8 MINUTES | THRILLER | UK
A lone scrapyard worker wraps up for the night, but he’s lost his key. Hearing footsteps that shouldn’t be there, he turns to see a bloodied body fall to the floor and a killer right behind. Thrust in to a chase for his life, The Scrapman must find a way out of the surreal compound — if there is one.
NOMINATED FOR:
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
One character, one location and no dialogue. That was the challenge...

It started on a building site in the middle of the day. I watched my uncle (and now leading man) pick up a nail-gun, something I’ve seen him do a thousand times before. But this time? Something clicked. Maybe it was the obscene amount of Hitchcock I’d been watching, or maybe it was the running joke that a day on site was a recurring nightmare—either way, the idea was there and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

A worker finds himself locked in a scrapyard with a killer—how will he escape? A pretty simple set-up. But what isn’t so simple is the rest of the story and how I wanted to tell it. I’m a firm believer in ‘pure cinema’—using the camera, cuts and rhythm to tell a story. Which is why this increasingly complicated short story has no dialogue. The challenge was to see how complicated we could make the film without ever explaining a single thing to the audience.

Of course, it had to be exciting, which is why I took inspiration from some of the most stimulating scenes in movie history: The sewer-chase climax of Carol Reed’s The Third Man, the first 13 minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark, or almost any Kurosawa scene. When you boil it down, The Scrapman takes the principles of ‘pure cinema’ and smashes them in to a surreal and melodramatic thriller.

You can learn a lot by making what is essentially (but not really) a silent film—blocking, editing, you name it. But most of all, you come to value your cast and crew’s trust more than anything. Especially when you’re drenching them with cold water at 3am in October in a rat infested scrapyard...

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. God knows we did.

- Jack Norris, Director.
CREW
A Film By Jack Norris
Cinematography Rob Appleton
Lighting Ken Mellorin
Gaffer Raymond Norris

CAST
The Scrapman Eric Norris
The Double Raymond Norris

CONTACT
Jack Norris | Director
jack@pressrecord.co.uk

4k | 5.1 Surround Sound

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