(Los Angeles, CA--October 29, 2018) LA-based production company Eskimo
artist, writer and director Caleb Slain has released his newly Oscar®-qualifying short film 'Demon
' to the public, after a stint of successful film festival screenings. The project garnered the top “Best Narrative Short” honor from the 2017 Austin Film Festival, among others. The Oscar® nominees will be announced on January 22, 2019.
to view the film.
Demon follows Marco, an injured man, who stumbles upon an isolated home in the pitch-blackness of the desert. Rescued by its kind owner, Marco will soon uncover a secret to rival the darkness of the desert it lies in. Slain wrote and directed the ambitious film after being inspired by a series of anonymous shorts filmed in one unbroken shot. The idea to film by moonlight and firelight was entirely his. Partnering with Panavision, cinematographer Drew Dawson and writer-director Slain settled on the Panasonic Varicam 35 and Panavision Glass to achieve their inspired goal.
The film is a cinematic one-act play shot under the full moon, and nothing else. Without the use of artificial lighting, the production schedule had to be coordinated with the moon’s orbital cycle to achieve optimal lunar ambiance in the desert landscape where the film takes place.
After a year of preparation and rehearsal, the shoot took place in the desert surrounding Southern California’s Johnson Valley under a December full moon. Because the very essence of Demon is to experience Marco’s isolation in a 360º unbroken sequence, Slain decided to build the cabin deep in the desert in order to avoid light pollution and minimize the signs of life surrounding the filming. Battling illness, Slain contracted tuberculosis and pneumonia during filming, and myriad obstacles mainly to do with moon cycles, weather conditions, and unexplained technological issues; the film was ultimately shot in just one night. The result is a heart-thumping taut cinematic feat in both scope and vision.
Associate Producers ERIC SCOTT JOHNSON | ROSS VANDE WAA Director of Photography DREW DAWSON Music WLAD MARHULETS Production Designer TREVOR POST Art Director NONO SHINOHARA Prop Master DUTCH BALTZ First Assistant Director CHRISTIAN LABARTA Key PA RICHARD KNICKERBOCKER Steadicam Operator THOMAS FEDAK First Assistant Camera NICK CUTWAY Focus Puller MATTHEW BOREK Second Assistant Camera HEATH GRESHAM Gaffer KYRAN FORD Key Grip DAVE MARMON Key Hair and Make-Up PAIGE KUNDERT Costumer GOJO GORIGNAK Production Sound Mixer LANDON ORSILLO Boom Operator STEVEN ALLMENDINGER Visual Effects Artist NATE VANDERPLAS Additional Visual Effects SCOTT HANSON Color Timing CHAD TERPSTRA Audio Post-Production ONE THOUSAND BIRDS Sound Designers ANDRES VELASQUEZ | ANDREW TRACY Sound Mixer ANDRES VELASQUEZ Post Audio Producer LAURA DOPP Additional Re-Recording ANDRES VELASQUEZ Score Mixer ADAM SCHMIDT Guitar Recording MORITZ BINTIG Vegan Catering SOPHIA SAVAGE Payroll Company ABS ENTERTAINMENT PAYROLL SERVICES Payroll Accountant DANIEL WILLETT
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Founded in 2011, Eskimo is an artist-driven, bi-coastal creative studio and production company with an award-winning roster of directors, producers, and creatives working in the entertainment and commercial advertising fields.