The final cut for 'Longing For Eden' is done, and after going through the process of editing and figuring out the film's tone and what the team wanted it to represent stylistically, they then were able to put together the poster.
The photo was taken by Corban just minutes after wrapping Star's scenes (one of the character's in the film). After researching many film posters, Corban and Anele were most intrigued by posters with a more simple look that still stood out from among other posters in a line-up. They had many pictures to choose from, and even had a separate photoshoot solely for the poster, but ultimately the picture above, of Anele floating in the pool moments after filming Star's last scene became the obvious choice.
In making the trailer, the team's approach was to make the trailer short and sweet.
"We wanted the trailer to be just that, a trailer, thirty seconds max. We also wanted to bring in a mini-arch, by using only a few lines, which I thought Corban did well. And lastly, we definitely didn't want to give away too much, it is a short film after all, only fourteen and half minutes long so we wanted the viewer to have the whole experience and not be robbed of that by the trailer." - Anele Lundborg
Watch the 'Longing For Eden' trailer below:
A regular day delivering Earth Command's letters from the future to past leaders turns upside down for sisters Casey and Star. Their time travel system glitches, forcing Star into unfamiliar protocol to complete their assignment and return home.
Corban Lundborg, who co-directed the film alongside his wife Anele Lundborg, is an Airman for the U.S Armed Forces, with the 4th Combat Camera Squadron. In 2018 he was awarded and named the Air-Force photographer of the year. Corban's most recent deployment was in East-Africa (he has also visited many of Africa's countries in his own time). Some of his art and photography that he did while deployed was noticed by producers of the Kelly Clarkson Show and he was invited to briefly discuss his deployment.
Lead actor and co-director, Anele Lundborg, is from the Xhosa tribe of people and Xesibe clan in South Africa. Anele is an actor and filmmaker. Anele uses her heritage and homeland as inspiration for this short film. Her most memorable work was being cast as a voice actor for 'Black Panther', 'Avengers: Infinity War', 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Star Trek: Short Treks'. She loves the imaginative art of the sci-fi and adventure genres.
'Longing For Eden' is Corban and Anele Media Collective's (CALM Collective) directorial debut. Together, they have had a first hand experience of the damage that plastic waste is doing to the oceans, environment and beauty of the African continent and the world.
Home to a number of the poorest countries in the world, it is no surprise that Africa is the second most polluted continent on the planet. This inspired the purpose, look and story behind ‘Longing For Eden’; the idea of taking care of God's creation for global future generations before the damage is irreversible.
Some facts about plastic pollution and waste in Africa:
-Just 10 rivers across Africa and Asia carry 90% of the plastic that ends up in our oceans.
-Along the South African coast, there are over 3,000 plastic particles every square kilometer.
-Over 1 million tons of plastic are thrown away in South Africa every year.
-Approximately 500 shipping containers of waste is dumped in Africa every month.
-In the last study, only 10% of all trash produced in Africa was recycled.
-An immeasurable number of towns across the continent have no official waste collection service, meaning there is nowhere for litter to go. (source: africanimpact.com)
'Longing For Eden' is a sci-fi adventure about an imagined future experience of two African sisters, inspired by the current reality of the state of the plastic waste epidemic not just in Africa but around the world. The CALM team hopes to bring light to the realities of our world in imaginative and diverse ways.
The film has been submitted to festivals and as the festivals keep us updated, we'll update you on its progress here. If you'd like to see more of CALM's work check out our most recent short documentary series "GRATITUDE".
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