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From Sand to Trees

A visit to the beach became an unintended opportunity to make a film. With no script, vision, or preparation, I shot this film with my family over the course of an hour.

Join us on a trippy journey through the desert!

  • Dylan Crumpler
  • Lee Mason Crumpler
    Key Cast
  • Grady Crumpler
    Key Cast
  • Holly Crumpler
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Experimental, Experimental Narrative, Improvised
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone 6S
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Director Biography - Dylan Crumpler

Born July 4, 1998, Dylan Crumpler has been a storyteller ever since he can remember. Writing novels and making movies since age eight, Dylan has been recognized with two Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. Dylan is currently a sophomore at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where he is studying Film Production in pursuit of becoming one of the greatest filmmakers to ever live.

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Director Statement

This was a very fun yet challenging film to make, as I did not know I was going to be making a film that day! What began as just a few fun time-lapse videos turned into an hour-long production period. I recently had watched David Lynch's "Inland Empire" and took inspiration in connecting the characters physically (in the desert) and existentially (their journey). Over the course of one month I worked to connect the characters and their journey into the experimental-narrative that is "From Sand to Trees".