I Will Not Say His Name
Though this film will entertain, that's not it's main purpose. WE ARE IN COMBAT with mass killers, and this film acts as a weapon with which to fight. These cowards wish to have their names etched in history books, and this film argues that we should strip them of notoriety by keeping them faceless.
Mission StatementWe are Red Eye Film Productions, based out of Savannah, GA. Our mission is to craft original stories that make people talk about serious social issues. Our diverse team of artists from different backgrounds provide multiple points of view that allow us to discover new ways to explore ideas.
About The Project
It All Began With An Award-Winning Short Film...
In 2018, after the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette, Police Chief Timothy Altomare refused to say the name of the shooter that took five lives which begs the question, will responsible media coverage along with significant policy changes, be a vital part in the calming of this terrorist storm?
As filmmakers we have the unique ability to take these real life situations and tell fictional stories that explore them further. Coincidentally, even before the tragic shootings of August, 2019, the Red Eye team shot a short film called, I Will Not Say His Name.
This short film probes the idea of minimizing the emphasis on the perpetrators’ names and manifestos, thereby reducing notoriety, and giving potential mass shooters less incentive to commit the act in the future.
The short film was our guinea pig. We wanted to test the idea of keeping mass shooters unnamed with a diverse audience, and were met by festivals with an incredible response!
The short film has been accepted into seven incredible festivals. A few juggernauts in that list of seven are Gasparilla Int'l Film Fest, River Bend Film Festival, and Orlando Int'l Film Festival.
Needless to say, the short exceeded our expectations, and we knew it was time to craft a feature film that would really push the idea of keeping mass killers faceless.
The feature tells the same story as the short film, but in a much deeper way.
In the film, we follow "Shooter" as he plans, and eventually executes America's next mass shooting. Shooter's character represents an amalgamation of past mass shooters. This is due to the fact that he is heavily influenced by them, going as far as to call them his "brothers".
The main reason for this is to:
1. Give an example of "The Contagion Effect" where one mass shooter is influenced to commit a mass shooting because someone else recently committed one.
2. Show how the media can provide too much information on mass shooters, to the point where someone can learn from them.
Shooter is a lone wolf. There's not one likeable feature about him. He's isolated himself in his family's old mountain cabin, so he can plan his magnum opus unbothered, and more specifically write his "manifesto". The manifesto serves as the skeleton for the film. He writes his story down, and we show what he writes.
It begins with a "Forward"...
...where we immediately thrust the audience into Shooter's disturbing mind and inner thoughts. He envisions himself on stage at a press conference after his mass shooting, and answers all of their questions as he basks in what he deems glory.
We then venture into Chapter 1 of his manifesto: "My Initial Preperation" where he tells the story of buying his AR-15 from an Asheville pawn shop, his obsession with guns, and his trials and errors of finding the right "target" for his shooting spree.
In Chapter 2 "My Inspiration" Shooter praises his fallen "brothers" and discusses how learning from their mistakes (mainly through media), have helped him plan the perfect mass shooting. He discusses this in depth, going as far to list everything he learned from each mass shooter individually.
Next, in Chapter 3 "My Faith" he talks about his recent discovery that by taking multiple lives he believes that he's some type of god, and acknowledges this by telling us about the first time he murdered multiple living animals to test out what a mass killing might feel like.
We end his manifesto with Chapter 4 "My Legacy". In this last chapter, we really see him begin to fall apart as he thinks he's coming together quite seamlessly.
We do this by juxtaposing how he sees himself in his head versus how he really looks in real life. He sees himself as a god of sorts as he films his final monologue that will be included with the manifestos he sends out to the media before the mass shooting.
However, halfway through his cinematic monologue, we quickly cut to him pitifully shouting it into a cell phone. This is to show his separation from reality.
After finishing his manifesto, we follow him as he prepares in the final moments before committing the crime. Once he leaves, instead of continue to follow him and show a gruesome mass murder, we head to the empty bedrooms of the victims. We learn a little bit about them.
Finally, Shooter arrives home after the mass shooting, giddy to see his face announced on the news. He also begins to prepare to defend himself from the storm of police headed up the mountain at any moment.
The film ends with Shooter learning he will be the first mass shooter to remain unnamed to the public forever, and that his manfestos have been intercepted in the mail.
This film doesn't just talk about the problem, but offers a potential solution. A solution on which we as a nation can unite. Admittedly, notoriety isn't every mass shooter's main goal, but research proves that it's the main goal for many of these narcissists, and influences many to act, when if they didn't have the pleasure of knowing they'd be remembered, might not. We at Red Eye Film Productions believe this film has the potential to make change, or at least get people talking so that necessary change can be made.
Keeping our Set Safe...
As filmmakers we work in close proximity with each other, meaning we have to take a lot of precautions to make sure our sets stay safe. We plan to begin by decreasing the size of our production crew. Having no more than 12 people on set at a time. We will be checking up on all of our crew members' symptoms 14 days before filming. If any show symptoms of COVID we will encourage them to get tested before being allowed on set to make sure they won't affect others.
Onset we will have 6ft marks through the location for the crew to keep safe distances from one another. Crew and cast will be required to wear masks at all times! If at any point a crew or cast feels light-headed from the mask they will be allowed to step away from the set and get fresh air until they feel better. While filming we will advise all crew who is not needed to wait in a different area so when the actor takes off their mask to perform there will not be as many people in the area.
For craft and catering, we will have pre-boxed lunches and pre-packaged snacks. Making sure all cast and crew washes there hands for 20-30 seconds before and after eating. All drinks will be labeled and any that are not will immediately be thrown away.
Our cast and crew safety is our first priority!
We Are Teaming Up With Dropout Kings!
Dropout Kings is a well-known group of brilliant musicians from Phoenix AZ! They we will crafting the theme song for the film!
The track will reach millions, and will be called "I Will Not Say His Name".
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About This Team
Red Eye Film Productions was founded by brothers John Taylor Timmons and Kewaan K. Drayton in 2009. The Red Eye team aims to cultivate artistic, thought-provoking projects that entertain, but more importantly bring about social change. Our company is committed to groundbreaking storytelling and the overall art of filmmaking. Every person on our team is unique and brings their own creative flare to all projects.
What we love the most about our team is that we are family. No matter how challenging things get during all stages of production, we are all here to support one another through it all. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment so that all creatives can think and perform at their highest levels.
We have a team of 10+ filmmakers, but we only have four individuals that are employed.