Director John Krawlzik has completed his
first feature-length film, Ascension. He has directed hundreds of corporate films, as
well as regional and national commercials. He is an accomplished cinematographer as well,
serving in that capacity for much of his corporate and commercial work. He and his wife,
Lorrie King, have worked together as a Director-Producer team for nearly
"With Ascension, I set out to make a visual
film; a story told through images - something I think many independent features don't
accomplish. The film is sparse on dialogue - as the situation in the story would
dictate. By not spoon-feeding the audience, the experience of seeing the film becomes much
more inward, personal and direct.
Although we were working on a very low
budget, we set out to create this world of the future with as much realism and accuracy as
possible. The vehicles and the station were designed as complete, functional units.
Virtually every foot of film was shot on a set - something rarely done on such a low
budget. We carefully designed the entire production - from sets to lighting, to final
sound elements. It was important that every detail worked to enhance the story and
characters. In a film like Ascension, audiences need to first absolutely believe the
basic premise is real.
Unlike many pictures made today, I wanted
Ascension to stick with an audience long after the viewing experience- to seep into that neverland
of the subconscious where all truly important insights occur. We made the film precise
enough to create tension and drama, but open enough so that viewers can bring a piece of
themselves to it. If the film works in your subconscious, if it creates that wonderful
inner sense of uncanniness and mystery, then I believe we've succeeded. I once read that
science fiction pushed to its extreme enters the spiritual realm - thats exactly the
attitude we brought to this movie."