fter waking up in an abandoned cellar, a desperate man finds himself trapped and alone with his vulnerabilities in the dark. When escape from the room seems impossible, he must overcome his pride and shame to find freedom in this surreal black comedy, which explores the kaleidoscopic struggle of one person pushed to the end of their rope.

One way in, no way out.

Meet Brian.


never thought I would play such a character in such genre but I’m glad I did, I’m so proud of how it turn and I’m sure it’ll have a place in my Demo reel.
Amr Moustafa “Alexandrian”

Written, Directed and Edited by SAM BURNS

I was blessed to work with Sam for the first time and I hope it won’t be the last.

Sam was born in North Battleford, SK. After pursuing a career in freelance videography for a number of years independently, he attended the Red Deer College Motion Picture Arts program to expand his portfolio and familiarize himself with the Alberta film industry. He hopes to contribute an integral voice to the vibrant Canadian cultural landscape by producing meaningful works that frustrate casual explanation but illuminate universal human struggles.


Produced by AMR MOUSTAFA and SAM BURNS in collaboration with the Red Deer College Motion Picture Arts program.

Amr was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and has established his own production company Camelot in Egypt, working as a writer, director, and producer. After joining the massive protest of 2013 in his home country demanding the resignation of the president, he moved to Canada to re-establish himself as an artist and to study film acting in the Motion Picture Arts at Red Deer College.


Trysten was born in Duncan, B.C. and has acted on stage in a number of theater productions through the Red Deer College Theatre Performance and Creation program. As his passion for film grew, he transitioned his talents into the Motion Picture Arts acting program at the college, where he has been honing his craft and building his acting reel.




The 3-walled set was designed by Amanda Dziwenko, Sam Burns, and Alex Falk and built out of 12 panels, two of which were wild and could be moved back or swung over to the other side of the room. This allowed the camera to have the freedom that the characters in the film do not, while still giving the illusion that the camera (and by extension the audience) is right there in the room with the characters. By moving the walls we were able to shoot all 4 sides of the room to complete the dimensionality of the space, which was essential to establish the visual claustrophobia of the film.

The mood of the space needed to reflect the internal world of the main character. This allowed our art team the freedom to experiment with light both in texture and color. We relied entirely on found objects and junk to filter and break up light sources and find creative ways to motivate them. The script called for an overhead grate that the protagonist looks through, and that became the main source of light in the room along with the bare bulb that hangs over the bathtub.


We splattered the walls with black and brown paint both to create visual interest and to distract the eye from the seams in the wood panels. Wet and dry coffee grounds were rubbed into the walls to create a dirt/cement texture and to add a layer of grime to the cellar. As you can probably imagine, for a week afterward the room smelled like a combination of syrup (from our home-brew blood mixture) and old coffee, which is a rare and hideous combination totally unfit for human observation.


Makeup Special Effects RAEMI CARLSON

In my opinion, Raemi is on of the stars of this film. a very talented young artist, after proving her talents on a previous Motion Picture Arts student production she was called on to do the make-up for the corpse in Brian. She created the injury on the left temple and over two liters of fake blood to be dispensed liberally on the actor and set

My name is Raemi Carlson, I’m 15 years old and I go to Lacombe Composite High School. I honestly doing think I would have ever seen myself doing sfx ever let alone doing it for short films. One day I just wanted to try it out and see what it was like, I started out using toilet paper, egg whites, and eye shadow to make wounds. Know that I have become more “advanced” I have gotten most of the essential products like liquid latex, fake blood, and other products. I think I would definitely do this in the future maybe as a side job or something I do in my spare time.


The short film was created on a shoestring budget and shot over the course of one 8-hour day. Principal photography was completed March 14th, 2017.

99% of this blog quoted from the original website of the film by Sam Burns.

You can visit The official website of the film BRIAN here

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