UPDATE: "The Return" has been shortlisted for The Big Cardiff Mini Film Festival in the Narrative category (cardiffminifilmfestival.co.uk/)

UPDATE: "The Return" was selected for the top 50 films in the reed.co.uk short film competition, out of 540 films submitted (reed.co.uk/film/longlist/2013)

An isolated pioneer turned survivor struggles to overcome the wilderness, as well as his own doubts.

The Return was conceived, filmed and edited on a budget of a tank of petrol, in one week, by three people in total, following heavy snow in the South Wales Valleys. It is the first short film collaboration from TorFilm, a new community film initiative in Torfaen, South Wales, in partnership with 2V Studios. We filmed this to enter into the Reed.co.uk 2013 Short Film Competition, on the theme of 'Ambition'... but also for fun!

The idea for the story came from a Hebrew proverb found in the Bible, "Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment." (Proverbs chapter 18, verse 1).

As we start the TorFilm initiative, we're really keen to link up with anyone in the Eastern Valley interested in being part of our next short film - whatever your skills! We're keen to hear from writers, actors, musicians, make up artists, local businesses etc. interested in partnering with us. Until our website is up and running, the best way to contact us is via the 2V Studios site at 2Vstudios.com

If you're not in our area, you can still help! Please share this video via Facebook, Twitter etc. and if you're feeling generous, leave us a tip below :) All proceeds go directly towards making more short films.

Filmed on a Canon 550D/T2i, with a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, and a Nikon 50mm f1.8 for the lens whacking. Gotta love a bit of lens whacking!

Survivor: Joe O'Hare
Wife: Roisin O'Hare
The Rest: Andy Toovey

Get ready for the SFX list, all from freesound.org...
'hhh9' by harry
'luffy-fire1' by luffa
'pooh-bear-attacks-me-for-a-treat' by ifartinurgeneraldirection
'deliciously-crunchy-01' by sandyrb
'rubbing' by mr101986
'dogs-growling' by juskiddink
'shuffle-and-jump' by hillock
'playfuldogbarks' by bmccoy2
'02910-hissy-swooshes-blows' by robinhood76
'wind-houling' by bosky
'smoking-breath-in-and-out' by guionistausa
'footsteps-in-snow' by mallement
'male-voice-screaming-loudly' by dinsfire
'human-male-scream-small-crowd-panic-fear' by johnsonbrandediting

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