Synopsis: Thomas Shore needs some time alone. He’s planned a relaxing vacation at the beach – away from his job, co-workers, boss, friends, and family. But when he arrives at his destination, he finds these people pursuing him in aggressive and increasingly absurd ways. Featuring a quirky cast including Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), “The Isolationist” is an absurdist dark comedy about trying to get away… and failing.
Production: Much of the films visual design was based on a specific progression: the film begins with repetitive and harsh geometry and limited space which gives the sense of Thomas’ claustrophobia in his work environment. When he finally begins his vacation, we show him in wide open spaces full of saturation and calm-inducing horizontal lines. As his vacation is derailed, we descend into a dark, limited-but-saturated color palette and aggressive diagonal lines.
As Thomas tries to flee his pursuers, he is chased through a hotel before barricading himself in his room. The pacing and feel of this chase sequence was inspired by the work of David Fincher and Darius Khondji, ASC AFC in “Se7en.”
Written and Directed by Nathaniel Atcheson Produced by M. Elizabeth Hughes Format: 35mm