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  MOVIE POSTER VANISHED, Action/Suspense, 11min - USA/Germany
Directed by Simon Beckman


A secret research facility has been completely annihilated when a special ops team comes to the rescue. Keaton, a hard-nosed investigator, tries to reconstruct what has happened when one sole survivor is discovered.

Alex, shell-shocked and wounded, cannot remember much, still Keaton is relentless. He needs to find out what she knows right now to avoid an even greater disaster.

Writers: Simon Beckman, James Coyne

Stars: Cameron Richardson, Mark Rolston, Jed Abrams


GENRES:Thriller, Crime, Action

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'To me a film is successful if it keeps the viewer's attention for the entire running time and leads them to form an opinion on the central characters of the story. VANISHED is supposed to mesmerize the viewer right away and not let go until the very end.

It was especially important to me to find the best possible cast. The leading actress must evoke empathy while the extreme circumstance the other characters are in also needed to be clear.

Visually I wanted top create a world that seemed authentic but left much in the dark. The viewer only gets to see what's essential. This approach was also used for the more brutal scenes. It is perfectly clear what exactly is happening but most of it is left to the imagination.

It was important to me to avoid drawing any attention to the cinematography and rather make the story the main focus. The viewer is supposed to always know where we are and what is happening. Fast action sequences happen in real time. I deliberately avoided slow motion and intricate camera moves and instead tried to create a strong sense of realism.

I made VANISHED because it is exactly the kind of film I enjoy watching and want to direct in the future. Of course I hope this short film will lead to getting a feature film made some time soon. However, no matter what happens I do believe we have at the very least succeeded in making a very good and entertaining short film.


Cameron Richardson - Alex
Mark Rolston - Keaton

Produced by
Simon Beckman - producer
Corina Danckwerts - producer
Darya Danesh - line producer
Alexander Dittner - producer
Jan Doleschel - executive producer

Cinematography by
Eric Zimmerman

Film Editing by
Alexander Dittner

Casting By
Zora DeHorter

Production Design by
Niko Vilaivongs

Art Direction by
Aaron Bautista

Set Decoration by
Jeremy Cisneros

Costume Design by
Carrie Glaser - (as Carrie Mazzarelli)

Makeup Department

Edica Casanova - assistant makeup artist
Alexandria Storm - key makeup artist
Adina Sullivan - assistant makeup artist

Production Management

Mayon Denton - production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Max Berryhill - first assistant director (as M.C. 'Max' Berryhill)
Kimberly Townes - second assistant director Art Department
Danlen Dorton - art intern
Reggie Reagor - art intern
Jeff Woodruff - art intern

Sound Department

Jeff Blehr - boom operator
Mario Hubert - supervising sound editor
Heiko Muller - sound re-recording mixer
Roland Platz - foley artist
Nick Ronzio - sound mixer
Uwe Zillner - foley recordist: foley editor

Special Effects by

Wayne Beauchamp - pyrotechnician
Albert Lunetti - pyrotechnician

Visual Effects by

Markus Hagemeier - vfx associate producer: ScanlineVFX
Andrea Krupp - compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Felix Laser - compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Paul Schlie - compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Jacques Stroweis - visual effects supervisor
Viktoria Wickede von - team assistant: ScanlineVFX
Bjoern Wortmann - compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Ismat Zaidi - vfx executive producer: ScanlineVFX
Martin Zwanzger - title designer: Scanline VFX


Michael Belzer - knife specialist
Aaron Cohen - technical advisor
Michael Giordani - stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

Nolan Aldridge - lighting technician
Alberto Alonso - gaffer
Jon Coin - key grip
Sara Elia - grip
Tony Giordano - key grip
James L. Herron III - second assistant camera
Red Hickman - electrician
Kwesi James - loader
Julie Kirkwood - camera operator
Andy Knapp - loader
Raymond Liu - still photographer
Steve Matteson - first assistant camera
David McDonald - first assistant camera
Michelle McKinley - first assistant camera
Rubbie Pouliet - grip
Pedro Rojas - electrician
Shane Salyards - gaffer
Eric Von Staplefeldt - camera operator Editorial Department
Margit Wiltschko - assistant editor

Music Department

Marvin Miller - composer: additional music
Valentin Scherer - composer: additional music
Ralf Wengenmayr - composer: theme music

Other crew

Liz Edwards - script supervisor
Tajat Gosh - production assistant
Michael Iinuma - production assistant
Jesse B. Lee - production assistant (as Jesse Lee)
Lou Noble - set medic
Jacqueline Sand - production assistant
Mike Tristano - master armorer
Clay Van Sickle - key armorer
Alma Weaks - craft service
Derek Werthwein - production coordinator

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