- Posted March 19, 2014 by
Wayne Schotten's Wild Strawberry Films
The name of the company comes from the idea that a wild strawberry is an unexpected, beautiful discovery on the journey of life, an enchantment of the senses and a reminder that paradise can be found in the most simplest form. It is that serendipity that inspires the sweet reveries of life.
Wild Strawberry Films focuses on well-told, excellent stories that inspire inner personal growth and also inspire individuals to make the world an even better place. The movies that stand the test of time are not only those that inspire insight into our minds, but also in our hearts. Wild Strawberry Films seeks to continue this exciting pursuit and passion in cinema.
Every project that Wild Strawberry Films pursues is done in honor of these values. They believe that ideas that keep people thinking, should also inspire passion in their hearts. Based on those beautiful ideas, Wild Strawberry Films is committed to creating the sharp vision of these stunning ideas.
The company is focused on the idea of “Quality in storytelling, entertainment and marketing.”
Wild Strawberry Films believes in supporting the local community. They are currently looking into methods or routes or ways or approaches towards donating a percentage of the earnings from their projects to non-profit organizations that are improving the lives of those who are in need and abused.
The production company’s slate of projects are comprised of supernatural thrillers to sci-fi, action and romance, to comedy dramas to historical pieces.
Wild Strawberry Film’s project, “Chatelain” is the epic, untold historical drama of the challenging first few years of the 1300’s. This miniseries follows a story of piety and greed, bloodshed, honor, and shame. “Chatelain” refers to the most trusted man in the castle. The story explores the tale of the Poor Knights of the Temple, a Squire Chatelain, and the greatest secret of history.
The story of “Chatelain” is an historical drama based on careful research into the actual people and events of the period. This book will be a companion volume to the movie for those interested in the real history of the Templars dissolution, and the probable connection to the assistance they gave to the Swiss Confederacy struggle for independence. There are characters in the story who are factual and the story is crafted to be true to who they were and what they did, people such as King Philip IV, Grand Master Jacques DeMolay, popes Boniface, Benedict, and Clement. There are characters derived from real historic figures, for whom the historical record is scant or incomplete, characters such as Johann Habsburg of Austria, and King Alfonso of Aragon and Barcelona. The wholly fabricated characters are based upon historic interpretations of the towns, people and culture as recorded in history. The book is filled with footnoted references, bibliographies, timelines and illustrations.
Another one of their projects, “Radio L.A.” documents the number one station in Los Angeles in the 1960’s. It was a 50,000 Watt powerhouse playing the top 40 rock and roll. It transitioned from bringing the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl, to becoming the voice of the civil rights and anti-war counter culture, never losing it’s number one status, as a station. The documentary will also feature then station manager, John Barrett, who guided the station through its fight with the FCC and propelled the station to being the voice of the young generation with their concerns for the Vietnam War and civil rights, newsman Lew Irwin who created the Credibility Gap, a long form news show with serious news and satire, predating The Daily Show with John Stewart and the Colbert Report, as well as folksinger Len Chandler who created songs specifically addressing the news of the day.
With their project, “Drones, Clones, and Pheromones,” this theatrical feature explores the global rise of battling forces of culture that are enforced by religious moral fervor, as well as the panic of superior brains and bodies of advanced human clones. The teenage protagonist, Felix is a radically experimental boy with DNA who possesses both frightening and coveted abilities towards individuals who possess secret information about him.
Wayne Schotten has been working in the film industry for decades. In the 1960’s, he worked for various Hollywood studios and then transitioned to San Francisco to start Wild Strawberry Films. In addition to working on feature films and television shows, Wayne Schotten also makes documentaries. His most recent project, “Swan Lake in Bronze,” follows artist, Misha Frid and his creative process, both physical and mental, in creating a sculpture in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory of Music in Russia.
Wayne Schotten has extensive experience in production with over 20 years of paid positions as a director, editor, writer, cinematographer, actor, production supervisor, gaffer, sound recordist, and grip. He also has a wide array of experience in feature films, short films, as well as documentaries.