Thriller Festival Testimonial – September 29 2018

   Thank you so much for the fantastic news.  I’m very excited about having actors perform the script.  I’m also really happy that you enjoyed the concept and characters.   

   Thanks for the feedback.  And thank you for the upcoming performers with actors.  It will be highly beneficial to see the script acted out.

– RR

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Watch Award Winning Short Film: LAST BASE

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  MOVIE POSTERLAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
Directed by Aslak Danbolt

Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father for the first time, but first he goes on one last adventure with his best-friend Oyvind. When a storm approaches their friendship is put to the test; Oyvind want’s to turn back, but Joachim will apparently stop at nothing to pull off his very last jump.

Director Statement:

Making Last Base was about going back to finish something I started several years ago. In 2008 I made a documentary about a group of base-jumpers that failed because of bad weather. A year later, one of the jumpers died in a base-jumping accident, which came to inspire this film. I always wanted Last Base to be understated, realistic and to have a documentary feel. Having filmed base-jumpers through the years, I’ve felt the overwhelming silence right before they jump, and while waiting for the parachute to open far below in the valley. That silence is more suspenseful than any music I could have ever imagined, and that’s why I always intended the film to be without music.

Last Base was shot on a micro budget, which meant we had to carry the equipment all the way to the top of Mt. Katthammeren (1200 meters) in Western Norway and camp there for the 5 days of shooting. It already felt like a Fitzcarraldo-project when we were unexpectedly hit by an ice-cold blizzard that jeopardised the whole project. Trapped on top of the mountain without sufficient clothing, equipment or food, the bad weather nearly defeated me again. But thanks to an amazing effort by the whole cast and crew we pulled it off through something that at times was more resembling of a (poorly planned) polar expedition than a film shoot.

But although we pulled it off in the end, I don’t feel the circle has ended. Cause I know I’ll be back, now that I’m turning it into a feature.

Watch Award Winning Short Film: SHELTERED

SHELTERED was awarded “BEST MUSIC” at the April 2017 Horror/Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

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  MOVIE POSTERSHELTERED, 9min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
Directed by Jake Gutwillig

A boy stuck in a storm shelter with his parents must question their reality, and find a way to leave to find the truth of the world outside.

Director’s Statement:

‘Sheltered’ is about trust, and the honesty shared from one generation to another. There’s a lot more as well going on, but the core I wanted to explore was finding the balance of truths in what we see compare to what we hear, and the importance of self discovery.

Film Type:Short, Student

Genres:Thriller, Mystery, Drama

Runtime:9 minutes

Completion Date:June 25, 2016

Production Budget:1,450 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Film Color:Color

Director BIOS: Nina Gerstenhaber, Jessica Stanley (THE ROSE GARDEN)

Director Biography – Nina Gerstenhaber, Jessica Stanley

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Nina Gerstenhaber
I was born on April 10, 1994 in Paris, France. My family and I moved to Israel when I was 13 and I then moved to America to study animation. I grew up drawing, watching movies and reading books, so I pretty much always knew that I had a passion for storytelling and the entertainment industry. I always loved to draw but the movie that really made me want to do animation is Spirited Away. I remember that this was the first movie that made me notice the character animation and how great and subtle it was. After my military service, where I worked as a graphic designer, I wanted to move to America to study animation. I looked up the top colleges for CG animation and found Ringling College of Art and Design. During my time at Ringling I have gained tremendous experience and exposure to the field of animation and received hands-on training through various projects. After my graduation, I would like to keep evolving in an inspiring environment where I can continue to develop my skills and grow as an artist.

Jessica Stanley
Jessica was born August 24, 1996 and grew up in The Woodlands, Tx. From the moment she could pick up a crayon she was always drawing. Throughout school she drew comics and wrote short stories. Thanks to her cinephile father, she was raised with a TV always playing a movie, and was constantly absorbing films. Some of her greatest influences from this time were Spirited away, The Dark Knight, and Amelie. In high school she chose to combine her two loves- drawing and film- and pursue a career in animation. Ringling was the next logical step for her.

While she is constantly looking to expand and change up her artistic sensibilities, she is currently highly influenced by fables, Miyazaki, and Brad Bird. She hopes that with each work she creates she pulls the audience into a fantastic world and relieve them of the real one for a brief moment. She
hopes that through viewing her work, the audience could learn more about themselves and become better people and a population as a whole.

Jessica has taken online courses outside of her Ringling education to further her studies including courses at Concept Design Academy and CG Master Academy. In the summer of 2017, Jessica was a story intern at Pixar Animation studios. Her group’s senior film was chosen as part of the Best of Ringling senior Computer Animation films.

After graduation, Jessica hopes to be a storyboard artist at a feature film studio and travel in her free time. She enjoys baking, finding obscure indie bands, and brewing rare teas.

Director Statement

This film was created with an intent to guide the audience through a whimsical journey that proves in the end to only be a distraction for the real message of the film. It was heavily inspired by fables and folk tales and the elegant simplicity of their messages. Fables long history in storytelling and universality of their messages resonated with us- few stories are universally known but fairy tales and folk tales have survived centuries- and our film was built to be a homage to them. The film aiming to create a modern fairy tale- following the tropes and structure of fairy tales while introducing modern design, setting and character elements.
We felt the short film format was perfect for short, simple universal messages, perfect for the fairy

Short Film: THE ROSE GARDEN, 3min., USA, Thriller/Animation

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The film follows Milo, a young adventurous boy who ventures into a mysterious rose garden in order to get his toy airplane back. As he wanders around, he discovers that this seemingly wondrous place is not quite what it seems.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Rocky Ramsey (MISCREANT)

Director Biography – Rocky Ramsey

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Rocky Ramsey was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Oakland, CA. Rocky was the first male in his family to receive a College Degree – USC School of Cinematic Arts for Film and Television Production, 2015. After Graduation, Rocky began Producing and 1st Assistant Directing music videos for various labels such as Ultra Records.

Due to his extreme sports background, Rocky began doing stunts in the industry – boxing, skydiving, motocross, driving cars, surfing, and snowboarding. Now directing, writing, and producing, Rocky Ramsey has a fantastic understanding and awareness for stunts when it comes to creating his films.

Director Statement

This is my directors debut, I wrote this film as a student at USC – I directed, wrote, produced, and stunt coordinated this film. Currently, I am in the process of expanding this short into a feature length movie.

Short Film: MISCREANT, 10min., Crime/Thriller

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Anderson McCarthy, a young law-school graduate, walks two small town detectives through his life threatening turn of events while visiting his Uncle Billy for the very first time.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Crime, Drama, Myster
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color