Launched in 2009 by VW Scheich and Uyen Le, RareForm Pictures is a development and production company based in Los Angeles, CA. RareForm Pictures recently completed Wallenda, a VFX heavy short film that is currently making its way through the 2012 film festival circuit. The world premiere of Wallenda will take place on Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Cleveland International Film Festival (March 22-April 1, 2012) in downtown Cleveland, OH. The Cleveland International Film Festival is an Academy-qualifying festival, and the winners of the Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film awards may qualify to enter the Short Films category of the Academy AwardsÂ® for the concurrent season.
The path that RareForm Pictures took to make Wallenda was a long and colorful one, involving over 300 artists and almost two years of post-production. Wallenda, set in 1920’s Germany, tells the story of Karl Wallenda’s first high wire performance as a young man, years before he became the patriarch of The Flying Wallendas, the internationally famous troupe of high wire walkers known for death-defying feats, such as the seven-person pyramid.
Using Red One cameras, the film was shot entirely against a green screen and all of the backgrounds were created in CG. The film has three distinctive environments–a German tavern, a circus tent, and an opera house, which were built in 3D. Due to the ambitious nature of the project, RareForm Pictures pulled together a core team of producers, Uyen K. Le, Kevin Williams, Gresham Lochner, Shawn Hull, Gary Levy and Kat Rogers, to help complete it. The extra time and effort was worth it though, and Team Wallenda is exceptionally proud of the vibrant and unique film that was created.