Grounded

An empty plane, all passengers departed, the crew having locked up and sealed the cabin. Hidden from sight and alone a woman wakes to find herself trapped. The doors are locked, it’s dark, there’s no food or water - and it’s cold. She then hears footsteps. Something unseen is hunting her. Suddenly, her plight becomes not only to escape, but to survive.

  • Jesse Richards
    Director
    Only Human, Burnt, The deal, Where we live, Echo
  • Josephine Croft
    Writer
  • Josephine Croft
    Producer
    Hitting Zero, Before I Go
  • Josephine Croft
    Key Cast
    "Anne"
    Telepathy, Larry the Wonderpup, Before I Go, Neighbours
  • Lauren Bailey
    Key Cast
    "Air hostess"
    Before I Go, Agenda, out of Order, In life today
  • John Marc Desengano
    Key Cast
    "Air host"
    Playing for Keeps
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Spherical Alexa LF Open Gate
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jesse Richards

Jesse is a Melbourne and Sydney based director/editor who specialises in online content, short films and music videos. Jesse feels at home with fast-paced dialogue, awkward humour, crazy sci-fi landscapes and contrastingly, some down to earth dramas. Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry. He’s fine with either or both at the same time. In advertising, he has worked across award-winning campaigns such as ANZ’s GAYNZ which took home gold at Cannes, #holdtight which brought back a bronze lion, Victorian Coast Guard’s Seabay, Nissan's Memory test, Red Cross’ 42 and She Gives Birth, Movember’s UnMute and DFATS’ The Most Interesting Job Interview, all of which nabbed a bunch of awards and nominations. His short film Where We Live has been selected into over 30 festivals worldwide and won some metal at LA Shorts, Hollywood screenings, Sydney World Film Fest, South London Shorts, Asia International Film Fest and Canada’s Vaughan International Film festival.

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Director Statement

Genre stories are rarely explored in the short film format. I think that’s a real shame because it’s a challenge that so many people shy away from. There’s so much you can do in a horror/thriller environment that has yet to be navigated in certain mediums and there is a lot to get excited about in these uncharted waters. Undiscovered territory within any narrative field is something that should be taken advantage of. This story has one main character, one main location and is perfect for short storytelling.