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Trouble on a Plane

When the mysterious Dr. Edwards is found lifeless during a flight on board of a private jet, all three other passengers become prime suspects. While they at first don’t seem to know one another, secrets are quickly revealed and confessions follow each other up at jet engine speed. But have they all said too much, too soon?

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The idea of the film started with three elements that had been playing in my head for a while: a plane, a mysterious flight attendant and a briefcase. Other than that, I had nothing else, other than the fact that I knew I wanted to write a story around these elements.

When I started my director’s program at UCLA extension, I knew I would have to write, produce and direct several short films over the following 12 months. From day one I had decided that among these short films, I would make one in the style of my favorite director and ultimate master: Sir Alfred Hitchcock. The film would be shot in a Hitchcock style: same type of colors, same camera angles and movements, same type of story.
When a friend of mine told me he had access to a private jet, I had immediately found my lead actor: the plane itself!
Incorporating the elements mentioned above and a basic storyline given to me by a friend, I wrote the seven minute murder/mystery, a whodunit set on a jet, at 10,000 feet above the ground.
Keeping in mind my Hitchcock homage, I gave each character a name from a Hitchcock film, combining the first name from one movie with a last name from another: Eve Kaplan, Roger Devlin, Bruno Bertrani, …

The film was shot during a head wave in June ‘08. While the plane was nicely air conditioned, inside a Long Beach Airport hangar, the cold air quickly turned warm. Not only was the temperature in the hangar getting warmer, the fact that heavy lights were directed towards the plane (and it’s AC machine) didn’t make it any colder!

The film was shot over a period of two days and did not cost more than $600 to make.
murder mystery hitchcock spoof style




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One of the best short films I have seen in the last two years, in any festival out there! I love how the story pulls you in from the moment the credits start to...
31 Dec 2009 | Anonymous

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