Sarah and Bram’s roadtrip takes a horrifying turn when they stop for a bathroom break in the dark woods of Wallonia.
A selection of Short of the Week, the web’s leading curators of quality short films.
Directed by Maarten Groen
“Inspired by Japanese urban legend Aka Manto – the tale of a ghost that roams public restrooms and offers red or blue toilet-paper to its visitors – Arrêt Pipi is a 6-minute short horror from the team that brought you Rotor. Created for Dutch broadcasters VPRO and sporting a stunning aesthetic influenced by Seventies slasher movies, Maarten Groen’s short is an atmospheric, slickly-produced film designed to thrill and chill throughout its tight run-time.
Despite having a storyline based around the aforementioned TP ghost, narratively Arrêt Pipi isn’t the most groundbreaking (it essentially the tale of two youngsters finding themselves in trouble when travelling through the backwoods at night) but writer Nils Vleugels was well aware of the film he was creating when penning the piece. “Five minutes is a very short time to tell a story”, Vleugels reveals when discussing the aims of the film, “so i decided to keep it simple and limit the film to one long scene. Maybe have it feel like the prologue to a longer film. I also wanted to do something without too much pretense but embrace the genre and just have fun with it”.
Shot on an Alexa Studio equipped with Anamorphic lenses, the production is sharp and the visuals lend the film the atmosphere needed for it to be a success. When creating the aesthetic, director Maarten Groen and DP Mick van Dantzig were influenced by the cinematography of Tarantino’s Death Proof and the work of photographer Gregory Crewdson – looking at some of the images from the latter, it’s certainly easy to see how his work inspired the film. – S/W Curator Rob Munday
Director: Maarten Groen
Written By: Nils Vleugels
Director of Photography: Mick van Dantzig
First AD: Damien Hope
Gaffer: Erik de Wildt
Best Boy: Mike Berkhout
Electricians: Raymond Brouwers, Tessa Beukel, Sven Been & Jeroen Zwart
Production Design: Thomas Hamming & Chiel Sinninghe
Gripper: Antoine Petiet
Production Manager: Amber Akkermans
Line producer: Lotte Kwak & Niels Visser
Production Assistant: Boye Rijs & Merel Snijdoodt
Sound Design: Lennart Kleinen en Alan van Ramshorst / KlevR
Set Audio: Hein Verhoeven
Casting Director: Houdijn Beekhuis / Kemna Casting
Editor: Ruben Labree
VFX: Bas Wijers
Assistant Post-production: Alex Nas
Colorist: Ruben Labree
Special Make-Up: Erik Hillenbrink, Rob Hillenbrink, Lodewijk Tossaint
Hair & Make-Up: Cynthia Bakker
Script Consultant: Sytske Kok
Storyboarding: Onur Yilmaz
Styling: Sanne Zoë Prins
Graphic Design: George & Harrison
Executive Producers: Maarten Groen, Daniel Dow & Nils Vleugels
Reproduced on this channel with the permission of the filmmakers.