Mel Gibson's Payback always inspired me to someday make a story about revenge myself, but I didn't opt to make it violent or anything. I wanted to tell a simple personal story about losing a loved one and the thoughts of getting back at the one who took the loved one away.
During the days of writing this film, I was at a point in my life where I was figuring out how tell stories without the use of dialogues. Hence, the challenge was to dive into the psychology of the main character whose only goal is to get revenge for the murder of his friend.
But how do you convey the pain of losing a loved one and becoming determined to kill the one responsible for such a dreaded moment in your life. I tried my best to reach the essence of such emotions but failed miserably.
The filming was quite simple and took a one single day to shoot. Since the main actors are professional stage performers, the scenes didn't require extensive retakes to get the emotions right. The cinematography has been accomplished with using available light only, no other sophisticated piece of lighting equipment was used. The only weapons we had in our arsenal were the Nikon D5100, a 35mm prime lens and our trusty tripod.
A clear highlight is the action sequence where the driver and the caller come face to face and the whole narrative begins to intercut with the sequence where the caller murdered the driver's friend. It's fast, it has momentum, it packs a punch and ends up nicely with the caller going down.
Another key element is the finale of the film where the driver is riding away from the scene and we see these insightful glimpses of the past. We see the friend dying, we see the driver drawing back his gun and perhaps we see that the driver let the caller live.
This film represents the height of a simple narrative with a straightforward story of a complex character. But what exactly is the final twist of the film trying to say? Did the driver spare the caller? Did the caller survive the gun shot? Or despite being killed, the caller will haunt the driver and live in his mind for the rest of eternity?
This is the case of the simplest story which completely bends away and twists your mind with just a few frames placed before the final shot could cut to black.
If you shot some footage and need someone to edit the video or if you have an idea for a short film and you need someone to write the screenplay, I would love to jump on baord and collaborate with you. Have a look at my other works to see my style and experience which I build over the years.
Let me know in the comments how you think I could have made this film much better and much more engaging?
I would really appreciate some constructive criticism in order to become a much better filmmaker and a much better storyteller.