Hide & Seek
Written Commentary: ***WARNING: Read after you watch!***
I can't even begin to tell you the amount of depth and hard work that went in to this short. That's hard to say. The video it's self seems very simple outside of the fact that it is demented. In fact, the quality of the video is fuzzy and looks half assed. We tried, we REALLY did. It was October and it was getting darker and darker outside. When it gets dark outside, my already dark house becomes impossible to work in. That's why we shot the outside stuff first.
But first, let's talk about what went in to writing this. Over all, it was two polar opposite ideas that I wanted to do. One was Ted and I playing hide and seek. The other was something average that ends with me hanging myself. I combined these two ideas and laughed my ass off. I sent the idea to Ted via text, he laughed his ass off. "You found me :D" has become a running gag with he and I. Kevin didn't come in until later, because Ted wasn't available. Frankly, I'm glad things worked out this way.
Fast forward to October 29th, Kevin and I filmed this short very quickly. As I said, the sun going down and losing light really screwed us over. Editing didn't make it any better. As I said, we tried.
The real fun began as soon as that noise comes from the garage. We were scouring my sound effect library to find the perfect sound. We did. That metal crashing sound, gave the perfect dark foreboding effect. It seems almost normal, maybe even confusing when you first watch it. Watch it again. It is the perfect set up for the dark moment that is to come.
Originally right after he opens the garage door, there was to be an awkward silence. This didn't work however. So I started searching through music work I have done in order to find some orchestral strings to through on an eerie sense. Then we came across my horror remix of "Pure Imagination" which was created for a different project but worked far too perfectly.
The childish comedy element was GONE and replaced with the dark haunting image of me hanging in the garage. The music on the other hand, the building excitement of the first track was cut off and a childhood song was turned into a terrifying melody that leaves you provides to the shock of what has happened. And as we fade to the credits the haunting atmosphere it provides leaves you agape, yet still laughing uncomfortably.
The evolution of what is going on was something that was painstakingly planned out by Kevin and I. We start off with our average bland comedy, escalate into the childish comedy, and catch you off guard with a terrifying image. This is hilarious and makes me proud to have done it.
I have never put so much time and effort into a 2 minute short before.
And with that, I bid you good day, sir.
Written & Directed by
Tyler W. Moore
Tyler W. Moore
and Kevin Faust
Tyler W. Moore