Open Season

A young man, riddled with privilege and wealth, ventures on a right of passage hunting trip in search of an unusual prey.

  • Carson Brooke
  • Galen Hogan-Barden
  • Isabella R Thietje
    Open Season, Keep Me Company
  • Jordan Richards
    Key Cast
  • Gregory Short
    Key Cast
    "Homeless Man, John"
  • Stephen Ingram
    1st AD
  • Michael Nolan
    Director of Photography/ Camera OP
  • Earl Chapman
    Assistant Camera
  • Taylor Tullos
    Script Supervisor
  • Terre Nguyen
  • Emily Dunn
    Production Designer
  • Kyle Fightmaster
    Sound Mixer
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Taylor Tullos
    Line Producer
  • Veronica Lee
  • Emily Dunn
    Assistant Editor
  • Lavontay Johnson
  • Kenneth Frankin
    Sound Editor
  • Terre Nguyen
  • Taylor Tullos
  • Rachel Benfield
    Festivals and Marketing
  • Isabella Thietje
    Festivals and Marketing
  • Kaelyn Thackeray
    Post Supervisor
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    2,364 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy
Director Biography - Carson Brooke

Carson Brooke is a multimedia storyteller, filmmaker, and writer. So far he’s written and filmed many short comedies, along with writing a pilot. Most recently, he was the director of Open Season, and writer for I Have Good Music Taste, I Swear!, In 2019, he won Best Comedy at the Arlington Student Film Festival for a short film he wrote, produced, and directed. He also won first place in Pre-Produced Radio at SkillsUSA Virginia in 2018, which helped inspire him to run a music-based podcast and radio show called Playlist of The People, through VCU’s student radio program. What he’s enjoyed most in his film and media career so far, are the amazing people he’s met and the laughs he’s had with them. He’d love to do pretty much anything involving filmmaking or music in the future, especially writing/directing tv, movies, music videos, or funny commercials.

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Director Statement

I was really excited to have the chance to bring Galen’s script to life, due to the way it was beautifully written, the shocking twist at the end, the ample room for comedy, an intriguing character who isn’t your typical protagonist, and the underlying theme of classism.
I wanted the audience to find themselves rooting for this asshole of a protagonist, and I think the comedy and charisma he provides, along with the pressure he deals with that makes him hunt, can do just that. I also love how more information about the