Feature Film Concept by Jason Baffa
FISCH is a summer blockbuster style, action adventure feature, scripted around the sea.
Inspired by the great action-suspense franchises, the film navigates a world above and below the ocean, exploring a paradigm where high-stakes clandestine military operations converge with high-seas swashbuckling thrills.
The heart pounding excitement of Jason Bourne fighting off Black Op assassins in the Bourne Supremacy… The heart stopping fear of Hooper’s eery mid-night dive to Ben Gardner’s boat wreck in JAWS… The nail biting grit of Indy sliding beneath a moving military truck in Raiders… The fun banter of Ethan Hunt’s team as he hangs perilously from the side of a C5 Transport plane in Mission Impossible… The raw realism of the Somali Pirates in Captain Phillips… Love and life tested, as Bud swims a dying Lindsey to Deep Core and tries to revive her with CPR in the Abyss.
Exhilarating, cinematic, driven by character, FISCH is a love letter to the golden age of great action movies where stunts, props and character upstage CGI - - a look at the human condition through the prism of adventure above and below the Sea.
It’s not a secret mission without some High Tech Conspiracy threatening the good of the world.
Code Name: AEGEAN (pronounced A-Gee-Yan), this stealth submersible drone was first built by DARPA for U.S. reconnaissance purposes. After years of testing, budget constraints and technical limitations scrapped the program but it was revived, off the books, by a small team of high ranking U.S. officials. Secretly funded and monitored by Special Secretary KAREN HARPER for the Director of Defense, SPENCE JARVIS, this program is only privy to a few key players.
In it’s current state, the system has been armed with a WEAPON CONE that emits an aqua-sonic pulse, run by an ultra high tech Artificial Intelligence Operating System. The O.S. is driven by one of the worlds first, portable quantum computers and is able to decipher complex coded messaging from military vessels, track those vessels autonomously and attack them with a pulse of energy… rendering the ship dead-in-the-water.
Ballistic and navigational trials exceeded all expectations and the program was cleared for “practical testing.” In essence, the team wanted to see how the O.S. would react to covert operation in a large body of water. Upon deployment, the Aegean had a catastrophic system failure, in essence, lashing out at the aircraft carrying it and blasting it and the jet into the Arabian Sea.
With new INTEL of a Russian salvage team being deployed, Special Agent THERESA HIX is assigned to help Secretary Harper in retrieval of the Asset and the pilot; Knowing that the asset is a non-listed Back Op, a JASOC operation is a non-option and a civilian contractor must be hired…
The only name on their list; Master Dive Chief MIKE FISCHMAN.
Every adventure has a great hero and everyone loves a good comeback story. We find our hero, MIKE FISCHMAN, at an all-time low. Haunted by the death of his nephew during a treasure dive and the disappearance of his close friend and ex-wife, Bruna, Fisch lives as a drunken recluse, part Charlie Allnut, part Martin Riggs; a far cry from the decorated, Colonel’s son he is… but it is exactly this pedigree that will eventually save him.
Fisch is drowning in a bottle, lost at Sea with little purpose. It isn’t until the U.S. Military re-enters his life looking for help, that he begins to surface and breath. Lured by the proposition to find his long lost love Bruna, Fisch Accepts a deadly salvage mission in the hostile waters off the coast of Somalia. It is in this external quest, that he overcomes his internal demons and re-discovers his true path.
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has had his documentary film camera pointed to the Sea for over twenty years, producing and directing the surf projects, Singlefin: yellow, One California Day and Bella Vita. Baffa's visual style of story-telling has given him world-wide praise in the genre, gaining accolades from both the surf industry and media outlets like yahoo.news, the london arts, the LA Times, Outside Magazine and Freunde von Freuden. He has a BFA in film production from Loyola Marymount University and won advanced literary accolades, serving as a creative writing mentor.
He stays busy as a commercial director at BESTFRIEND.TV doing work for clients such as Acura, BMW, Deckers, Ford, Kashi and Patagonia.
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