|Directed by||Zarel Smith|
|Produced by||Zarel Smith|
|Written by||Maria Smith|
|Starring||Zarel Smith |
|Edited by||Zarel Smith|
|7 May 2020|
Eye Opener is a 2020 indie fantasy short film directed, edited and produced by Zarel Smith. The film was written by Maria Smith, with help from the whole Smith family. Like most of Zarel's films, the film is silent and in black and white. Released on 7 May 2020 to a budget of under £100, the film received mixed to positive reviews.
Robert (played by Zarel Smith) goes by his day, and it becomes apparent that he is very rude and irresponsible. He laughs at a homeless man (played by Janus Smith), refuses to feed the family cats when asked by Ben (played by Ben Smith), and than refuses to do the dishes. The next day, he wakes up, and he cannot open his eyes. While walking using a walking stick, he gives the homeless man from before money, to his delight. Than he feeds the cats, and we late see him cleaning the dishes. The film ends when the next day, it zooms into his eyes, when they open.
Unlike most of Zarel's independent films, Zarel involved his entire family in the production of Eye Opener.
- Robert — Zarel Smith
- Homeless man — Janus Smith
- Ben — Ben Smith
The idea for a film similar to Eye Opener was around for a few days prior. The idea for the film was thought out and planned by Maria Smith, and a basic script was written. All this happened on 6 May 2020, a day before filming took place. As well as writing, Maria was also responsible for make-up, and designed the costume for the homeless man. Unlike most of Zarel's independent films, Zarel involved his entire family in the production of Eye Opener.
The footage was filmed on an iPhone 7 at 240 frames per second on 7 May 2020, on the Bene day as the films release. A black and white filter was later added, and the audio muted. Filming took place completely in New Eiffel, in the cities of New Leeds and Új Repülő.
The film was edited solely by Zarel. The frame rate was reduced to 120 frames per second in order for easier distribution. A black and white filter was added to the footage, and the audio muted.
The film was released online on 7 May 2020.
The film received mixed to positive reviews.
- Filmography of Zarel Smith doc. Retrieved 18 June 2020.