“Stygian” is a short western with no dialogue shot in New Mexico. We shot on location with crew and equipment from Columbia College, New York, Washington, D.C. and Arizona, and cast from Chicago, Texas and New Mexico. The logistical difficulties of shooting out West (transportation, housing costs, etc.) were made abundantly clear during preproduction. But I wanted to make the most of my time at CCC, and for the last film I shot there to stand out from other student films. I wanted to make a bold statement about my talents as a filmmaker. “Go big or go home” was my crew's motto since our initial stages of development.
Little did I know how prophetic these words would prove to be: we lost our main shooting location on the day of the shoot when an Air Force drone crashed into it. Supported by an unbelievably talented and professional crew, I was able to salvage the shoot - the team secured a new location within three hours. Shooting "Stygian" was an emotional roller coaster, one that I hope is reflected in the film itself.