Worthless by Madeleine Stoppleworth
Wisconsin (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 10 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 6th 4:40pm
An abusive con-man has his sights set on taking a train and its passengers for everything he can even if it means pushing his human-traffic accomplices to their breaking point.
"Worthless" was born in the 2014 48-Hour Film Project and is a collaborative effort by more than 30 volunteers ranging in age from 19 to 75 who brought everything to the production — from gear to costuming to props to picture cars — without compensation.
We were given just 48 hours to create a Silent Film, and everything built from that genre.
Knowing I would be assembling a wide variety of extremely talented Creatives, I actively sought a location and theme that would both play to their strengths and act as a container — I wanted to see what happened when we packed so many dynamite performers on both sides of the camera into not only a narratively-tight space, but a physically tiny one as well.
The decision work within a vintage location came naturally, given our genre and the experience of our actors. The opportunity to tell our narrative within a period train car and station was too great to pass up. Having so many period elements, the decision was made to mimic the look of the Silent Era with locked down camera angles and post-production techniques, including photographing in black and white. This, in turn, dictated not only our lighting but our makeup and costuming choices as well.