similitude – 07:11

similitude trailer 

film poster


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

Technical Details

Runtime 7 min 11 sec
Sound Mix Dolby Surround
Color Color
Aspect Ratio 2:35:1
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

July 27, 2017

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