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The Captive Hitman

An ordinary man is forced to become a hitman by a big corporation when they take his wife captive, threatening to kill her. The man is forced to complete the corporation's dirty work by hiding the bodies of their corporate enemies as he slowly loses who he truly is and begins to regret his actions.

  • Michael Berriman
  • Michael Berriman
  • Micah Robertson
    Key Cast
  • Brynn Nieuwenhuis
    Key Cast
    "Hitman's Wife"
  • Andrew Burdick
    Key Cast
  • Andrew Zuiderveld
    Key Cast
    "Dead Body"
  • Tanner Myatt
  • Kyler Robinson
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Action, Hitman, Narrative
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LA Under the Stars Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 21, 2020
    Best Student Short
  • Chain NYC Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    August 16, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Best Shorts Competition

    Award of Merit
  • Accolade Global Film Competition

    Award of Merit
Director Biography - Michael Berriman

A young up and coming director and writer who was born on June 17, 2000 in Colorado, Michael Berriman has been creating stories and videos since a young age. This continued throughout his high school years into college where he is currently studying film making at Biola University, in the Los Angeles area. While studying film, Michael is making a variety of short films and screenplays to further practicing and bettering his craft in doing what he loves, creating stories.

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Director Statement

I wanted to capture realism within this piece. It's meant to be dark, moody, and real. I tried making the audience uncomfortable and drawn into the film through the various long shots and the ominous noises. It is a very grounded piece about a simple man and what he's willing to do for a loved one and I believe that is a very relatable thing for everyone, what they're willing to do for the one they love. Normally in these types of movies, the hero prevails but I wanted a twist at the end just to keep that realistic touch to it all.