Private Project

Double Edged Sword (Short Film)

Double Edged Sword follows a loving long distance teenage relationship with Alexis and Jacob. Using technology, they commit to a set routine to Skype every day. When it is broken, the realities of their relationship come out.

  • Mark Decile
  • Mark Decile
  • Mark Decile
  • Forrest Brown
  • Casey Johnson
  • Ben Swart
    Key Cast
  • Casey Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Ariela Kurtzer
    Key Cast
  • Annette Lee
    Key Cast
  • Forrest Brown
    Casting Directors
  • Skye Haruyama
    Casting Directors
  • Eli Cohen
    1st assistant Director
  • Karen Decile
    1st assistant Director
  • Ian Singleton
    Associate Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, Tragedy, Student, Young Adult, Teen, Love
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 28, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    United States
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    NOMINEE - Best Student Film & NOMINEE - Best Actor
Director Biography - Mark Decile

Mark Decile a co-founder of Dexile Studios was born in Cincinnati where he found a passion for filmmaking in his freshman year of high school. Now it’s his sophomore year, and he takes on to direct his second short film.

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Director Statement

On set, this film was a pain to make. As this is my second short film I'm still heavily learning about the filmmaking process and all of the minor problems. *Cough* Boom Op Noise *Cough* In the end it's always a blast because you're working with your high school friends, and making tons of inside jokes!

The hardest thing for me was the creative challenge. In a week of post-prod I could wake up Monday and be an editor, but on Tuesday I'll be a VFX artist. Then I'll be a director in a week. I love being all of these artists, but it's having the stamina to swap professions and to always learn more about every step, and that makes it challenging.

"Double Edged Sword" is a personal project for me since the story came from one of my long distance relationships in middle-school. I loved and hated it. You are able to meet amazing people through the internet and social media, but it comes at a cost when you try to take it to get in a relationship. The relationship didn't end well, but I made it worse for myself because I believed that the internet could hold us together. This lie led me to make this film, and I'm not saying that people shouldn't do long distance relationships, but I am warning them of how hard it is.

Lastly, I'd have to say thanks for everyone that has worked on the project and especially the cast because it was their first film.

Mark Decile