Indie filmmakers are finding new ways to get their work noticed, during a time when the rules seem to be changing for traditional independent film. The most recent success story is Gary Shore, whose hyper-stylized, homegrown proof-of-concept trailer for The Cup of Tears has Hollywood's attention.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal and production company Working Title plan on bringing The Cup of Tears to life as a feature-length film, with Shore on-board as director and co-writer. The two-minute trailer promises a traditional ninja fantasy mixed with near-future science-fiction elements. The film looks heavily influenced by video games, as well as low-budget digital green screen films like Sky Captain or Sin City.
What surprises me about The Cup of Tears is how it sold without much emphasis on the story. The trailer presents a barrage of interesting imagery, but I couldn't even begin to guess what the plot is. I'm excited for the filmmaker, happy to read that someone can get discovered on the net by simply creating an attention-grabbing passion project, but there's a part of me that wonders if this type of film (anime-inspired ninja martial arts fantasy) isn't ten years past its expiration date.
You can view The Cup of Tears trailer after the jump.