Short film for Foundry10 student film festival.
Won three awards, Best Directing, Best Sound Design and Best Audio Mix.
Written, Directed and Edited by Alonzo Filho.
‘Anna’ Played by Laini Kirk.
‘Scarlet’ Played by Arya Dahal.
Second D.P by Erik Carrasco.
A horror short film about a girl named Anna that when she was 12 years old her sister had died while on a hike and it had came to haunt her for next next few years making her feel as though it was her fault that her young sister died.
I’d like to just thank everyone at Foundry10 for making this possible, it was so much fun and i will make sure to continue working with you guys for as long as I can. This was 100% a learning experience and there are many things I know I could improve on but for now I am very content with what I’ve accomplished.
The production of my new short, was a very complicated process which took a lot of effort and was some of my absolute best work. I had made a film back in the summer called ‘Make it Happen.’ An inspirational narrative short about a few people, one being an aspiring young football player who had never made it anywheres in life until he really began to start trying more and more in life and by the end he made it onto a professional team.
Now, why was my most recent short, so much harder to make than the last one? There’s many reasons but the most obvious one is the fact that The Silent Nightmare, was not narrative. The Silent Nightmare, was my first film that I had ever finished alone that wasn’t a narrative. Not that I had made may narratives in the past but the thing with narrative films is that the tory being told doesn’t have to be made obvious with the cinematography, the story is already told by the narrator. With this film, the only real time dialogue was around ten words in all. “Scarlet?” “What’s wrong?” “I had a nightmare.” and “Haven’t you been having these all week?” Having this short of dialogue can introduce a few things. Firstly, if the cinematography isn’t telling a strong enough story and you don’t have any good dialogue either then audience will NEVER understand what in the world is going on with the story and often feel disappointed after watching it. So for me, in this most recent short film, I needed this film to be extremely short, and having a lot of dialogue will require a stronger and longer introduction to the characters. So I had decided to use the shortest amount of dialogue to make prevent to much confusion and not have to require a longer introduction to the characters. The next huge issue I had coming along was the fact that i was the only one directing, editing, and writing the entire film.
Just me, and idea, and a camera.
Of course I have to give a huge thank you to Erik Carrasco for letting my use his camera for this film, the “Canon C100 Mark ii with Dual A.F” it was an extremely good camera for the job. I think out of all the things with the camera, the built neutral density filters probably were my favorite aspect of it along side with the the exposure metering and the flat profiles.
I think my favorite part about this film was probably the outside scenes just because the exposure was just right and there were no problems with noise and the built N.D helped SO much with making sure i lock my exposer.
For acting, I was very lucky to get the chance to work with Laini Kirk, a very talented actress that has worked in theater for a few years now for school. It was a lot of fun to get the chance to see someone who was really able to channel their emotions very specifically to whatever I’ve told them to set it to. Very talented, both Arya Dahal and Laini Kirk. At the beginning where I actually had to get Laini to cry on camera was a little difficult, we actually had to go run and get some water to put on her eyes just because of how many takes we had to because we realized that it wasn’t worth it to make her cry over and over and over. The good thing about having her actually cry though is that you can actually see her nose and eyes get beat red which I actually really liked because it saved me time in post too.
For makeup and props it actually wasn’t really expensive. I originally wanted to buy a fake plastic grave but then the stores I went to never had any so I actually decided to make a foam cut out of a small grave and then buy some outlining tools and just paint out the actually name and date of the death. Then for the makeup it was actually very basic, I literally just got some food coloring and powdered sugar, mixed them and then just used some dark red makeup and put it over Arya’s eyes to make the look beat and unnatural. I didn’t actually have to spend much time on it just because the screen time of the actual blood from her eyes was so short that it wasn’t really necessary to make it any longer.