Audience FEEDBACK: VOYEUR, 15min, Canada, Thriller/Spy

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

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Jen, a surveillance expert specializing in total, 24-hour coverage is being driven mad by the banality and predictability of her target, Chloe. When Chloe breaks routine and is momentarily lost, Jen is forced to choose between self-preservation and morality. Eventually her operation’s hierarchy is revealed.

Director Statement

I want to create something that’s unique and steps outside of the box, something that makes you think, something that makes your emotions spike, something that makes you look over your shoulder and question things. Something that makes you feel, whether it be happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, etc. When I first read Luke Gellatly’s script for ‘Voyeur’ I was completely drawn right off the bat by the unsettling picture he painted of someone unknowingly being watched. Realizing this story was about the watcher and not the individual being watched was quite appealing. This side of the story is far more interesting to me than that of the individual being watched. Jen’s character opens a ton of possibilities for visual storytelling in which I plan on relying heavily on composition and sound to mimic Jen’s character traits and overall world she lives in. The idea of someone being watched easily makes peoples skin crawl and that’s what I intend to make this film do to the audience. Not through the easy/stereotypical ways like using disgusting or gory imagery, but through using suspenseful/unsettling moments.

I want to create a dark/seedy environment in which the two main characters live in. Think Frances Ford Coppola’s ‘The Conversion’ meets Niels Arden Oplev’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ meets Anton Corbijn’s ‘A Most Wanted Man.’ I want to use a combination of different shooting styles. Most of the film will be static shots, focusing on composition to help tell the story. The purpose of this is to mimic the isolation that Jen lives in. The way films like ‘The Conversation’ and ‘A Most Wanted Man’ use holds on particular moments, allows for the dark melancholy feeling to set in with the audience as they absorb how uncomfortable a situation it is. This will really help illustrated Jen’s isolation from humanity and the world around her. I want to switch to handheld when things start to get chaotic towards the end when Jen’s morals kick in and she runs after Chloe to help. This will help heighten the tension as the story reaches a boiling point. Right after this moment, when Jen rushes into Chloe’s apartment and begins tearing all the surveillance equipment down in a panic, I want to use a juxtaposition of static and handheld shots to represent the whirlwind that Jen’s character is going through. Throughout the chaotic moments of Jen tearing down the surveillance equipment I want to cut back to static shots of Jen’s empty apartment to represent what her world was like; quite, calm, and isolated. Then finally relieving the moment in which Jen in not alone in Chloe’s apartment and we see Jen on her own monitor with Farhan in the background (unbeknownst to Jen). Jen’s two worlds are colliding here as we see the chaotic nature of things through the monitor, although the monitor is in the calm, isolation of Jen’s apartment.

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Spy
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Author: canadianfeedbackfestival

Festival designed for CANADIAN filmmakers and writers (screenplays, novels, short stories, poetry). Film festival occurs 4 times a year in Montreal and Canada.

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