Honorable Mention – “Operation Doorstep” (USA)

Title: Operation Doorstep
Runtime: 8 min
Country: USA 
Director: Robert E Falcone
Placement: Honorable Mention
Competition: December, 2020

Synopsis: In 1953 the US Civil Defense conducted an experiment in coordination with the US military, which planned a nuclear bomb test.  Homes were built, furnished, and populated with carefully dressed and staged mannequins to evaluate the bomb’s effects.  I manipulated and colorized archival images of this test pre and post blast, and combined these with a live action tableaux.  The effect has been called creepy, and I agree.