Pin 5:29

A new short film, PIN 5:29 was a totally different experience than any other film I've directed. 

 

Horror done differently

I like movies, a lot. I quote them, I watch them repeatedly, I dissect them when I can. Horror movies rarely grab me. I don't like gore, I don't like blood. But I love when a horror film can make my skin crawl. From the outset, that's what I wanted to do: make people cringe. I'd like to think we accomplished that.

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Slate

The slate at the start of the film. We ended up with over 130 total takes for the final version.

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The Rugg Shot™

Probably the most notable shot in the film, The Rugg Shot™ was accomplished by me standing on a step stool, moving the camera with Tom, our terrific actor, and then diving off the stool down toward the knife. 

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Angles and intentionality

Throughout the film, I wanted every shot to have meaning. Almost the entire first half of the film is shot from a low angle. Tom is dangerous, and he's in control. We shot as wide as we could to remove us from Tom as much as possible.

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Digital Push

We shot in 4K with the intention of exporting in HD, this gave us extra pixel real estate to do digital push-ins, and reframe shots slightly and still maintain full resolution. Little trick I picked up from David Fincher.

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Invisible effects

This shot seems like it  doesn't have any visual effects on it, right? Wrong. We shot this the next morning. We had to do extensive color correction & added the moving shadows into the shot to add some implied depth and connect it to the shots before and after it.

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Ouch

Using nose and scar wax, we snipped off pins and stuck them into the hand of the actor for reference. Add a little digital skin and shadows and you've got a pin in a hand.

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High Angles

As we move into the office, the power dynamic shifts, and so does the camera. Tom isn't in control anymore, and neither are we.

Jeremiah 5:29: Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?

This Bible verse heavily influenced the story. Those who do wrong shall have vengeance wrought upon them, whether by God, or by another sort of spirit.