1. As the winning film, what sets you apart from the other films?
All of the films were each so unique and well-told, so each of the films were all already set apart from each other. The theme of suspense was very broad and everyone approached it differently. Our film ended up more traditionally suspenseful, whereas a lot of the others put a different spin on it. Our favorite take on it was Ash Taylor's Heima. We love how there was no resolution in his film and still feel the suspense of it.
2. That first gimbal shot was incredible, how did you plan and execute it?
Since we started conceptualizing the shoot, we always planned on opening with a long continuous shot throughout a house, landing on our actress. This served two purposes: building suspense and having the camera represent an invisible character that our actress feels the presence of and is haunted by. We also wanted the end of this shot to be the reverse of our last shot.
We did a few walkthroughs to establish the camera moves and it then took about 5 takes to get just right. Rachel monitored the feed on our iPad while Daniel operated the phone on a gimbal.
3. How did you find the location/talent?
We knew the location was a key part of the film and searched through a site called Peerspace where you can find locations for filming. This cabin stood out to us because it was so unique, especially in the middle of LA. We thought it'd add to our actresses lonely and isolated feeling. Our actress was someone we've used several times before as a model and we knew that she'd understand our vision and be totally down to do it.