A Weeping in the Woods (2019)

Synopsis:

A distraught gas station attendant checks-in to a filthy motel and begins to hear whispers coming from behind the curtain.

Directors Note:

A Weeping in the Woods is essentially a character piece, with the backdrop of classic atmospheric horror. It all started as a short story I’d written fresh out of college. I was confident in the story and wanted to produce it as a short film. This short film is intended to lead audiences into asking more questions than give answers. You follow Warren, the main character for the entire film, because the story is his experience. If his perspective warps or he is fed lies, the audience will be just as convinced as Warren is that everything is not as it seems. I have greatly expounded on the short story and have a feature length script in hopes of producing a feature.

About This Production:

Creating this short was the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced while making a short film… by choice. I wanted to push myself, push my talents and make something I would look back on years later and be proud of. Although, that was not my only agenda. Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I’ve maintained the same life goal of making a feature film. Before I even started production on this short, I was intending for it to be a feature, but I had very little experience working with a crew and actors. So, the idea was presented to me to create a short 5 to 8 minute short to encapsulate the concept, tone and story I wanted to tell.

I was convinced my story was great and that I wanted to tell it. So, bit the bullet and coughed up $5,000.00 to make this ‘teaser’ happen. With that money I hired a cinematographer, a grip, built a set, bought food, props, costumes and equipment. The only bummer was we only had 1 night to shoot the whole thing. Production started at about 7:30 pm and ended 5:40 am. Man was I tired; we were all tired. I remember sleeping about 3 hours that morning before getting up (while everyone was asleep) and starting tear down the of set I’d spent so much time and money building. The worst feeling washed over me as I replayed the events of the previous night of shoot. I was worried that what we shot would be just “okay.” I knew it wouldn’t be bad, but having a sizzler that is meh is the worst.

After a month and a half of editing, color correcting and waiting on the score and foley to be finished I was able to sigh with relief. The short was good. It held the tone and atmosphere I’d desired for the feature.  But the next challenge is still to come. As I write this it is 10/18, and the short is set to premiere online on the 27th. I’m curious how it will be received. Will anyone watch it? I hope so.

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