A poetic love story about an actress and a paparazzo, the narrative clashes Sofia, a Hollywood actress who dies in a motorcycle crash, and Ernesto, a washed out TMZ photographer, who feels indirectly responsible for her death.
Looking to escape his guilt and all things LA, Ernesto ventures out into the rugged solitude of Argentina’s backcountry, where he comes face to face with Sofia, who haunts his conscience, reincarnated as a wolf by day and a woman by night.
Here we need to say something about the film, or at the least why we made it. Usually this space would be dedicated to a dramatic story from the filmmaker’s personal life, or a heroic account of a real-life survivor…
Unfortunately our movie doesn’t have any noble causes at its core, we didn’t have to battle any elements or endure anything highly politicized. Frankly, we just wanted to have fun and create something that we liked, so what follows below is a brief excuse for why, wasting money and nerves, we decided to fly to Argentina and drag several dozen extremely dedicated and talented people out into the back country.
Simply put, She Wolf was born out of our necessity to push ourselves outside the music video and commercial formats, which me and Dan (commercially known as Aggressive) have comfortably inhabited so far.
“You’re almost 30” my father said one day, “It’s time to start shooting something worthwhile”, and at that very moment it clicked – after directing videos for the likes of Pharrell, Michael Jackson, Megadeth, Bloc Party and commercials for Exxon Mobile, Toyota, Bloomberg, Ford among dozens of others, we owed it to ourselves to create something of our own, outside of advertising. Basically - it was time.
We put a script together, and juggling an ever increasing load of commercial work and adult life, to the dismay of our wives, we raided our “rainy day” stash of cash and were on our way to Argentina determined to shoot our first film, or at least have a semi-vacation masked under the guise of work.
Since visually the story plays out in the wilderness, combining remote woods, all-terrain automobiles and wolves, we wanted to shoot somewhere different, somewhere that wouldn’t feel like another short film made in the desert outside of LA, and so the “Argentina plan” was born. We decided to fly down to South America and shoot the film down there, hoping for a more intriguing, unorthodox look. This allowed us not only to play with the overall vibe of She Wolf, but also craft a piece that lived someplace else – foreign locations, landscapes, actors… an adventure!
It was a very good idea, a superb one… with one serious plot-hole, which we definitely caught a little late in the game – there were absolutely no wolves in Argentina. None. A definite problem for a film called “She Wolf”. So after inspecting a few local huskies, foxes, and one scared poodle, we realized that all the actual wolves will need to be shot someplace else - and so a “2nd Unit” had to be created, bringing us much closer to home, to a wonderful New Jersey based wolf-dog preserve called “The Howling Woods Farm”. Here, we shot all of our wolf sequences, painstakingly matching camera angles and backgrounds to our original Argentina shoot.
Once the shooting was wrapped, the real work began, we went back to juggling work, life and She Wolf; gradually climbing one stair after another in the tedious ladder of post: edit, music, sound design, visual effects, color grade, some more sound design, re-do the edit, title design, more music… and so forth and so on.
What was supposed to be a short trip overseas and a quick post-production breeze, became stretched and complicated once life and non-stop commercial work came into picture.
And then, suddenly just like that, we were done. Right now we are gearing up for the festival circuit, and developing a few feature projects. If features are anything like being surrounded by a dozen wolves roaming free in pouring rain, or taking a 12-hour ride out into Argentina’s back country, I think we found our next adventure.
Alex & Dan
P.S. If you are one of the people that contributed to this project - thank you. We know it was one long road, and we really hope that you like the film and enjoyed the ride.
P.S.S. If you are just curiously browsing this site, it’s a good time to take a look at the trailer. The movie will be available in its entirety once it clears the festival circuit. In case, you feel like talking about wolves, or are interested in watching the full film, shoot us a note:
For more info about Aggressive visit: www.aggressive.tv
Written and Directed by
Director of Photography
1st Assistant Director
M. CHEF ROUSSEL
AGUSTINA COSTA VARSI
Make Up and Hair Designer
Location Sound Recordist
Ernesto ESTEBAN BIGLIARDI
Sofia MARIA ALCHE
Sam TOM DHEERE
Bambi GINA ALESSANDRINI
Man With Newspaper DARIO GIRARDI
Production Manager CECILIA SALIM
Casting Director WALTER RIPPEL
Production Assistant MICAELA DI FIORE
Production Runner GLORIA ERIZE
Production Secretary CAROLINA INDIANO
1st Camera Assistant BENJAMIN DELGADO
2nd Camera Assistant FLORENCIA MANCA
Key Grip MARIANO RAZZETTO
Gaffer JAVIER RADZIWILUK
Electricians MIGUEL ANGEL CITARO, DAMIAN BONDER, GASTON DE LA BERNARDA
Genny Operator RAUL OYHANARTE
Stunt Driver MARIA ROSA DAVILA
Light Equipment RAMBLA EQUIPOS
Camera Equipment BEN BATTERSBY
Effects LANFRANCO BURATTINI
Animal Trainer GUILLERMO KRAUSS
Action Cars RICARDO MONTERO
Production Vans SERGIO RODRIGUEZ TURISMO, CHARLY VANS
Catering HOSTERIA LA PENINSULA, TOMAS KELLY
Security DARIO COMAN
New Jersey Unit
Director of Photography MARK PUGH
Gaffer JONATHAN ROTBERG
Production Assistant IAN MACINNES
Production Assistant VERED RODRIGUEZ
Animal Trainer MICHAEL HODANISH
Animals HOWLING WOODS FARM
Animal Handlers KELLI GLOVICH COPPINGER, BRI COPPINGER, JOHN DILULLO, CAROL FLYNN, HEATHER FRAPPIER, MEGAN QUINN, LINDSEY SCHWARTZ, KRISTYN SCOTT, KAREN WUESTER
Colorist ALE ARMELEO
Storyboard Artist RODOLFO ROLO LEDESMA
Additional Editors JASON YANTZ, ADAM THOMSON
Producer, Compositor DANIEL SHAPIRO
Compositor ALEX TOPALLER
Producer SERGEJ MASHEVSKIJ
VFX Producer TOMASH KUZMITSKYI
Associate Manager VLAD ONATSKYI
VFX Cleanup IGOR PANKOV
Senior VFX Artist ALEKSANDR IVANENKO
3D Artist EVGENIJ VOLODCHENKOV
Compositing Artists RUSLAN IBAVOV, VLADIMIR GUSEV, ALEKSANDR JAGOLNIK
VFX Supervisor DMITRIJ NEKRASOV
Foley Artist JAMIE "FOLEY RAMBO" HUNSDALE
Foley Recordist BRENDAN HOGAN
ADR Engineers ANGELO PANETTA, SIARA SPREEN
Special Thanks To
Victor Topaller, Oleg Abramov,
Marcelo Costa Varsi, Lucrecia Ganuza, Gabriella Baldini,
Pichon Baldinu, Roberto Pisani, Cesar Pelizer, Marotta Family, Falu Carolei,
Alessio Rigo de Righi, Nacho Pacho, Gustavo y Romina Petrucci, Diana Gomez, Javier, Adolfo y Beatriz Claverie, Jorge Maipach
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