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Bea and Lou like to pretend. Bea thinks Lou plays pretend a little too much... or does she? Blurring genre lines and bending relationship identity inwards, take the Perilous journey with first time director and actor Sam Trillo.

Shot in beautiful Santa Cruz California for $700.

The film was shot without a script, though it is incorrect to say the film was completely improvised. The structure of the film and the vast majority of scenes were written in notepads or in director Sam Trillo's head. Actors dialogue was almost entirely improvised but heavily influenced and guided by Sam before (and sometimes during) each take. The actors relied on Sam's spoken direction to understand their characters and the scene at hand.

  • Sam Trillo
  • Sam Trillo
  • Vanessa Vazquez
  • Sam Trillo
    Key Cast
  • Vanessa Vazquez
    Key Cast
  • Ben Samuel
    Key Cast
    Battleground (2012)
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Sam Trillo

Sam grew up among the redwoods of the San Geronimo Valley in the Bay Area. He studied Film and Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He enjoys a nice fitting pair of slacks and hot bowls of chili.

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Director Statement

I think everyone has that moment in a relationship when they realize they've crossed a certain threshold; whatever that line may be for them. Reconciling that realization is impossible. There's no going back.