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Quite the Hike

"Quite the Hike" is a silly, yet thought-provoking film that follows two friends, Dylan and Andy, on a seemingly ordinary hike through the scenic fall wilderness of Michigan. As they journey deeper into the woods, they engage in deep conversations about life, faith, and the future. As they continue their trek, they start to notice that things are not quite as they seem. The scenery starts to look familiar, and they begin to question the path and choices that brought them to this point.

  • Michael Lamentola
  • Matthew Barron-Ratz
  • Matthew Barron-Ratz
  • Andy Beningo
    Key Cast
  • Dylan Hancook
    Key Cast
  • Michael Lamentola
  • Evan Barron
  • Michael Lamentola
    Post Production
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Short Story, Comedy, Adventure, experimental, short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony S-log 3
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Michael Lamentola

Michael Lamentola is a passionate first-time film director with over a decade ​of ​experience producing corporate and online videos. ​Continually developing, shooting and editing projects over the years for clients has honed his skills in cinematography, editing, and storytelling. ​After working ​as a solo producer ​for over 10 years Michael ​is excited to start work​ing​ with passionate teams who are interested in ​creating beautiful and engaging films.

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Director Statement

"Quite the hike" was quite the project as it is for the most part one continuous scene filmed in one day. The script did a great job of bringing the audience into what seems like a normal hike shared by two friends and it was important to not distract from that. Being a hiker/backpacker myself I wanted to give that meditative feeling you get from hiking to the audience. Unique camera movements and angles were used sparingly to keep interest without distracting from the experience. My goal was for people to think "That was quite the hike" when the credits rolled and I feel we accomplished that. Working with Matt Barron-Ratz and the team was inspiring as everyone was excited, engaged and brought great insights. The beautiful Michigan fall colors and the perfect weather we got on shoot day contributed so much to the look and feel of the film and made for an amazing day of shooting. I Couldn't be happier with the experience, team and final product.