Watch Gotcher Now!

If you have about 3 minutes, I would really appreciate, (I think you will too) a viewing of my short film, "GOTCHER".  Not really horror, but certainly horrific. Not really comedy but certainly darkly comedic. It cannot be labeled, but I promise it will haunt your dreams.

Gotcher stars Michelle Davidson, Darren Kennedy and Davis DeRock. It was shot by Andy Romero.

We hope you like it enough to inflict it upon (share it with) a friend or two.  Enjoy.

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The origination of this short came from playing this silly trick on my kids. "I got your nose!" It occurred to me that kids actually believe it for a time. Those little minds actually think you are capable of taking the nose from their face. And that concept through an adult perspective is just terrifying. So the Gotcher man was born. 

The short was shot over two days in Kansas City on the Arri Alexa. We thank the Unity Temple on the Plaza for letting us use a meeting room and apologize for setting off a building-evacuating fire alarm. (if you're reading this, yes that was us)

Their are many visual effects in this short you might not notice. The Reagan/Bush election sign, the big wheel, the long hallway at the end are all VFX additions and manipulations. But the main effect that is as plain as the nose on your face is the digital nose removal. The technique comes from our experience doing gory shots on the television shows Fringe and Breaking Bad.

Tracking marks were used on each face so that we could isolate and recreate the head movements relative to camera. These motions were then applied to six unique nose cavity models created for each featured character. 3D modeling was done using Lightwave 3D. Many layers or passes were rendered with shaders representing diffuse and specular lighting, bump and normal maps, cgi based skin and photo mapped skin surfaces. 

And finally, like a well cooked meal, these ingredients were then baked or composited together using Blackmagic Fusion.

The entire project took a couple days to shoot, and about 3 weeks of editorial and post production.

Even 3 year old Luca Belle got tracking marks to the face.

Even 3 year old Luca Belle got tracking marks to the face.

Davis DeRock eyes his prize. Prosthetic noses by Jason Fraiey at Golem Workshop.

Davis DeRock eyes his prize. Prosthetic noses by Jason Fraiey at Golem Workshop.