TRAPPED is a short film shot entirely with time-lapse photography. It follows a young boy stuck in an abusive relationship. We follow the boy's process of dealing with his pain. The time-lapse photography let us experience this glimpse into the character's world through a very external and alien perspective.

  • AJ Wendel
  • Isaac Wendel
    Lead Actor
  • AJ Wendel
    Director of Photography
  • AJ Wendel
  • Emily Rice
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Suspense, Horor, Drama, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 14, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - AJ Wendel

I am a filmmaker living in West Virginia whose upbringing in the Mountain State profoundly impacts my craft. My hope is that the juxtaposition of beauty and grittiness, of triumph and struggles that define my home state are prevalent in my work. I look forward to a future of continually growing in my life as a filmmaker.

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Director Statement

I had done a decent amount of time-lapse work prior to this short film, but this was by far the most difficult time-lapse project I have ever done. It was also my first time doing any special make-up work. Overall, it was challenging but very rewarding. The depth and pain that Isaac was able to able to portray was incredible, especially considering this was his first time acting.