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The Lighthouse Lost

“The Lighthouse Lost” is a short film that delves into a century-old mystery in a small Arkansas town, resurfacing in the unexplained disappearance of its residents This project was brought to life through the collaboration of a dedicated, mostly Arkansan crew and the generous partnership with local businesses across Gillham, Wickes, Hatfield, and Berryville. The film, made with a skeleton crew, captures a gripping tale of hidden deceit and the echoes of a town’s forgotten past.

WATCH the full short film below:

Writing

Inspired by iconic elements from “Psycho” and “Fargo,” the writing process involved weaving tension and intrigue through a narrative deeply rooted in the true story of Calico Rock, Arkansas.

Pre Production

Casting:

In collaboration with JB Talent Konnections, we assembled a cast that not only fit the vision of “The Lighthouse Lost” but also brought a genuine Arkansan authenticity to the screen.

Locations:

Filmed at iconic locales such as the old Gillham High School, The Lighthouse in Wickes, TJ’s Country Store in Hatfield, and the Biz-E-Bee Flea in Berryville, the film showcases Arkansas’s eerie beauty.

Storyboarding:

Each frame was storyboarded to ensure the visual narrative aligned perfectly with the film’s suspenseful tone. This thorough preparation allowed us to shoot complex scenes on a tight schedule.

Principal photography

Production

Our production approach for “The Lighthouse Lost” focused on speed, utilizing two cameras for nearly every scene to capture a dynamic range of angles and reactions. We shot the film chronologically over two days, a method that helped maintain the narrative’s emotional continuity and intensity.

The last leg

Post Production

Editing:

The editing phase for “The Lighthouse Lost” spanned approximately one month, during which I meticulously assembled the captured footage and sound to craft the final narrative.

Invisible VFX

I used VFXs to subtly alter elements within scenes, such as changing the name of the school and rotoscoping out a second camera, allowing us to maintain continuity and realism.

Sound Design:

For the sound design, I featured carefully selected tracks by Yuni Wa, enhancing the film’s immersive experience and reflecting the underlying tension of the story.

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