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The Man on the Cliff

A Man struggling against his guilt over a past event soon finds out that he may already be over the edge.

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I used to walk regularly from my house to the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, which is essentially a string of wind-molded cliffs dropping to the edge of Lake of Ontario. It would take me 30 mins. to walk there, but the view was worth it all. I found it peaceful and exhilarating at the same time, standing at the edge of the Bluffs. I loved the location so much that I wanted to make a short film there. It’s not a big stretch to imagine someone falling off a cliff, when standing at the edge of one. I wanted to turn this peaceful spot into a menacing and a dreadful one.

During a cinematography class, I heard about a year long short film class at George Brown College. I jumped at the chance to take this opportunity to getting my ideas off the paper. I had the perfect location for a short student film with no budget that needed to stand out. I put together a crew that consisted of mostly friends with various amateur talents that selflessly threw themselves into the project. I think I got more out of their energy and creativity then I could have gotten from a professional crew with no personal connections.

I am a huge fan of The Twilight Zone, especially the original series with Rod Sterling. Simple stories with great twists at the end, which also pose at times philosophical questions. I also love similar films that put their main character in situations that may at first seem real, but yet later are found to be a figment of the character's imagination, thus reflecting their crumbling state of mind. I wanted to combine these two, and came up with the idea of the same person being the witness, aggressor and victim to the same event. How would the main character react as he went from being one to the other? The result is this short, sad and depressing character study that is my first foray into the filmmaking profession with many more to come. It's a film about how uncontrolled guilt and fear can push someone into the abyss.




Copyright © 2011 Metin Guler

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