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11.11.11 release for Project 11

entertainment Updated: Oct 26, 2011 00:35 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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Eleven gamers across the world are determined to cross Level 11 in a cult underground video game. On November 11, 2011, at precisely 11.11 am, the gamers start dying, one by one. Owing to the time difference, the first death is in Tokyo and by the time a gamer dies in London, it becomes a battle of man versus machine.

Made on a budget of Rs 9 lakh, Project 11 is the unique initiative by two film enthusiasts. Over a decade in the film industry, Ranjan Singh has worked with INOX and PVR and consulted with NFDC on how short films can be made viable. He teamed up with writer-director Vikas Chandra, who has assisted on Aamir Khan’s Ghajini (2008) and made a the short film, Kavi, which was nominated for the 82nd Oscars. They together came up with this experimental thriller that has been shot in 11 cities across the world. Eleven international filmmakers were short listed by using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Skype. Then a screenplay was sent to them to shoot their segments.

These include Americans, Alessio Giorgetti and Sydney Walsh, who helmed the portions in New York and Los Angeles, Lou Yi, an award winning Chinese director, who shot in Tokyo, Ali Ahmed Brohi in Pakistan, Ryan Singh in Toronto and Hiro Ikematsu in Tokyo.

Footage also came in from London-based Rafa Rakoczy, Nkumi Mitimgwa, in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, Joesph Cohen in Tel Aviv, Israel and Dharamveer Singh in Luxembourg. Vikas put it all together with editor Geeta Singh. Indian musician Vivek Rajgopalan has composed the music pro-bono.

“Project 11 is not an episodic film, but one holistic story that travels across 11 countries with 11 characters,” explains Ranjan, who has made three cuts of the film — 22-minutes, 15-minutes and 11-minutes — so that the TV channels he’s in talks with, along with YouTube and other platforms, can choose the format that works best. “All are complete films in themselves, the 15-minute one ups informational on the game and the 22-minute one builds the suspense.” It will be unveiled on November 11, 2011 and we will immediately flag off a sequel that will release on December 12, 2012.