Violence is the easy one. It’s the one we all say is evil, unacceptable, and we hope we never cross paths with it. But the truth is we do – and we often seek it out in the form of entertainment. If it happens to us directly, if someone we love is hurt or if we witness such atrocity first hand – it changes us, and its a wound (healed or not) we carry with us through life. Yet, our brains have somehow split in two creating an arena where blood, pain, and assault are thrilling acts of sport.
It’s that split that I address directly in “Violence” for HELL. Emotionally, this has been the most difficult to work on. This is the one place you have no recourse, no comfort, no humor to ease what is happening. Perhaps the fog of memory or time can lesson the burden, and perhaps that’s why we can live in a violent world and not constantly be in a state of shock by what’s going on around us or to others? I don’t know. But is that acceptable?
Jenilyn Rodriguez is startling and raw in this film, with gorgeous shots by Monika Baskiewicz. In my head for visual-style were Hitchcock and noir films – but when it came to editing, I decided to rip it apart. The first half moves forward, while the second half moves backward, with the two halves intercut , until they crash in the middle at a critical point. We wrote the script and shot the film in a very linear fashion, so I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it fit into such a non-traditional composition.
One of the biggest challenges with HELL is keeping the sins pure. Fraud cannot be violent, and Violence cannot be angry, etc. Most sins come in pairs or triplet or more. But I wanted to strip them back as much as I could and show them in their most simplest form. That way we will see them for what they truly are – hindrances without masks, or “logical” reasons, and why they hold us in the Underworld.
To view the first 45 seconds of Violence click HERE