Never Odd or Even

A man gets a call on a mysterious walkie-talkie in the middle of the night. The voice on the other line is his own, saying he’ll be dead in ten minutes unless he follows a set of instructions. He follows each instruction blindly as the tasks grow more strange and dangerous and he’s slowly led into a terrifying loop.

  • Avery Troop
    Created By
  • Trae Beneck
  • Avery Troop
  • Trae Beneck
  • Ian Wagner
  • Brandon Cullen
  • Jake Cuddemi
    Key Cast
  • Jack LaChance
    Production Designer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Horror
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Trae Beneck

Trae Beneck has always had an extraordinary interest in visual arts, constantly dabbling in drawing, digital design, and photography growing up. He began making fun short films in his hometown of Fort Collins with his sister, cousins, and friends, which quickly blossomed into a more serious passion. Today, he is attending CU Denver, set to graduate in 2021. He is currently focused on creating short films to build his body of work and to artistically express stories through a visual medium. His career goals include working in the film industry as a cinematographer or as an editor.

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Director Statement

I originally wanted to create this film with my friends in my hometown of Fort Collins last summer. My best friend came up with the idea it and wrote the first draft, and we all fell in love with it. We've always wanted to make a philosophical, surrealist horror film set in a nonsensical world that’s a metaphor for the world we live in. However, we ran into some personal issues and we decided we could not make the film over the summer, but still wanted to make sure we could put our best effort into it. After some discussion, we decided to allow me to make it in film school the following semester, with my friends assisting me from the sidelines. They were excited to see what I could create with a more experienced crew of film students.

With the help of my great DP and Production Designer, we feel like we were able to successfully create an intriguing, strange, scary, yet beautiful world. My Production Designer and I were personally inspired by German Expressionism and wanted the entire film to feel nightmarish and poetic. My DP and I had a blast with the visuals, basking in the freedom this style of film allowed us to have. Overall, creating this film was a fun experience for me. I had never fully directed before, and it was rewarding to be able to direct a film I was so personally attached to.