Stuart Willis’ ridiculously ambitious graduation short Payload, sets relatable characters in a believable future to deliver a compelling story about hard choices and sacrifice. It’s a short which has garnered much praise online and an interview we’ve been looking forward to posting on DN. Stuart takes us through his methods of building an onscreen family you care about and the benefits of approaching production design as a branding exercise.

Payload (2011)

A family of scavengers. A corrupt spaceport. A callous matriarch. A home in the shadow of a space elevator. After a brutal attack on his father, Simon Carter must sacrifice everything to save his family.

When you’re writing as a student film ‘exterior space elevator crawling up a cable’ eyebrows all go up for everyone & I’m thinking, “I’m insane, I’ve written a completely CG shot to open my film, this is nuts!”

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