'The Apple Tree' Electronic Press Kit

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS (short)

 

Tommy Willis, a destitute young boy, discovers that the natural world near his home is in serious danger. Putting his own needs aside, he acts to put things right at all costs. 

 

SYNOPSIS (long):

 

Tommy Willis is a destitute boy sustained by his memories.  Left alone to his own devices while his single mother works, he journeys to the special place he once shared with his love, a little girl named Sabine, and witnesses the effect of callousness and neglect upon the sacred earth.

 

‘The Apple Tree’ follows Tommy’s quest to find the perpetrators of this destruction and to avenge the desecration of his refuge.  Set in the breathtaking forests of upstate New York, the story takes us back to a time when we grew up outdoors, and is itself a metaphor for the shattering of childhood innocence and a reminder of the symbiosis between Nature and Humanity.

 

 

 

Director’s Statement:

 

All of us have a take on what it is to be young, mischievous and passionate. For myself, much of my youth was spent stealing away from figures of authority and finding solace in the magic of nature. The Apple Tree came to me over ten years ago, well into my adult life. I had carried the idea around with me while I pursued love, life, career and family, yet it never seemed to find a place at my creative table.

 

Each year in autumn, my best friend and I hike the hills of the Shawangunk Mountains in New York’s Catskill region. Just about every time, we end up carting out the trash we find on our journey. We feel a personal obligation to keep our favorite places pristine, despite the carelessness of others. Over recent years I remember the day I was walking in a wooded area near my parent’s home. I found there a sickly apple tree, growing in the forest where they are usually not found. I remember my anger at finding it vandalized and cut with knives. I remember the litter and the blatant disregard.

 

With so many causes in this world worthy of one’s attention, mine has always been environmental preservation for future generations. In February of 2010, after years of trying to get larger projects off the ground with varying degrees of success and failure, I sat down at a computer, opened a brand new program and taught myself how to use it. Though CGI-3D is at the forefront of the animation industry, I have never lost my love of 2D hand-drawn work. With the skills I’ve practiced only here and there since my college experience, The Apple Tree finally started to take shape, one shot at a time. The end product is a result of several of my greatest passions and I am extremely proud of it. I was also fortunate to have jazz legend, Chick Corea, give his permission and blessings to use some of his wonderful music in the film. After all, his music inspired some of the work from the very beginning.

 

It is my hope that when people see the film, they take from it whatever means the most to them. As long as there is hope and people who care, anything is possible.

 

~Scott Storm, writer/director/animator 

 

FILMMAKER BIO:

 

Scott Storm is an award-winning filmmaker, editor and NYU Tisch School of the Arts grad with over twenty years of professional experience.  

 

Scott made his directorial debut with BURN, which won the Special Jury Honor Award at Slamdance Film Festival.

In 2006, he directed the critically acclaimed, award-winning thriller, TEN ’TIL NOON, which became the subject of Paul Osborne’s documentary, OFFICIAL REJECTION.  Scott was its reluctant star and provided animated segments. He then animated sequences for the 2012 music documentary WE RUN SH*T, which he co-directed and edited; the film won awards in all three areas.

 

THE APPLE TREE was a five year labor of love for Scott, inspired by a haunting scene he couldn’t shake.

He recently began work on his second animated short film, CUSTODIAN, a medieval meditation on guilt, fear and redemption, while prepping to helm a noir thriller STRAIGHT RAZOR JAZZ.

 

 

 

END CREDITS

 

Special thanks to
EVELYN BRECHTLEIN
DEAN FALCONE
GEORGE WILLIAMS
SOH MYOUNG LEE
MARIA, DEAN, NATESSA, ANTONIO & CHARLIE

 

 

KICKSTARTER SUPPORT

 

FRANCIS ABBEY

DOUGLAS ARTHUR

TODD DOUGLAS BAILEY

THERESA BALFE

CHRISTINE FRANCES-BARTA

GRAHAM BEBBINGTON

KRISTINE BECHARD

MICHAEL BENISH
CATE TEUTEN BOHN

COLIN BREEZE

NADINE BROWN-SILVER

MAGGIE MANCINELLI CAHILL

ADAM CARL
RICK CLAY-STORM

MICHELLE COURVAIS

CHRISTY DE JESUS

CAMILA DEVLIN

TOMMY DOMINGUEZ

DAVID DUBOIS

DAMON FARRAR

ZAK FORSMAN

JENNIFER GAGNON

DANIEL GAUCHER

JULIA GISSIN

JENNIFER L. GOSS

SHARI GREEN

SCOTT GREENBERG

JEFFREY GRINNELL

CYNTHIA HARRIG

DAVID SCOTT HAY

DAVID HERBERT

STEVE HICKS

BRIAN HOFFMAN

CHRISTOPHER HOGAN

BRAD HUDSON

RENEE HUNT

EDDIE JEMISON

CONNER KEESLING

AARON KES
SCOTT KOZEN

DYLAN KUSSMAN

ANGELA LEA
DEAN K. LENNERT

KATHY LINDBOE

LIAM LoPINTO

JUSTIN MAINE

THOMAS L. MATTOCKS

CHAD McCLARNON

ANDY McILWRAITH

ALEX McKENZIE

SEAN MENZIES

CHUCK MICHAEL

KEVIN P. MILLER
E.R. NELSON
PAUL OSBORNE
DEB PACIK
PETER PACIK
SUZI HEMPEL PATTERSON

BLAKE PERKINSON

LISA PETRONE-BOHL

WEBB PICKERSGILL

BILL PITZONKA

BARBARA POST

REBECCA PUGH

MARK RAKOCY 

MARK RELYEA

PETER RICHARDS

MICHELE RICHENS

ANDREA ROTH

DANIELLE RUANE

ALICE RYUSTEVE SANDERS

CHRISTOPHER SCHILLER

MARCELLA SELBACH

TODD SELLER

TIFFANY J. SHUTTLEWORTH

JOHNNY SIMONETTA

JAY SMALES

LAURIE ELIZABETH SMITH

CHRISTOPHER SPRINGER

GRETCHEN STORM

ABIGAIL TARUN

FELICIA THOMAS

SARA THOMPSON

STEPHEN TIBBO

LISA TRUELOVE

SALVATORE VALONE

BLAYNE WEAVER

ROBIN WILEY

JERRY WITKOP

JAKE WOOD

CHARLIE YATES

TONY YATES 

DWIGHT ANDERSON 

CINDY BAER 

PATRICK BALFE 

DIEGO BANK
JIM BAXTER 

GORMAN BECHARD 

BOB BECKER 

JOHN BENNARDO 

BRIAN BOOKATZ 

ELLE BROUSSEAU 

MICHAEL BURBY 

MILES CARDIN 

DANIEL CHIA 

JODY COONS 

PATRICK DAY 

PAUL DeNIGRIS 

KELLEY DiFIORE 

ALEX DRUMMOND 

DAVID DUNCAN 

JASON FLESH 

SHANE FREE
SEAN D. GASTON 

TODD GIGLIO 

LYNN MEDLIN GOLDEN 

MICHAEL GREEN 

BEN GREENBERG 

STEPHANIE GREENBERG 

JOE GRUBERMAN 

ANDREA HASKETT

SUSAN LORRAINE HAY

ALYSSA HERRON

DEB HILDEBRANDT

SHARI HOFFMAN

T.J. HOULE

ASHLEY HUGHES

JULI JACKSON

GEORGIANA JIANU

SHANNONN KELLY

JEAN MARIE KOON

KURT KUENNE

MEREDITH LaVANDE

GREG LENK

MOLLY LEVINE

MAYA LONG

DAVE MADDALUNO

LYNN MANCINELLI

MAYSHING

JACQUELINE McDOWELL

MARSHA McKEEVER

DONNA McKENZIE

RYAN METCALF

ANTHONY MILLER

LISA MINZEY

HAMISH O’DONNELL

PAULINE OSBORNE

JANET PACIK

TRACI PAPINEAU

KIRSTEN PEREZ 

YVONNE PERRY

JOE PEZZULA

JANE PINES

MARY JO PLACE

SUE ALBERT PRICE

ANDREW RABON

CHRISTOPHER REINHART

JOE RENO

LAURA OATES RICHBART

NICKI ROSSKEN ROWE

WONDER RUSSELL

MARIA SAGER

RAY SCHILLACI

CRYSTAL FAITH SCOTT

ALISON SELIGSON

AMY BYER SHAINMAN

ANGEL J. SILVA 

GLENN SIMSEK

AUBREY L. SMITH

TROY DANIEL SMITH

FRED C. STORM

MARIA STORM

MIKE TAYLOR

SOPHIA THOMAS

JESSE THORNTON

COREY TRENCH

ATONELLA VALLELONGA

ERIC “KINKY” VASQUEZ

CHRISTINA WICKERS

ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON

GREG WOLF

JOHN T. WOODS

KRYS YATES

MARIE ZIPPERMAN 

Site Colorist

 

BRUCE GOODMAN

 

“Children’s Song No. 3”

written by CHICK COREA

performed by RICHARD MAZZAFERRO & JOE KRAEMER

 

“Choke Your Throat”

written by MICHAEL COOPER and BRETT BARGER performed by THE DEFCON 5 

© 2015 by Scott Storm 

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