The Lost Soles
Written / Produced
KC, Deborah Bartel ,Terry Birston
A Cage In 2
By Terry Birston
The Lost Soles
WiseGuy's Bar Sept 2001
MicroCinema April 2002
KeyCon May 2002
MicroCinema March 2002
Microcinema April 2002
A Cage In 2
Local Exposure @ Globe Cinema March 2003
MicroCinema April 2003
The Lost Soles started in Febuary of 2001 at a workshop put on by the Winnipeg Film Group. There was no name initially, it was just people who wanted to stay in touch and talk about making movies. It was at clubs, movie theatres and resturants and on message boards and through emails and that this group existed.
Once in a while this chatter turned to action and in the summer of 2001 we created out first movie 'The Lost Soles'. It was to be about one man's search for the true meaning of his life, but somehow that got lost in the confusion of rabid dogs, spiritual pimps, lunatic cults, and a wandering gnome.
We threw a party, diguised as social at a local bar for that first movie and showed it on their big screens usually reserved for wrestling and hockey. The establishment soon went out of buisness.
Now christened the 'Lost Soles' we gave ourselves a website. And that September (on the 11th no less) we filmed a sweet little short called 'Kisses' which followed a kiss around for a day. It was just so darn cute, and short! It was the first thing of ours to be shown at the MicroCinema. Winnipeg's refuge for the odd, unusual, and hopefully short indie movie.
The next year we would make 'The Lamp' which was about three guys trying to figure out why a lamp wouldn't work. We entered it into Local Exposure, a film competition put on by the National Screen Institue, but alas we didn't make the cut. Next year, I vowed, next year.
Later in 2002 I would bring The Lost Soles to KeyCon, Winnipeg's humble science fiction convention. A treasure hunt was put on to see who find the most 'soles' hidden around the convention for fabulous prizes. It was a very good time, and although invited back, I wasn't able to make it to KeyCon 2003.
Over that time, as can be expected, many of the original members have had to move on to other things. 'Sole-Catcher' which was an ambitious attempt at mixing puppetry, animation, and live action sadly had to abandoned mid-production. Perhaps the pieces can be picked up in the future.
In the wake of 'Sole-Catcher's demise I decided to do something less elaborate, mostly on my own, that still used some of the techniques I wanted to explore. So 'A Cage In 2" was born. Its meant to be thoughful and more of a poem then a story. For some reason making a funny cartoon didn't appeal to me at the time. Although some find its morbid bits very amusing. It was completed, suprisingly, about an hour before the deadline for Local Exposure 2003. So I rushed it downtown and low and behold I became a finalist in the 2003 competition.
For the year 2003 I'm hoping a plan to make a feature length will see fruitition. Its script is being adjusted daily to try and create something that doesn't require a lot (or much of any) money. So far its just being called the 'Silly Vampire Movie'. We hope to start it in June or July. As of this writing were still seeking actors and crew who wish to spend a few summer evenings creating a little craziness. If your interested drop me a line.
Keep in touch,
Geoff's conceptual drawing for the Sole Catcher!