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Broken -- A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all, a great relationship, a challenging career, and the burden of a dream that grows more vivid and disturbing with each passing night. But when
Broken -- A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all, a great relationship, a challenging career, and the burden of a dream that grows more vivid and disturbing with each passing night. But when
Broken -- An interview with California based filmmaker, Alex Ferrari.

Alex Ferrari (www.alexferrari.com) first shot to fame a few years ago with his amazing short film, "Broken". In this special interview, we talk to him about his craft and about what he is up to these days including his work for Numb Robot.
Broken -- A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all, a great relationship, a challenging career, and the burden of a dream that grows more vivid and disturbing with each passing night. But when
Broken -- A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all, a great relationship, a challenging career, and the burden of a dream that grows more vivid and disturbing with each passing night. But when

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Alex Ferrari (story)
Jorge F. Rodriguez (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 February 2005 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
What if your truth... were a lie?
Plot:
A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins See more »
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(2 articles)
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Paranoid, tense writing combined with excellent visuals - a must see short See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Samantha Gurewitz ... Bonnie (as Samantha Jane Polay)
Paul Gordon ... Duncan

Amber Crawford ... Marquez

Derek Evans ... Christian

Tony Gomez ... Gabriel
Jose Luis Navas ... Snake
Danilo Begovic ... Pinball
Stephan Morris ... Shamon
Ruben Gomez ... Penance
Ken Robkin ... Ukyo
Eric Townsend ... Kangol Guy
Howard Dobinsky ... Doctor
Deidre Washington ... Nurse
Toby Burge ... Orderly #1
Jorge Carcases ... Orderly #2
Jorge F. Rodriguez ... Male Nurse
Lawrence Johansen ... Male nurse
Venezza Leon ... Mental Patient #1

Augustin Kennady ... Mental Patient
Mona Giraud ... Mental Patient
Roger Giraud ... Mental Patient
Trish Parry ... Mental Patient
Maggie Phillips ... Mental Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Latanya Taylor ... Mental Patient

Directed by
Alex Ferrari 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Ferrari  story & screenplay
Jorge F. Rodriguez  screenplay

Produced by
Michelle Clayton .... executive producer
Alex Ferrari .... producer
Jorge F. Rodriguez .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Roumelis 
 
Cinematography by
Angel Barroeta 
 
Film Editing by
Alex Ferrari 
 
Production Design by
Alex Ferrari 
Jorge F. Rodriguez 
 
Set Decoration by
Alex Ferrari 
 
Costume Design by
Sofia Amadi 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandria Furst .... assistant makeup artist
Megan Graham .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jorge F. Rodriguez .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yaniv Fituci .... second assistant director
Caroline O'Brien .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Toby Burge .... property master
Dan Cregan .... conceptual art
Dan Cregan .... storyboard artist
Ken Robkin .... additional storyboard artist
Randy Savarese .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Eric M. Moorman .... production sound mixer
Mark Roumelis .... sound designer
Tim Rousseau .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Jorge F. Rodriguez .... practical special effects
Randy Savarese .... practical special effects
Randy Savarese .... special effects crew
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Cregan .... digital effects artist
Dan Cregan .... storyboard artist
Sean Falcon .... visual effects supervisor
Alex Ferrari .... colorist
Jon Krummel .... modeler
 
Stunts
Alex Ferrari .... stunt coordinator
Jorge F. Rodriguez .... stunt coordinator
Toby Burge .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Baker .... assistant camera
Angel Barroeta .... camera operator
Dan Cregan .... set videographer
Alex Ferrari .... camera operator
Mike L. Germaine .... key grip
Carlos Gomez .... gaffer
Chris Hill .... grip
Juan Linares .... gaffer
Nick Monaco .... still photographer
Jorge Parra .... gaffer
Randy Savarese .... set videographer
Carla Sosa .... first assistant camera
Matthew Thiemann .... best boy electric
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Robkin .... wardrobe designer
 
Editorial Department
Jalapeno Humperdinck .... post production supervisor
Ricky Pierre-Louis .... post-production intern
Tim Rousseau .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Armen Arisian .... production assistant
Ryan Carr .... production assistant
Michael Conforti .... weapons advisor
Tony Gomez .... technical advisor
Lawrence Johansen .... production assistant
Sarah Peterson .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Maricruz Buendia .... very special thanks
Cory Dolling .... very special thanks
Robert Rodriguez .... special thanks
Steven Spielberg .... very special thanks
Quentin Tarantino .... special thanks
 

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Trivia:
1st Runner Up "Best Short Film" at the Bare Bones Film Festival 2006See more »
Quotes:
Duncan:Where was I? Ah yes. Everyone here, even the fellow wearing that ridiculous little hat, came here for a reason and one reason only, to kill you.See more »
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Featured in The Making of 'Broken' (2005) (V)See more »

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Paranoid, tense writing combined with excellent visuals - a must see short, 19 May 2005
Author: Richard Brunton from Edinburgh, Scotland

Recently Alex Ferrari sent me a copy of the short movie he's just completed along with his co-writer/producer Jorge F. Rodriguez, called Broken. Going by the trailer I'd seen on the site I wasn't sure what to expect, it looked slick, it looked high budget, but it was cut really fast making it difficult to gleam much from it other than style. In a fifteen minute short, I guess that is to be expected of its trailer.

Ferrari is someone who comes from the conventional film making routes but became bored and disillusioned with the whole process, and I would presume industry. He turned his back on this high budget, overly engineered process and looked to see if he could make an independent movie for a small budget and still make it look and feel like a Hollywood movie.

The question is did he succeed? Well I think that's slightly unfair to ask so early on, so let's just look at the short first and then we can make a decision.When I started to think about this review I looked at the different elements of the short. The story is pretty simple and is connected to two simple ideals, Kafka and Hitchcock. It looks at someone who is taken from their normal surroundings and existence and pulled into a world they don't understand with events spiralling around them. It's a classic and effective tale to tell, and also quite stunning to get across in a mere fifteen minutes, but they do. The paranoia and confusion that you see throughout Le Procès (The Trial) and North by Northwest is there, and tangible.

What does strike you throughout the movie are the high production values. The lighting is superb, dark, tight and claustrophobic. The effects are very visual and don't fail to impress when you realise the budget involved and the products and process used.

For me there were a couple of jarring moments that took me out of the movie briefly, and they were all down to some of the actors in a more action sequence just not committing themselves totally and therefore slightly missing the mark. There's also one stock moment that slightly disappointed me because up to that point it had all felt so fresh and unique.

Not that much I'm sure you'll agree, and definitely not so annoying that your experience will be marred by it. You're likely to see much more of these in any fifteen minutes of a Hollywood movie with hundred times the budget and production possibilities, and much, much less style and passion.

For me the bad, or is it good, guy played by Paul Gordon is the winner in this piece as far as the actors go. He's slow, deliberate and doesn't give out too much. There's enough brooding badness to suit and yet a touch of something more hidden in the background...we'll never know, the fifteen minutes are up and you're left with your imagination and many questions, and that's a big win in my book. Unlike most Hollywood movies when the credits role and you start to think about the trip home, what's for tea, work tomorrow, this filled you with questions and a desire to work out who, what, why.

So, does it manage to do it? Without a doubt. The camera work, editing, restrained writing and likewise performances bring it all across wonderfully. With a little more on some of the actors more action performances and effects you would never have realised it wasn't a full budget Hollywood short.

Ferrari, Rodriguez, Gordon and the rest of the team are definitely people to look out for.

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