The Box

The Box

Short Film

Brad is annoyed that he has to stay home and watch his younger brother, Geoff who has an active and vivid imagination.

Starring: Mat Raney & Tristin Koppie
Written by: Mat Raney
The other stuff by: Justin R. Durban








View Film:


See the DVX Thread with BTS and more stills



A few more stills and some before/afters..

The green screen was actually a 4×6 Kids Dragon Blanket from Ikea that we had laying around for the Myndin’s cousins.

And the Final Shot:

HV20 + Twoneil Deluxe vibrating 35mm adapter:



About the FILM:

The shoot was just me and Mat Raney and my 5 year old nephew, and my 11 month old son.

Tristin (the 5 year old boy) was the set photographer. I gave him my camera to go shoot pictures. Half the shots were pictures of the carpet and his toy cars. I took a few myself, but the rest was him.

The biggest lesson i learned was Audio, audio, audio. For now on out, I’m not doing a shoot without a proper mic, and someone to sit there and make sure all audio levels are good to go. what a nightmare that was on the editing room. I did the best I could. Oh well. live and learn.


Mat Raney doubling the role of baby sitting while shooting his scene. You’ll notice his tone is: “shhhh quiet….” in the film. That’s because he’s got my son, Myndin in his lap. Notice the milk bottle on the little lamp table?

This was another shot of just china balls and a household outdoor flood light. Myndin is in his playpin and babbled the entire time.

“The BOX” was shot with the canon HV20 with Twoneil’s Deluxe 35 mm adapter.

Since the adpater inverts the image, this was my stance throughout the film. Looking at a tv monitor upside down. And… sometimes holding the baby during mat’s lines to keep him quiet and content…

This was the TV monitor on the ground with the inverted image from the camera…

Mat Raney (aka the Writer) poses. HV20 OTS

Ha!! Yes.. this was our “Green and Purple” screen. The green was a dragon blanket of Myndin’s hung over our outside fence. Word of advice.. don’t try and key out purple… Specially when the purple doesn’t extend all the way to the ground.

The “Ant” shot.

Tristin was being a punk here. He kept walking in front of the camera and was snapping pictures while filming with the flash. So, I had to take the camera away from him. this was his, “I Don’t like you anymore” pose. Canon HV20 with the Twoneil Deluxe 35 mm adapter in the foreground.