The Better World
Pascal lives in a dark world, his only respite the recurring visions he has - of a world with star-kissing towers, teeming with colour and life. Pascal is determined to find his way to this 'Better World' before he too loses all hope.
Director Biography - Euan Brown
Euan has directed, shot and edited a wide variety of projects including corporate portfolios, music videos, wedding films, short-films and documentaries. He graduated from City of Glasgow College with Robin in 2019 with HND Creative Industries: Television.
Euan cast the sitcom pilot 'Stuck', was co-editor and Director of Photography on alcoholism-recovery documentary '101 Years Sober' and directed the sci-fi short-film 'Existence'. In January 2021, he finished the enigmatic short 'The Better World'.
You're often told as a beginner filmmaker to "keep things simple" - to "just shoot two guys talking in a room". With The Better World, it's safe to say I did the opposite of that.
I shot this back in 2018 over the course of a year to teach myself how to film. The core group assisting me with this project were my friends - who played several of the main characters without having ever acted before. Sometimes it was rough: it took five attempts (through a freezing Aberdeen winter) to film a midnight beach shoot, an actor dropped out two days before we were set to film several key scenes and my Canon 1300D's shitty batteries would lose charge after twenty minutes. In spite of all this, I'm extremely glad I did a weird, unconventional film instead of "just shoot two guys talking in a room".
Some of the camerawork is very flawed; as I said before, this was me teaching myself how to film before I really did any other projects so I was figuring things out as I went along. That being said, I feel like we nailed the immersion even if some of the technical aspects could be better. If The Better World is anything, it's atmospheric.
In 2019, I edited a version that I was deeply unhappy with (featuring Gregorian chants...wtf was I thinking?) so I deleted it and started again from scratch over lockdown in late 2020. Even with my increased knowledge of editing since the time of filming, it was challenging to outmaneuvre my amateur filming mistakes but I'm actually quite pleased with the results. I feel like the original ideas are expressed well enough to finally share publicly.
Release date: October 2021
Run Tme: 21 minutes
Callum Waddell as Pascal
Luke Aquilina as Pascal (Voice)
Robert Carr as Prime
Ciaran Drysder as Samuel
Adam Greene as Intel
Luther Lockhart as 1B
Sean McLean as The Snatcher
Executive Producer by Robin De Vernon Ryding
Enmarta as Composer
Keosz as Composer
Lesa Listvy as Composer
Kevin MacLeod as Composer
Dead Melodies as Composer
Aegri Somnia as Composer
Zenjungle as Composer
Screenings and Awards
Port Blair International Film Festival
April 14, 2021
Best Experimental Short Film
Prague International Film Awards
April 12, 2021
Finalist Short Film
Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
February 16, 2021
16th February 2021
FINALIST BEST SHORT FILM