Amazing Berks: Traffic Opera


TYPE
: Narrative Short
GENRE: Experimental
STATUS: Pre-Production

LOGLINE

Motorists stuck at a traffic light sing their way through a conflict.

SYNOPSIS

Opera depicting five vehicles at a traffic light. The occupants sing about needing to get home. Just as the light is going to turn green, a semi gets stuck in the intersection. All hell breaks loose when one of the occupants pulls out a gun and threatens the truck driver. The other occupants band together to overpower the gunman. Traffic eventually clears up.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

In our work, we experiment with different ways to tell a story. Elements of spectacle or fantasy merge with realism. The ludicrous punctuates the ludicrousness of our constructs. Singing opera at a traffic light is no more ridiculous than a traffic light in the first place. We live our day to day lives with little evidence of the supernatural yet we’re a nation of believers. Art should reflect that. Maybe naturalism should be left to nature. A plot or storyline is nice, but why not introduce the impossible? Beauty is important. Maybe the most important thing. We are young filmmakers or otherwise with little experience or formal training. But we surround ourselves with experienced and talented pros. We want to make the best music, create the best images, tell the best stories. And because have a touch of the insane, it’s always a blast. Check out who we are below. Who's who amongst our fabulous singers and actors can be found at our blog.

Come along for the ride. Sometimes it's okay to accept rides from strangers. And nobody's stranger than us.

KEY CREW

Sue Lange - Producer/writer

Sue Lange began in filmmaking as an intern with Tracy Schott of Schott productions doing commercial work. Her first producing credit was a trailer for the ReadingFilmFEST created specifically for and screened in local theaters. Prior to that she produced three CDs of her own music with the band, Crabby Lady. She has worked for twenty years in print production as the online digital products manager for the Communications Society of IEEE. She released her first short film, A Perfect You, in early 2016. From there she continues to build her team of actors and crew personnel with the Amazing Berks web series co-created with Andrew Pochan.

Andrew Pochan - Director/writer

Andrew Pochan studied filmmaking at Robert Morris University. He graduated with a BFA in 2011. Following that he studied abroad in Finland and Dubai, UAE with Abbas Kiarostami. He has worked on horror features Don't Look and The Harvesting, as well as shorts A Perfect You and American Standard. He is co-creator and director of the Amazing Berks web series. He has worked in television local news stations, and with QVC.

Chris Heslop - composer

Chris Heslop, composer, graduated with honors from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is an alumnus of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop in New York City under the direction of Grammy winners Jim McNeely and Michael Abene. He is active as a performer and educator for the Berks Jazz Festival. He has arranged and/or composed for the Reading Pops Orchestra, Dave Stahl Big Band, Rob Stoneback Big Band with Bill Watrous, Gerald Veasley and HeadsUp Superband, CTA with Danny Seraphine, BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra, Kutztown University Jazz Studies, Ringgold Band, and Dave Kline. He has composed shows for the Yocum Institute for Arts and Reading Theater Project, including two operas. He leads several unique ensembles in Southeast Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

Tracy Schott - Executive Producer

Tracy Schott, MS, MSW, Executive Producer, is a writer, director, producer and founder of Schott Productions. She has created hundreds of projects including short films (Location, Location), television commercials, live events, a reality TV program (Emmy Nominated Dream Weddings) and web content for her clients. In 2015, she completed her first feature documentary, Finding Jenn’s Voice, an award winning film that examines intimate partner homicide. In addition to her production work, Tracy is a sought after speaker, and the director of ReadingFilmFEST.

Kevin Hackenberg - Director of Photography

 Kevin Hackenberg is known for his work on Chasing Amy (1997), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Woodsman (2004), and Equity (2016).

 

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