Locked In

I shot Locked In at home in February 2020 during the UK’s third lockdown.

When the first lockdown was put in place, thousands of domestic abuse victims were trapped at home with their abusers, and rates of abuse increased dramatically. I wanted to make Locked In because domestic abuse is all too often ignored – especially during the pandemic - and leads to thousands of cases including deaths every year.

I decided not to include any dialogue to intensify the film and build a sense of threat, but also to signify the fact that the majority of the abused continue to suffer in silence.

Ultimately, Locked In creates a sense of dread and inevitability, which is the sad reality for many domestic abuse victims. It’s a theme which I think makes for a powerful piece of film.

Locked In was shot entirely on an iPhone 11 using a Moment anamorphic lens.

  • Laurent Graudens
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  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone 11 with Moment anamorphic
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Director Biography - Laurent Graudens

I consider myself as a Quantum Creative. With me ideas travel faster than the speed of light. It could be said the universe is a hologram, it cannot be denied that my creativity is rock solid. As an Art Director since 1992 for a living I have always been collaborating with Copywriters, Designers, Photographers, Film Makers, Illustrators and CGI Artists. There's always been a side of me that wanted to explore film making and the first step quite recently was to buy a Moment anamorphic lens for my phone. While I was working on Locked In I thought I have to propose it to festivals as I consider it, after a few explorations, as being my first short.

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