Okay, that’s one way a fellow filmmaker recently described THE RECIPIENT as we shared the concept and pitch with him.
I think that’s a good way to illustrate the basic premise.
But we need to add this “It’s XFiles, with a TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL candy coating, in a CSI wrapper.”
Errr… yeah, that’s pretty close to it…
Is this a “faith” show? Well, yes and no. No, if you are wondering if this is a preachy Gospel soap box. In fact, there is no soap box to be seen as far as I can tell. 🙂
In truth, there is a faith message in THE RECIPIENT, but it’s subtle by design.
We want people to enjoy this show on a variety of levels. In fact, you can choose your own levels. On the surface, there is BEAR McQuade the everyman who is mixed up with the FBI and CIA. And the only way they will let him alone, is to cooperate with them on a few missions. Now THAT ALONE is a GREAT CONCEPT, NO! (“No!” meaning “You better believe your sweet britches!”)
A little backtracking if you don’t mind – you see, I am a fan of movies. I LOVE MOVIES! I am a student of movies. And although I did NOT go to FILM school, I did teach my self through watching the classic films of the past century, and of buying over 50 text books on every aspect of film production. I started directing and writing LIVE PLAYS when I was 9 years old. I was already marketing my plays to the neighborhood and formally inviting people to attend. We would call our list of people and invite them and then remind them and re-remind them!
And as I got older, I began to learn to use first video and then film style cameras and equipment (jib arms, dollys and track and c-clamps!).
Then, I learned framing and lighting, and eventually produced, wrote and directed my first feature film. www.heartofthecitymovie.com
One of my favorite classic filmmakers HAS TO BE ALFRED HITCHCOCK. And for true Hitchcock fans, among his best work visually, acting-wise, and of course in terms of directing HAS TO BE – “NORTH BY NORTHWEST.”
And one of the all-time greatest actors HAS TO BE – CARY GRANT. And one of his best performances HAS TO BE in this film when he plays a MAD MAN (Advertising) who is innocently mistaken for a CIA mole that secretly works for the US Government. If you want to enjoy 2 hours of some of the most suspenseful storytelling by one of the most incredible TAG TEAM movie makers of this or any other century (Hitchcock and ERNEST LEHMEN – a screenwriter who HAS TO BE one of the best to ever craft a screenplay).
If you want to know what style and sensibility THE RECIPIENT will have, I would say Check out NORTH BY NORTHWEST and have a pizza and a few friends with you to enjoy this film lover’s film and fabulousness fusion!
That is what we have been hearing from many people after they watch the trailer, view the website or attend a pitch presentation.
We actually love the concept too! The Recipient has many layers and not everything is always as it seems. But you will have to figure it out for yourself!
Hey guys! We are very excited to be moving along rapidly! The production team is coming together and the pilot script is being refined. We are also currently raising the remainder of the budget. We are still open to meeting with investors, but you better hurry if you want to be part of this project!
Jeff Saxton is an American film director and writer. He has also achieved the highest honor in video production – winner of The Silver Telly for music video direction. He is a lifetime member of the prestigious Silver Council for The Telly Awards.
In a career spanning more than two decades, Saxtons’ films have covered many themes and genres but always a pattern emerges – a combination of science-fiction/mystical/spiritual and adventure with very personal drama. Always he brings a very personal touch. This will hook in most any casual observer into a addicted fan.
The Recipient is sure to make you watch, and – make you care!
Barry has been acting for decades, including an intense performance as “The Wise Guy” in the suspense drama “Heart Of The City” (2009). He is also the Creator of “The Recipient” and with his trademark Clint Eastwood-style he brings a quiet yet powerful style to his characters.
This time he is right in his element as BEAR McQuade!
Shun Lee Fong has been a SAG actor in Hollywood for over a decade, appearing in national tv commercials, and several regional and national shorts and feature films.
Shun Lee is also the creative lead for Genuine Films and Greenhouse Productions and also directs Hollywood Connect – a roundtable weekly event where people working in all areas of the entertainment industry come to hear Shun Lee interview the biggest and most successful artists in the world.
Nonie is an amazing networker and connector. She brings such a breathe of fresh air to everyone she meets. Nonie has been creating powerful associations for a variety of projects over the years. We are so fortunate to have her on the producing team!