Short | Fiction | Adventure | 2015 | Iran | 4 mins

A curious man faces a stranger and gets captive in a strange situation.

Written and Directed by Khashayar Rahimi
Cast: Edmon Orahi, Pedram Samadi
Cinematography by Khashayar Rahimi, Kimia Hendi
Edited by Khashayar Rahimi
Visual Effects by Darioush Oskoui
Music by Dexter Britain
Asistant Director: Saman Darvish
Sound Supervisor Babak Rahim Nejad
Still Photographer Mina Damghanian

General Info

Completed: December 2014 | Premiere Date: 12 Feb 2015 | Genre: Fantasy, Experimental | Country of Origin: Iran

Technical Specs

Runtime: 4 min | Sound Mix:  Stereo | Color: Color | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 / 2.39:1 (widescreen) | Camera:  Canon EOS 7D


Film’s location was found accidentally two days before shooting. As visual effects team and director were heading to their discussion session, they saw the dead-end and considered it the perfect match.

VFX supervisor, Dariush Oskoui and Khashayar Rahimi had sessions to decide how to create the vanishing sequence.

The main outdoor scenes were shot in nine hours.

The platform which is seen in hunter’s laptop presents a live view footage of prisoners. Prisoners are kept in an interactive blank white area which physically located inside the screen. We shot these scenes in a chroma-key studio.

Shooting camera was a Canon EOS 7D.

Although the original shooting aspect ratio is 16:9, cinematographers kept the compositions in a way that it could be changed to 2.4:1 which is quite similar to Cinema Scope (2.35:1).

In the vanishing scene, VFX Supervisor, Dariush Oskoui had to stand beside the wall so he could pull the cap on the ground using an invisible string. Later he removed himself digitally.

Film’s sound mix was supposed to be 5.1 channels surround to help audience understand sound perspective of vanishing scene but due some technical issues, it changed to be stereo. 

The cap which the main character used is Director’s.

About the title: “Captured” is starting with “Cap” which is obviously mentioned in film. “Capture it” is the name of the font which has been used for the commercial materials and titles in film. “Capricorn” by Thirty Seconds to Mars is the name of song which the hunter is listening to.

VFX supervisors had sessions to decide how to create the vanishing sequence.Director’s statement: “I was thinking for a real short experimental film which can be really simple and enjoying.

Among the captives Khashayar Rahimi, the director, can also be seen in the second spot on the screen.

The missing person, whose picture is visible on the wall is also trapped in the hunter's screen. He is in the forth spot.

Awards & Festivals

Image of the Year 2015 | Tehran, Iran | Official Selection
Kal Gerash Film Festival | Fars, Iran | Official Selection
Student Art Festival | Florida, United States | Official Selection
StudentCuts Film Festival | Slovenia | Official Selection
Toronto STudent Film Festival | Toronto, Canad  | Runner-Up