Director and photographer Sandro has enlisted John Malkovich for his latest short film ‘Ecstasy’. A long-standing subject of Sandro's work, Malkovich has been featured in several of Sandro's portrait series. He also starred in Sandro#s award winning short film ‘Butterflies’, which won Best New Director Award at the Saatchi & Saatchi Showcase at Cannes in 2011.
The latest piece is a gritty vignette featuring the beloved actor as the feral character Vinny. With Sandro’s camera playing a two-way mirror, the viewer witnesses an unsettling one-on-one moment with Vinny spouting vicious invective, leering and mugging in a filthy club bathroom.
Frenetic editing by Whitehouse Post’s Josh Bodnar mirrors Vinny's frantic persona, as the cross-eyed drug user dips into his stash and becomes increasingly agitated. Carbon VFX helmed the film’s post production, creating unnatural visions of ripping skin and teeth morphing into chiseled fangs that give the drug-addled performance an even more unnerving effect. Sandro’s final moving image, a close-up of Vinny inserting a razor blade in his mouth before exiting the frame, is a fitting end to the nightmarish speech.
Vinny: John Malkovich
Created and Directed: Sandro
Production: One Eye Shut Productions
Wardrobe Stylist: Leslie Pace
Hair and Makeup: Randy Wilder
Editorial Compan: Whitehouse Post
Editor: Josh Bodnar
Sr. Producer: Kristin Branstetter
Post Production: Carbon VFX
Creative Director/Lead Flame: Chris Noellert
Executive Producer: Matt Thunell
Sr. Flame Artist: Pete Mayor
Flame Assistant: Christopher Brown
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Mixer: Scott Burns
Assistant Mixer: AJ Murillo
Producer: Caroline O'Sullivan