Sundance Horror Short Shows Off Nikon D800

By Jordan Teicher 

Instead of churning out a typical camera advertisement, Nikon and McCann put the former’s product–the new D800 Digital SLR–to the test by producing Broken Night, a 10-minute short film capable of displaying its advanced cinematic capabilities. Don’t worry if you’re not a camera geek. The project is meant to appeal to professionals on a technical level, but the film’s story stands on its own legs. Sundance, in fact, selected it for the festival’s 2013 U.S. Narrative Short Film Competition.

Personally, I’m not a fan of horror movies, but this is more cerebral and gothic than a blood-and-guts flick. Oscar nominee Guillermo Arriaga (Babel) wrote and directed the short, and Oscar winner/Steven Spielberg’s go-to DP Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s ListSaving Private Ryan) provided the cinematography.


If you’re fed up with the crap currently playing in theaters and reeling from the post-Super Bowl ad hangover, Broken Night is for you. Credits after the jump.

Co Chief Creative Officers:  Sean Bryan, Thomas Murphy

SVP Group Creative DirectorsTom Sullivan, Larry Platt             

SVP Creative DirectorsDov Zmood, Kathy Grover

Chief Production OfficerBrian DiLorenzo

EVP, Director of Broadcast OperationsDanielle Korn

Executive ProducersKathy Love, Greg Lotus

Senior Integrated ProducerJill Ann Toloza

Integrated ProducerLauren Bauder

Business ManagerDebbie Gleason

EVP Group Managing DirectorKevin Scher

Management RepresentativeDana McCullough                           

Account Supervisor: Daniella Rey                                                                


PRODUCTION: Independent Media                       

ProducerSusanne Preissler


Guillermo Arriaga

Director of PhotographyJanusz Kaminski

EditorPaul Martinez

Editorial CoArcade Edit

MusicPhilip Glass

CastingDavid Rubin

Production DesignerMark Ricker

Costume Designer: Yoona Kwak

CastDominique McElligotty, Alexis Durabrow, Trenton Kaiser, Robert Homyak