The Runaway

In the frigid winter of 1933, an aimless young drifter hops a freight train headed toward what he hopes will be his salvation. However, when he is trapped and nearly caught by a Santa Fe brakeman, he starts to come to terms with his reality.

  • Wyatt Hall
  • Wyatt Hall
  • Nikki Reifler, Wyatt Hall
  • Parker Queenan
    Key Cast
  • Ernie Stifel
    Key Cast
  • Drew Gardella
    Director of Photography
  • Sylvia Navarro
  • Livi Dom
    Sound Mixer
  • Wyatt Hall
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Period
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Wyatt Hall

Wyatt Hall is a student at Chapman University's Dodge College in Southern California, where he is already making strides towards becoming a Director and Writer for Live Action and Animated content. In between projects, he works as a Freelance Visual Effects Artist, and plays tabletop games with his friends.

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Director Statement

The Runaway was such a dream to work on! Railroading has long been a fascination of mine. I wanted to tell a story here that is almost entirely forgotten in modern times, about the mass-migration of youth via freight trains in the Dust Bowl era, and the hardships they faced. But I also wanted to remind people that no matter how bad things get- even in the darkest and coldest winter, you can still find hope where you least expect it.