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This is the very first thing we ever did. On day one, we shot the scene where Ed cuts up the dead body in his basement. Ian was adamant about exactly the way the butcher knife needed to be dragged across the tabletop. He knew exactly how he wanted it to look and sound and I knew I always wanted him there to help me get the details right.

In 2004, I had been working at a video store for almost 4 years. I didn't own a camera, didn't know any actors, and my only formal education came from a 1 credit community college film theory class. I knew almost nothing about how to physically go about making a movie. Many things were learned and invented out of necessity as the shoot went along. The majority of the script was written in a single night while "Chinatown" was on TV in the background. We had no crew and shot on scattered weekends with friends and family. I like using non-actors because they have nothing to lose and as much as they pretend to be flippant about everything, you catch them digging it once in a while.

I remember really liking Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Black Cat' in grade school and the concept of a person trying so hard to be noticed that it causes their downfall. I was interested in the concept of showing the subsequent days after a totally transparent man commits a murder. He decides to leave evidence linking him to the crime but is still too unnoticeable to be considered a suspect. Both this, “Buffalo” & “Antidote” form a loose trilogy of short films about people dealing with their inability to handle guilt properly. They all question if that makes them more or less evolved. It surprises me in retrospect that we were pompous enough to try to make something of weight our first time out. I think the cast was suprised that we actually cut together a cohesive film and even more suprised the first time we screened it in a theater. For all its rough edges, I think it was an solid first attempt and a lot of precedents were set that would influence every production that came after. I've been chasing the feeling I had on that first day down in the basement for almost 9 years now.






 
THE CLOCKMAKER
(2004)

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY PAUL BUSETTI

PRODUCED BY PAUL BUSETTI & IAN ALBETSKI

MUSIC BY CHRIS CLOVER

A FAMILY MAN COPES WITH THE AFTERMATH OF A MURDER
FOR WHICH HE MAY OR MAY NOT BE RESPPNSIBLE.

EDWIN ALBETSKI.................................THE CLOCKMAKER
WILLIAM RAWLS..................................DETECTIVE SALLEY
JOHN LINEK........................................KRONSTEDT
ERIKA KRONSTEDT..............................THE WIFE
EDDIE ALBETSKI .................................DETECTIVE STONE
JENNIFER BETZ....................................FAYE




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