This guy is amazing! He is doing just what every one who ever went to film school wishes he or she could do: go out and shoot a feature-length movie and then sell the distribution rights to a big name Hollywood studio. Gerald Rascionato did just that. He shot a film called Cage Dive, in his native Australia and it’s about Three friends filming an audition tape for an extreme reality show, take part in shark cage diving, only to be left in great white infested waters, turning their recording into life and death. It is due to be released in 2017.
Of course, just because Gerald made his feature film debut doesn’t mean he is going to sit on his laurels and wait for his phone to ring. We’re sure it’s ringing up a storm, but he is the kind of guy who takes the bull by the horns and makes his own destiny, so to speak. Since he is a multi-talented filmmaker, he is always on the lookout for a new and interesting project to make into a film. On Cage Dive, by the way, he was the writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor of that film that Lionsgate/Grindstone purchased the North American rights to.
Although we don’t have enough space to tackle all of his projects in this space, we would like to mention at least one of his short films and then we’ll talk about some of the others in another article or two. The Boomerang Option is an adaptation of Bryce Wolfgang Joiner’s short novel “The End of the Line”. In the small country town of Orbost, Australia, a young man is struggling with the decision to leave his hometown and see what lies beyond or to stay in his comfort zone and be destined the same fate as everyone else who remains behind in this limiting town.
Gerald said that this particular short novel really stuck with him and he found it relatable. A story about a kid finding the courage to leave his hometown so he can explore the outside world. It was about taking a chance not knowing fully if you are going to succeed or not. It’s kind of like an underdog story. I always found those types of stories interesting and more relatable. This guy feels like he is destined for more. Of course, that sort of sums up Gerald in the context of making films – he just jumped in and fought through any fears he might have had and he did it – and he succeeded!