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Eerie stillness serves as a metaphysical exploration of the lingering spirits left behind by human abandonment.


Tom Applegate’s one-man experimental short unfolds as an eerie exploration of an abandoned area in the California desert, utilizing static landscape cinematography and a haunting wind sound design to create an unnerving and slightly sinister atmosphere. The avant-garde narrative takes an introspective turn, delving into the afterlife and the spiritual existence left behind in the wake of human abandonment.

Applegate masterfully employs special effects, particularly in the film’s conclusion, to convey his central message, intertwining the desolate landscape with a metaphysical resonance. Filmed predominantly in black and white, the cinematography accentuates the isolation and stillness, evoking a deeply poignant and ghostly ambiance that lingers in the viewer’s mind.

The short film becomes a contemplative meditation on the remnants of human presence, utilizing its minimalist approach to immerse the audience in a realm where the boundaries between the living and the abandoned blur. Applegate’s singular vision, executed with technical finesse, transforms a seemingly desolate landscape into a canvas for exploring the ethereal, making this experimental piece a striking and thought-provoking cinematic experience.

Homecoming Short Experimental Film


Runtime: 5 min

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