Aura: A DCE Short Film Based on "ARRIVAL"

A young photographer finds herself entangled with a strange object, that leads her across the world to show her its true power and purpose to earth and its inhabitants.

  • Christopher Henry Cook
  • Christopher Henry Cook
  • Lauren Lewis
    Key Cast
  • Voyage
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k UHD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Christopher Henry Cook

Christopher Henry Cook is an American producer/director most known for creating and running Destiny Creates Entertainment. Destiny Creates Entertainment was originally known as "Drones and music" on YouTube, before being deleted by a malicious hacker in 2014. since then, the channel was re-branded to "Destiny Productions". Eventually, the channel ended with "Destiny Creates Entertainment". After years of producing YouTube content, Christopher Cook decided to advance further in the film industry. Releasing his short film "Impact" on Dec 23, 2020, Christopher won an honorable mention award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Following this was the short film "Aura", which was released on Jan 1, 2023, and the short film "The Little Things", released on Jan 25, 2023. After this, Christopher went on to write and direct "Neon" and "Split" which are slated to release in 2024.

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Director Statement

This film took months to make, and several locations. We overcame multiple challenges, such as windy days causing the drone footage to not look well, and planning to go to bernheim forest for the woods scenes. this was done with 100 percent natural lighting, I was using a kit 12-60mm lens, and the nighttime scenes could have been better but I didn't have a good nighttime lens. regardless we overcame so many hurdles and made a solid release. it was completely edited in vegas pro with the 3d object being made in blender. The idea came to me after watching the movie arrival and feeling like the lore could have been better shown. The coolest part about this project is the custom soundtrack. the second half of this short film was scored by vaporware music artist "Voyage" who we contacted about the idea, and he was happy to score it for us and create the score from a song of his called "Aura", we asked him to take a specific portion, and extend it, and crank the bass up to help give the impression of building intensity. From the color grade, to the editing, every piece of this was done intentionally. Shot completely on the lumix g85.