Is there a side in us that rejects all principles and values? A short film that lets you embrace your nihilistic side.
MEPHISTO is a thriller short film about Mads, a corrupt policeman who finds himself in the world of nihilism playing a cat and mouse game against Oliver, a mysterious man who has some aces up his sleeve against the policeman.
Starting with the confrontation of the video showing Mads taking money from a teenager, Oliver tries to seduce Mads by more and more embarassing and blaming him. As Mads knows the tricks of putting someone on the spot, a kind of game develops between the two. The conflict leads up to the deadly „endgame“, where Mads has to cast doubts on his previous life and actions.
A first look of the atmosphere we want to create for the "Arena"
Why this film?
Writer and Director Fabian had the idea for the film after having sentimental thoughts about life and death. The fear of death led him to write a script about the exact other way of thinking. It´s an experiment to see how it would be, if nothing or nobody ever had a sense. Even life itself. We want the audience to ask themselves if there is a small part in them that thinks this way.
Where the money will go
Fortunately, most of our crew members are fellow students helping us out. Although in some positions we need to pay for full professionals, e.g. make-up artist or actors. Additionally, the location, the electricity and all the transportations need to be paid. To reduce costs, we plan to get our props for the set design from a scrapyard or recycling center. Even though our fellow students are so nice to help us for free, we need to provide food for everybody.
Interview with Director Fabian Weißenborn
Interview with Producer Ruben Jäger
We are very happy about every effort to help us making the project happen.
Thank you very much!
Risks and challenges
There are, as always, some aspects that bring a bigger challenge or risk with it.
One aspect will be the weather. There will be one shooting day outside, so if the weather is very bad that day we have to change the plan, that we can, e.g. shoot on another day. Additionally the short time of daylight and the cold will also be challenging for this shooting day.
Another aspect will be the old factory building. At the moment it is not sure if we have electricity or running water there, so maybe we have to help us out with a generator and a water tank.
- (30 days)