This short film is my master's thesis film project. As one of the creatives behind the project, I employed a technique of filmmaking, I believe coined by Bruce Block, called "Visual Structure" to support the story arc cinematically. It's often overlooked or even untaught in schools yet it's an important element in the creation of compelling content. Enjoy this short film and if you're not already aware of it, check out Bruce Block's book, The Visual Story - Seeing the Structure of Film, TV, and New Media, I recommend it.
Winn Coslick, the film's director, wrote a wonderful long synopsis about the film.
The Bottom is the story of Seth, a teenage boy working at a remote gas station in the decaying, rural landscape of the southern United States.
Seth, the modern-day equivalent of Bellerophon from Greek mythology, looks for fun and adventure, finding it in the few, yet intriguing customers who visit his station. Isolated and restless, his ambition turns to mischief, and the story Seth creates to escape his situation will lead him to a place where he feels more trapped than ever before.
The Bottom attempts to recapture a mythological image for its original, intended use as a story device rather than a symbol of industry. It is a moving tale, reminding us that the line between fact and fiction, humor and tragedy, is faint; and those who choose to walk it can suddenly find themselves on the wrong side.
~ Winn Coslick, Writer, Director -The Bottom