In the year and a half since we started Filmsupply, we’ve had the privilege of getting an inside view into the work of some of the most talented filmmakers in the world. And during that time we’ve noticed something. The projects that move us the most — the projects we consistently find the most interesting, the most exciting, the most devastating, the most shareworthy — are also the most in danger of going unrecognized: passion projects. And that’s why we’re starting Filmsupply Originals, a series of exclusive, original films created by our revolutionary filmmakers. We want to celebrate their incredible talent and make sure these films get all the attention they deserve.
Passion projects have always been close to our hearts, if for no other reason than the fact that Filmsupply was built on the footage of passion projects. Every clip in our library is the product of a world-class filmmaker’s personal vision and inspiration. Our filmmakers pour their hearts and souls into these projects, and we’re thrilled to give these incredible films a platform to reach the largest audience possible.
We set out to revolutionize stock footage when we launched, and Originals is a natural step forward, continuing to push the industry. All the footage from each Filmsupply Original will be available to license as soon as the film is released — not only pushing the boundaries of stock footage, but also furthering the careers of our filmmakers.
Filmsupply Originals are a chance for our filmmakers to push their storytelling limits, which is why we’re so excited to release the first Original, The Cage, a passion project from Neighborhood Film Company. This film is director Ricky Staub’s foray into directing for visual effects and his first time working with nonactors.
“The Cage is a tribute to second chances, to the profound transformation that can come from one kid deciding to walk toward the good, even when society has labeled him the opposite,” Ricky told us. “The cast of this film — people from my own neighborhood in North Philly — are very connected to the vulnerability and suffering at the heart of the film. They were so present and so honest. They had an almost childlike playfulness about getting into character."
To see The Cage in its entirety, go behind the scenes, and license the footage click below. And be on the lookout for more Filmsupply Originals in the near future.