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The daily ritual of a social night owl comes to a screeching halt in this short silent comedy about the modern dating scene and what society now defines to be "love and romance".

  • Christopher Leong
    Director
  • Christopher Leong
    Writer
  • Christopher Leong
    Producer
  • J-Kai Hsu
    Key Cast
    "Louie"
  • Christopher Leong
    Key Cast
    "Troy"
  • Nora Cullinen
    Key Cast
    "Girl 1"
  • Amy Wan
    Key Cast
    "Girl 2"
  • Sabrina Marie
    Key Cast
    "Girl 3"
  • Christopher Leong
    Director of Photography
  • Osiris Gray
    Assistant Director
  • Vincy Metha
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Short, Student, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Romance, Short, Black and White, Silent Film, Mobile Cinema, Student, student film, StudentFilm
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    FilmicPro for iPhoneXS
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - San Francisco State University
  • Anaheim International Film Festival
    Anaheim, California
    United States
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    Athens, Attica
    Greece
    November 10, 2021
    BEST STUDENT FILM
  • BASH - Bay Area Short Films Festival
    San Francisco, Califronia
    United States
    December 7, 2019
  • Bright Ideas Film Festival
    ONLINE
    United States
    Student Submissions
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    Llanelli, Wales
    United Kingdom
    June 1, 2020
    Smart Phone Competition
  • Chicago Indie Film Awards
    Chicago, Illinois
    United States
    October 1, 2020
  • CineAsian Films
    ONLINE
    United States
    December 31, 2021
    Short Film
  • Dreamachine International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 31, 2020
    Best Experimental Short (Semi-Finalist)
  • Goa Short Film Festival
    Kothrud Pune, Maharashtra
    India
  • Hitchcock Film Awards

    July 10, 2020
    Best Experimental Film
  • Hollywood International Golden Age Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    November 11, 2020
    Best Mobile Film
  • Imagine Rain Independent Film Awards
    Saratoga, CA
    United States
    December 30, 2020
    Best Student Short (WINNER)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Hollywood,CA
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Indie Short Fest
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    Best Mobile Short- Nominee
  • IndieX Film Fest
    Hollywood,CA
    United States
    December 20, 2019
    Best Mobile Short (Nominated)
  • Metropolitan Film Festival of NYC
    Winnetka, CA
    United States
    July 25, 2020
    Best Student Film (WINNER)
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    September 28, 2019
  • Montreal International Indie Short Film Awards
    Montreal, Quebec
    Canada
    August 1, 2020
    Official Selection
  • New Filmmakers NY
    New York City, NY
    United States
    October 3, 2019
  • New York Flash Film Festival
    Brooklyn, New York
    United States
    February 1, 2021
    Short Smartphone
  • New York Lift-Off Film Festival
    Brooklyn, New York
    United States
    June 28, 2020
    Smartphone Films
  • Niagara Falls International Short Festival
    Niagara Falls, New York
    United States
    December 18, 2020
    Best Micro Short & Best Student Short (FINALISTS)
  • Oregon Short Film Festival
    Wilsonville, OR
    United States
    February 19, 2020
    Comedy Micro Short
  • Paris Lift-Off Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    October 27, 2019
    Online Premiere
  • Phoenix Monthly Short Film Festival
    Phoenix, Arizona
    United States
    September 1, 2020
  • Prague International Indie Film Festival
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    September 18, 2021
    Best Student Short
  • San Francisco Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    December 15, 2019
  • SoCal Film Awards
    Huntington Beach, CA
    United States
    March 7, 2021
    Micro Short
  • Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
    Shibuya City, Tōkyō
    Japan
    May 31, 2020
    Short Live Action Narrative
  • Top Shorts

    United States
    August 29, 2020
  • Vancouver Independent Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    Best Student Short Film & Best Micro Short Film (WINNERS)
  • Vegas Movie Awards
    Las Vegas, NV
    United States
  • West Europe International Film Festival - Brussels Edition
    Brussels, Brussels
    Belgium
    August 14, 2021
    Smart Phone & New Media
Director Biography - Christopher Leong

Christopher Leong was born in raised in Redwood City, CA; located in The San Francisco Bay Area. Graduating from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors Degree in Cinema, Leong partakes as an amateur actor, director, writer, and producer.

He has appeared as a background actor in Marvel's "Ant-Man and the Wasp", Netflix's hit drama, "Thirteen Reasons Why" as well as The Netflix Original Film, "Always Be My Maybe" starring Ali Wong.

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Director Statement

It started off as an idea that got panned by a teacher who would then proceed to downgrade me just for proposing the project alone shortly after making me spend another insomnia-laced week in my school library making me redo the entire Production Packet for this.

The next semester, I decided to move forward with this piece on my own without any restrictions enforced by a professor. However, various Cast and Crew who I have recruited months in advance; while checking in on them from time to time decided to step down from the project just days before principal photography was supposed to begin so I had to act fast.

With the Director of Photography being one of the newly vacant spots, I decided to use what I learned in a Mobile Filmmaking Course and take over camera operations via my iPhone and the FilmicPro app. Throughout the production, I worked with both what and who I had on hand and did everything I could to make the ends meet as deadlines loomed.

In the end, I am grateful with how it turned out especially considering everything that happened leading up to it. Though most importantly, I am thankful for my amazing Cast and Crew for taking a chance on me and sticking with my project through thick and thin!