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SCENE AUTOPSY: ‘STRAIN’ – Unexpected Guest: Part A


‘STRAIN’ – Unexpected Guest: Part A

Written/directed by Reynier Molenaar

Scene Setup

STRAIN follows two survivors of the zombie apocalypse who must travel across ground zero — an abandoned Los Angeles — to deliver important biological samples. BRIDE is a battle-weary and jaded warrior who is tasked with protecting CHRIS, a needy-but-lovable researcher who has never crossed the quarantine zone before.

The scene takes place in an abandoned residential neighborhood, where Bride and Chris have stopped to manage their gear… and realize they’re not alone.

The sequence begins on Page 7 of the script and was filmed at three locations across Los Angeles. As a side note, to bring Bride’s futuristic touchpad to life, I created dozens and dozens of hand-tracked visual effects, representing months of post-production work — all stemming from just two lines in the original screenplay!

Bride (Cherub Moore ) is at the ready to take heads with her Criket bat in Reynier Molenaar's STRAIN.

Bride (Cherub Moore ) is at the ready to take heads with her Criket bat in Reynier Molenaar’s STRAIN.

READ the Script (link)

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Edwin "El Miedo" Pagán
Edwin "El Miedo" Pagán is the Founder-In-Chief of LATIN HORROR. Pagán is a writer, filmmaker and life-long horror fan. In 2008 he founded LATIN HORROR, an online niche market website specializing in Latin-influenced horror, its documentation, and promotion as a distinct genre. Pagán is at the forefront of the Latin "Dark Creative Expressionist" movement, a term he coined as a means of identifying the millions of lost souls who live outside the rim of mainstream society and whose lifestyle and work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts. Currently, he is penning a book entitled 'MIEDO - The History of Latin Horror.' Trivia: He is noted for ending his written correspondence with the offbeat salutation 'There will be SANGRE!'

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  1. To start things off, I am glad to Latin makers in the science space. What say ye!

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