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Payload – another amazing short film…

A family living in the shadow of a space elevator.

A short sci-fi epic.

Watch it big (in HD!). Watch it loud!!

Shot in Melbourne, Bendigo and on – quite literally on – Lake Eppalock.


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Dylan Russell, Shane Nagle, Margaret Rivette, and Joanne Owen-Smith

Written and Directed by Stuart Willis : www.stuwillis.com
Produced by Thomas Bicknell

Director of Photography: Robert C. Morton : www.robertcmorton.com
Colourist: Alex Meddick
Production Design by Lunabella Gawler and Judith Desmond
Costume Design by Isabella Stadler

Edited by Stuart Willis and James Fenton

VFX Supervisor: Alex Fry : www.alexfry.com
3D Concept Design and Generalist: Kris Jasper
Concept Illustrator: Mel Cook : www.melaniecook.com
Graphic Designer: Lisa Cookson

Music composed by David Barber : www.davidbarber.com.au
Sound design by Leon East : http://www.noisepig.com

Full Cast at Crew at IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1836884/fullcredits

Supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust http://culturaltrust.ianpotter.org.au/home
RED MX supplied by Inspiration Studios http://www.inspirationstudios.com.au
Lighting supplied by Parkinson Sound Lighting http://www.soundlightingservices.com/Home
Cinesync Pro couresty of Rising Sun Research www.cinesync.com
Digital Intermediate courtesy of Rising Sun Pictures www.rsp.com.au

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy : FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival, 2011
Best Short Film : Renderyard Film Festival, 2011
Bronze Medal : Australian Cinematographers Society (NSW), 2011
Best Director (Short Film) – Nominated : Melbourne Underground Film Festival, 2011
Best Actress (Short Film) – Nominated : Melbourne Underground Film Festival, 2011
Best Supporting Actress (Short Film) – Nominated: Maverick Movie Awards, 2012
Best Visual Effects (Short Film) – Nominated: Maverick Movie Awards, 2012
Finalist, The Great Film Competition : Short Of The Week, 2011
Most Outstanding Post-Graduate Student : Victorian College of the Arts, 2010

Palm Springs ShortsFest, 2011 (World Premiere)
Melbourne Underground Film Festival, 2011: One of the Festival Director’s highlights of MUFF12
The 2011 Space Elevator Conference
Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, 2011
Thriller Chiller Film Festival, 2011
TriCity Fantasy Film Festival, 2011
FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival, 2011
OffShoot Film Festival, 2011
Renderyard Film Festival, 2011
Space Trash, 2012
Dam Short Film Festival, 2012
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2012
Fantastic Planet Sydney Sci-Fi Film Festival, 2012
Hill Country Film Festival, 2012
Mini-Con 47, 2012
Shorts Film Festival, Adelaide, 2012
Revelation Perth International Film Festival, 2012
Hollywood Shorts, 2012
International Broadcaster’s Conference, Amsterdam, 2012