An old woman feels threatened by a stranger trying to get into the house she's in - but nothing is quite what it seems.
The Prowler is everything you could want from a short film – witty, economical writing that delivers a singular idea, graced by just the right amount of yearning in 6 and a half minutes’ screen time.
It delights us with its clever twist and mischievous humour and is a rare find for daring to offer the lead part to an actress in her seventies – and giving us an older character who isn’t old and dying, nor overshadowed by a younger member of the cast.
The Prowler is another of our shorts signed to Shorts International, so we cannot stream it freely via YouTube or Vimeo. However, as there is a high probability that you are visiting this site as a film professional, creative or friend, you can view the film by clicking on The Prowler and entering the password ‘ontheprowl’.
Background to the making of
Back in February 2012 I set out to find a script written by someone else for a change. I put out a posting on a number of newsletter sites, such as ShootingPeople and TalentCircle, asking for a script of about 3-4 minutes. It could be on any subject, but had to stick to 4 pages or under and keep to a low budget.
I received many scripts – nearly all of them well over 4 pages long – but few I found engaging. In fact I was on the point of abandoning the idea of directing someone else’s script, when I received a 4-page script from a young Australian writer, Ingrid Elkner, which I liked at the first reading.
Ingrid and I got chatting on email and I found her to be very receptive to feedback. Just as well, because I took her to nine drafts before I felt we were ready to shoot it!
I was very fortunate that my parents allowed us to film in their beautiful home. And it’s so wonderful to have their house captured on film – I suppose ‘for posterity’. And the day at their house was coincidentally one of the most relaxing and straightforward shooting days I’ve ever had. To my surprise we got through about 4 pages in less than eight hours, with myself as director and 1st AD.
|Old Woman||Colette O’Neil|
|Old Woman on Bench||Paula Jacobs|
|Policeman ♯1||Nick Kahn|
|Policeman ♯2||Mayson Kayne|
|Policeman ♯3||Nic Penrake|
|Sound Recordists||Doug Fayers|
|Camera Assistants||Chris Ferguson|
|Director of Photography||Andrew Fleming|