Three young women find themselves trapped in a 1970s horror film in Go away, a short film designed and directed by Michael Gabriele and produced by Daily Planet for Sony Cine. The 17-minute film is designed to promote the cinematic qualities of Sony’s FX3 camera while sending shivers down viewers’ spines.
The film opens as the women arrive at a ramshackle vacation home located on a desert road so remote it lacks phone coverage. Oddly enough, the furniture and everything else inside looks 50 years old, including a dusty VHS tape for a movie called Desert Dwellers III. Things get even stranger once the women insert the tape into a player and find themselves increasingly drawn into the terrifying events that unfold on the television screen.
Gabriele, whose background includes shorts, branded content and commercials, felt his psychological horror tale was an ideal way to engage viewers while showing why the compact FX3 has become so popular among filmmakers. top of the line. “A lot of the story takes place at night and one of the unique features of the camera is its ability to shoot in low light,” he explains. “The horror genre allowed us to explore a range of lighting while capturing contrasting, dark and moody cinematic images.”
Gabriele developed the film’s time and space story in tandem with co-writer Anthony Jefferson and describes it as having the odd flavor of a blurred area episode. “We are merging two worlds, one from today, the other from fifty years ago,” he says. “The two worlds collide while leaving you to guess what happens next.”
The film was shot over three days in the California high desert. The whole thing, including several panoramic drone shots, was captured with a single FX3 camera by cinematographer Ryan French. “We started on Friday the 13the and ended during a blood moon,” Gabriele recalled. “It was a tough shoot. We did splits, starting at noon and ending in the middle of the night. We kept pushing our call time because we needed more night scenes. The last day , we wrapped up as the sun came up, it was beautiful and amazing.
While showcasing Gabriele’s talent as a director, Go away also highlights Daily Planet’s push into narrative cinema. “Everything we do is storytelling,” says Scott Marvel, the company’s executive producer. “We have worked in the advertising space with agencies and brands, but we also apply our storytelling skills to other media. We worked in the virtual 360 space, and we did comedy. This movie has an old school horror movie vibe and we love it.
Gabriele hopes to develop Go away in a feature film, noting that he would like to deepen the story and flesh out the characters. “I always seek to capture human emotion,” he says. “I’m drawn to projects that allow me to convey emotions through a story arc. I like stories that make people think.
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