What if a persons sorrow would transform in to a dark and evil being?
Where there once was a flowering meadow now lies a desert with a city of concrete and oil pipes.
Where there once was singing, play and happiness now all expressions of emotions are suppressed by a thick, black oil.
Where there once was a loving family and caring friendships now only exists fear and arguing.
This is a place that once started dying and now needs healing before it is too late.
My name is Guadalupe and this is my story.
We live in a time when greed seem to drive all our choices, when freedom seems to mean not having to take responsibility for our own actions and when tolerance means that others should adapt to us.
As human beings there is only one thing that makes all of us equal, and that is that we all are individuals, that we all are different. Although people love conformity and poke fun at everything that doesn’t fit in to its norm, it is our differences that allow us to learn from each other, allow us to improve.
Acceptance can bring us together so our differences can make us whole.
Concrete Babylon, following in the theme of its story, is told through the universal languages of music, art and friendship, to not exclude anyone from experiencing the movie to its fullest.
The film is based on a screenplay I wrote, with the counseling of an experienced script consultant, while i studied screenwriting at Manuspiloterna in Stockholm.
I believe Concrete Babylon is a film that will engage the audience in the drama between Guadalupe and her father, entertain the audience with its music and dance and make the audience sit on the edge of their seats from the tension of Guadalupes fight against the dark force.
Why am I doing this?
I’m hoping that “Concrete Babylon” not only will create a magical experience for my audience but also will help establish me as a storyteller, increase my credibility and that the incomes from the film will help me finance my next film “Shining Star” and hence put me in a position where I carry the decision and responsibility for putting a film in production, not a cartel of external financiers.
By showing people that it is possible to create magical films outside the box of whats normal, I believe I also can help motivate others to take the leap and strive for their dreams, strive to create their own little dent in the universe.
How will the film get made?
The film production follows a system inspired by the lean management popularised at Toyota, where the focus is on reducing activities that don’t produce value for the customer, that is, activities that don’t heighten the experience of the film for the audience. One of the main such activity in traditional film production is the bureaucracy of the financing.
Another focus of lean is on efficiency through kaizen, the principle of constant improvement of both the process and the team, done by setting up a workflow that amplifies learning by trying to reveal problems and allowing them to get solved with minimal time cost.
It is only if we work efficient and cheap that we can afford to make mistakes, and it’s only when we can afford to make mistakes that we have the guts to push ourselves past what is considered safe and create something out of the ordinary, to create our little dent in the universe.