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

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

Screen shot 2016 05 04 at 12.50.04 pm

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

Audience FEEDBACK: FANTOME, 13min, Canada, Horror/Drama

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

Playing at the CANADIAN Best of Short Film Festival. Thursday May 25th, 7pm. Carlton Cinemas. Get your FREE TICKETS

Synopsis

Françoise suffers nightly terrors. Her marriage has fallen apart, and she’s continually haunted by a presence in her bedroom. It’s driving her insane — to the point that she breaks into her neighbour’s house to try to find it. Instead she loses herself in her neighbour’s world; a life she wishes she had.

SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES
https://www.facebook.com/fantomefilm/
https://twitter.com/fantomefilm
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fantome#/
  • TITLE IN OTHER LANGUAGES (1)
    Fantôme (French)
  • FILM CATEGORY
    Narrative Fiction, Short
  • PRODUCTION LOCATION
    Canada
  • FILMING LOCATION
    Canada
  • FINANCING
    5000 CAD
  • MAIN DIALOGUE LANGUAGE
    French

Audience FEEDBACK: KOOKIE, 12min, Canada, Horror

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

Finished poster march 13

Bree, a dishonest 9-year-old receives a terrifying visitor after a parenting lesson goes horribly wrong.

http://www.kookiefilm.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Kookie-135253680178688/

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, phycological horror
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 2, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Audience FEEDBACK: WALKING SUPPLY, 25min, Canada, Crime/Thriller

Played at the May 2017 CANADIAN FEEDBACK Film Festival

Ws poster

After escaping a soviet labour camp, three men struggle to survive in the barren landscapes of Siberia. The harrowing trek soon becomes a living nightmare for Yuri (James McDougall) when he discovers that his fellow escapees Oleg (Douglas Nyback) and Alexei (Jamie Maczko) plan to murder him for food. Inspired by true events ‘Walking Supply’ chronicles the dark journey of three men as they are pushed to their absolute limits. How far would you go to get home?

Director Statement

I did not want to make this movie.

With a schedule already overflowing with projects, I certainly was not hunting for another one. Unfortunately, when co-writer/producer James McDougall told me about the TRUE STORIES we based this script on, it sounded like a movie that was too damn good NOT to make. If we didn’t trudge out into the Canadian Wilderness to make this happen, how was anyone going to watch this in a theatre?

So, several months of snowy, sunny, bloody passionate filmmaking later – I am proud to offer up the fruits of our labour: the short film WALKING SUPPLY.

I’m a sucker for survival films. Walking Supply takes the action, drama and gallows humour we’ve come to expect, then adds a fascinating piece of intrigue: what if a good man secretly discovers that his “friends” plan to kill him for their own survival? The slow burn of this concept struck me as an incredible source of suspense.

The terrifying situations our protagonist Yuri faces were so satisfying to read on paper, but bringing them to life brought the entire experience to a new level! I wanted to see these character look exhausted – but the actors actually dieted for weeks during our hiatus, and grew out their facial hair to look the part. I wanted lots of fancy shots – then our badass crew shlepped gear through frozen forests for days on end with smiles on their faces. I was hoping that we’d have a cool score – then our composer shocked us with the quality of his work!

I took on this project because it was a story that I wanted to watch unfold on screen. The cast and crew went so far above and beyond that I can happily sit back now and marvel at their efforts as an audience member. It’s a hell of a tale to behold, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I do!

-Derek Barnes

Get to know the short film: FANTOME, 13min, Canada, Horror/Drama

Playing at the CANADIAN Best of Short Film Festival. Thursday May 25th, 7pm. Carlton Cinemas. Get your FREE TICKETS

Synopsis

Françoise suffers nightly terrors. Her marriage has fallen apart, and she’s continually haunted by a presence in her bedroom. It’s driving her insane — to the point that she breaks into her neighbour’s house to try to find it. Instead she loses herself in her neighbour’s world; a life she wishes she had.

SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES
https://www.facebook.com/fantomefilm/
https://twitter.com/fantomefilm
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fantome#/
  • TITLE IN OTHER LANGUAGES (1)
    Fantôme (French)
  • FILM CATEGORY
    Narrative Fiction, Short
  • PRODUCTION LOCATION
    Canada
  • FILMING LOCATION
    Canada
  • FINANCING
    5000 CAD
  • MAIN DIALOGUE LANGUAGE
    French

Get to know the short film: KOOKIE, 12min, Canada, Horror

Playing at the CANADIAN Best of Short Film Festival. Thursday May 25th, 7pm. Carlton Cinemas. Get your FREE TICKETS

Finished poster march 13

Bree, a dishonest 9-year-old receives a terrifying visitor after a parenting lesson goes horribly wrong.

http://www.kookiefilm.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Kookie-135253680178688/

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, phycological horror
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 2, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Get to know the short film: VOYEUR, 15min, Canada, Thriller/Spy

Playing at the CANADIAN Best of Short Film Festival. Thursday May 25th, 7pm. Carlton Cinemas. Get your FREE TICKETS

Screen shot 2016 05 04 at 12.50.04 pm

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