similitude – 07:11
What if you could glimpse into a life you didn’t know you could live, a life you might already have experienced? We pass by people every day, strangers, but maybe they aren’t strangers at all. Nothing is accidental. Every chance encounter isn’t chance, but divine intervention.
Seemingly, strangers, two women lock eyes on a downtown street catapulting them into a desert dreamland of past, present, and future, full of lust, love, and longing. It’s raw and messy, sexy and beautiful. Is it a dream? Is it a reality? Or is it that space in between? For these two women, their connection is as close as a heartbeat and a galaxy away.
Producer’s note from Helenna Santos
When I first approached Tim Guzman from SpinQ Studios to collaborate on this project, I knew we would create something special for both of us. Sharing a love of Sigur Ros and art films, we were influenced by the artistry of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” and the Sigur Ros video starring Shia LaBeouf titled “Fjogur piano” directed by Alma Ha’rel.
“Similitude” is a love story between two women and the past lives they’ve shared together based on my poem “The Stranger” and adapted for the screen by myself and writer Barry Morgan. It is an exploration of humanity’s longing for connection and ventures into the world of dreams vs reality with a story dancing in the space between past, present, and future.
For the 7 minutes of this short film, we accumulated over 30 hours of driving to many different haunting locations in California’s arid deserts. Shot for a production budget of only $400, the filming was done on random shoot days over the course of a year with a crew of 2 maximum at any given time. Some days it was just me, Tim, and Madeline.
Cinematographer/Editor/Director: Tim Guzman
Woman #1/Co-Writer/Producer: Helenna Santos
Woman #2: Madeline Merritt
Man in picture/Producer: Oscar Guzman
Composer: Sean Barrett
Co-Writer: Barry Morgan
Filming Locations and Dates
Joshua Tree, CA – 09/29/2014
Salton Sea, CA – 10/27/2014
Inglewood, CA – 11/03/2014
Mojave, CA – 11/10/2014
Los Angeles, CA – 12/17/2014
|Runtime||7 min 11 sec|
|Sound Mix||Dolby Surround|
|Camera||Canon 50mm 1.2L, 24-105mm L Lenses
Canon EOS 5D MKiii
|Audio||Zoom H6N, RODE NT2 Microphone|
|Editing||Adobe Premiere CC (2015)|
|Release||August 13th, 2015|
Behind the Scenes