ATONIA

A graphic designer and his fiancee move into an old mountain house where he is soon confronted by the dark entity that also resides there.

  • Zach Drummer
    Director
    Realties, Smyle for Women, Staten Island Truffle Hunter
  • Zach Drummer
    Writer
  • Zach Drummer
    Producer
  • Chris Johnson
    Producer
  • Micah Cone
    Key Cast
    "Max"
  • Tina Kelley
    Key Cast
    "Riley"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Drama
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 22, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    21:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Zach Drummer

Zach Drummer currently works for Sony Pictures Television as a creative marketing producer. Before that he was the personal on-set assistant to director Shawn Levy. He has worked for nearly fifteen years in the film industry in a variety of roles but has always had a passion for crafting his own stories from script to finish. For years he wrote and directed as part of the LA sketch film collective Nightpantz. He has also written and directed a number of stage plays.

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Director Statement

This film has come a great long way. Originally conceived with some great coworkers at Sony Pictures Television's Creative Center, between font explorations and promo reviews, I had planned to shoot it in LA in April/May of 2020. Things changed. I then moved up to Northern California with my wife and worked remote in an old gold mining town, living in what was purportedly the schoolhouse before the town burned down in 1880. The script evolved from there and we shot the short mostly in our (probably haunted) pandemic home. It was a one-of-a-kind experience, greatly enhanced by working with some amazing local talent and crew alongside some dedicated crew friends from LA. About a year later and here it is. I'm excited to share it with you.