2011 • Fantasy/Drama • 11 minutes
Banished by the king, the Jester finds himself homeless and without a sense of purpose. In his defeat, he discovers hope in hopelessness through an unlikely connection with two lost children in the forest.
Scott Edge, Ed Lowry
Ed Lowry, Margaret Lowry, Campbell Lowry
Of Sires & Children...
The story of “The Jester” is really about the helpless and the helpers. Life at times can feel desperate. A resulting sense of rejection and loss can often rise up and drown a soul in sorrow and self-pitty. What can overcome that inward struggle?
What if that term “the helpless” refers to someone who can help, but doesn’t. A helpless person. What if self-worth and confidence come about from helping others in need… what if helping others rises above all other needs?
In the medieval era...
Filmed on location in Little Rock, AR, “The Jester” became the second period-piece short film starring Ed Lowry. Shot in 2 days, SkyGate Studios once again transports audiences to a world beyond the one they know with relatable context.
Woods, lakes, creeks, ravines and a giant castle (that isn’t really there) served as backdrop to this sweeping story written by long-time collaborator Ed Lowry.
To depict, in-lens, a convencing medieval world required a certain natural aesthetic in our locations. These were found at Wildwood Park and a scenic valley near the Arkansas River.
“The Jester” required seemlessly photoreal VFX. From lighting effects to a giant castle in the distance; from birds and flies to gangrene skin… it all had to be observable but not distracting.
All sound in “The Jester” was completely recreated in post-production. Folly design, ADR techniques and a library of nature sounds were added to depict the medieval world both inframe and beyond it.
Camera + G&E:
SkyGate Studios, Inc.
16607 Cantrell Road, Suite 9
Little Rock, AR 72223
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