (VIEW HERE) and well developed ‘pitch deck’ has helped him generate interest from international investors, distributors and business partners from around the world. The project was selected as a “pitch” finalist for the WA State Filmworks Innovation Lab which eventually was awarded to another project in lieu of WA State lengthy battle to increase it’s Motion Picture Competitiveness program (Film rebates/incentives). That WA State program has now since been renewed and increased as of 2017.
This hurdle helped motivate him to continue his quest and look elsewhere for funding. “Creative financing is a delicate and skillful craft that I’ve been fortunate enough to master with this project. Film incentives are a major part of the financing equation with 21st century filmmaking. Especially when the project will be filmed overseas and the budget exceeding a certain threshold.”, said Capestany.
With pre-production scheduled to begin in Summer 2018, Capestany’s endeavor is now on the fast track heading into the American Film Market where he will meeting with his team and film industry executives to push the needle closer to production.
“My ambition and strategy was to spend a few years developing global business partnerships and backing including ironing out the screenplay with the goal to positively impact both the Washington State and international filming locations economy through general interest, commerce and educational awareness of our delicate Rainforests.” he said.
“Connecting our proposed filming locations around the world to their local communities will ultimately enhance these regions exposure to the world where our audiences can lean more about these unique travel destinations and delicate ecosystems while being entertained and engaged with a heart pounding global adventure.”
Committed to supporting WA State companies connected to the industry, Capestany is exploring partnerships with both Emmy Award winning Seattle Post Audio design company BAD ANIMALS along with KOERNER CAMERA to help facilitate his projects production needs. “Our relationships with long standing highly acclaimed regional leaders are important not only for the economics of the Pacific Northwest regional industry but also from the high level of work they do”, Said Capestany. “Bad Animals has been the premier leader in sound design in the Seattle 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 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 ecosystems within the proposed filming locations are a primary objective for Capestany. His goal of formulating key international partnerships with leading outdoor and environmental brands whose leaders support sustainability + actively advocate environmental awareness will remain at the forefront throughout each stage of the production.
As creative director at Capestany Films, Scott has cut his teeth like all indie filmmakers whom most began their career operating outside the studio system. Over the last handful of years, he has delicately cultivated key business relationships within the studio, network, agency and inner circles of the industry both as a reputable journalist and well seasoned producer.
Through these relationships, he has worked as a consultant for many creatives across the board in the entertainment space. “This business is 100% about relationships. And the secret ingredients that bind these sacred alliances are integrity, transparency and consistency.”, he said.
In this short time span, 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 both Variety Magazine’s Faith-Based Summit and the American Film Market in Southern California. The later (AFM), is where he was pulled aside by industry veteran and Producer Guild of American member Anne Marie Gillen 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 a well known industry player in the financing and business realm.
“Scott’s engaging presence on the AFM stage in recent years illustrated to me clearly that he’s a well refined and savvy producer that has a successful future ahead of him.”, Gillen said.
(See Featured story on Anne Marie Gillen HERE).
The Rainforest is a hero’s journey about a quite sophisticated and intellectually 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 February 2018 with the lead, Dr. Riley Stone, being considered for numerous well-known performers whose intellectual strength and heroic characters have graced current and recent Film + TV productions in Hollywood.
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 whom I respect”. I hope that audiences and particularly women will embrace her. She’s a very strong, intelligent and dynamic leader. But most importantly she is well-respected among her team.”, Capestany said. MI