UP ROUTE (2015)
Written, filmed and edited for a 48-hour film challenge, "Up Route" went on to win "Best Student Film" for Horror Icon Bruce Campbell's "Horror Film Festival" and is an official selection for Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network "TPN: Suspense Edition."
Directed By: Jordan Wippell
"Up Route" was a collaboration for a student film that went further than ever expected. Given the constraints of using a plant as a prop, a specific line of dialog, ("Did you see that trailer?") each team was given a different genre. This is where Brandon and future and frequent collaborator Jordan Wippell tapped into their love of their given genre, horror. Working and changing the script during an arduous shooting schedule working with a grip (film humor) of new filmmakers and friends, the two horror buffs, crew, actor Jay Antobenedetto and the real hero behind all of their works, editor Gwyneth Christoffel, to make "Up Route".
The challenge began on a Friday at 6pm and the film, no longer than four minutes, (another restraint, the final film clocks in at 5:08) was due that Sunday also at 6pm. After detailing the script, actor Jay Antobenedetto arrived at 10pm, and the other actor on deck cancelled. Producer Brandon Scott, you know, this guy's website, who had a background in being a background stage actor, stepped in as The Hitchhiker. So of course, they killed him off. They filmed the first leg of morning shots (the end of the movie) and Brandon had the foolish idea to help Jordan film an event for Little Miss Teen Arizona, another foolishly timed idea. Then, they filmed that night and throughout the morning for pickups. Fools.
Luckily, again, Ms. Gwyneth Christoffel is an amazing editor and can do magic in shorts amount of time.
The tiny film that could has gone on to screen at many festivals, including the Phoenix Film Festival, and won horror icon's Bruce Campbell's "Horror Film Festival's" award for best student short. A dream come true.
Stay tuned. "Up Route" still has a few more surprises coming in 2017.