Raphael Lechner presents his first short film named “The Call”. The movie is based on the Indie Game of the Year 2012 “Hotline Miami” and features many key elements of the game and the official soundtrack.
If you want to survive you have to work, it’s as simple as that. Not everybody’s working in the same business though. There is a whole industry nobody wants to talk about, an industry that kills for a living. No names, no faces, just a simple call and an adress. This night we are following a nameless Killer through his bloody work routine, but tonight something unforeseen happens.
This movie isn’t about glorifying violence, it isn’t all about the style. It is far more than that. The complete concept is about the absurdity of violence. It is ridiculous to kill people for a living and have a normal social life after all.
I also wanted to make sure that the audience makes their own thoughts about it. As far as the viewer knows the nameless Killer does what he does and goes to a shopping mall after. Does he enjoy killing it? Is drinking a beer his celebration after a “hard day of work”? Is it making him sick? Maybe he can’t handle his job anymore and needs to get drunk all the time. What about those other masked guys? Are they going to kill him? Did he became the target now? Or are they just his buddies coming over for a drink? Everybody needs to answer these questions for themselves. I won’t provide an answer to that.
With “The Call” being my first movie I decided to challenge myself in many aspects. Even high quality Cameras are having trouble with lowlight noise when filming in the dark and the Camera I used was a Nikon D7000, which isn’t really known for great video or lowlight performance. But it was everything we had and I sure didn’t feel like buy or rent a new one.
In terms of editing I had to deal with overall bad image quality due to the noise. The few indoor shots weren’t easy either, since I shot some scenes in a guerilla warfare style without a rig and knowing the light source perfectly. Yes it’s true, some scenes aren’t lit perfectly but we put much effort and heart into it.
Another big problem was the weather. We pulled this movie off in a few nights but there were many days and even weeks of bad weather conditions which didn’t allow us to continue filming. We had to make a choice, wait even longer for the final scenes or change everything to avoid the snowy mess called winter. It wasn’t a hard choice and made me adjust the story on the fly and shorten everything. The first script was around 5 to 7 minutes and included scenes which were already shot the first night but removed in the editing because of other scenes that couldn’t been filmed.
The Missing Pieces
My first intention was to use the filmed scenes as Trailers to give you guys a wrong clue about the main story and the person in it, but since everything went different than expected I decided to mix things up and release it all together. There are things Bunnymask did before he met our nameless killer.
I know it isn’t flaweless expectations might have been a big high but as a first timer I did a good job with it and since I had so much fun I’m already planning my next movie ;-)
Daniel Neumayr — The nameless Killer
Michael Reile — Bunnymask /Wolfmask
Saskia Mueller — Kate VoiceOver
Special Tx to Niko Theato
Tobias Renz, Fabio Arnold, Ulrike Hartl and everybody else for their support.