Running on Empty (2015) Post Apocalyptic Short Film

In a bleak futuristic Californian landscape, water is the most precious commodity. Goodnatured former mechanic Ray Ward struggles to provide for his son Nathan in a harsh world where state-sponsored news broadcasts preach salvation, yet state-provided water rations shrink to inadequate levels with their poverty-stricken neighborhood — Sector 3. Through his developing relationship with Eli and Leah Palmer, a wealthy couple of a thriving, idyllic neighboring Sector under strict guard, Ray becomes a servant, bearing witness to their utopian world. However, as conditions within his Sector worsen and water access is threatened entirely, Ray must make grim decisions about what is necessary to survive and still remain someone his son can look up to.



Runtime: 20min


Director: Marvin Nuecklaus
Writters: Ted Horning
Story: Ted Horning, Marvin Nuecklaus, Quinnolyn Benson-Yates, Whitney Murdy
Producers: Ivan Palacio, Marvin Nuecklaus
Executive Producers: Fabian Palacio, Greg Goldstein, Juliano Angeliano
Director of Photography: Alexa Hegre
Editors: Marvin Nuecklaus, Hilcia Hernandez
Production Designer: Amanda Diaz

Ray: Jerry Chapell
Leah: Naomi Gibson
Nathan: Bryson Robinson
Eli: Travis Dixon
Homeless Man: Avery Molle
Ian: Kyle Felts
Dana Murray: Jennifer Holt
News Reporter 1: Emrhys Cooper
News Reporter 2: Dillon Francis
Public Announcer: Blythe Foster
Border Guards: Matt Hoge, Brandon Kado Border

United Production Manager: Ivan Palacio First
Assistant Directors: Jesus Garcia, Blake Edmounds
Co-Producer: Elena Greenberg
Associate Producers: Dewey Compton, Travis Dixon, Patty Dixon, Dee Dee Robinson
Script Supervisors: Whitney Murdy, Alex Goldstein
A Camera Operator: Matt Hoge
B Camera Operator: Brandon Kado
Camera Assistants: Selena Del Toro, Victoria Chui
Gaffers: Boson Wang, Berthold Wahjudi
Best Boy: Andres Serratos
Sound Mixers: Edgar Vega, Berthold Wahjudi
Boom Operator: Andres Serratos
Set Design: Abraham Valles
Production Assistant: Cesar Garcia
Assistant Editor: Israel Vasquez
Digital Imaging Technician: Israel Vasquez
Sound Designer: Ryan Welch
ADR Recordist: Hilcia Hernandez
Foley Artists: Edgar Vega, Ivan Palacio, Amanada Diaz, Victoria Chui
Color Grading: Marvin Nuecklaus
Composer: Rayshaun Thompson, Ryan Mclean, David Gordon
Visual Effects By:
VFX Supervisor: Sven Esch
Additional VFX: Danny Munoz

News Caster Voice 1:Matt Larson
News Caster Voice 2:
Steve Toner
News Caster Voice 3:
Anastasiya Kuzmina
Denise Rodriguez, Allan Lee Brandau, Jan Christian Rodriguez, Canoy Eric Bacani, Claudia Hernandez, Ana Mirna Hernandez, Ledy Morales, Cindel Morales, Ana Rosales, Danel Flores, Teresa Flores

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