Cordivae Premieres At The FrightFest Film Festival 2018
Director: Tom de Ville
Writer: Tom de Ville
Release Date: August 27, 2018
Release Format: Film Festival
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Short
Running Time: 11 min
Jay, a young girl living in the countryside, comes across a group of local boys who are shooting birds and nests with their catapult. Eager to protect them from doing more harm, Jay steps in and frightens the boys away. They leave, but not without making it clear that they will have their revenge.
Taking a wounded crow home, Jay tries to construct a splint out of bits and pieces she finds in her bedroom. She also tries to feed the ailing bird. Following a haunting dream, she wakes up to discover the crow has died. Determined to give it an honorable burial, Jay takes the bird to its rightful resting place: the woods.
Upon arriving there, she is suddenly ambushed by the three boys. A chase ensues, climaxing in a chain of events that no one could possibly see coming.
Cordivae makes it’s world premiere at London’s FrightFest Film Festival on August 27, 2018. The Short Silent Horror production is directed by Tom de Ville. He also pens the script. Produced by Nick Hudson and Alexander Wolpert of Cat and Weasel Films and Wolfheart Productions.
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Edward Wallace……Jay’s Father
Director of Photography……Maja Zamojda
Art Director……Jenny Ray
Visual Design……Ben Kovar
Costumer Designer…….Lenka Padysakova
Make-Up Artist……Agnieszka Kukulka
Cordivae is a dark, silent, short production. This, alone, is intriguing because silent films are far and few between. They dominated in earlier decades when Horror cinema was getting its start. Delving as far back as the 1910’s and 1920’s with the pictures such as J. Searle Dawley‘s Frankenstein, D.W. Griffith‘s The Avenging Conscience: Or ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ Robert Wiene,’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, F.W. Murnau‘s Nosferatu, and so on. Just to touch the tip of the surface with some of the well-known classics of this prestigious sub-genre.
Fast-forward to the recent and present decades, Silent Horror productions would seem like a lost art. There is this a major shift from these productions to accommodate the modern day and the need to appeal to the likeness of audiences in the modern day. John Krasinski‘s A Quiet Place appears to be the first silent production in what seems like an “eternity”. At least, that I know of.
The intrigue revolving silent productions is that in order for them to work, there need to be internal components that interlock to capture the essence of the work and the focus of the audience. This is common sense for any cinematic production, however, silent films are a whole different playing field. Being that there will be no dialogue between characters, the cast performances need to be over-dramatized as the story needs to be told a different way since not by sound. Any musical and theatrical scores need to be dramatized as it will need to complement the tone and flow of the story.
Tom de Ville’s Cordivae fits these components, as observed in the teaser trailer. The viewer can tell the story is dark, the picture is dark, the theatrical score is dark, and the cast performances gets deep and emotional. This completes the circle for a well-rounded production.
Cordivae re-visits, what seems to be, a long-lost art in Horror cinema. From the trailer, the story is dark. The picture and theatrical score parallel this tone. The cast brings their characters to life. This teaser trailer is enough to gather the attention of the viewer.