Into Focus

A troubled father reflects on the whereabouts of his daughter

  • Zach Hoover
    Director
  • Zach Hoover
    Writer
  • Zach Hoover
    Producer
  • Jeremy Beech
    Producer
  • Ricky Bayness
    Producer
  • Wes Murray
    Executive Producer
  • Jim Foreman
    Key Cast
  • Amy Kay Clark
    Key Cast
  • Jenna Jaworski
    Key Cast
  • Wes Murray
    Director of Photography
  • Zach Hoover
    Editor
  • Jeremy Beech
    Assistant Director
  • Blake Sheely
    Script Supervisor
  • Nik Engelhart
    Location Sound Mixer
  • Jacob Michael Stuckert
    Music Composer
  • Zach Hoover
    Sound Supervisor
  • Jenna Jaworski
    Post-Production Sound Mixer
  • Nik Engelhart
    Post-Production Sound Mixer
  • Jessi Bennett
    Re-Recording Mixer
  • Jenna Jaworski
    Foley Artist
  • Zach Hoover
    Foley Artist
  • Wes Murray
    Foley Artist
  • Trevor O'Neal
    Gaffer / Key Grip
  • Michael Bernot
    Grip
  • Jeremy Beech
    Production Design / Prop Master
  • Wes Murray
    Colorist
  • Gwen Cecil
    SFX Makeup
  • Martina Holbrook
    Hair / Makeup Stylist
  • Ricky Bayness
    Still Photography
  • Josh Moore
    Additional Still Photography
  • Nate Hartzler
    Production Assistant
  • Ray Zeliadt
    Production Assistant
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 7, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Mid Ohio Filmmakers Association's Three Weeks of Terror
    Columbus
    United States
    November 4, 2018
    Best Cinematography + Best Supporting Actress
  • Top Shorts Film Festival
    Online
    United States
    March 29, 2019
    Best Horror
  • TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival
    Online
    United States
    March 31, 2019
    Best Film (Nominee), Best Actor (Nominee), Best Original Score (Nominee), and Best Trailer (Nominee)
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 2, 2019
    Honorable Mention: Horror
  • Festigious Los Angeles
    Online
    United States
    April 3, 2019
    Honorable Mention: Horror
  • New York Film Awards
    Online
    United States
    April 5, 2019
    Best Narrative Short
  • Show Us Your Shorts
    Columbus
    United States
    April 6, 2019
    Best Film
  • Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival
    Pittsburgh
    United States
    April 12, 2019
    Official Selection
Distributor Information
  • Unchained Films
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Zach Hoover

Studying media and film, Zach Hoover graduated from Capital University in the spring of 2016. He is currently an assistant camera and grip at Kinopicz American, a creative studio and production company located in Columbus, Ohio. He also freelances as a photographer, videographer, gaffer/grip, and editor. Occasionally he likes to direct and write short, quirky films.

Zach Hoover's primary interests are cinematography and photography, however, he enjoys every aspect of media production. Zach's favorite films are There Will Be Blood, Mulholland Drive, The Big Lebowski, and RoboCop. His other interests include storytelling, technology, history, and mythology.

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Director Statement

"Into Focus is a milestone for me. It is my directorial and writing debut, outside of industrial work or college classes. With subtle inspiration taken from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and films like The Thing, Annihilation, and Rosemary's Baby, a group of friends and myself built a team of novice filmmakers to participate in Mid Ohio Filmmakers Association's Three Weeks of Terror contest. Our requirements were to make a found footage film that was 5 - 8 minutes in length. After a number of restless nights, and possibly too much alcohol, we produced Into Focus. The film is about a troubled father reflecting on the whereabouts of his daughter. We combined visual storytelling with non-simultaneous dialogue, testing our knowledge of film language. We also used our resources and small budget to source locations, talent, gear, etc. to maximum effect. Into Focus surpassed our expectations and won best cinematography and best supporting actress in the contest. Not only do I want to share our film at festivals, but taking the time to network and see others' pictures would be an enlightening experience. Film is a collaborative and involved medium, and we need to unite and support one another. I also would like to highlight Unchained Films, Kinopicz American, and the First English Lutheran Church for being indispensable components for our production."