The Hammer

Everyday objects hold secrets of which they cannot speak. Secrets that no one may ever know. Things they have seen. Things they have been made to do. This is the story of a hammer.

(Shot and edited entirely on an iPhone 6 with no budget.)

  • Travis Darkow
    Director
    Synapse (Short Film) Elizabeth (Short Film) Silence in the Aftermath (Short Film)
  • Travis Darkow
    Writer
    Caged, Silence in the Aftermath, Retail Therapy, Jakob's Cove, Synapse, Elizabeth, Servile(?), How Did We Get Here?
  • Travis Darkow
    Key Cast
    “Man”
    Synapse, Silence in the Aftermath, Elizabeth
  • Chris Isaacson
    Key Cast
    “Man #2”
    Silence in the Aftermath (Short Film)
  • Travis Darkow
    Composer
  • Travis Darkow
    Editor
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    experimental, horror, thriller, mystery, guerilla, short, micro short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Creepy Tree Film Festival 2018 (CTFF)
    Salem, Oregon
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Satellite Pride Film Festival 2018

    United States
    November 23, 2018
    Winner - Best Original Score
  • Creepy Tree Film Festival 2018 (CTFF)
    Salem, Oregon
    United States
    November 30, 2018
    Creepy Finalist
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Semi-Finalist
  • One-Reeler Short Film Competition 2018
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 26, 2019
    Winner - Special Mention
  • Guerilla MovieMaking Awards (GMMA) Festival

    United States
    April 3, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Experimental Forum
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    July 17, 2019
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Travis Darkow

My name is Travis Darkow, I am 26 years old from Bremerton Washington where I currently live with my wife and our dog Jax. I have had a passion for writing and creating since I was very young. I was always writing stories, usually about aliens or monsters, or making my own little comic books. As I got older I never stopped writing, all through school I took as many writing courses as I could and my passion only grew over the years. I enjoy all aspects of writing. I write poetry, I love writing and playing music, and have written fifty to a hundred original songs. I have about a dozen or so children's books that I have written as well. My greatest passion though is film. I absolutely fell in love with movies when I was a kid, and found that my absolute favorite thing in the world is writing and directing films. I've written, directed and edited around two dozen short films since the seventh grade, and in June 2019 I completed my first feature length horror/sci-fi film called Goodbye Tomorrow. I am currently writing and directing short and feature length original films, as well as developing an ever expanding list of original pilots and feature length screenplays that I have been hard at work writing. Crafting stories and creating whole new worlds that didn't exist before has always brought me much joy. It is truly my favorite thing in the world and I will never stop creating.

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Director Statement

Horror and science fiction has been my passion for as much of my life as I remember. I recall watching the original House on Haunted Hill and Humanoids From the Deep with my grandpa when I was about 7 years old, and something clicked in my young brain at that point. A feeling that I had found something that spoke to me on a different level than anything else has ever done since. Creating horror, to me, is creating a terrifying environment where you can run around this disturbing playground, and by the end of it, feel relieved. Maybe relieved to just be done with the creepy visuals and sounds of a horror film. But also relief from releasing fears you have built up inside yourself, in a safe and engaging way. My favorite horror films are the ones that straddle the line between horror/science fiction, and psychological thriller or mystery. I love nothing more than leaving a theater, or sitting through the credits of a movie at home, and not being able to get what you just saw out of your head. Movies that make you think deeply about the world, and our relationships to the horrors and tragedies that occur here I find to be absolutely fascinating. These are the types of films I hope to craft as I continue my journey of writing and directing horror based films. I put a lot of thought and energy into crafting worlds full of foreshadowing and blink and you'll miss it details, and I strive to keep growing and pushing forward in my pursuit of my true passion.