This Narrative Film Noir was my senior project from when I went to The Roeper School.
For years I knew I wanted to create a short film for my senior project, but I wasn't sure what it would be about. I went through many ideas before finally committing to the film noir genre. At the time, we were studying film noir in my film and visual culture class, and the aesthetic intrigued me. I felt that Michigan provided the genuine gritty feel of classic film noirs, and I wanted to incorporate that in my film. When I was coming up with the story, I wanted to contrast the peaceful and beautiful vibes of winter to a dark twisted story with a young couples love at the root.
The main goal with my project was to create a film that was 100% done by me. I wrote the script, did the casting, filmed every clip, and put the relentless hours of editing in. I also organized the shoots and locations, which turned out to be much harder than I thought. Suffice to say, this film became my baby.
It took us about seven months to complete this project and the process demanded multiple 4am outdoor shoots in the middle of winter. I'd like to give a huge thanks to my actors Stu Crawford and Nadia Salman for being such great sports. They put up with my perfectionism and always trusted my decisions - I couldn't have asked for a better team.
Enjoy the film!
Dead End Justice
Produced By: Eric Roennecke
Actors: Stu Crawford, Nadia Salman, Sammiey Johnson, Daniel Stelly,
Zach Hackett, Simon Roennecke, Nadav Greenapple, Kamaria Wilson, and Ed Bergonzi.
Special Thanks: Shane Thomas, Jason Wallace, and Dan Grimes.
Camera Used: Canon t2i.
Lenses Used: Canon 50mm f/1.8, Canon 35mm f/2.0, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5.
Other Gear: Opteka Video Mic, Opteka Steady-Cam, Tascam DR-05 Mic, Tripod, and Homemade DIY Slider System.
Too Afraid To Love You - The Black Keys
Didn't I - Darondo
Death Sounds - Country Joe & the Fish
Urn - Childish Gambino
Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix