ABOUT THE FILM
The film is executive produced by Directors UK and ARRI, as part of their annual “TRINITY Challenge” a challenge in which they collaborate with filmmakers to create a short film shot completely in one take.
The concept for ‘Ruth’ was created specially for this challenge with the ‘one shot’ element as a key part of telling the story.
The film was shot in one day in Ealing (London) on the last weekend of November 2019.
Upon completion, the film was screened to a full audience at the Vue Leicester Square in January 2020.
CAST AND CREW
STARRING: Ania Marson, Leslie Ash, David Sterne, Alex Boorman and Catherine Banks
DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY: Paul Romero Méndez and Arturo M. Antolín
STORY BY: Paul Romero Méndez, Arturo M. Antolín and Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor
WRITTEN BY: Arturo M. Antolín and Kerry-Ann Calleja McGregor
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Amy-Jo Bryant and Milan Krsljanin
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Tom Watts
MUSIC BY: Christian Lloyd
SOUND DESIGN BY: Nick Bridge
PRODUCTION DESIGN BY: Alex Jones Nash
TRINITY OPERATOR BY: Dominic Jackson
COSTUME DESIGNER AND STYLIST: Gabriela Gower
HAIR AND MAKE-UP: Candice Meggan
VFX: SC Graphics
COLOUR GRADING: Alex Berry
(See Crew Page for full credits)
DURATION: 13 minutes 16 seconds
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: United Kingdom
SHOOTING FORMAT: Digital
ASPECT RATIO: 2.39
DISTRIBUTION FORMAT: DCP, Digital File
CAMERA: Alexa Mini LF
LENSES: ARRI Signature Prime
STABILISATION: ARRI TRINITY
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From the beginning, our main goal was for the audience to feel, even for a brief moment, what it must be like to be in Ruth’s shoes. At the same time we wanted them to see what it’s like for her family, who have the herculean task of looking after a dementia patient and have to make the tough and sometimes heartbreaking choices to keep them safe.
In order to achieve that, we designed the story to work as one continuous shot that roams throughout one location, a small two-level semi-detached house, while we follow our protagonist as she tries to come to grips with what’s going on in her own home.
The concept of the short worked hand in hand with the style that we used when filming. We wanted to make a film that could put the audience in the position of a person suffering from dementia, so they could experience the fear and uncertainty first hand. We wanted to get across to the audience the sense of disorientation, isolation and uncertainty that can come with dementia, how a person can potentially become lost and lose years of their life in what appears to be an instant.
For us the idea of making the film in a single take wasn’t just a “cool choice” but a narrative necessity. Only that way could we make the film have the effect that we intended, and we hope the final film achieves that for the audience.
We thought it was important to tell this story. The fear of losing control of one’s mind and potentially forgetting loved ones and fond memories is something that feels like it’s straight out of a horror film, but it’s actually something that a lot of people are having to deal with against their will. Hopefully this film can help raise awareness and discussion for the people suffering with dementia, their families and carers.