SPRING 2014 ◦ 11 mins ◦ Dark Fantasy Drama
Trellis tells the story of Billy, a young boy suffering through a violent family life. To escape the domestic drama, he develops a green thumb and turns to his greenhouse: a magical safe-haven where his imagination is free to run wild. After his drunken father destroys his refuge, Billy takes matters into his own hands.
This ambitious film was chosen as one of two projects to be shot over the course of a short winter term at Chapman University, with the goal of utilizing the school's brand new Exens motion capture system. Fully funded by the university, the film went from concept to production in just 4 weeks, and was then shot over the course of 5 days, both on location and on a 5000 sq foot sound-stage, where an elaborate greenhouse set was constructed. The film uses both practical and visual effects (special thanks to Tim Trankle, who put in over 300 hours work!) in order to bring us into Billy's world.
LOGAN GARRETSON - BILLY
CHRISTOPHER DURBIN - JAKE (FATHER)
HILARY BARRAFORD - SOPHIE (MOTHER)
JO PALOMA - MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMER
JACKSON MILLER - WRITER + DIRECTOR
CECIL ROBERSON - PRODUCER
SHELBY HALL - EDITOR
DIMITRI SHARTIN - COMPOSER
CASEY STOLBERG - CINEMATOGRAPHER
NICOLE RAMIREZ - PRODUCTION DESIGNER
SHAUN YEE + BRIAN WEISBORD - SOUND DESIGN
TIM TRANKLE - VFX