THE TRAP, 16min, Canada, Crime/Thriller
Directed by Adam Estey
When a young woman has had enough of her abusive, low-life criminal husband, she devises a vengeful escape plan to save her life and ruin his.
The Trap was derived from an idea that I had about a woman who was literally trapped inside an abusive relationship.
She had been stuck in this terrible place for far too long and needed a way out. So she devised a plan to get out for good and, in turn, teach her husband a lesson.
Although this has actually never happened to me, I know what it feels like to be trapped in a situation that doesn’t feel right.
I wanted to create a piece that empowered women (although I am not promoting stealing or killing). And I wanted it to be a piece where the woman was the badass and surprised the audience with her strong will to live and get out.
I am a huge fan of classic films and have been an avid viewer my whole life. I really enjoyed the film noir movement in the 1940s and the badass women that surfaced. I wanted to create a throwback to that era with The Trap.
I created the storyline and the beats I wanted to hit and then I enlisted my friend, Adam Estey (who is a fabulous screenwriter), to take on the screenplay and direct the film. He would write a draft and I would edit until we finally arrived at the perfect screenplay.
Together we had a lot of fun during the process and we hope that you love the film we made. It took a village.
– Jovanna Huguet-Burke
Completion Date:February 2, 2015
Production Budget:15,000 CNY
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada