The Black Sphere

While dealing with the loss of a loved one, a young man named Tyler is suddenly tasked with helping an alien, who has psychic powers, find his spaceship. Their journey is met with surprising moments of wholesome bonding, but also with sudden moments of brutality. As Tyler realizes what he must do to move forward, his discovery points to the fact that everything may not be what it seems.

  • Tristan Reed
  • Tristan Reed
  • Vlada Lodesk
  • Maeve Panich
  • Andrew Briggs
  • Ryan Yauger
    Key Cast
  • Tristan Reed
    Key Cast
  • Benjamin Sanchez
    Key Cast
  • Ana Mercado
    Key Cast
  • Sahir Mir
    Key Cast
  • Morgen Ludwig
    Director of Photography
  • Willow Thompson
    Assistant Director
  • Sophia Haboush
    Art Direction
  • Gavin Goodman
    Sound Recordist
  • Evelyn Sanchez
    Script Supervisor
  • Erik Hunter
    1st AC
  • Ethan Yee
    Grip & Lighting
  • Ethan Neihart
    Grip & Lighting
  • Nicole Diaz-Castillo
    Grip & Lighting
  • Tristan Reed
  • Connor Rose
    Sound Design
  • Zach Hsu
    Post-Production Supervisor
  • Nick Wolfe
  • Grant Whitsett
    Visual FX
  • Ben Johnson
    Visual FX
  • Brittany Reyes
    Practical FX
  • Daniel Ehrmann
    End Credits Theme
  • Immortal Masks
    Creature Design
  • Courtesy of 20 Buck Spin Records
    "Silver" by Bleed
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Comedy, Horror, Drama
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 26, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Indiana University
  • Montage Film Festival

    Best Fiction Film
  • Montage Film Festival

    Best Performance
  • Strange Days Horror Fest

    Best of Fest
  • Random Acts of Terror

    Best Visual Effects
  • Pop-Con International Film Festival

    Best Student Film
  • Brooklyn Sci-Fi Festival

    Best Student Film - Silver Medal
Director Biography - Tristan Reed

Tristan Reed is a 23 year old filmmaker from the small town of Hebron, KY. After high school, he attended Indiana University and was accepted into the BFA program for Cinematic Arts. Tristan crafted his short thesis film "The Black Sphere" during his last year in this program, and it now rides the wave of the film festival circuit.

Now a college graduate, Tristan has directed, edited, produced, and even starred in dozens of projects generally residing in the horror/sci-fi genre. He is now in post-production on his first horror feature film titled, "The Depths", starring Eric Roberts.

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Director Statement

I read somewhere that if you see a "dark circular object" in your dreams, it signals a moment of self realization and motivates one to take the path towards repairing their spiritual state. So, I made a story centered on that idea and threw in a talking alien with some special FX.

I made this film as my thesis for Indiana University's BFA Cinematic Arts program, shooting entirely around Bloomington, IN while collaborating with other students.