Former Rue Morgue editor-in-chief Jovanka Vuckovic is preparing to shoot her debut short film, The Captured Bird, with Guillermo del Toro, director of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy films, in the Executive Producer chair, says a press release. The Captured Bird is a darkly poetic fable that begins with a little girl drawing figures of people with chalk on the cement of a playground. She takes notice of an unusual crack in the pavement that is seeping a mysterious black fluid, which she follows to an ominous building. Inside, she encounters several bizarre phenomena, including walls that bleed black and tentacles that emerge from the ceiling to touch her. She then witnesses the birth of five terrifying supernatural beings that threaten the existence of her world. Check out some concept art inside.
Oscar-nominated special make-up effects studio Spectral Motion (Hellboy II, X-Men: The Last Stand) in Los Angeles will provide creature effects for The Captured Bird. Also on board are Emmy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor Tammy Sutton (Avatar, Spider-Man 2) as well as filmmakers Douglas Buck (Sisters) and Karim Hussain (La belle bête), who will be serving as editor and director of photography, respectively.
“The Captured Bird is inspired in part by a childhood nightmare, the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, the fables of the Brothers Grimm and the paranormal phenomenon referred to as The Shadow People,” explains writer-director Vuckovic. “It’s sort of a dark fable that I hope people will find haunting, poetic and beautiful.”
The production has just launched TheCapturedBird.com, a feature-packed website that will track the development of the film with regular blog updates from Vuckovic. The site will also feature videos of the film’s progress, including location scouts, production meetings, and interviews with well-known genre filmmakers about how to approach making your first movie – filmmakers such as del Toro, George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) and Mick Garris (Masters of Horror).
The Captured Bird is scheduled to shoot in the spring of 2011 for a film festival tour through 2012.