Here goes another one! Our recent release on our Movie Poster series is Disconnected. This project was one of our firsts we completed in college back in 2008, the same year of The Babysitter and Special Delivery. However this was our first crack at directing actors, the talented Casey Toney and Kelly Rogers. The ironic thing was that the story was all based on a phone conversation, so we filmed the actors separately on different shooting dates. The final version was fun to see how they ‘acted’ with each other, never hearing what inflections and choices the other performer made. It came out beautifully.
We learned a lot from this short film, especially on what not to do to your projects. We accidentally broke the hard drive while we were vacuuming the area around the computer which the project was saved on, thus losing everything. All we have left is the DVD we burned for showcasing in our class. Alas, we have the explanation below if you’d like to know the story.
Disconnected plot line:
We see a young male arrive in his apartment with a sports bag. He makes it to his room and calls his girlfriend. She picks up the phone as she’s calmly reading a book. They exchange pleasantries. The male brags about how well he played in a pick up football game he noticed that was happening on his way home. The woman is confused. He should have been on the road to see her by now. They live three hours apart and the fact that by playing football with his friends, who he sees everyday, is the reason of delaying the visit, doesn’t make sense. They begin to argue. He defends his decision, she accuses how he spends his time in their long distance relationship. The conversation heats up as each throws verbal darts at each other of past experiences and each defends their decisions. They both reach a breaking point, but suddenly the male is shot in the gut with a silencer by a burglar. The girlfriend doesn’t know. She’s still continuing on with her accusations on the other line. The male falls to the ground dead as the burglar picks up the phone. He ‘apologizes’ to her for playing football and asks where she’ll be located. She obliges and notifies him. The burglar abruptly hangs up, heads out of the room. Scene End.
Theme? Life is full of surprises. Some are good, some are terribly sad and tragic. You never know what’s going to happen in your life. Anything can happen. Especially during an argument.