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Black Snow - The Apocalypse

In the aftermath, when the world is isolated and cold, a painter becomes obsessed with his work.

  • Conrad Murphy
    Larva, Man
  • Rayne Polkowski
    Larva, Man
  • Rayne Polkowski
  • Conrad Murphy
    Director of Photography
  • Rayne Polkowski
  • Quinn Jackson
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Oswego Senior Thesis Screening
    United States
    May 11, 2023
    Oswego 7 Theater
Director Biography - Conrad Murphy, Rayne Polkowski

Our goal for this project, like all of our projects, is to make the audience uncomfortable, which we achieved through tight camera angles, actor performances, and set design. This project is significant for both our personal and professional development and is proof of our work ethic and vision—on a scale bigger than anything we’ve ever worked on before.

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Director Statement

Black Snow is an experimental short film anthology series focused on the consequences of societal and governmental influence. The last film, The Apocalypse, pulls inspiration from the Greek story of Narcissus, and how one’s own vision can cloud their day-to-day life until it fully overtakes them. We hypothesize where we are heading as a society and allow that to guide this piece, and dive into how a hypothetical future could look. We used various mediums including HD black and white, stop motion, and abstract visuals to enhance the message of this film. Making use of a drone we were able to capture aerial footage that pushed the final message of isolation to an otherwise unachievable level.