While her parents argue about caring for her elderly grandmother, a little girl – played by Priah Ferguson of Stranger Things 2 – enters a dream world full of fears about aliens. Ends feels like an underground experimental film – there are no big CGI shots of UFOs or aliens – but it offers a palpable sense of anxiety and creeping unease. The narrative is almost a mystery, a value deliberate choice that only enhances the film.
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“The short is very tonal…It’s supposed to be a visual poem of mood with this ominous force coloring these relatively ordinary scenes of familial dispute. Least said and shown felt like the best way to handle the aliens for this approach.”
Ends is more of a proof-of-concept start, something Tabor aims to turn into a feature film. It already met it’s Kickstarter goal a couple of months ago, and with the film turned into a short, Tabor expertly scaled down the film so it would work with a short run time.
“The short actually came out of the reduction of a much larger idea that I had been mulling over for years. Through my cinematographer, Samuel Laubscher, the opportunity arose to apply this larger concept to a much shorter and very limited project…I essentially took the bare bones of the plot and played them out like fragments of memory as if recalled by an unseen party. The short is a few snapshots taken by a child of this event while the feature is the whole family photo book. So, all that being said, expanding it back into a full concept wasn’t so difficult; however, framing it to play like a detective thriller film was.”
While the current version of Ends features very little actual aliens appearing, the feature version will be heavily influenced by its SciFi elements.
T “In the feature we are aiming for a similar effect by very different means…The science fiction elements take on a much more physical role in the story, while their intent and actual presence becomes a piece of a huge overwhelming puzzle that this young girl is forced to investigate and decipher on her own.”
The main actress in Ends will feel very familiar to anyone watching Stranger Things 2: fan favourite Priah Ferguson portrayed Erica Sinclair in the Netflix smash hit, having been cash before season 2 ever aired.
“I had spent about a month on casting the role of Charlie for the short film when Priah’s name finally popped up,…Her audition completely blew me away. Her depth and control as an actor was just very apparent; so much so that I actually pushed our entire production back a month to fit it with her schedule—the scheduling conflict, I later learned, was Stranger Things. It didn’t surprise that she became an immediate fan favorite. Working with her on the short was an absolute pleasure. She’s charming, talented, and was entirely in touch with the character we were working on putting on-screen.”