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Alter Ego

A gripping descent into a young man’s fractured psyche.


In Troy Rogers’ gripping low-budget thriller, ‘Alter Ego’, we are thrust into the turbulent psyche of Matthew, portrayed with haunting depth by George Cooke. From its melancholic outset, the film delves unflinchingly into the solitary abyss of Matthew’s existence, where the shadows of potential identity disorders loom ominously, propelling him into a harrowing battle against his own subconscious.

What distinguishes this short is its remarkable technical finesse, achieved on a shoestring budget and shot entirely on an iPhone. Despite these constraints, Rogers demonstrates a strong command of cinematic language, delivering visuals and soundscapes that rival those of big-budget productions. The judicious use of monochrome and color serves as a visual metaphor for the fractured landscape of Matthew’s mind, seamlessly intertwining to delineate the depths of his despair.

Central to the film’s success is Cooke’s mesmerizing performance, which navigates the treacherous terrain of psychological turmoil with aplomb. His portrayal lends a palpable authenticity to Matthew’s descent into chaos, ensuring that every moment is imbued with an unsettling sense of foreboding.

Rogers’ direction is equally commendable, expertly weaving a narrative that oscillates between excitement, suspense, and profound introspection. The result is a taut and electrifying thriller that leaves audiences biting their fingernails.

Rogers’ film has defied the limitations of its budget, delivering a gripping and thought-provoking journey. With its solid narrative foundation, technical ingenuity, and a stellar performance, this is a short film that deserves high praise and recognition.

Alter Ego Short Film


Runtime: 14 min
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