projects

ARCHANGEL

a short film

I wrote and directed the short film Archangel in the spring of 2009, shortly after quitting a job on Wall Street.  Colorist and post-supervisor Jerome Thelia convinced me I should try to shoot the film in 3D; director of photography Brian Hubbard went along with the idea; and after some experimentation, we landed on using a PSTechnik Beamsplitter rig and two RED cameras.  Adam Driver had just graduated from the Julliard acting program, and he and fashion model Karolina Babczynska, coached by stunt coordinator and fight choreographer Rick Sordelet on a set designed by Brian Rzepka, made for a fierce combat duo.  Joelle Troisi created the makeup.

Archangel poster

Archangel poster

Archangel is available in a great 2K 3D DCP, which is the format it premiered on.  The poster on the left was created with designer/illustrator Tesia Alexandra.

Scroll down to see the trailer for the film, expertly edited by Michael Colao.  A rather cryptic synopsis follows.

There is a memory shared by thousands, of a shadow that wrapped around the earth as the sun went dark.

And then came the light, from everywhere, all at once, and the dreams of an extinct species began to explode from the crevices of a scorched earth; from silicate and water rose towers millions of stories tall, shooting upwards and wrapping around the stars.

The sum total of everything that ever was, is, and shall be, a universe that contains all things possible to imagine, now glistens in the light of the furthest stars as the new order balloons outwards through the light cone.

In a strange slumber, unaware, an American city slowly decays. There, a troubled young man is plagued by fits of violent rage. One day, in a horrific trance, he slaughters a group of innocents. Despondent, ashamed and unable to understand his actions, he decides to end his life.

He is rescued from suicide by a woman who promises to explain the mystery of his awful abilities, a woman who is just like him.
Archangel, rise.
— -- Archangel synopsis

Here's the movie in its entirety: