Feature Film in Development. HEKATE Film Works
Joan of Arc achieved a remarkable achievement in her short life of 19 years. In particular, she embodied religious devotion with great bravery and humility, her life helped change the course of French history.
Joan of Arc
“She was greatly committed to the service of God and the Blessed Mary.” (1)
From the age of 12 she began to have mystical visions. In these visions she said she felt the voice of God commanding her to renew the French nation. At her later trial Joan of Arc said she felt these visions were as real seeing another person. The visions were often accompanied by light and the presence of saints such as St Michael and St Catherine.
The 15 year old Janelle Montana is the Joan of Arch of the 21rst Century. Her story is set in gang mobster environment in the down to earth neighborhood of Lewisham, Southeast London.
The action packed story of a young girl who has suffered a great loss and receives an extraordinary calling. Montana Mischief focuses in how Janelle Montana deals with her loss; it will also reveal the bravery of her character and the loyalty of her teenage friends. Her decisiveness to take over her father’s business marks a new stage in her life and shows how she assumes responsibility, gains strength and builds her character. All these events clash with the celebration of her 15th birthday.
Janelle Montana, playing age 15
Timothy, playing age 15-17
Alex, playing 14- 17
Tina, playing age 13- 16
Clarisse, playing age 11- 13
Zack , playing age 13- 16
Jerome, playing age 11 – 16
Junior, playing age 11-16
Roberto Montana, playing age 35 -55
Iris Montana, playing age 25 – 35
Yolanda Montana, playing age 25 – 35
Charlie, playing age 25- 35
Duke, playing age 35 – 50
Arthur, playing age 35 – 50
MacMacy, playing age 35 – 50
Top Guy, playing age 25 – 50
Montana Mischief versus Luc Besson’s Joan of Arch
Studying the films of Luc Besson we see that excess and stylization are the two major hallmarks. We are aware of this in characterization, decor and genre. The characters are usually larger than life, physically strong and they seem to lack psychological or historical depth, rather like comic-strip characters. They are spectacular images cut loose from any clear historical context. The decor sometimes overrides narrative.
What makes Besson’s heroes inspiring is that we all have something in common with them, that is their weaknesses.
When asked about strong female characterizations, Besson replied that he found women much more interesting to make films about, because they are not as strong as men, physically. The strategies that women adopt to be strong is what makes them so interesting in movies’ leading roles, said Besson.
Montana Mischief wants to be created from building a leader of spectacular pictures with an underlying story. Focusing on decor, genre, impacting images, we attempt to create psychological depth to the characters and a meaningful story from a clear historical background. The main character evolving and developing from visual images. Her character traits are revealed in the ways she chooses to deal with her circumstances. The story line is illustrated in pictures, the dialogue and soundtrack aid in complementing the deceptive story line which purposefully misleads the audience to make different suggestions as to what the “Truth” is.
The main character Janelle Montana owes partly inspiration for her existence to the epic character Joan of Arc, an adolescent who dreams and obeys a higher call.
The life of Joan of Arc reflects the rising of a messiah. The question that has entertained historians is the “How did she happen?” How did a young girl of sixteen or seventeen convince the Dauphine of France the future Charles VII to give her an army, to lead a battle against the English. She drove the English out of Orleans and Charles was crowned King. Subsequently Joan was captured by the Burgundians sold to the English tried by the church and executed at Rouen.
She appeared in a time of unrest when a nation needed a savior. Joan was sent from God. Her virginity was a powerful sign of integrity in her society. She has considered to have a pure and devoted heart. Most importantly Joan of Arc represented a challenge that had to be met.
I chose to build a character that held some sort of similarities with Saint Joan of Arc, not in the magnitude of her influence but in the reflection of her emotions, her character traits and how she is viewed by others in her society.
I wanted to create a character who was special no so much for her dreams, vision and God sent messages but for her strong personality which was a direct inheritance from a very respected, feared and exceptional predecessor. A character who would be free from the stereotypical format for a modern hero. A character passionate and strong induced by the command of a greater source of power. Janelle Montana is character that can stand alone as a savior/hero, for she is been given permission to do so by a higher authority. She is trusted because of her inherited character the loved shown to her and the loyalty of all those around her give her strength, yet she is especially vulnerable to ill fate. The how she deals with the overwhelming conflict that arises is a powerful message.