Hiking Trail

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Hiking Trail
Hiking Trail poster.jpg
Poster.
Directed byZarel Smith
Produced byZarel Smith
Written byZarel Smith
StarringZarel Smith
CinematographyZarel Smith
Edited byZarel Smith
Release date
3 June 2020
Running time
4 minutes[1]
Country New Eiffel
LanguageEnglish (text only)

Hiking Trail is a 2020 New Eiffelic indie thriller short film, starring, written, directed and produced by Zarel Smith, making it his seventh independent film.[2][a]

The story is about a man who gets fed up with the noisy city, and decides to go on a hiking trail; however, he soon realises he has not brought enough water with him for the trail. The film was Smith's first to be shot and released entirely in 4K resolution, which was considered revolutionary for New Eiffelic cinema,[3] although Pick which was released a month later was released in 4K resolution at 60 frames-per-second, as opposed to Hiking Trail's 30 fps. Since its release on 3 June 2020, the film has received mixed to average critical reception.

Premise

A scene from Hiking Trail, in which the main character dreams about water while he is dehydrated

The story is about a man who gets fed up with the noisy city, and decides to go on a hiking trail; however, he soon realises he has not brought enough water with him for the trail.[4]

Production

During the summer, filmmaker Zarel Smith became increasingly inspired to work on a film relating to the heat that New Eiffel was experiencing. Smith's residence had also been undergoing renovations, making it inconvenient to film inside. Principal photography took place on 25 May 2020 – just three days after the release of his previous film Insaniam – primarily in New Leeds and Új Repülő. Two further scenes were shot in slow-motion in Plitvice on 29 May. Post-production finished on 3 June, the same day as the film's release. The film was Smith's first to be shot and released entirely in 4K resolution.[3][5] Underneath (2019), another independent film by Smith, was also a survival thriller film, though Underneath did not inspire Hiking Trail.

Release and copyright status

The film had a quiet release on 3 June 2020. It was later uploaded onto YouTube and added to StreamEiffel on 29 July.[1] The film received generally mixed to average critical reception, though critics noted its exceptional cinematography.

In contrast with all of Smith's other films, Hiking Trail is fully copyrighted, being his only independent film to be so. The reasoning for this is not known.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Smith, Zarel (29 July 2020) Hiking Trail (2020) on YouTube. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  2. Filmography of Zarel Smith doc. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Trivia. IMDb. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  4. Plot summary. IMDb. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  5. Technical specs. IMDb. Retrieved 15 March 2021.

Notes

  1. Eighth if one includes The Doll (2017), which is regarded as a Z&jProductions production.

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