On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction


Pete Schilling

Neuland GmbH

While a white, middle-aged man wakes up in the basement of an isolated house with no memory, he meets his black warden who helps him discover the reason why he is imprisoned. George Thompson is standing in front of a locked door, slamming against the door. He is devastated and after 2-3 additional knocks, he stops and starts strolling through the almost empty room. How long has he been there? Who captured him? He can't remember. His thoughts are interrupted by a person saying his name on the other side of the door: “George. How are you?“. It’s the voice of Travis Anderson. He is not the cold-blooded serial killer that we thought he were. As the conversation progresses, we learn that Travis’ sister is in a coma. George is being accused of having tried to rape and beaten her. He denies the accusations, but we cannot be sure that he is telling the truth. Travis doesn’t want him to get away because he doesn't trust in the police. He attacks George orally and tells him to give him a reason to believe in his innocence. George doesn't know what to say and is trying to make sense of all this. His mind is running wild on how to escape this situation. Again he goes through his pockets to look for cues before Travis makes his final resolution.

Born: 03.08.1987 Based: Düsseldorf, Germany Languages spoken: German, English. Pete Schilling (artist name) is very experienced in working with complex light structures and dynamic movements to achieve the greatest visual impact. His design background forms the basis for every aesthetic decision along the way. Pete studied communication design with a focus on film at Trier University of Applied Sciences, where he successfully completed a Master of Arts degree. Pete has done projects for brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, VW, Land Rover and Leica. He started filming action sports as a young teenager at the skate park and in the woods. He then deepened his knowledge and range of storytelling in design studies. After graduating with his master's degree in 2014, he started a career as a director who is also able to direct and edit the camera himself. Driven by his passion for unique storytelling, Pete is an energetic perfectionist who always maintains an emotional, human level in every production. He has been working on various scripts for short and feature films since 2019.