Monster In The Woods

The film starts in a parking area, where Arin a famous
YouTuber is recording his assistant Pete unloading gear
from the van. As Arin doesn’t want to miss out on anything,
he keeps recording in spite of Pete’s suggestion of not doing
so as the media is very less. But Arin doesn’t listen to him
and keeps recording.

Arin leads the way but isn’t paying much attention to the
map. Pete gets frustrated with this and takes the lead saying
he needs B-roll footage for editing.

As soon as Pete takes the lead and steps aside and takes a
few steps past the host, his leg gets stuck in a bear trap. Pete
lets out an agonizing scream. But Arin doesn’t care about it,
and picks up the camera and starts shooting Pete. Pete gets
angry and asks him to help him out. Arin makes a bandage
out of Pete’s over-shirt and wraps it up around his leg, but
suddenly they hear some rustles coming from a tarp, which
is behind some trees, perfectly blended into the surrounding.

Berkerly, a grim looking wildman emerges from the tarp.
He has a worn machete and a mask. Arin & Pete gets
frightened as Berkerly lunges towards them.

In the next scene , we see that Pete is crawling towards the
camera. He gets it and faces it towards Arin who is negotiating with Berkerly that, if they does this interview, it will be showcased in different film festivals around the world. Listening to this, Berkerly agrees to for the interview.

In the night everybody is walking towards Berkerly’s
campsite. Pete is slung over Berkerly’s sholder and Arin
follows them with camera facing on Pete and Berkerly. Pete
is not optimistic about the situation as Arin, so he tells Arin
that he is not feeling comfortable and he doesn’t want to die
like this. But Arin assures him that, everything is fine and as
soon as they are done, they will go home.

Everybody reaches the campsite. There is an uninviting
cabin set in front of a fire pit. Everybody goes in. The cabin
looks like, it’s been built with anything it’s owner could
find. Berekerly sits down Pete on a scrap built chair and
Arin hands over the camera to Pete. Pete is still unsure
about the whole idea of interview, but Arin doesn’t listen.

Everybody takes their places. Berkerly is sitting next to
Arin unmasked, with a machete in his hand. Berkerly is
staring wide into the lens, mesmerised by its power.
Arin begins the interview, but Berkerly is still staring. Arin
asks some questions to him but he doesn’t reply them
properly and asks Arin that rather people would watch that
or not. Arin assures him that people are going to watch it as
it not often when murderers are interviewed on the field and
he has 2 million subscribers on his channel.

Berkerly continues to stare, while Arin asks him something
about a murder. In spite of answering that, he says why
didn’t you try to take him out from here. Arin pauses and
tries to understand. Berkerly points his machete towards
Pete and focuses on Arin and says that, there are high
chance of that wound becoming infected. But Arin seems to
be too absorbed with this opportunity to be concerned for
Pete’s wellbeing. He tells Berkerly that, it is not important,
and we should focus on our interview. Berkerly turns
towards Pete and asks him that was he always such a dick?
In response Pete agrees with him. Arin tells Pete to pay
focus on work as he is not paying him to talk.

Looking at Arin being such an asshole, angre Berkerly
grabs him from the throat and starts choking him against his
seat. Arin panics but still excited to be a part of such a
ground breaking documentary. He tells Pete to keep recording. Berkerly looks over to Pete staring in the camera while maintaining his grip on throat. Eventually Arin limps down on seat.

Berkerly strides towards Pete, Pete cowers back and
Berkerly takes the camera from him and start staring at it
again, still hypnotised by its power. Terrified Pete thanks
Berkerly for killing Arin first. In response, Berkerly says
“No problem” and we see that camera is set aside focusing
on ceiling, we can hear Pete screaming and thrashing
violently.

We see that camera is off center like resting on the chair,
across from them we see Pete negotiating with Berkerly.
Arin groans a little. Berkerly tells Pete to hold on and picks
up his machete and buries it inside Arin’s body a few times.

In the next scene, we see that Pete is sitting at a table,
working on his laptop. Berkerly is standing over his
shoulder watching. Here Pete tells him that, on internet no
one would believe that he is a serial killer. Listening to this,
for the first time Berekerly smiles.

After that, we see that Berkerly is staring into the camera
blankly holding a human skull opened from the top, and
says to the camera that next time he will teach how to make
a bowl out of human skull.

In the post credit scene, we see that the camera is sit
focused on Pete, who is eating a cereal out of the bowl skull
and we can hear Berkerly walking around in the back.

  • Maya Alfreds
    Director
  • Scott Dunn
    Writer
  • Rutvik Rawal
    Producer
  • Alex Stonehouse
    Key Cast
    "Pete"
  • Alex Ritchie
    Key Cast
    "Berkley"
  • Shrey Vyas
    Key Cast
    "Arin"
  • Omar M. Valencia
    Director Of Photography
  • Carlos Mario Rodriguez
    Production Designer
  • Gian Mendez
    1st Assistant Director
  • Priya Soni
    Editor
  • Frank Munro
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Horror Comedy, Dark Comedy, Mockumentary
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 26, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,914 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED EPIC
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Maya Alfreds

Maya Alfreds has always known she wanted to tell stories, so when she found film in high school, she knew it was the medium for her. Maya has been able to take her prior experience in
theatre, writing, art, and music into film and soon fell in love with lighting while attending Vancouver Film School. As a director, Maya wants to utilize all of her skills along with her love for collaboration in order to create projects that everyone involved can be proud of. She is excited for her opportunities with “Monster in the Woods” to tell a story that is funny, exciting, dark, and challenges her thematically. Maya’s goal is to represent all people in film so that
everyone has someone to look up to, no matter how they identify. She believes that “Monster in the Woods” makes a comment on the intrusiveness of social media on self esteem and interpersonal relationships that all people can relate to. She wants to promote positive mental health in film, even if it is through a comedic interpretation, because she believes that it is not discussed often enough. Maya is from Vancouver, Canada and is committed to making this film connect with audiences around the world, regardless of language or cultural background.

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Director Statement

Monster in the Woods is a story about karma and the negative effects of social media. Arin, the self-absorbed YouTube star, focuses only on his pursuit of fame, despite the obvious danger of being in the presence of a real serial killer. Pete, the loyal camera operator, is intrigued by the creative possibilities present, but knows his life is worth more than the project.

Their relationship not only shows that Arin gets what he deserves by the end of the film, but also shows two sides of the entertainment industry; people who will do anything to achieve fame and people who are in it to create something new. Ironically, Berkley is almost like a mediator between the two, revealing the truth about both of their opinions and personalities despite being the perceived threat.

Visually, the film will reflect the conflict between Arin and Pete, while also creating suspense around Berkley’s motives. As Pete is our unlikely protagonist, further accentuated by the fact that he is
the camera operator and we see most of the story through his point of view, he is the one we sympathize with. His costume is fairly plain, making it easy for audiences to see themselves in him and think about what they would do if they were in his situation.

Arin, on the other hand, will not only stand out in his bright purple “Murderlicious Mysteries” shirt compared to Pete, but it will also further emphasize his arrogance. He is also always demanding screen time literally throughout the film, showing his struggle for control over the situation. The stark contrast between the shaky camera POV footage and the still, unsettling wide-angle close ups will not only bring drama and suspense, but will also make it impossible for any of the characters to hide their emotions. We are also planning to have wide establishing shots to show the isolation of Pete and Arin, because even if they could escape
Berkley they would also have to navigate their way out of the woods.

Dutch angles and purposefully unsettling anti-frames will also help to convey to the audience when the camera has been dropped or
placed hastily, as neither of the characters are ever truly safe or comfortable.

Of the three characters, Pete is the one who changes as a reaction to Arin and Berkley revealing their true selves. This realization process is what brings about the narrative closure of the
film, and is crucial to the structure of the story and the characterization of Pete, making his performance here arguably the most important part of the film. Even though it is all subtext, Pete realizes how horribly Arin was treating him and allows Berkley to kill him without even trying to stop him. This is also where the comedy plays in, because even though it is supposed to be believable through performance, the situation is what creates the comedic value. Berkley also contributes heavily to the comedy side of the film because he is a serial killer with more remorse and moral standards then the famous YouTuber. His interest in the camera and its possibilities also foreshadow a possible
reincarnation of a similar antagonist within
himself, as he and Arin are similar in their pursuit
of personal gain.

Overall, my goal with this film is to create something that is different and takes on a new perspective of the horror and comedy
genres. The script does a fantastic job of playing with audience expectations and is truly unlike anything I have ever read. I want to do the script justice by incorporating both themes of karma
and obsessive social media focus because I think both are extremely relevant, especially with young viewers that are living in the “YouTube Age.” Not only is it something that I personally feel strongly about, but it something that I want to continue to explore throughout my career in film, as I think the irony of creating a film about how videos and media culture negatively impact people helps build the strength of the message itself.