Our Short Horror/Comedy ‘Colore non Vedenti’ is Officially Online!

Colore Non Vedenti

It’s way overdue, but our short film project ‘Colore Non Vedenti’ is now officially complete and online! What started off as a ten minute Film Junk short for Halloween of ’08 slowly grew into something a little bigger than expected, resulting in a months long process that was definitely a fun learning experience. A big thanks to all of those who helped get this thing finished — be sure to read the end credits! — and a big thanks to the Film Junkies who waited patiently for this to finally come to fruition! I hope you guys enjoy it. You can check out the final film embedded below or head to www.colorenonvedenti.com, where you’ll also find multiple commentary tracks — featuring Jay, Sean, Reed (Gerry), Tom Baychuck, Roman and star David Tompa — and some behind the scenes video diaries! This whole thing was basically an exercise in no-budget filmmaking that gave us an opportunity to be creative and experiment, and I love the idea of throwing these things up online for everyone to see. I hope you enjoy!

  • Connor G

    I particularly enjoyed the Tom and Gerry commentary. Where Gerry brings up some interesting questions like “What kind of detergent do you use Tom?”

  • Rusty James

    Loved the ending as well as the parade of film junk personalities. Were any of these people Singe? I also would’ve liked to have seen Sean and Jay himself make an appearance.

    I do think Henrik makes a good point about the score. I don’t necessarily have a problem with this “cheat” but I would be great if you were able to attract a talented composer to volunteer an original score. That way you could truly claim it’s a completely original work.
    It’s a small thing overall, since “borrowed” music is not unusual in short films and the rest of the film certaintly stands on its own.

  • Rusty James

    And good work Gerry Eng. How ironic that Green Energy would be cast as Monster Truck, sly.

    I’m assuming the character was an homage to the asian gangster named Monster from David Lapham’s epic crime comic Stray Bullets.

  • “borrowed” music is not unusual in short films”

    95 percent of short films do this why? because there is very little chance of monetary gain for short films and that is the primary reason for copyrights. In that way, Jay’s use of the score is not a cheat at all because in the films that pay for a composer, they could go and pay for the rights to existing music, but they want to HIRE a composer to have the rights ALSO tied to them and the film.

    And yes, you could open the window and throw a stone and hit a want-to-be composer to do a score for free.

  • I agree regarding the music. It was a choice I made early on and stuck with based on the tone of the film and the amount of work ahead of us. I don’t think a hired ‘free’ composer could hit that 60’s/70’s feel I was after, and if there’s any time to liberally use some great music from some great composers, it’s in a not-for-profit short internet film.

    However, I will note that there are about six pieces of music throughout the film that were composed and performed by myself. I just didn’t take a credit because there were so many other pieces of music in there that weren’t mine. But for anyone intersted, the music in the railroad track scene, the first 2 minutes of the diner, tom eating his tv dinner, the ominous hum stingers and the office sequence were all mine.

    So although I did pull some tracks from the masters, I did do a little dirty work myself. Also, I will be composing 100 percent of the music for the next short.

  • Henrik

    I don’t think hiring anybody is a valid alternative since it costs money, the alternative for me would be to be less dependant on music. Anyway, it does save parts of the film, which is important enough to justify its usage, specifically I think the fight scenes.

    One other thing I thought about while watching; did you try the diner scene without showing what the main character was? I was wondering wether the scene would not have played out better with the audience guessing along. If I can find info about this on commentaries lemme know, I haven’t had time to listen yet.

  • Oh, yeah, thx for the correction, John. I guess “Colore non Vedenti” is Italian. No wonder I didn’t understand the screenplay.

    As for “Stray Bullets,” Rusty, I’ve never read the comic and Jay never mentioned this to me or gave me any motivation for my character. So I guess I’ll use your explanation for the derivation of “Monster Truck” from now on because it’s so esoteric.

  • Rusty James

    I didn’t really think your character was based on Monster from Stray Bullets Gerry.

  • Henrik: Not sure what you mean with the diner sequence. You mean have the diner scene happen before establishing who Jack was?

  • Goon

    I’m pretty sure Henrik meant the dinner sequence and the ‘dead’ card.

  • Ahhhhhh. I get it now. Yes, I did think about that and it was also mentioned by others. I didn’t go for it because 1. I didn’t want to have to cut around it and remain on extreme close ups and over the shoulder shots for Jack, 2. I like the idea of the audience sensing danger ahead with the ‘dead’ card but Jack being completely clueless and unable to figure it out, 3. I think that much guessing would’ve been frustrating if people didn’t know what the answer was, 4. The film is told from an objective point of view for the most part and I felt it would’ve been weird to suddenly have the audience subjectively experiencing that scene from Jack’s p.o.v. in regards to the knowledge he has going into the party.

    Having said all of that, I’m sure it could’ve worked that way as well.

  • Well, Rusty, you’ve convinced me that my character was based on Monster from “Stray Bullets,” so now I’ll have to find that comic, read it, and then re-contextualize my thoughts when we were shooting so that my performance fits in with the homage to Monster from “Stray Bullets.” It’s all part of the acting process, my friend. :-)

    Henrik, I didn’t understand what you were asking either until I read Jay’s interpretation of what you were asking. Now are you wondering if Jay thought about messing with the linearity of unfolding events? Or are you wondering if Jay had thought about writing the screenplay such that the main character was introduced performing his job before any other scenes as I think Jay is asking in comment 59? Or are you asking if Jay had thought about shooting the diner scene differently so that the audience would be guessing along? And what would the audience be guessing along?

  • Oh, ha ha. Interesting what a difference of one letter makes. Seems like Goon and Henrik think alike. (Not sure if someone will feel insulted by that statement.) Excellent answer, Jay.

  • Rusty James

    You should definitely read Stray Bullets Gerry. In fact, it would be a good project for you develop as a vehicle for your talents. You could take it to Jay Cheel. He could direct the fuck out of it for you. That would be a good film.

  • Henrik

    I meant the dinner scene. It would be cool to see it both ways. It just seemed weird to me to be spending that much time on him guessing, when everybody knows the answer.

  • I think that entire scene was meant to be more of a look at someone thrown into an awkward situation that he’s uncomfortable with first and foremost, with the horror element following closely behind. The idea of being pulled into an dinner party with a bunch of strangers, stepping right into the middle of a ridiculous parlor game and being terrible at it all the while trying to make a good impression on this new girl and her friends is one hundred times more terrifying and horrible to me than alien green jello. I’d say it’s almost a relief for Jack to discover that they’ve all been taken over by aliens.

    I also like the idea of mundane suspense and tension that’s completely unrelated to the ‘invasion’. Whether or not we know what Jack is trying to guess is almost not the point…it’s watching him squirm in a social setting that he dreaded taking part in that is the true horror!

  • I’ll give Henrik that a lot of the tension is cause/helped/influenced by the music, but on watching it I was thinking what a job well done and it reminded me how powerful the score can assist an independent filmmaker with filling in the emotion and sensory space that they are trying to create…I know there is a word for this… but I can’t think of it right now…

    I think the dinner scene is much better the way it is now. You must remember, the way the film is constructed now the lead character never finds out what his card said! The villain saying “you’re dead” helps add to the leads tense state and the attack so after. Making the audience guess along with the character would not make the line “you’re dead” any more powerful to the character. The way it’s constructed now the audience can enjoy the way it plays out and can concentrate fully on the lead’s reaction upon hearing it. If you reveal it on the line “you’re dead” you are asking the audience to do to much and not focusing on the character – which is what they do concntrate on by knowing all along what the card seeeeezzz!

  • I adored this film. It reminded me, especially after the opening credits, of what the David Gordon Green remake of “Suspiria” might’ve been like. I really enjoy surrealist horror with splashes of dark comedy thrown in for fun.

    People need to try and capture the spirit of early Cronenberg films – and stop making torture porn or remakes. Great work, Jay! Really impressed, and it’s definitely inspired me to start work on my own short horror film.

  • Cumonface

    ***’“The Running Tunnel” to “Colore Non Vedenti” has no business offering critical pointers on this or any other forum.”***

    Your a fucking idiot.
    Do you see how stupid that sounds? Me liking The Running Tunnel was my opinion. It has nothing to do with experience or whatsoever. Maybe you should try accepting other peoples taste, huh?
    I didn’t like this movie. Is that strange?

  • modesilver

    great job jay! really enjoyed it :)

    props to all the actors!

  • Henrik

    I wish I had more things to ask about the film, because I enjoy hearing the answers so much. You’d think I could relate more to being horrible in a social setting, but that flew completely past me, all I was interested in was the invasion. I did feel for him in the end though, that’s a sucker punch, and an earned one. My favorite part of the film is everything in the last bit, from when Tom and Gerry enter the hallway.

  • waitwhat

    Great cinematography, good pacing, funny ending and I really dug the music (especially during the opening credits). Enjoyed the bonus material as well. Keep up the good work!

  • Sly


    (I wrote lots after the “awesome” – but all felt too minor to express my feelings. So I deleted it and wrote this instead….. Looking forward to more stuff.)

  • Swarez

    Trivia time!
    The sound that comes up during the space shot are real sounds recorded from space. So the universe actually sounds like a shitty ambient album.

  • I think the ‘stolen’ score really serves the film. I view it much like sampling in music. The original source establishes a familiar vibe, setting or time period, along with expectations of what accompanies that. As much as profiting from the beauty of the borrowed piece, a skilled artist recontextualizes it to add layers of depth to the larger work to skew an audience’s preconceptions. Considering Jay’s comments on the use of ‘visual sampling’ in the film Dear Zachary I’m confident he had this in mind when choosing the music.

  • HotBrunette

    Greg was awesome. I would never, under any circumstances, accept a drink from him.

  • Greg

    Gah! But why HotBrunette? Not all drinks I buy for women are sludgy and green. In fact…I might let you pick.

    Wait…are you the HotBrunette from the Army of Darkness screening?

  • Oh god.

  • Rus

    Heads up, the video here will not play on my iPhone – blue box with question mark

  • Pr1mal

    Awesome job Jay. I quite enjoyed it!

  • Rus: iPhone can’t do embedded Flash yet unfortunately.

  • yes, but don’t you think you should offer a version that does work on mobile devices that are popular? I can watch anything on hulu, youtube, funny or die, all major trailers….how else will filmjunk take over the world?

  • sorry no hulu

  • MoriaOrc

    Totally fun!!!
    I enjoyed it a lot.
    You have a great eye for composition in the frame
    and a good sense of humor.
    I would love to see what you would do with a bigger
    Thanks for “throwing it up” on line.

  • Cumonass

    **”The sound that comes up during the space shot are real sounds recorded from space. So the universe actually sounds like a shitty ambient album.”**

    Um, in space there is no sound. Hows that for your trivia?


    Rus: iPhone can’t do embedded Flash yet unfortunately.**

    If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you can watch flash videos. So it is actually possible to download or watch your videos with an iPhone.
    Anyone who doesn’t have their iPhone jailbroken are really spending their money on garbage.

  • what’s jailbroken?

  • Cumonass

    Jailbreak, omg. Sorry for not being perfect talking English, it’s not like i excactly speak the language.

  • Chris

    Amazing, I just finished watching it with the wife and we both loved loved it. The extra commentary tracks and diaries are hilarious and interesting. I loved the Blue Ghost diary, haha. Congratulations!

  • Bratwurst

    It was tight, but hardly a horror.

  • Late-to-the-show

    I really liked it. Very funny, and very well shot. I loved how sleazy Greg looked. Reed was funnier in the running tunnel.

  • I commented on Vimeo what I liked about it. Were the different colors, like in the running tunnel too, a homage to Suspiria? What did you use for sound though Jay? It’s one of the of the best sound / dialogue quality i’ve ever heard in any short film. Did you use the camera mic? or a boom etc.


  • frankw35

    I realize I’m only six years late but is there still a place to watch this with the commentaries? The link above is no longer working.

  • Sean