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Operation White Noise
Operation White Noise
Directed by Colin Messing
Two years have passed since a mysterious figure, Emmanuel, awakened in a field outside of Chicago. It's up to Brian Royal, leader of a rag-tag group of conspiracy theorists, to prove to the world that Emmanuel is not who he says he is.
Operation White Noise is about a unit of conspiracy theorists who after years of preparation believe
that there is more behind the prophet in their presence than meets the eye, and their search to uncover
what that is.
During the four day schedule with which we were given to shoot this production we had to cover
25 pages of script over four different locations…not an easy task to undergo, as any film crew would
confirm. In the end, however, the hard work paid off with what we hope will be perceived as an
intriguing, well-crafted film that creates an intensity and aura of mystery that will only be fully
understood upon the mesmerizing climax.
The structure of the film is a cross between science fiction and mystery. In science fiction, the author
creates a character or atmosphere abnormal to or outside the constraints of reality. In mystery, the
author presents his or her characters each with their own motives, but those motives aren’t fully clear
until the climactic moments, and instead the audience only gets ideas and hints as to what those are for
each respective character.
The character of Emmanuel exists within the realm of science fiction, but the main characters, Brian
Royal and his unit, are enveloped within a mystery of who and what Emmanuel really is.
As any filmmaker is aware, the challenge of structuring short films is to convey a great deal within
a generally short period of time. This is even more difficult when the filmmakers are crossing over
multiple genres, as they must meet the conventions of each respective genre to be understood by the
audience while also remaining in the limitations of a short film. Not enough substance and the integrity
of the project risks being forfeit, but if the length runs too long the project risks missing the pace and
feel pursued of a short film.
The effort put in to Operation White Noise included three 12-hour-plus days, two of which took our
crew in to the small hours of the morning. We’ve been thrilled with the acclaim the film has received in
each environment its been viewed, and can only hope its met with similar applause wherever it moves
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