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Monday, Oct. 29, 2018


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Benjamin Howdeshell partners with film icon Milla Jovovich in directing a horror short film-slash-music video for the Berlin-based band Parcels. The all-too-real fears of home invasion create an unexpected and genius backdrop for the track “Withorwithout,” as Howdeshell crafts a film fraught with palpable tension.

The video stars Milla, a fan of Parcels in real-life and in the film, drifting aimlessly through an evening in a mid-century LA home that matches the retro feel of the band. Her husband (played by Carsten Norgaard) is similarly disconnected until the reality of the couples’ glitter-masked intruders sets in.

Howdeshell composes each shot with an eye toward maximizing the nail-biting vibe of the material, shooting at times through Milla’s point of view to give an intimate sense of the experience. The white-knuckle tension of the garage scene and sudden squall of violence in the home is amplified against the highly contrasting music (with such a lovely song playing, what could possibly go wrong?) The melancholic disco-inflected tones are set against the unnerving intensity of the visuals, then the sinister one-two punch of a twist comes out of nowhere and ties up the piece with a creepy bow.


Production Company: Howdeshell Films, Inc.
Director: Benjamin Howdeshell
Screenplay by: Mike Doyle
Produced by: Shawn Wallace
Executive Producer: Milla Jovovich
Director of Photography: Eric Leach
Editor: Jake Shaver
Sound Design: Brandon Kim
Creative Director: Carmen Crommelin

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Carsten Norgaard, Jules Crommelin, Patrick Hetherington, Noah Hill, Anatole Serret, Louie Swain

Lyrics and Music by: Jules Crommelin, Patrick Hetherington, Noah Hill, Anatole Serret, Louie Swain

Performed by: Parcels

Label:  Kitsuné / Because Music

First Assistant Director: Jeffrey Fuller
911 Operator: Heather Foster
Line Producer: Bret Rea
Production Coordinator: Nathan Zasada
Action Designer: Anthony Nanakornpanom
B-Camera Operator: Adam Leene
1st AC A Camera: Ken Tanaka
1st AC B Camera: Daniel Cooper
2nd AC / Data Manager: Brendan Devaine
Art Director: Eric Palmer
Set Dresser: Grant Hyde
Department Head Makeup: Christina Smith
Makeup: Marina Procter and Shelby Smith
Wardrobe Stylist: Candice Brittain
Wardrobe Assistants: Meredith Ambruso and Marcella Deluna
Department Head Hair: Candice Birns
Hair: Erica Beatty
Gaffer: Gordon Hale
Best Boy Electric: Kate Eleneke
Key Grip: Micah Minor
Sound Mixer: Fletcher Allison and Josh Haycraft
Production Assistants: Eric Gilbert, Kenneth Prieto, and Derek Siegel
Colorist: Omar Inguanzo
Assistant Editor: Shannon Albrink
Color Assistant: Faby Zumaran
Audio Assistant: Dillon Cahill


Director of Photography: Frederick Gomoll
Assistant: Yannik Sommer

Visual Effects: Green Light
VFX Supervisors: Dmitry Tokoyakov and Lyudmila Ivanova
Producer: Valentina Zhukova
Artists: Yuliya Pavlova, Danila Godya, Alexandra Drozd, Irina Spirina, Alexander Bocharov
Media Coordinator:  Andrey Fenochka
Coordinator: Nelli Mukhametshina
Art Director: Evgenia Strukova
Administrative Support: Alexandra Ershova

Post Production Facility: Therapy Studios
Visual Effects:  Therapy Studios
Flame Artists: Wren Waters and Geoff Stephenson
Flame Assistant: Phil Apostol
Colorist: Omar Inguanzo
Editor: Jake Shaver
Assistant Editor: Shannon Albrink
DI Artist: Faby Zumaran

Camera: Panavision

Special Thanks To: Paul W.S. Anderson, Renee Howdeshell, Doobie White, Chloe Corbelin, Birger Luedemann, John Ramsay, Columbia Theater Berlin, Alexander Francois Oppenheimer,

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