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Sunday, October 15th, 2006
7:37 pm
By Poison: short film

By Poison: short film
"By Poison: short film" on Google Video
Phillis and Mark are two souls trapped in Limbo.

Phillis is a young woman who is the slave of Captain Codman, a shipowner merchant of Charlestown, MA. She begins her day doing laundry when she thinks she hears the voice of Mark, her partner and also slave to Capt. Codman.

Mesmerized by a far off vision, Phillis begins a journey crossing the New England landscape. She is drawn to a wide open field and large tree. As she sleeps at its trunk, she has a strange dream of her death and of Mark.

As Phillis dreams, part of her past is revealed. Mark and Phillis discuss their future under the cover of darkness. They plan to escape to Canada with the help of a Mashpee man named John. Phillis does not trust this man and is worried he will betray them.

Soon the dream shifts to Mark. It's autumn now and Mark is following Phillis' path. He too has a vision of his death.

As their past is revealed to the audience, questions arise. What is truth? What really happened to Phillis and Mark's owner? Did they poison him? Who were Phillis and Mark? What was life for them like in 1755 Boston?

An experimental film exploring the nature of collective memory and local history.
7:35 pm
Monday, August 8th, 2005
9:33 pm
Location Photos
A shot of Captain Codman's house. Not bad as a stand-in for 1755 colonial America, even though it was built in 1920.

First scene with Frances at Rock Meadow. Pretty purple--it was the 'Merchant Ivory' shot.

Nut Island pics: 1 and 2.

Haven't filmed here yet. That will be for Emanuel's shoot later in October.

And finally, here's a potential location for Mark's vision of his execution.

Will start working on screencaps soon.
Monday, August 1st, 2005
9:36 pm
Costumes and locations
Locations for the first scene is tentatively at the Hale Reservation in Dover. They've got a nice stone chapel there that will stand in nicely as Captain Codman's House.

Down the road also is a beautiful field of marshland and wild purple flowers. Great locations.

Second main location is Nut Island--part of the Boston Harbour Island chain. This will be for the last scene where Phillis and Mark reunite.

Another key location: 'the Tree' where Phillis re-lives her execution. There's a meadow with big trees on the way to Lower Mills Dorchester--Governor Hutchinson's Field.

A 'beautiful' place to have a horrifying vision.

Still in the works: the location for Mark's 'vision'. Perhaps Nut Island as well....

Costumes are completed--thanks to Joyce of Tory Tailor. Joyce is also involved in re-enacting at the Minute Man Historical Park.

Next up: Props and shoes!!
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
2:02 pm
Award!!!
A production grant has been awarded courtesy of The Color of Film Collaborative, a Boston film group.

Their mission: to support and create new and diverse images of people of color by providing an environment in which filmmakers, actors, performing artists and their supporters can share and develop their ideas and creations.

Thank you for your generosity!!
Sunday, June 19th, 2005
1:58 pm
Costumes
Tory Tailor and Mercantile of Wilmington MA will make the colonial-era servant costumes.
Friday, June 3rd, 2005
1:55 pm
Mark
Emanuel Ward joins the cast as Mark. He recently appeared as a re-enactor in the documentary Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters that aired on the History Channel.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
1:54 pm
Phillis
Casting for Phillis done! Frances Uku recent graduate of the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard's American Repertory Theater.
Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
8:34 pm
By Poison Script
Text fades in over black:

In the summer of 1755, two negro servants of Captain John Codman of Charlestown, poisoned their master. Phillis, the woman servant and the principal in the murder, was burned at the stake at Cambridge and Mark, her accessory, was hanged and then gibbeted on Charlestown Neck. Three years later Dr. Caleb Rea of Wenham, while on his way to Ticonderoga, rode by and stopped to inspect the body of Mark. He recorded in his diary that ‘the skin was but little broken altho’ he had been hanging there near three or four years.’ From The Pirates of the New England Coast, ed. George F. Dow 1920

Text fades out.

Title fades in “By Poison”

EXT. OUTSIDE CAPTAIN CODMAN’S HOUSE-DAY

It’s a sunny quiet day during the summer of 1755. PHILLIS, a young servant woman in her 20s, stoops over to scrub clothes in a large wooden tub. She is so focused on her work that she doesn’t acknowledge MARK, who has just walked by carrying an armload of split logs.

He stands there looking at her for a few beats. CU of PHILLIS’ face—she’s not really concentrating, she’s just been ignoring him.

MARK
Have you thought about it?

Silence
PHILLIS
(scrubs harder)
Yes. I don’t know. Why do you keep asking?

MARK
(drops the load in a pile near the door)
Phillis…?

PHILLIS
(pauses)
I can’t seem to do anything any more….


PHILLIS straightens slowly from her work, rubbing her back and turns to MARK.

PHILLIS
What were you saying?


MARK
(sighs)
We. We were talking about Canada.


MARK walks over to her and puts the back of his hand to her cheek as he speaks.Read more...Collapse )
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