Director Michael Trainotti presents the twisted “Beneath the Surface”, where accepting help from a “nice couple” can become your last mistake. Catch this short thriller at the first “Horror Films in Hotlanta” Theatrical Screening event on July 17th, 2017 @ Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
BENEATH THE SURFACE Director / Writer / Editor Michael Trainotti is an industry professional specializing in production, post-production, and technical operations. He began his formative years in the production department at Lightstorm Entertainment, diving into every imaginable area of the filmmaking process.
As a firm believer to always keep pushing forward and stretching boundaries to learn and grow, Michael enjoys the complexity and nuances of the filmmaking process with family and industry friends. Whether writing and/or directing personal projects, helping people get their projects to the finish line, or working with his sons on their projects, it’s a passion that keeps things interesting and highly creative.
BENEATH THE SURFACE is a short film conceived and developed over the course of a month from a story by Donna Thomas (who doesn’t like horror films). Principal photography took place in one day in July 2016 near the foothills of Los Angeles (inserts were shot as needed during edit) using a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It features many actors that are part of Donna’s improve troop including Nathan Caywood (National AT&T Commercials, WTF: World Thumbwrestling Federation, Banish’d, Childrens Hospital, Spaghettiman ), Matt Iseman (American Ninja Warrior (host), Celebrity Apprentice, TMI Hollywood, CHI-Town Rising, Hot In Cleveland, Act-Anon), Sabrina Howells (National AT&T Commercials, Kasey’s Grace, Man vs. Automated Phone System, Kaleidoscope, Everybody Hates Chris), Wayland McQueen (Try Hard: The Rex Derby Story, Bud Light Ranch, Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend Is Hot), and Donna Thomas (In My Room, Women to Men: Please Catcall Us, The Group, FreeForAll). It was a blast to make it and ultimately screen at several festivals across the country this past six months.Tagline: When a couple on a road trip experiences car trouble, they accept a ride from a nice couple happy to help.