Experiencing Interruptions?

THE FOLLOWER

Despite her successful career, a digital influencer has never felt so down, and the mysterious reason behind it only appears when she's on camera.

  • Pedro Kalli
    Director
  • Renata Moraes
    Director
  • Renata Moraes
    Writer
  • Enrico Cortez
    Producer
  • Pedro Kalli
    Producer
  • Kelita Carvalho
    Key Cast
    "Sara"
  • Amanda Azevedo
    Key Cast
    "Erica"
  • Lucas Napoleão
    Key Cast
    "Obsessor"
  • Felipe Arruda
    DP
  • Suellen Moura
    Make Up & Hair
  • Miller Ludgerio
    Art Director and Costume
  • Pedro Kalli
    Pos Production, Sound Effects, Color Grade
  • Lucca Carvalho
    Storyboard
  • Alan Lacerda
    Making Of & Still
  • Juliana Penfold
    Sound Record
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    O SEGUIDOR
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Terror, Suspense, Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Mostra Livre de Cinema - 2024
    Piracicaba, São Paulo
    Brazil
    Mostra Interior
  • Monstro - Festival de Cinema Fantástico de Jacareí
    Jacareí
    Brazil
    Seleção Oficial - Mostra Diversidade
  • Cusco Web Festival 2024
    Cusco
    Peru
    March 2, 2024
    Official Selection - Best International Short Film
  • Digital Media Fest 2023
    Roma
    Italy
  • 1º Festival de Cinema de São Bernardo do Campo
    São Bernardo - São Paulo
    Brazil
    Seleção Oficial - Curtas Regionais
  • Rio Web Fest 2023
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Official Selection - "Best Visual Effects"
  • Prêmio Plínio Marcos - Mostra de Artes de Diadema
    Diadema, SP
    Brazil
    September 15, 2023
    Official Selection 2023 - Mostra Audiovisual
  • Cine Bijou - Mostra Cine Guerrilha
    São Paulo
    Brazil
    August 27, 2023
  • Cine Marquise, Ebac Talks - "Era uma Vez um Roteiro"
    São Paulo
    Brazil
    June 28, 2023
  • Museu da Imagem e do Som
    São Paulo
    Brazil
    June 24, 2023
  • Santos Film Fest 2023
    Santos, SP
    Brazil
    June 25, 2023
    Seleção Oficial - Mostra de Terror
Director Biography - Pedro Kalli, Renata Moraes

Pedro and Renata have been collaborating since 2017, when they first worked together on "THE WALKING GAY," a web series that can be found on Youtube. Renata wrote both the first and pilot episodes, while Pedro handled photography and editing. They also co-directed their second short film, "12º Andar," which is also on Youtube. In 2019, they completed their third short film, "Confinada." All of their projects have been showcased at festivals like Rio Web Fest, Fest Cine Pedra Azul, and Rock Horror Film Festival, IMDB Independent Film Awards, among others.

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Director Statement

"The idea for this story came about during an anxiety attack I had during lockdown. I wanted to use a metaphor to illustrate how mental illness can be as scary as a horror movie.
Many people think that depression is not as debilitating as something more physical and tangible. However, the effects of having this deep melancholy can keep you from getting out of bed as if you had a broken leg. Perhaps people would take it more seriously if this disease, which could be considered abstract, materialized itself in front of the cameras as an evil entity.
As this was an independent project from the beginning, I thought of writing something concise, that didn't depend on a lot of resources to be filmed. That's why only one location, few characters and very little dialogue. But the message is clear and compelling." Renata Moraes

"Initially, I was most enthusiastic about the project's concept of being a short film that doesn't depend on a lot of dialogue to tell a lot about the story. Furthermore, as a long-time admirer of horror movies, I relished the opportunity to experiment with new ideas within the genre.
Throughout my career, I have undertaken numerous independent projects without financial backing, relying solely on the volunteer contributions of my team. However, I recognized the crucial role that funding plays in the final quality of a production, particularly in technical aspects. Therefore, when I received this script, I knew that investing in the necessary equipment and compensating my team would be essential to achieving the desired outcome. Thus, I personally financed the equipment rental and the team's wages to ensure optimal results.
The team I assembled comprised experienced professionals with whom I had the privilege of working before on other film sets. Though I initially had specific actors in mind for the roles of Sara and Erica, circumstances arose during the process that required a change in casting. While Amanda was originally cast as Sara, upon further consideration of the character's depth and complexity, I decided that a more mature actress was needed to convey Sara's troubled history convincingly. Therefore, Renata and I reversed the roles, casting Kelita as Sara, who embodied the necessary gravitas and depth.

Thanks to our close rapport, which is evident on-screen, we were able to deliver a high-quality final product. As a result, we are already planning future projects together." Pedro Kalli.