Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 31st, 2006
Release Dates: USA, 2005
Director: Joe Burke (Both Films)
Writer: Joe Burke (Both Films)
Cast: Scott Hess, Jeniffer Celaya, Jeff Boehm (Hunter’s Fall), David Fink, Evan Sierminski, Janel Benisch, Lindsey Pruett-Smith, Rich Januszkiewicz (Disturbance 2013)
DVD’s released: 2005 and 2006
Approximate running time: 9 minutes (Hunter’s Fall), 13 minutes (Disturbance 2013)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen (Hunter’s Fall), 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen (Disturbance 2013)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Elantra Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $5.00 Each Film
Disturbance 2013: Three friends’ lives are forever changed when they discover a young woman’s dead body in their bathroom. Should they tell the police about their find and risk becoming suspects themselves or should they dispose of the evidence that points towards them?
Director Joe Burke shot Disturbance 2013 at a maddening pace of just five hours. Virtually every shot in the film is the first take since they didn’t have time to do a second take. The lighting in the film is a natural as you can get as the films only light source is whatever lights where on in each room. This stripped down lighting works perfect with Disturbance 2013 dark subject matter. The acting in this film is a notch above your standard independent film. The story is well constructed and the final reveal is a strong pay off.
Hunter’s Fall: Hunter has been feeling down since his break up with his girlfriend. One day while walking the streets he runs into a beautiful young woman who disappeared just as quickly as she appeared. Hunter is unable to stop thinking about this girl who he only caught a glimpse of. Later that evening while walking Hunter hears a struggle happening in the alley. A young woman is being robbed and rapped by some street punk. Will Hunter rescue the woman from her attacker or will he turn a blind eye and walk away?
Hunter’s Fall is the more polished of these two short films as director Joe Burke experiments more with lighting and compositions. Hunter’s Fall is a visual tapestry of satisfying images that drive a story that is minimalist in its dialog. The performances in Hunter’s Fall are exceptional with the lead Scott Hess who has to essentially carry the whole film and he does an admirable job of selling the character.
Disturbance 2013 is presented in an aspect ratio of about 2.35:1 and Hunter’s Fall is presented is an aspect ratio of about 1.85:1, both films are letterboxed instead of anamorphic widescreen. Both films have strong color palette’s and solid shadow detail as there is many scene that take place in little or no lighting. There is no print damage and grain is kept to a minimum. There are no problems with compression or artifacts and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum.
Both films come with only one audio option an English language track that is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. The dialog is clear and easy to follow and understand. The music and effects never sound distorted as they evenly blend with each other. There are no problems with hiss or distortion.
Both releases have similar extras that include trailers for Disturbance 2013, Hunter’s Fall and Coop’s Night In. Each film comes with a commentary that runs about twenty seven minutes in length. Disturbance 2013’s commentary includes comments from Joe Burke (Director), Justin McGrath (Designer Composer) and David Fink (Actor). Hunter’s Falls commentary includes comments from Joe Burke (Director), Justin McGrath (Composer) and Scott Hess (Actor). These audio commentaries are excellent looks into independent filmmaking as all the participants discuss how they did various shots, what equipment they used and so much more. The bulk of the comments come from the films director Joe Burke.
Joe Burke is a talented filmmaker who with each new project shows considerable growth and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
For more information about Disturbance 2013 and Hunter’s Fall visit Elantra Films here.