The Eve of Battle (2021)

A postmodern wildlife-based micro-short with homage to Tolkien's characters and realms. All staged to immerse the viewer in a zone where feelings rush in to the edge of 'battle.' Featuring bald eagles, seagulls, mergansers, arctic owls, crows, immature & juven... read more

Completed On: 01 Jan, 2021

Duration: 3 min 45 sec

Genres: Experimental, Fiction, Short, Web / New Media

Country: United States

Director: Freddy Moyano

Submitted By: Freddy Moyano

The Eve of Battle Poster
A postmodern wildlife-based micro-short with homage to Tolkien's characters and realms. All staged to immerse the viewer in a zone where feelings rush in to the edge of 'battle.' Featuring bald eagles, seagulls, mergansers, arctic owls, crows, immature & juvenile eagles... all fictional inhabitants of a realm where darkness is slowly setting in, plotted from a tower by a "white evil wizard." This tower, as epicenter of the film, is the Long Tail Lighthouse...dating as far back as 1847..oldest lighthouse in the Great Lakes (USA Midwest).

Fully filmed by award-winning naturalist filmmaker, Freddy Moyano, in Wisconsin USA over the course of several weeks. Featuring Dead Horse Bay and Long Tail Point's abandoned lighthouse, all in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area.

A 'battle' between evil depicted by red imaging textures, trying to take over a hopeful ray of 'blue' light.. also textured to contrast in harmony as part of the cinematography and editing flow.

Footage is all original by Freddy Moyano. Music by Scott Buckley with full rights to use.
  • Directors
    Freddy Moyano
    Fisherons, A Bay to Cherish, Road to Hades
  • Producers
    Freddy Moyano
    Fisherons, A Bay to Cherish, Road to Hades
  • Composers
    Scott Buckley
    The Summoning
  • Original Concept By
    Freddy Moyano
    Fisherons, A Bay to Cherish, Road to Hades
  • Editing & Cinematography
    Freddy Moyano
    Fisherons, A Bay to Cherish, King of the Lake
  • Film Type
    Experimental, Fiction, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres
    Fantasy, Postmodern, Wildlife
  • Runtime
    3 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date
    01 Jan, 2021
  • Production Budget
    2500 USD
  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Country of Filming
    United States
  • Film Language
    English
  • Shooting Format
    BMPCC 4K + 800 mm TELELENS + DJI P2
  • Aspect Ratio
    2:40:1
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

WINNER - Tagore International Film Festival (Nov. '20 Ed.)
India
Kolkata
01/19/2021
Indian Premiere
Best Postmodern Film

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Director's Biography

Based in the Northeastern Wisconsin area, actor/voiceover artist, Freddy Moyano, owes his artistic name, Freddy, to Wes Craven's Freddy Krueger, one of his favorite motion picture characters while growing up in Spain (1980s-1990s). He defines himself as a character artist.

After having enough of working for private corporations (strong litigation/law enforcement background: 2002-2015) in the Midwest over the course of 14 years, Freddy founded his own production company, Moyano Lingua and began acting and doing voiceover work , now contributing with VO in movies and his over 30 audio books on audible.com and itunes have his narration label, namely bestselling audio productions Sins of the Son and Dark Visions.

His acting career started in 2016 after a collaboration with Sergio Bruna in Los Angeles (Imparable tour). As of 2017, he acquired more experience on sets with many background and stand-in opportunities (Empire, Easy, The Chi, Rampage, Electric Dreams...) in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois/Chicago area, as well as a strong formation in advanced acting and stage combat. Freddy slowly progressed into speaking roles (modern western short, Milkshake or Apocalypture) and lead re-enactment roles (Killer Couples).

Freddy is also a gifted linguist, editor and script writer, having contributed to various filmmaking processes with his consulting and expertise under www.moyanolingua.com. Over 20 motion picture productions (wildlife-focused most of them) have his seal under mlcproductions.org To name a few = Best Nature/Wildlife Film Jean Luc Godard Award 2020 winner for Fair Weather Sandhill, Best Cinematography winner (Virgin Spring Cinefest - August 2020) and Best Nature Film winner (A Bay to Cherish - Oniros Film Awards Summer 2020) among others.

Freddy has also collected Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze distinctions in Voice Over and Sound editing, in total currently at 35+ wins and 20+ nominations (imdb.me/freddymoyano). He also runs his own wildlife content streaming channel www.rnvtv.com

Director's Statement

he Eve of Battle is considered postmodern, more so than simply experimental. Here are some key elements considered in the postmodern touch:

a) Homage with deep respect for Tolkien's work; this can be seen throughout.

b) Highs and lows in animals such as what appears to be a big black raven (emulating a big orc), yet in reality it is a one year old immature bald eagle. This is some of the soft irony to showcase wildlife and Dead Horse Bay. Contrast is also observed in depicting a male arctic owl as evil wizard whereas in reality they are the quietest and easily scared of birds of prey (yet emulating the evil Saruman White Wizard as Tolkien depicted). Or an immature female artic owl playing Grey Wizard.

c) The third component is time, mixing the ancient with the present beauty of the Bay. A 100 year old abandoned lighthouse emulating a Middle Age castle.

d) A non traditional way to telling the story of birds enjoying the last days of Autumn before the winter arrives, yet bringing it as if winter was the big battle to face.

1 Reviews
  • very interesting topic to work on.

    all the best.

    23 Jan, 2021

    Diyashi Sharma
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thanks so much. Not an easy concept to put together. Very exciting. The music helps too.

    25 Jan, 2021
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