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Shadow in the Trees (2007)

 -  Thriller  -  24 January 2007 (USA)
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A young boy from the small town of Prospect, Oregon is plagued by the mysterious disappearance of his father. In a desperate search for answers, he finds himself on the trail of a fabled creature and closer to the horrific truth.

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Credited cast:
Madeline Alexander ...
Church Memorial
Tresa Bell ...
Courtney Davidson
Travis Cabral ...
The Shadow
Travis Cabral ...
Hospital Doctor
Chaz Carlson ...
Juice Boy
Megan Carlson ...
Curious Girl
Sarah Carlson ...
Curious Girl
Andrea Cleroux ...
Bury Mother
Molly Cocking ...
Hospital Doctor
Jack Coe ...
K-SPT Radio Announcer
Brian Collins ...
Classroom Student
Roger Collins ...
Steven Adams
Phil Daddario ...
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Ali Dauscher ...
Church Memorial
Kristen Dore ...
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The Fantasai Comet passes the night sky once every six years, and with it, local legend says, certain mythological beasts stir from their hiding. Sure enough, misfortune strikes the small town of Prospect, Oregon when a local stargazing adventurer mysteriously disappears while backpacking in the wilderness on a quest to see the comet. Joseph, his only son, is suddenly left without a family or a clue to the fate of his father. Six years later, following the return of the mystifying comet, Jo finds himself once again in the midst of tragedy. A series of violent attacks and mysterious markings leaves little doubt that the mythological beast is back, forcing Jo to relive the grief of his past. Though he tries to warn the community, his words fall on deaf ears. Jo has no choice but to take matters into his own hands, not only to save the people of Prospect, but also gain closure to the mystery surrounding his father's disappearance. Armed with little more than his obsessive drive for ... Written by Chris W. Smith

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Not the worst film I've ever seen, but pretty bad.
7 October 2011 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

Like another reviewer says, I have to respect anyone who makes a film, especially a feature-length film. I couldn't do it myself. And I'd hope that Chris Smith continues to work on films. But this film did not turn out well. Perhaps he will accept some advice:

First, less is more. This film is about 30 minutes too long, but seems even longer. I know that directors love their shots and scenes and hate to cut, but you have to be ruthless. The pacing in most scenes is simply glacial, and a great many are just unnecessary.

Second, work on blocking. It may be a cliché, but you need to have shots blocked and then edited so people face each other. You know, person on left looks to right, person on right looks to left. This is Film Basics 101.

Third, have someone objective read your script. Dialogue that seems great in your head often has a lot of flaws, whether logical, narrative, or other. Plus, some of your plot points are totally unrealistic, whether you intended them to be this way or not.

Fourth, if you can't afford good lighting, be creative in what you have. Some of your scenes look fine with natural lighting. Most don't.

Fifth, write and direct to the ability of the actors. Can't afford professionals? Then write to the actors you CAN get.

Overall, you put a lot of work into this film and some things work. (For example, the sound is quite good for a low-budget film.) Keep it up. The next one will be better. As for my advice to others, you can probably do without seeing this one.


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