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The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener is a short or micro short film that is actually a recreation of scene from the film Honey Body (2019) as a performance showreel for the actor called Branden Garrett.

  • Vital Butinar
  • Leya Marinčič
    Director Of Photography
  • Branden Barrett
    Key Cast
  • Branden Barrett
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    3 minutes 22 seconds
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    July 1, 2021
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Director Biography - Vital Butinar

Even in early years Vital had a fondness for filmmaking when together with one of his friends who's father was a filmmaker himself got Vital interested in filmmaking when they made their first action packed film on a mutual friends birthday party. After that when Vital's father bought his first video camera Vital was immediately hooked on filmmaking and started trying to make films with his friends. But of course with the limited resources as children they were not able to produce any real films. After some years as Vital studied graphic design at university firstly discovered photography and later on filmmaking all reminded him how he wanted to be a filmmaker as a child. Unfortunately without access to any kind of filmmaking equipment his interest for filmmaking was kept at bay for another few years. Until while occupied with his other interest dancing, Vital got a chance to act in a commercial as a dancer. Being on a real filming set reminded him of how much he had wanted to be a filmmaker when he was younger and with help and encouragement from his partner he decided to get back into filmmaking. At first trying to get acquainted with the craft and learning as much as he could so he tried to find work as an extra on filming sets where he could observe the workings of a production and also reading books on filmmaking. After some time Vital decided that he had to start putting his theory into practice and together with his partner they decided to film their own dance video since they were both dancers and interested in filmmaking. Together they learned how to approach a project like that. Soon after completing his first project Vital was contacted by some friends who also wanted a dance video and after that things took of and together with his partner they formed Mirror 2 Mirror Productions. Recently Vital has directed and produced many music videos, a few short films and had begun development of his first feature psychological thriller with a US based producer. Together with his team he has also recently been working on two tv series pilots and developing a comedy feature film. But still the desire to create narrated films has gotten even stronger.

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Director Statement

The Eye Opener is short or short micro film and it's actually a recreation of a scene from the film Honey Body (2019) intended as a performance showreel for the actor Branden Garrett and also served as a great opportunity for director Vital Butinar and director of photography Leya Marinčič to try and recreate a scene in their own image.
Due to the location and available wardrobe it was decided to try and create a 70s type vibe.