Australian production studio The Woolshed Company return to Short of the Week with their follow-up to Man, a 20-minute Thriller so tense you won’t dare breathe (although we advise you do) for its entirety. The story of a father’s desperate quest to find his abducted daughter, ten years after she first went missing, Richard Hughes (Director) and Dave Christison (Writer & Producer) team up once again to make Found, another short showcasing some outstanding production values and an incredible atmosphere.
“The short is essentially an adapted 20 minute extract from the longer form film”
A proof-of-concept film for a feature of the same name, that is currently in its 6th draft and “market ready”, Christison explained to Short of the Week what they hoped to achieve by creating an abridged version of their longer film.
“We wanted to create a proof of concept that was representative of the tone, style and scale of the feature we intend to produce”, he reveals. “We also wanted to create a sense of character and story of which the feature builds upon. The short is essentially an adapted 20 minute extract from the longer form film”.
With the majority of the film following its protagonist on his descent into the creepy residence he suspects holds his missing daughter, every groaning floorboard and creaking door heightens the pressure of the piece. With this pressure then erupting in a more action-packed finale, though Found’s particular style and story is bound to attract those with a particular fondness of the Thriller genre, the impressive production is something we all should be able to appreciate.
We lauded Hughes and Christison’s previous film back in 2014 for an aesthetic that could have easily been ‘taken directly from a segment of a feature film’ and if anything their production only feels like it has improved over the past three years. Shot over 8-days, across 3 key locations (made to look like one), armed with a Red Epic with Anamorphic Cooke lenses the film’s dark and moody aesthetic perfectly compliments the tone of the story.
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