A Viewfinder And White Sneakers

HARRY (25), a lawyer, is on his morning run and comes across a dead body in the park. Confronted by the situation he turns apathetic toward all things that can go wrong. Instead, his attention goes to MADELEINE (28) a woman that walks right in his direction while photographing birds - it seems. Without Harry noticing she also takes pictures of him with the corpse, so she can set him up. Walking backward she trips over the corpse. Her camera breaks into multiple pieces and she frantically grabs her SD card and hides it in her fist. Harry helps her up.

Madeleine has something unnatural about her, which Harry doesn’t notice. They have an awkward conversation where Madeleine starts questioning Harry on the situation. Harry notices that someone is coming and grabs Madeleine to hide behind some bushes.

The person on foot is in his own world and doesn’t even notice what’s going on. The conversation between Harry and Madeleine becomes more serious. When Harry becomes insistent on his innocence a HOBO turns up and Madeleine notices this time. She pushes Harry behind a tree. A romantic chemistry arises between them when they are pressed together behind the tree. Madeleine starts to get nervous and she doubts her plot to frame Harry. Harry comforts her and calms her down. The Hobo steals the white sneakers and leaves the scene.

When the two come out of hiding, Madeleine decides to confess her plot to Harry, who is shocked but also very inquisitive to unravel what exactly happened. Harry discovers that the dead person had hit his head on a rock concealed underneath the grass. It turns out that it was an accident. Madeleine decides to destroy the SD card containing the evidence. Just when they think that the coast is clear, another person shows up, but this time they are spotted. This STRANGER turns out to be an old acquaintance of the dead person. Surprisingly it turns out that the Stranger is anything but shocked - he’s actually quite pleased. He then elaborates on who the dead person was. After learning who this person was they quickly decide to get rid of the corpse and they throw it in a lake nearby. Harry picks up his belongings, which he has left on a park bench nearby. When wants to finally leave the scene, he gets accompanied by Madeleine - who has no intention to leave Harry.

  • Demetre Nebula
    Director
  • Demetre Nebula
    Writer
  • Ramesh Sital
    Producer
  • Dawit de Koning
    Key Cast
    "Harry"
  • Maike Douma
    Key Cast
    "Madeline"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Humor, Dark comedy, Crime
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Netherlands
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director - Demetre Nebula
Director Statement

The idea of being wrongly accused has always fascinated me. Being treated unjustly creates strong emotions in most people. This theme grabs people, because who hasn’t been accused of something which they haven’t done? Relatability is everything. It’s of great importance in a film. Apart from the character of Harry being somewhat grounded in reality and being relatable, it’s also compelling to see a human struggle with strong emotions - with which we all have struggled at some point.

I’m a film director who loves to explore these types of emotions and create stories that hinge on these very emotions. Who wants to just see some pretty pictures? This film in particular is all about understated humor and contrasts. These are things I like, so I put them in the film. Death is present in every scene, while the backdrop is lively and green.

The protagonists are young and still have a whole journey to embark on. While there is a dead person on the ground who’s at the end of his journey. I made this film to translate the idea of what it’s like to be wrongly accused, fall in love with the person that’s wrongly accusing you and the suspense of trying to hide a very inconvenient object - all the while we try to figure out what exactly happened.

I hope you enjoy watching this film