“Shhh” is a dark fairytale about a young boy, Guillermo, who uses his imagination to overcome his monstrous bully at night. Tired of being scared, Guillermo eventually takes matters into his own hands. Inspired by the lucid dreams of director Guillermo del Toro during childhood.
At the very beginning of the interview below, Guillermo del Toro discusses these childhood experiences with monster nightmares and lucid dreaming, which inspired this film:
This is an anti-bullying project created in our spare time with a low budget. A tribute to one the filmmakers we look up to since we were kids, Guillermo del Toro. It couldn't have been completed without many sleepless nights and a lot of help & support from our talented cast, crew, family and colleagues. The film had a great response in the festival circuit and we're very happy to finally share it with all of you here.
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Imagine a realm where the most horrifying terrors of the underworld emerge to wreak bloody vengeance upon any who... hmm? what's that? you wanna go literally anywhere else? yeah, good idea let's get out of here
Directed by Joe Nicolosi
Written by Joe Nicolosi and John Freiler
Produced by Stephanie Noone
Shot on the Red Scarlet
Director of Photography: Drew Daniels
Music by Danny Gray
Visual Effects by Moontower VFX, Ray Pena and Greg Omelchuck
Cast: Alex Dobrenko, Ashley Spillers, Jessie Tilton, Sam Davis, Brandon Potter, Sam Eidson, Katie Folger, Sam Van Metre, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, Zack Carlson, Bryan Connolly, David Hess, Mike Gassaway, Jason Newman, Elise Garza, April Swartz, Isaac Solomon, Marc Calderaro, Matt Van Doren, Drew Daniels, Aimee Thomas, Brock England, Jenniemarie Jemison, Clay Crenshaw, Andrew Matthews, Katie Graham, Will Elliott, Mallory Culbert, Joey Hood
Assistant Director: Thomas Fernandes
Gaffer: Emmett Kerr-Perkinson
Art Department: April Swartz, Elise Garza, Stephanie Noone
Assistant Camera: Zach Sprague
Key Grip: Matt Van Doren
Sound Recordist: Landry Gideon
Sound Designer: Eric Friend
Colorist / Online Editor: Daniel Stuyck
Kate Eads, Erik Horn, Derek Gildersleeve, Willie Rockefeller, Alan Berg, Zach Loeb, Derrick & Shareina Garner, Clay Liford, Bradley Jackson, Dave Ward, Kayla Kromer, Tony Brummer, Andy Young ,Don Swanos, Owen Egerton, Kirk Johnson, Peter Dealbert, Isaac Solomon, Sarah Siegel, Thomas Humphreys, Zilker Park Boat Rentals
Great Hall Games, Quonset Hut, Delta Millworks
So here it is...our own short animated film that we've been working on in-between paid work for the last 8 months. Aimed at showing our clients our creativity and production capabilities, this short and incredibly dark, animated, fairy tale centres on a modern re-imagining of the mythical bogeyman creature, that has in many cultures been used by adults to frighten children into obedience. We went about the production as we would any other game cinematic, advertising or broadcast job for our clients. Starting with script writing, character/environment concepting and storyboarding as part of the pre-visualisation stage, we then built and animated everything in 3D, including the characters that were carefully sculpted in great detail in Zbrush. Modelling and animation were undertaken in 3Ds Max and rendered in Vray. Nuke and Fusion were used for composting and various other software, including Naiad, were used for the effects