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George is a video editor that starts to get visions through his TV of people getting murdered by a mysterious killer. As the visions become clearer and more intense he seeks help from his friend Jay and girlfriend Danielle and Detective Sam Blaine. The killer is not just any killer but one that has returned to murder people who will one day become soldiers in the war against good and evil. But he must kill them before they become aware. George has become aware early and is the only one that can stop him.


DISTORTION is the first feature film from filmmaker Richard Diaz. The film was independently made with no crew. Just Richard and the cast. Having worked as a videographer and editor for many years Richard applied similar tehcniques (shooting in various conditions, limited to no crew, time restaints) that he used doing various media projects to making a film.

Shot over the course of three months in the summer of 2008 in Chicago, Illinois, and some scenes in Gary, Indiana, and featuring Chicago based actors, the film took advantage of everything Chicago has to offer. Paying for the film out of pocket left very little to spend money on. Insurnace, food, and gas became the key expenses.

The nugget of the idea for DISTORTION began in 2003 with pre-production beginning in fall of 2007. It took almost five years for the story to come together and the script to be written. After the production of the MACBETH promotional trailer Richard went straight into casting on DISTORTION knowing after all of these years it was time to just jump in and get started. Casting took several months with the cast finalized in May of 2008. Principal photography began in the middle of July and ended in October. Since it was a no pay shoot scheduling was done around the actor's work schedules. All total there were approximately 20 or 21 days of shooting.

The film was shot in high definition in full 1080 but in 24p. It was shot with the Panasonic HVX200 (not the 200a) utilizing the P2 card technology. Tape is never used. You record onto P2 cards and then transfer the files to your computer. This enables you to shoot full 100MB per second 1080 footage. The lights comprised of a few Lowel lights (the key ones being two 250w lights, one 150w light, a 500w light, and two 750w lights though only one was used) and the audio was recorded with a boom attached to a c-stand.

The film was edited with Final Cut Studio with certain visual effects done using Adobe After Effects. Having been completed in spring of 2010 the film is now being submitted to film festivals all over the world.

DISTORTION is a small film with a lot of ambition. One that people will hopefully enjoy and be entertained by.


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