UK-based production designer/art director Melanie Light has written and directed Escape, a short film whose Nevada shoot she describes as “grueling”; and since she figures it “may as well go somewhere,” she’s decided to put it up on the Internet, which of course means we have it for you right here!
A short story of a man (Darri Ingolfsson) and a woman (Julia Sandberg Hansson) meeting in a bar. The woman, recently divorced, has her guard down; and the handsome lonely man makes his move. They hit if off, but the night doesn’t end the way the woman intended, and she becomes his toy a bit more than she imagined. A real play on the dangers of a one-night stand.
Here’s how Light describes the experience: Shot over basically 48 hours in the beautiful ghost town of Gold Point, Nevada, this is [my] third short film, which was solely produced, directed, production managed, AD-ed, costumed, art brought, and put together under some serious stress in a week before the grueling shoot and drive to Nevada from LA. A minimal crew and camera and lighting kit. The sound had to be completely ADR-ed, which was heartbreaking and expensive. Post-production and completion [were] just as much a hair-pulling nightmare as the shoot. This film is a baby I’d rather give up for adoption…this has been a “beautiful failure” to me. A lesson learned and a hell of a lot of my own money blown away in the wind. The next time I make a film, I’m not doing it so much on my own again, in another country, and under the personal stress I had going on at the same time. Julia and Darri where amazing, and they brought a real essence to the screen through a tortuous, hugely ambitious shoot. Everyone else that has particularly helped me in post-production, I am eternally grateful for your time and skilled crafts and polishes.
Check out Escape below, and let us know if you think all Melanie’s hard work paid off.
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