Director Thomas Kelly shares his new short film, Animal
Represented by Fresh Film the film was produced by them via their office in Thailand. What started as a relatively small idea while pitching for a commercial, became so much more as the project developed.
The film presents a portrait of a boxer and more precisely the story of a fight he will lose. The lead actor James Chaney, of American origin, is himself a boxer. The short focuses on the mental and physical preparation that Chaney goes through before a fight and what happens after.
The Muay Thai boxing that he practices is a particular martial art, quite sophisticated in staging and at the same time very brutal during the course of the fight. It's visually violent, but the atmosphere surrounding the boxers is fascinating, especially for the unaccustomed eyes of Westerners.
The film started as an idea Thomas had while pitching for an advert. The spot was to be produced by Fresh’s Bangkok team, so during his preparations for his commercial, he researched the idea of creating a short film that involved boxing in some way. During his search he came across James Chaney on Facebook. Fascinated by his story he managed to capture the whole film in just one day following his commercial shoot.
From a small idea grew an ambitious project. However, by pulling together the resources available to Fresh Film, so much more was achieved. The result is an intense, exhilarating and yet intimate film that is highly polished and reflects the abilities of Fresh Film’s team to create extraordinary work with limited budgets and time.
You can view the film here: https://vimeo.com/341529092
Director: Thomas Kelly
Director of photography: Hunter Daly
Produced by : Freshfilm (Uk) & Noside (Fr)
Producers: Kim Griffin & Simon Petter & Whicha Khokapun
Editor : Alexandre Andre
Color Grading : Sylvain Canaux (Saint Louis Post House Paris)
Cast: James Chaney, Pathcrida Paykaew, Pongsakorn Lethaisong, Lek Klongsibha
Production Supervisor : Patipat Peangmuang
On set Art Director : Wichit Chomcheun (Be)
Set Decorator : Chaisuppawat & Cherajerdnapabhorn (Won)
Assistant Set Decorator : Kridsada Junsuk (Biw)
Stedicam Operator : Somsak Srisawat
1st AC: Chantra Wongsrikaew (Ning)
2nd AC: Suphakit Janphong (M)
Boom Operator : Red Snapper
Production Assistants : Sainil Somboon Nattakit Raveewatsiri (AOM) Angkana Muangmun (Dear)
Driver : Batman Van Team Thailand
Music by : The / Sound Production Paris
Supervising Sound Editor : Martin Sumeire
Sound Effects Editors & Mix : Thomas Gabriel & Paul Fourure
Grading Assistant : Goulven Jouret
Editor Assistant : Etienne Penin
Special Thanks to: Morgan Prêleur, Remi Sello, Sylvain Canaux, Martin Sumeire, Hunter Daly, St-Louis, The Paris, Noside, Louis Arcelin & All the people involved in the process.