A couple’s long-distance communication turns dark during an online chat.
Directed by Leo Resnes.
Q&A with the Filmmaker
What was the inspiration for this short?
I was studying film in Australia in 2002 and I wanted to write a horror story where I could look into the different aspects of how people spend parts of their life on the Internet. In a way you don’t know who you meet out there, so I thought it would be interesting to see what happened if “ancient evil” started using new technology. I wrote a treatment for the a feature film back in 2002 with the working title “popup killer.” It never went anywhere so in 2010 I decided I could make the beginning into a short film.
The paranormal horror film has been a major trend over the past couple years. What made you decide to attempt your own?
I wanted to see if I could make seven minute long horror film.
Describe the shooting process. How did you create your eerie visual effects?
I was very lucky and found a great location that had all the elements I needed to make the project work. I used the video chatting and the “chatter” program to expand the “world” of the story. The visuals on the computer and the video chatting were pre-recorded. We shot the main action inside the apartment over two 7.5 hour days. Working with the photographer Espen Gjelsten, I had planned the shooting schedule very carefully.
Anything you’d do differently/change about the film?
If I had the budget I would have made Chatter longer and continued the horror into the university as I had originally planned.
How have audiences reacted to the film?
I made Chatter to show what I could do with no budget. We made a website and posted it on vimeo.com, Youtube and vodo.net. After that, Chatter has lived its own life on the World Wide Web. It has been invited and screened at several film festivals around the world and recently won an award at the Malta TV Short Film Festival. We have over 142,000 views on vimeo alone and over 160 people have taken their time to give their feedback on vimeo. I appreciate that.
What are you working on now?
After Chatter I produced two short films in my spare time. I continue to write stories and now I am trying to find the right camera for my next production.