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A deranged man has murdered someone because he was irritated by his victim's characteristic, blue eye. He picks up the eye and drives far away into a forest, to bury it forever. But strange things start to happen, mostly in his own mind, as he hears gunshots and sees apparitions. As his own guilt catches up to him and starts driving him to insanity, the man realises he is helpless and throws the eye away in a fit of desperation. But that is the last straw and he realises he has made a terrible mistake that he cannot undo. He returns to write down his long confession, haunted by the murder, haunted by its consequences and haunted by his own conscience, and leaves a note explaining everything, but still not ready to face the consequences. What will happen to him? Did he commit a murder that could end his own life?

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Telltale began as an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-tale Heart' and, for various reasons, ended up as a different, unique story that derives from Poe's original work. The film brings out a story built upon the same lines as Poe's short story, but relies entirely on a single character.

The emotions brought out in Telltale are more through cinematography and directing rather than through the acting itself for the simple reason that the film is dark and gloomy, given that the events all occur at night, and the actor's face is rarely seen. It is safe to say, however -- not underestimating the importance of the actor -- that such technique of using darkness and silence to relate a story (which quite suits my own taste) also allows me, as the director, to leave a lot to the audience's imagination, culminating at the very end where the audience is left, to some extent, to write their own ending to the story.

Perhaps filming Telltale has been a lot more enjoyable than filming my previous films because Telltale had a lot more of an experimental feel to it, from screenwriting to directing to editing. And the most important parts of the film, as I see it, are the bouts of blackness and silence that are also the loudest speakers.



Copyright © 2012 V. H. Belvadi

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