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The Hunt

Facing the guilt of a past mistake, a hunter travels into the woods contemplating suicide. After a failed attempt, the hunter is soon being hunted by an unknown enemy and needs to go through his haunting memories of his best friend's death in the familiar forest.

  • Daarya Serji
  • Daarya Serji
  • Jack Kelly
    Director of Photography
  • Jordan VanVelhuisen
  • Lukas Stone
  • Mark Kuntz
    Key Cast
  • Brenden Scheller
    Recording Engineer / Assistant Sound Engineer
  • Clyle Stevens
    Music Composer
  • Jack Kelly
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama, arthouse
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Daarya Serji

Growing up in Iran and being inspired by his oldest brother who was an actor, Daarya soon became fascinated with movies which ultimately led him to pursue his passion of being a filmmaker. Daarya's passion for films began by watching films from his brother's archive and soon began to differentiate styles of film making and the author's perspective. Daarya's favorite film and the film that inspired him to pursue this career is The Godfather.

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Director Statement

Growing up watching international arthouse films and western films , I was captivated with a sense by the format of showing, not telling. Inspired by films such as Tarkovsky's Stalker and Solaris, Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry, and Kieslowski's Three Colors: Blue, The Hunt strives to make use of long tracking shots and spacial movements to recreate what the character is going through.

A big motif for making The Hunt, is the lack of dialogue and telling the story through pure visual cinematography and exceptional sound design. By taking inspirations from The Revenant (2015) and The Thin Red line (1998) for cinematography, The Hunt will make use of the current technology, as well as old fashioned tricks to take us through a journey into the forest with the character.

The Hunt will also have an exceptional team behind how the film sounds like. While having a final mixdown in 5.1 surround in addition to stereo, and having dedicated foley recording in studio and a talented composer, the film will be a true representation of diagetic and non diagetic sounds in the film. This attention to detail in sound is often underrated in student films and specially not given attention to in the pre production period.