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DN267: Payload – Stuart Willis

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Stuart Willis’ ridiculously ambitious graduation short Payload, sets relatable characters in a believable future to deliver a compelling story about hard choices and sacrifice. It’s a short which has garnered much praise online and an interview we’ve been looking forward to posting on DN. Stuart takes us through his methods of building an onscreen family you care about and the benefits of approaching production design as a branding exercise.

When you’re writing as a student film ‘exterior space elevator crawling up a cable’ eyebrows all go up for everyone & I’m thinking, “I’m insane, I’ve written a completely CG shot to open my film, this is nuts!”

Stuart Willis
Red Camera

If you happen to be in the ever decreasing minority of people yet to watch Payload in full, nows as good a time as any to see what’s impressed so many before you:

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MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle


3 comments for “DN267: Payload – Stuart Willis”

  1. […] & ARTICLES : Director’s Notes : directorsnotes.com/2012/12/05/dn267-payload-stuart-willis/ Short of the Week : shortoftheweek.com/2012/10/01/payload/ io9 […]

    Posted by Le court métrage SF du jeudi : « Payload » de Stuart Willis une dystopie dans l’espace à voir en grand ! | La Lettre à Jal | December 20, 2012, 11:01 am
  2. […] December….the month of giving! We kicked off this most festive of months with an interview with Australian director Stuart Willis, who talked to us about creating science fiction with a soul […]

    Posted by DN Picks: Dec12 | Directors Notes | January 7, 2013, 7:28 pm
  3. […] and ARTICLES **NEW* Director’s Notes: directorsnotes.com/2012/12/05/dn267-payload-stuart-willis/ Short of the Week : shortoftheweek.com/2012/10/01/payload/ io9 […]

    Posted by Payload | NX404 Top Rated Short Films and Animations | March 22, 2013, 9:17 pm

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