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THE LIAR is a story about choice set at the turn of the 20th century. Lucas and Gabriel are criminals trying to escape the law through a forest path, but quickly find themselves off the path and lost for days. After joining a mysterious Man who offers to show them the way out of the forest, Lucas and Gabriel come into conflict on a trajectory towards violence.
‘The Liar’ is the latest short film from Writer/Director Remsy Atassi and Producer Rami Atassi, a Chicago based filmmaking duo who explore stories of trust, spirituality, and human agency. The idea for ‘The Liar’ was originally conceived by Remsy in 2010 as part of a feature project. When development slowed the story was shelved. But in early 2012 the idea was ressurected as a short form period drama, written in just a few weeks, and launched into pre-production.
The Atassi Brothers planned for a $5,000 budget to be raised via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Before fundraising, they began sharing concept art, story ideas, and pre-production videos to over 1,000 followers on Twitter, via their production blog.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign ‘The Liar’ shot for two very rainy weekends in October 2012. Three days and on night of filming took place at and around the Indiana State Dunes. Since all of the scenes took place in forest exteriors, the team had to deal with the elements in creative ways. In one moment of serendipitous filmmaking, the films’ dramatic conclusion was rapidly shot during a tornado warning. This added to the urgency of the performance, and the reality of the production! Though the day ended early these shots in the eye of the storm proved essential.
The film entered post production immediately upon completion, with Remsy Atassi editing the film under the pseudonym Tony Sebaccus. A final round of fundraising was conducted on IndieGogo bringing the total budget to $11,500. Next the picture lock was sent to ARU Chicago for post audio. Sound Designer / Composer Tom Haigh’s work at this stage proved invaluable, crafting moody and ambient soundscapes to mirror the characters‘ spiritual descent into the forest. Meanwhile, Color Correction and Finishing was performed by Elliot Rudmann at NOLO Digital Film in Chicago, rounding out the filmmaking team and completing the release print by July 2013.