In the Static

A paranoid woman returns to work after witnessing a traumatic experiment in her office's laboratory, only to discover her coworkers may be trying to kill her.

  • Robert Butler III
    Time Stamp, FlickTix
  • Dani Fernandez
    Girls on the Bus, MORE, DC Comics
  • Camille Corbett
    The Island, Crystal & Chelsea
  • Dani Fernandez
    Key Cast
    Ralph Breaks the Internet, College Humor, LIVE from WZRD, The Great Debate
  • Oscar Montoya
    Key Cast
    Minx, Victor and Valentino
  • Chris Renfro
    Key Cast
    Queer as Folk, Tom Swift
  • Camille Corbett
    Key Cast
    The Island
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    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Robert Butler III

Robert Butler III is a filmmaker born, raised, and based in Compton, CA. Initially, Robert’s career path veered towards engineering, as he excelled in prestige STEM-oriented magnet middle and high schools. But his love for cinema led him to graduate from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2019 - the same school his inspiration John Singleton attended. Robert has worked as a producer, camera operator, and editor for various online video platforms. Still building his directorial body of work, Robert recently co-directed “Time Stamp,” which was selected for 12 festivals and won the Miami Sci-Fi Film Festival for “Best Director.” He dreams of making movies that address environmental racism and benign neglect amongst Black and Brown communities.

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Director Statement

Feeling isolated in an insulated upstart tech company is scary. So when "In the Static" star/writer Dani Fernandez showed Robert her script, he immediately felt compelled to capture that feeling on screen. The eerily lingering looks from people questioning whether you should even be there. Your trust in your coworkers diminishes while your friends feel unfamiliar. Even your own community turning against you when money is involved. Dani's script brilliantly depicts the fear of not knowing what they say about you when you're not in the office. Matched with Robert's personal work experiences, the result bears a thrilling workplace horror short like "In the Static."