The Door

In the weeks following a family tragedy, brothers Neil and Chris head out on a hunting trip. After some unexplained events, they soon find themselves face to face with a sight that will stick with them for the rest of their lives: a door in the middle of the woods.

  • Nicholas Carrodo
    Director
    Intrusion, Biten, Monophobia, Lygophobia
  • Nicholas Carrodo
    Writer
    Intrusion
  • Skye Cruz
    Writer
    Intrusion
  • Ella Evans
    Producer
  • Ella Evans
    Unit Production Manager
  • Aviana Rivera
    Casting Director
  • Isaiah Morales
    Key Cast
    "Chris"
    Intrusion
  • Romeo Sanchez
    Key Cast
    "Neil"
    Expecting, The Spider's Bite, Squid Ink, Take Me Out
  • Sean Riehm
    Key Cast
    "Trenton"
    Outer Banks, Salem High, Ryn, The Mark of a Killer
  • Jesse Crum
    Director of Photography
  • Christopher Foley
    First Assistant Director
    Leg Day
  • Lauren Applegate
    Editor
    Quaranteens
  • Jon Savard
    Composer
    Intrusion
  • Jon Savard
    Sound Design
    Intrusion
  • Natalie Clark
    2nd Assistant Director/COVID Saftey Supervisor
    Green Ribbons
  • Derek Rahm
    Camera First Assistant
    1000 Words
  • Marcopolo DeOlivera
    Camera Second Assistant/Cam Op
  • Emma Fein
    Production Designer
  • Jordyn Harris
    PD Assistant
    Sure, Tomorrow
  • Bailey Gavin
    Costumes
  • Andre Ewing
    Lead Gaffer
    1000 Words, Murder
  • Matthew Vandergrift
    Gaffer
    Green Ribbons, Murder, 1000 Words, Altered, Posies
  • Kyle Spano
    On Set Sound
    Murder, Just For Us, 1000 Words
  • Maddison Hoffman
    On Set Sound
    Murder
  • Emily Roberti
    On Set Sound
    Green Ribbons
  • Emma Fein
    Hair and Makeup
  • Natalie Clark
    Hair and Makeup
    Green Ribbons
  • Aviana Rivera
    Firearm Saftey
  • Derek Elliott Jr.
    Firearm Saftey
  • Jordyn Harris
    Firearm Saftey
  • Lauren Applegate
    Script Supervisor
  • Daniel de Bruyn
    Production Assistants
    Hoodies, Murder, Relativity, 1000 Words
  • Connor Brost
    Production Assistants
    Relativity, Hoodies, 1000 Words, Murder, Days
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - DeSales University
  • DeSales University Film Festival
    Center Valley, PA
    United States
    March 26, 2022
    World Premiere
    Audience Choice Award
  • Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    United States
    April 9, 2022
    Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Horror
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    March 27, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Arthouse Festival of Beverly Hills

    April 5, 2022
    Semi-Finalist
  • Vesuvius International Film Fest
    Castellammare di Stabia, Campania
    Italy
    March 31, 2022
    Italy Premiere
    Best Original Score
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Producer
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Director
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Editing
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Acting Duo
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Poster
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Hair and Makeup
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Original Score
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Best Sound Design
  • Jersey Devil Film Festival
    Asbury Park, New Jersey
    United States
    May 7, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Austin International Art Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    May 20, 2022
    Best Director
  • Masters of Cinema
    Rome
    Italy
    June 7, 2022
    Best Horror
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    June 10, 2022
    Best Student Short
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    June 10, 2022
    Best Horror
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    June 10, 2022
    Best Poster
  • Scarab Short Film Festival

    December 18, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Cult Movies International Film Festival

    June 30, 2022
    Best Short Horror
  • Cult Movies International Film Festival

    June 30, 2022
    Best Trailer
  • Hollywood on the Tiber Film Awards

    June 11, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film & Screenplay Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    June 15, 2022
    Best Performances
  • Thrills And Chills Film Awards

    June 9, 2022
    Best Original Score
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Honorable Mention: Best Student Film
  • Red Rose Film Festival
    Lancaster, PA
    United States
    October 14, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Shockfest Film Festival

    United States
    December 10, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    November 9, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Wasteland Film Festival
    California City, CA
    United States
    September 22, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Indie Motion Film Awards

    United States
    July 30, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nicholas Carrodo

Nicholas Carrodo is an award winning director and writer with a penchant for thrillers with a supernatural twist. His pandemic produced, science fiction short film, Intrusion (2021), won sixteen awards on the festival circuit. Most recently, he's been working on The Door (2022), which had a massively successful IndieGoGo campaign and features a chilling encounter in the woods.

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Director Statement

The Door is a proof of concept short film created in the hopes of finding funding or a distributor for a feature film that has been in the works for over 5 years. This short is an altered version of the beginning of the feature film. There are many more mysteries to unravel and explore.

This short in particular is incredibly personal. It’s essentially how I view the concept of death. After losing people very close to me in the winter of 2020, I made this as a way to cope with and accept what happened. This film is very special and personal to me. Although it will never be explicitly stated in the film, The Door is an allegory for death and my view of it. When someone dies, they’re taken from you. Out of the billions of people on the earth, at some point our loved ones will be “chosen”. They will be taken from us and sent into the unimaginable void that is death. Are they okay wherever they are? Will we ever see them again? To me it’s almost like they pass through a door, never to be seen again. Death itself is not evil, it is natural. It comes for us all no matter how we lived in life. No matter how good you are or how evil and vile you are, you will not be spared by your own mortality. I’ve always viewed horror as an exaggeration of our reality. Our everyday fears translated into things that are larger than life. I want to incorporate these very thoughts into the film.

Something as simple as a door can be terrifying if perceived in the right context. As odd as it sounds, I see a stationary door as the perfect embodiment of death itself. Wherever it may be, no matter if you see it throughout your life or only at the very end, it is always out there. Patiently waiting until it is your time to open it up and pass through.

This short film is dedicated to everyone we lost and those we wish to see again.