June 16, 2015 at 12:17AM, Edited June 16, 12:25AM

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An entertaining non dialogue short film...

This is a thriller called "doppelgänger" that I made this winter with my filmmaker friends and it's making its rounds in the festivals and has won best short film in Chattanooga, TN. I won't spoil it just watch!

Watch it here. Password is.... "tunnel"
https://vimeo.com/119051725

Let me preface by saying, this was shot in one day with two crew members, one actor and zero audio was recorded on site, and no dialogue ever spoken in the film. We also didn't use any lighting what so ever. It was shot on a sony A7s+shogun combo and a FS-700. I want people to watch this and give any kind of criticism they have, or experiences they have had doing a short themselves. I am on a mission to do a short film in every major film category.

Here is what I got so far, trailers in links below

✓ Thriller - Doppelgänger
https://vimeo.com/127358969

✓ Drama - Stars in Our Darkness (post production) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVGY-j9mdn0

✓ Comedy - Bury (preproduction)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAk3SxyQbhs

Horror?

Experimental?

Documentary?

I want to try all of them! And more importantly I want people to know you don't need a $10,000 dollar budget or tons of cast and crew to make a good story come to life. 2 people and some hard work was all it took to get this off the ground. So go out there and tell some stories!

Cheers,
Graham U.

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That was awesome and I think what you're doing is amazing. I work with to many people that just inflate a budget because they think you can't make anything of quality with a small budget/crew. Can't wait to see your Horror film!

June 16, 2015 at 10:02AM, Edited June 16, 10:02AM

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Matt Clark
Producer / Writer / DP
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Great Short!! Brilliant cinematography, I especially loved the deep colours.

My only criticism might be that the CG Deer in the tunnel pulled me out a bit, but I really am nitpicking.

Especially impressive considering it was shot only on a single day!!

June 17, 2015 at 3:10PM

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Sebi Schmidt
Director
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Awesome, I love the transitioning of the mood.

June 18, 2015 at 1:48AM

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Keith Kim
Photographer
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Great work. Very entertaining. Excellent cinematography.

June 18, 2015 at 12:16PM

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Travis Calvert
Writer/Director
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Also released a short with no dialog recently... https://vimeo.com/121888086

June 21, 2015 at 2:40PM

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Viktor Ragnemar
Director/Cinematographer
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outstanding. great little story. the actor really sells it, he's just on the verge of comedic, but doesn't cross the line into ridiculous. really nice camera work too.
I have to agree with the other poster about the deer. On the first shot of it I thought it was some kind of mythical beast. No biggie, maybe it was some kind of apparition anyhow.
Also, I loved the pile of "POSTED" signs but maybe would have cut the first shot of the signs in a pile, instead waiting for a slower reveal when the hunter realizes what he's looking at. Great Job! It kept me captivated till the end

June 21, 2015 at 9:22PM, Edited June 21, 9:22PM

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eros hoagland
writer/director in training, DP, still photographer
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oh yeah, really nice sound design!

June 21, 2015 at 9:24PM

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eros hoagland
writer/director in training, DP, still photographer
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I really liked the music suiting the mood in the first two film, especially Stars in Our Darkness. How did you come up with, or decide on that ?

June 22, 2015 at 12:28PM

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Saied M.
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Glad you noticed! Okay, well there is this album by Trent Reznor called Ghosts that he released specifically for filmmakers to use and capture the essence of the sounds he created. For the longest time I had several of the tracks picked out and wanted to use them for something creepy/trippy. Doppelgänger was the perfect fit for the music I had been wanting to use. As far as Stars in Our Darkness, we wanted the sense of nostalgia and peace in the trailer as the film is about reflection on a beautiful relationship. I will be sure to post links on any other trailers or updates as they come, we have a rough cut of it now, so won't be too long.

June 22, 2015 at 6:15PM

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Graham Uhelski
Director of Photography/Video Editor
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Of the doppelgänger-y short films I've seen lately (and weirdly, there have been several), this is the best. The common choice would be end it right at the 5:30 mark (Max Twist! There are two of him! And now he's killed himself! Womp womp), so I was happy to see it keep going and develop into something more complex, and more satisfying, than a simple closed loop. The cinematography, pacing, editing, and acting were also quite good.

If you made a feature film up to these writing and direction standards, I would pay money to watch it.

July 10, 2015 at 6:15PM

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Graham,
I'll put it in the simplest of words - the film was not just well made, but more importantly very efficiently delivered as a "thriller" in its meaning. A breath of fresh air in this genre of shorts.
Really liked your Sound Mixing, and the entire design where you depicted the mood with tempo and scale. The cinematography and editing further enhanced your motive, which is surprising because they come prior to the mixing. Thumbs-up!

However, as a viewer I have a query - "What was the motive of placing that caribou at the end of the tunnel?" Was it just for mere hunting purposes in the mind of the protagonist; or was it something else as well. Please do elaborate, if you can.

I really wish to see more of your works. All the best!

August 15, 2015 at 3:30PM, Edited August 15, 3:33PM

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Tanay Chaudhari
Cinema Aficionado, Reviewer, Aspiring Screenwriter+Producer
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are you located in Chattanooga?

August 23, 2015 at 8:00PM

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