SIZZLE REEL (WORK IN PROGRESS)
Talk about a story whose time has come!
After its inception in late 2017 and fiscal underwriting by From the Heart Productions the next Valentine's Day,
"LoveBeats" went on to win an Honorable Mention at the super-competitive London International Creative Competition (in the screenplay category, while still in book form!) - and then in March, 2023, after two wins at the Jaisalmer International Film Festival
and the Makiz Mithran International Film Festival, the story was widely embraced world-wide, and is now in full flight.
Note that all the awards this far are only for the story, concept, idea, and the screenplay. We haven't even started yet! Enjoy!
What if our oldest instrument, if made in a certain way and played in a certain way, could open a bridge between life and death?
A poor tabla-maker falls for a wild and gifted dancer, who dares him to create a grand romantic gesture to prove his love for her. While trying, he unwittingly unleashes an undead spirit that will stop at nothing to capture the beat of his heart - forever!
“LoveBeats” is designed to be:
1) a theatrical feature film running for approximately 100 minutes and produced in India in both Hindi and English languages;
2) a supporting 12-part one-hour documentary series spanning the history of classical dance and hand drums, unifying all the classical styles of India and going back to the origins of humankind;
3) a supporting novellette in 12 languages;
4) a supporting graphic novel in 12 languages.
Principal photography is estimated for 2024-25, with several locations around India and also in London, Paris, New York, Peshawar, Istanbul, Cairo, Tangier, Marrakesh and Lake Tanganyika.
Any feature film depends on the ability of its cast
to bring the souls of its characters to life.
"LoveBeat"'s cast will be a spectacular testament to the performing skills of its stars, fixed on film for people to watch and marvel at in the years, decades, and centuries to come.
Original Music by
Bashiri Johnson, USA
Original Percussion by
Bashiri Johnson, USA
Original Instruments by
Qasim Khan Niyazi, Delhi, India
Ali Osman Durak, Istanbul, Turkey
Gawharet El Fan, Cairo, Egypt
Imad Eddine Dably, Marrakesh, Morocco
the Royal Drum Makers of Mpambire, Uganda
From the initial photos of the haunted house next door, to tests and scouting in Delhi and surrounding areas, we have been compiling the original imagery that will form the basis of “Love Beats”’ visual design.
Click the "SEE MORE" button just below on your right to see a sampling of the imagery he has assembled thus far.
about the movie
Chris met and worked together with Indian cinematographer Varun Kumar Panda in the USA. Upon Varun’s return to Delhi, he and Chris started looking for a project they could work on, by remote at first, to take advantage of their international divide.
One day Varun mentioned an abandoned building near his Delhi residence, and the feeling that he had while visiting it. “It’s like a haunted house”, said Varun, and sent over a series of photos of the building: