Credit: Director

Stacked Deck

A western

In July of 2015, my buddy Taylor Smythe told me he was coming to visit Arizona. It was right around the time that Rode does it's yearly short film competition, and we decided that it would be fun to enter together. I quickly wrote up a script and we shot run and gun style in the middle of the scenic Dreamy Draw Park near Phoenix. With only a small gear package, and utilizing the natural light, we were able to capture the harshness and the beauty of the Arizona landscape in a quick short. 

The short went on to get some attention from local newspapers in Vermont, as well as play in two local cinemas in Phoenix, and in Vermont. 




Written / Directed / Edited by: Daniel Mattei Co-filmed by: Taylor Smythe & Daniel Mattei Costume Design by: Taylor Smythe