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The Killing Joke by Sebastian Lopez

Badge finalist Finalist for Summer 2012 International Film Contest in Horror

The Killing Joke is a 15 minute suspense/fiction short film about a mysterious woman that finds a red balloon tied up to a curious little box on an eery derelict street. Using classic elements of suspense and working within a seventies aesthetic, 'The Killing Joke' is an action packed film that pays homage to some of the horror movies from that era.

The piece was shot during four intense days of filming in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. The micro budget production was shot using just two 7d canon cameras. The composition and CGI effects for 'The Killing Joke' required months of 'invisible' digital retouching to create the panoramic, yet claustrophobic atmosphere that pervades throughout the movie.

Sebastián López wrote and directed the story, and was also responsible for all the impressive post and composition work.

Colin Devlin created the Original Soundtrack, working from his home studio in LA he collaborated on the project with Sebastian from it's inception, creating a wonderful striking symmetry between sound and image.This is the second collaboration for Sebastian and Colin, the first being an action packed trailer created for a fictitious movie called 'Vertical' that went viral on the net, creating a serious buzz for the young director.

Actors Gustavo Marzo and Clarisa Staracci Worked together to portray the intense characters seen on screen.

The Killing Joke was a work of entire dedication and effort.

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Randall Leong almost 6 years ago

A very impressive and visually arresting nightmare of a film! I particularly enjoyed the drab and muted colors of the post-apocalyptic, decaying industrial milieu. Excellent work!

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Natalie Coblentz almost 6 years ago

ANGST-Y!!!!!! Yikes. Well played.


patrick norris over 6 years ago

Very cool film!!!!

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Taylor Frees over 6 years ago

I completely agree! This film was one of the top three finalists in horror.


Zachary Rudd over 6 years ago

I just wanted to say that your movie is fantastic. Thanks for sharing with the world.


Zachary Rudd over 6 years ago

I just wanted to congratulate you on becoming a finalist in the 2012 International Film Skillet contest! Good luck, and remember to promote the contest to your friends and family!