Menace

A distressed, young woman seeks comfort in a mysterious admirer, unaware of what will soon transpire.  

We created “Menace” as a personal project towards the end of the Spring 2017 semester, in the interest of producing one final short film with members of our Fiction Cinema Production class, before everyone parted ways, Amidst several other projects and commitments between our collective schedules, including Essence and Spark, it was enjoyable work for everyone involved. Nevertheless, a tumultuous, rapidly accelerated pre-production inevitably affected the final product, for better or worse. At several points, for a variety of reasons, this film was less than a stone's throw away from not happening altogether. Who really wants to produce three short, narrative films within 8 weeks anyway, alongside school and part-time work? Well—I suppose I did. Therefore, I remain incredibly grateful to my peers and classmates who generously devoted their time and talent towards this project, especially throughout the busiest time of the semester. 

"Menace" was shot across six hectic evenings between April 19th and May 4th but edited sporadically throughout the summer. The production was practically self-funded on a budget of roughly $100, utilizing most of my own personal equipment and props. In regards to location, “Menace” was filmed primarily in neighboring areas of Virginia Tech, while the opening scene takes place on-campus. The story was inspired by my interests in exploring the toxicity and perplexity of human behavior, and the various ways such notions manifest within young adult relationships. Can we accurately assess the character(s) of those we encounter?  

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Crew

Director

W. Trent Welstead

Writer

W. Trent Welstead

Producer

W. Trent Welstead

Director of Photography

Alex Salvato​

Music

Nicholas Potthoff​

Cast

Editors

W. Trent Welstead

Adithya Saikumar

Boom Operators

Drew Robertson-Gouge

Mark Meardon

Blake Bauserman

Electricians

Peter Volpone

Drew Robertson-Gouge

Poster Designer

Rebekah Seiler

Will

Miles Gheesling

Sarah

Caitlyn Murray

Nick

Brendan Daly

Stills

Production Photos

Production Photos