Athan Merrick

Cinematographer + Director of Photography Vancouver, BC

The Escape of Conrad Lard-Bottom

This is one of the first films I was Director of Photography on. Shot on super16mm film and unfortunately there was only budget to transfer at SD resolution which these days is laughable to even consider, but at the time was a viable option. Directed by Shaun Mckinlay.

Awarded Best Student Cinematography Vancouver Short Film Festival, Audience Choice POV Film Festival and Vancouver Short Film Festival, Official Selection Student Shorts, Third Screen, Santa Fe (USA), Fresh (UK), and Victoria Film Festivals, Nominated for Best Student Short Leo Awards.

The Escape of Conrad Lard-Bottom is an 8-minute dark comedy where, following the deaths of his three brothers, his mother decides to imprison Conrad Lard-Bottom in order to protect him from the outside world. After seven years, Conrad goes insane, and decides to “dispose” of his overprotective mother, but he quickly learns that escape is more difficult than he imagined.

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