Experiencing Interruptions?

The Red Phone

A young man arrives home from the funeral of the woman he loves to the sound of the ringing of a mysterious red phone.

  • Elijah Roberts
    Something is in the House
  • Elijah Roberts
    Something is in the House
  • Elijah Roberts
    Key Cast
  • Audrey Graham
    Key Cast
  • Diego Gonzalez
  • Ethan Hoffman
  • Elijah Roberts
  • Elijah Roberts
  • Elijah Roberts
    Production Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 22, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Sierra College
Director Biography - Elijah Roberts

Elijah Roberts is a 20 year old aspiring filmmaker. He lives in San Francisco and makes films as a hobby, but is on a mission to transform his hobby into a career.

Elijah grew up in a military family, and moved to different states frequently as a child before eventually settling in the Sacramento area of California when his father retired from the air force. Everywhere he lived, his love of filmmaking was constant, and he would make home videos with his friends at home.

It wasn’t until his senior year of high school that he made his first short film, and realized that filmmaking was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

The Red Phone was made as a piece of personal therapy that Elijah hoped would help other people feel less alone and more understood. Making it helped him get through a rough time in his life, and the main purpose of creating it was the idea that maybe it would help somebody else too.

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Director Statement

Hi, I’m Elijah. I spent about six months making The Red Phone. I know. Six months for six and a half minutes is ridiculous. Most of the six months was just brainstorming. I came up with the idea in July 2021, and it wasn’t until late September that I’d come up with the ending to it. But I did spend two straight months with the film constantly on my mind trying to think of how to end it. In October, I filmed the whole thing in two consecutive nights. After that, I had lots of editing sessions with Diego, and the same amount of music sessions with Ethan, until the thing was completed. I’m so proud of this project, and even more proud of my friends that helped me. Also shoutout to everyone that recorded their voice for the opening scene. Very much appreciated. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my film!