A woman works late at her office and receives anonymous emails with odd photos attached that begin to creep her out as the night progresses.
My first short made outside of class (though I was a college freshman at the time.)
Shot on Canon 7D.
My first independent short film; shot in Summer/Fall of 2010 (mainly when I was 20 yrs old). Stayed in post-production until Winter of 2011. We had horrendous sound issues despite booming and mixing. We had to ADR all the dialogue. Did the best we could, thanks to an awesome Matt Gershowitz. (Unfortunately, I feel that some of the actors could not match their original line delivery for the ADR. So, the performances do not always appear to be as good as they actually are.) Director of Photography Anthony Crespo is a huge part of why this film looks as good as it does. Our crew consisted of me, Anthony, and one other person most nights out of the 5 weekends it took to shoot this. That just shows how talented Anthony truly is. Lead actress Aizzah was wonderful and a dream to work with. Thanks to my amazing actors and crew (especially in post-production), this film is an overall success.
But, to be honest, as I write this, I have very mixed feelings towards this film because of the problems I encountered with it. It was in my life for over 2 years from pre-production to the completion of post. I definitely learned a lot from the experience though, and don't have a single regret because of that. I believe I've improved immensely as a writer/director since this film, but, despite its shortcomings, I'm proud of this film and am so happy to have finally completed it.
If you care to read more about my intentions behind the film (since I can clearly talk and talk about my own work):
I came up with the ending before really fleshing out the story. I wanted to create a film where the twist at the end didn't just seem like something I tacked on after shooting everything else, but actually what the story is really about. I wanted the film to initially seem like it's making its way towards one revelation but then for the audience to realize that there's been an even bigger mystery all along. The film, at first, seems like it's about who's sending these photos and why, and ultimately who's in the house. But, in actuality, it's about a night that changed a woman's life so much that she has to continually relive it with an altered outcome because she simply cannot cope with the real one. I basically wanted to create a subtle suspense-based and emotionally driven piece disguised as a simple whodunit thriller. This is why, if anyone cares to rewatch the film, there are moments within the film, particularly after the time change in the car, that stand out as odd (in regards to behavior and timing compared to the beginning of the film and especially in regards to the awkward (superior) camera angles and the (over-the-top) portrayal of the struggle), which are meant to cue the audience to wonder if something bigger is going on. I do hope that, when watching the film, the viewer does pick up on these odd moments and does feel that they are off in some way. Even if it simply leads to the conclusion that I'm bad at pacing and directing, at least that means the viewer picked up on the weirdness that I wanted them to pick up on. These few moments are meant to show how this woman has altered the events of the night in her head in order to shave off seconds here and there so that her timing would allow her to get home in time to save her daughter; thus when she charges into her daughter's room after finding the babysitter dead, rather than finding her daughter's slaughtered body, she gets there in the nick of time to actually protect her. All these little moments and awkward angles are supposed to allude to her altered perception of reality...
So (assuming you're still reading and haven't grown tired of my yammering), if you did enjoy this short film and do like the way in which I constructed the story, I hope something did strike you as odd and made you question the intentions behind those moments, because I believe that would make the final scene all the more fulfilling, as well as hauntingly chilling. But even if you didn't pick up on those moments, I do hope you enjoyed it and that the ending emotionally affected you still.
And if you didn't enjoy it, well you can just suck it. Kidding! But seriously, not every film is everyone's cup of tea and I acknowledge that this film is flawed, not all intentions necessarily translate on screen. So, I'd definitely appreciate any and all feedback :)
Production costs- $3,000