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I Declare War -- Summer war games between neighborhood kids turn deadly serious when jealousy and betrayal enter the mix.
I Declare War -- Armed with nothing more than twigs, their imaginations and a simple set of rules, a group of 12-year-olds engaged in a lively game of Capture the Flag in the neighborhood woods start dangerously blurring the lines between make-believe and reality.
I Declare War -- A group of 13-year-old friends play an innocent game of Capture the Flag in the  woods, arming themselves with nothing more than sticks, their imagination and a simple set of rules.
I Declare War -- Summer war games between neighborhood kids turn deadly serious when jealousy and betrayal enter the mix.


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Directed by
Jason Lapeyre 
Robert Wilson (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jason Lapeyre  writer

Produced by
Davin Black .... line producer
Patrick Cameron .... producer
Lewin Webb .... producer
Robert Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Cadesky 
Nick Dyer 
Cinematography by
Ray Dumas 
Film Editing by
Aaron Marshall 
Casting by
Stephanie Gorin 
Production Design by
Diana Abbatangelo 
Costume Design by
Marie-Eve Tremblay 
Makeup Department
Lisa Mandel .... key hair: and makeup artist
Shannon Elizabeth Rowe .... makeup & hair assistant
Production Management
Matt MacLellan .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dale MacLean .... first assistant director
Michal Page .... second assistant director
Caris Rait .... third assistant director (as Caris Reid)
Art Department
Alex Clark .... art production assistant
Gustavo Franco .... assistant props
Brian Garvey .... property master
Vincent Harper .... carpenter
Jeannette Nguyen .... art production assistant
Mike Ward .... assistant props
Sound Department
Andrea Agro .... foley assistant
Bryan Day .... production sound mixer
Mark Dejczak .... sound effects editor
Ofer Geva .... production boom operator
Mark Gingras .... sound post supervisor
Alastair Gray .... dialogue editor
Richard Harkness .... sound effects editor (as Rich Harkness)
John Lang .... adr supervisor
Zoe Mapp .... production boom operator
Dave Mercel .... foley recordist
Rudy Michael .... sound re-recording mixer
Brandon Prodger .... adr recordist
James Robb .... assistant sound editor (as Jimmy Robb)
Lucas Roveda .... re-recording assistant
Stephen Traub .... sound re-recording mixer
Marilee Yorston .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Max Macdonald .... weapons effects
Visual Effects by
Damon Foster .... digital compositor
Jordan Foster .... visual effects supervisor
Kyle Griblin .... motion graphics supervisor
Aaron Pozzo .... lead compositor
Dan Belley .... stunt double
John Stead .... stunt coordinator
Max White .... stunt performer
Steve Wilsher .... stunt coordinator
Kara Wooten .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bailey .... first assistant b camera
Miles Barnes .... grip
Rhys Brisbin .... key and dolly grip
Fraser Brown .... best boy grip
Ray Dumas .... a camera / steadicam operator
Tyson Erb .... electrician
Andreas Evdemon .... b camera operator
Andreas Evdemon .... first assistant a camera
Chris Gilks .... genny operator
Sami Hajjar .... gaffer
Andrew Hills .... grip
Jenna Maghirang .... second assistant b camera
Kent McCormick .... data management technician
Mark Moher .... second assistant a camera
Greg Murray .... electrician
Peter Newman .... grip
Jurek Osterfeld .... first assistant b camera
Cliff Ramnauth .... grip
Mike Reid .... first assistant b camera
T.J. Richardson .... grip
Felipe Rodriguez .... dolly grip
Felipe Rodriguez .... key grip
Dave Sheehan .... grip
Dave Sheridan .... first assistant b camera
Tony Shultz .... electrician
Danny Sturman .... best boy electric
Nathan Taylor .... gaffer
James Teevan .... first assistant b camera
Todd Thompson .... grip
Joe Turner .... b camera operator
Mike Wilde .... electrician
David J. Woods .... camera: grip and lighting equipment provider
Jack Wudarzewski .... camera trainee
Zach Zohr .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giselle Fernandez .... wardrobe assistant
Shayna Lampert .... wardrobe assistant
Heidi Ondrusek .... wardrobe assistant
Linda Petty .... wardrobe assistant
Elaine Salonga .... wardrobe assistant
Marie-Eve Tremblay .... wardrobe designer: key
Editorial Department
Walt Biljan .... colourist
Emily Buller .... post producer
Hardave Grewal .... on-line editor
Mark Stevens .... sales executive
Music Department
Eric Cadesky .... title theme music
Nick Dyer .... title theme music
Transportation Department
Azza Ahmed .... driver
Irene Atamanchuk .... driver
Paul Brideau .... driver
Luise Docherty .... driver
Patrick Hepburn .... transport coordinator
Matt Judge .... driver
Amos Leblanc .... driver
Shanshan Liu .... driver
Dylan Pouliot .... driver
Justin Reu .... driver
Tyler Scott .... driver
Laura White .... driver
Other crew
Melissa Altro .... talent coordinator
Eric Birnberg .... production counsel
Jane Conway .... dog wrangler
Amber Cull .... production coordinator
Vanessa Dunn .... talent coordinator
Jessica Goncalves .... production assistant
Violetta Hessing .... dog wrangler
Rachel Landry .... script supervisor
Christopher Lazar .... production assistant
Barclay J. Maude .... production coordinator
John McAndrew .... story editor
Ian McLaughlin .... production assistant
Keigian Numitang .... production assistant
James Sled .... firearms specialist
Thomas Walden .... business affairs
Benjamin Turnbull .... production assistant (uncredited)
Claude Forest .... special thanks
Kathleen Garces .... special thanks
Nick Hirst .... special thanks
Bob McDonald .... special thanks
Hannah Garces Sloane .... special thanks
Dan St. Amour .... special thanks
Barry Stone .... special thanks
Kim Todd .... special thanks
Tobin Webb .... special thanks
Mimi Wolch .... special thanks

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94 min
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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
What happens when innocent fun gives way to danger? Classic theme well-executed., 9 October 2012
Author: larry-411 from United States

In the tradition of "Stand by Me" and "Lord of the Flies" comes a poignant dark comedy that puts a timely spotlight on the games kids play and the consequences of seemingly innocent actions when fun gives way to danger.

Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson co-directed from a Lapeyre script. Wilson is an accomplished producer -- this is his second feature directorial effort (he serves as a producer on this as well). This is Lapeyre's followup to his first narrative feature "Cold Blooded." The movie had debuted as a work-in-progress print at ActionFest in North Carolina in April, where it took home the jury prizes for Best Film and Best Screenplay. It went on to a triumphant premiere at last month's Toronto International Film Festival. It took top honors here in Texas, winning the Fantastic Fest Audience Award.

The premise of "I Declare War" is deceptively simple -- a group of kids gets together on a regular basis to play war games in the woods, challenging each other in mock battle with harmless paintballs and tree branch bazookas. We used to play cowboys and Indians with water guns and toy pistols. Some of us graduated to Civil War reenactments. We turned out okay. So when these youngsters choose to head out into the forest and get a good physical workout trying to steal the opponents' flag from their home base, while most of their peers are engrossed in role-playing games on their computers, this looks like a marvelously healthy alternative.

But boys will be boys, as they say (okay, there is one girl), and the situation inevitably turns sour. Rivalries turn real as jealousy, love, and loss come to the fore, and some players take the game one menacing step further. The timely topic of bullying suddenly rears its ugly head as we see its root causes on display before having the chance to look away. As in 2004's "Mean Creek," one of my all-time favorite indies, innocent joy turns to potential tragedy as the line between fantasy and reality blurs both on screen, for the viewer, as well as in the minds of the youngsters.

What the kids begin to see in their minds -- a stick of wood is suddenly a rifle, a paintball is a real grenade -- is reflected in the film itself. This is just one of the many masterful strokes that sets "I Declare War" apart from its brethren and makes it such a powerful cinematic experience in its contribution to a rich cinematic tradition, the classic morality play writ large when the protagonists are vulnerable adolescents.

This character-driven study on the limits to which a man/boy can be pushed rests on the abilities of this age-consistent ensemble cast to make these characters believable. Without that the narrative would fall apart like an army facing mutiny. Standouts include Gage Munroe as PK and Michael Friend as Skinner. Both turn in frighteningly genuine performances that may draw a tear or two. All team members are on somewhat equal footing in significant roles with few in background support. Kudos must go out to Siam Yu, Aidan Gouveia, Mackenzie Munro, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Richard Nguyen, Eric Hanson, and Alex Wall. Another bold choice -- there are no adults in this tightly-focused production.

The movie's authenticity also stems from its unscripted feel, as the youngsters were encouraged to insert dialogue using their own teenage vernacular and improvise where it was agreed the young actors would best know how to behave in a certain situation. The language is raw, to be sure, not unlike my 2012 SXSW Film Festival favorite "Funeral Kings," with F-bombs galore and enough obscenities to make their parents blush. But it always effectively serves the plot and is never gratuitous or overtly offensive.

Production values are well above the typical indie or foreign film. The entire picture was shot in one exterior location, a seemingly simple task made much more difficult by the limited hours allowed for underage actors and inability to avoid shadows no matter how well lit. Still, it always appears to be magic hour with the kids awash with the stunning beauty of nature, bathed in sunlight, their angelic innocence filling the screen.

Composers Eric Cadesky and Nick Dyer have crafted an intricate score that's surprisingly heavy, serving as a perfect dramatic counterpoint to the child's play in the great outdoors. The action dictates the viewer's emotions, not the clichéd tugging of heartstrings with violins and cellos, and that's as it should be.

The camera-work is virtually all Steadicam, affording cinematographer Ray Dumas the ability to maintain fluid motion throughout, despite the natural obstacles inherent in shooting on a forest floor. The combatants often move with the frame and not through it, as though we were running right alongside them. These tracking shots bring the viewer right into the action, allowing us to feel as if we're part of the game. But we're playing both sides -- but they don't know that -- and that's part of the fun of I Declare War. Spies abound, and you're one.

"I Declare War" also works because we've all been there, more or less -- every audience member will see a bit of their golden youth in one or more of these kids, for better or worse. If painful it can be cathartic. If pleasant it's sweetly evocative of a time past to which many wish we could return.

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