I live in Santa Cruz Ca, a town where the tech billions of the Silicon Valley is held at bay by a redwood forest and a winding road through the mountains. It's a town where vacationers and day trippers brave the pass to enjoy it’s beaches and millionaires overbid themselves to buy beachfront property.
However, beneath this sunny veneer lies a shadow culture, people living outside the margins of society. Transients forced on busses to Santa Cruz from less accommodating locals. Lurkers existing as they have and will - skating, surfing, partying, living for the next swell. Living by the money of random jobs and petty crime. Kong’s is a Neo Noir inspired story about one such criminal who makes a desperate move.
My location, Kong's exists in real life. It’s a dingy seedy convenience store in a gentrified community. A convenience store wearing the patina of the early nineties where the rich and street punks alike come for their beer and late night ice cream. It was here I realized I wanted to explore the intersection of Santa Cruz's two worlds and investigate the darkness just underneath the surface.
In writing the story, the original concept was to place the film in one moment of time. To see events unfold nearly in real-time yet deliver a complete three act story within the confines of a short. Moreover to create a story starting at a high point of tension and each subsequent character adding to the tension.
In many ways I’m an outsider in my own town and I’ve always been fascinated by the characters I come across. Kong’s and the characters in the story, while fictional, embody the unseen strata of Santa Cruz. One where most turn a blind eye and are secure to think does not exist.
First Assistant Director / Thomas Nores
First Assistant Camera / Ricardo Escalante
Second Assistant Camera / Robert Boscacci
Gaffer / Andy Olson
Key Grip / Jason Gittens
Dolly Grip / Harrison Gayton
Sound Mixer / Erik Lehmer
Art Assistant / Mike Benna
Wardrobe Stylist / Emily Rose
Makeup / Margaret Caragan
Script Supervisor / Morgan Lester
Production Assistants / Roy Ellis & Zac Weathers