The Killing Joke is a 15 minute suspense/fiction short film about a mysterious woman that finds a red balloon tied up to a curious little box on an eery derelict street. Using classic elements of suspense and working within a seventies aesthetic, 'The Killing Joke' is an action packed film that pays homage to some of the horror movies from that era.
The piece was shot during four intense days of filming in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. The micro budget production was shot using just two 7d canon cameras. The composition and CGI effects for 'The Killing Joke' required months of 'invisible' digital retouching to create the panoramic, yet claustrophobic atmosphere that pervades throughout the movie.
The Film editor was Sabrina Mottino.
Sebastián López wrote and directed the story, and was also responsible for all the impressive post and composition work.
Colin Devlin created the Original Soundtrack, working from his home studio in LA he collaborated on the project with Sebastian from it's inception, creating a wonderful striking symmetry between sound and image.This is the second collaboration for Sebastian and Colin, the first being an action packed trailer created for a fictitious movie called 'Vertical' that went viral on the net, creating a serious buzz for the young director.
Actors Gustavo Marzo and Clarisa Staracci Worked together to portray the intense characters seen on screen.
The Killing Joke was a work of entire dedication and effort.
Written & Directed by Ted Marcus
Produced by Fred Rowson, John Kassab, Oliver Kember, Ted Marcus
Executive Producers - Erik Eidem, James Mather, Michael Graf, Pierre Emmanuel Plassart
GUS LEWIS as Jamie
SIMON PEARSALL as Tim
ANGELICA MANDY as Frankie
ANNA CLARKE as Polly
and GENEVIEVE GAUNT as Madeleine
Director of Photography - Oliver Kember
Sound Design by John Kassab
Edited by John X. Carey & Nate Tam
Original Music Composed & Recorded by Jessica Dannheisser
Costumes by Tilly Wilding Coulson
Sound Recorded by Don Nelson and Valerio Cerini
Additional Crew - Laurenço Barsi-Gomes, Matthew Greer, Stephen Parker
Visual Effects by Sandbox FX
Effects Coordinated by John Nugent
Animation by James Going
Rotoscope Artist - Jack Nugent
-- WINNER - Best SciFi // HollyShorts Film Festival --
-- AWARD OF MERIT // Lucerne International Film Festival --
-- OFFICIAL SELECTION - Palm Springs ShortFest --
-- OFFICIAL SELECTION - Baja International Film Festival --
-- OFFICIAL SELECTION - Rushes Soho Shorts --
-- OFFICIAL SELECTION - Indianapolis International Film Festival --
-- OFFICIAL SELECTION - Burbank International Film Festival --
-- OFFICIAL SELECTION - LA Indie Film Fest --
-- OFFICIAL SELECTION - London Short Film Festival --