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A Deadly Shoot

After their transportation plan fails, Julia, a young film director, and one of her crew members have to carry a coffin across Los Angeles in order to get to the last day of the shoot on time.

  • Marta Pérez-Coca
  • Marta Pérez-Coca
  • Hyunjin Lee
  • Michelle Montemayor
    Key Cast
  • Robert Sudhoff
    Key Cast
  • Tess Lignel
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - New York Film Academy
Director Biography - Marta Pérez-Coca

Marta Perez-Coca is from Alicante, Spain. From an early age she wrote stories and recorded them with her family and friends. When she was sixteen, she got her first experience working on a movie set in La Ciudad de la Luz; there, she worked as a producer in a short film and fell in love with filmmaking.

After studying Business Administration in college and working in finance for a few years, she decided to get back to her passion: filmmaking. She enrolled in a film school in Madrid, Spain to study film directing. After finishing this two year program, she went to LA to the New York Film Academy to study an MFA in filmmaking, where she is now a currently student.

During her years as a student in Spain and LA she worked on many shoots, mainly as director, writer, production designer, director of photography and producer.

The last short film that Marta directed, wrote and edited was “A Deadly Shoot”. A fun dark comedy that made the filmmaker keep working on that genre. Now she is working on her first feature film, another dark comedy.

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Director Statement

I grew up in Spain surrounded by dark comedy. It was everywhere, in my family and friends, or at least that’s how I got used to seeing the world. Our cultural way of experiencing humor, darkness and the surreal probably had much to do with it. This is something that grew in me. I wanted to make “A Deadly Shoot” to express for the first time my way of looking at the world, through my surreal and dark viewpoint.

The inspiration for this story is based on something that happened in real life. One day, when I was living in Madrid, Spain, I was working on a student film. After the shooting, we needed to take a coffin back to the school, but the transportation plan failed, so we had to send two students to carry the coffin back to school. It was such a surreal situation that I decided to create a story around that concept.

Another huge inspiration for this movie is Pedro Almdóvar, especially the movie “Volver."

Making a comedy was one of my greatest challenges, and this was my first time doing it. I’ve learned so much during production and post production. I’ve discovered a passion for creating stories within this genre. It has been the biggest production I've directed in so far and also my first experience directing so many actors from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Another challenge was the editing process, getting the correct rhythm with which to keep the audience engaged and having fun with the movie. Overall, It was an amazing experience.