Burning In Trial

Critic Rating:
4.5/5

Dunlap and his crew shot the film over the course of four days at an abandoned cabin by the Red River Gorge in Slade, Kentucky. Being the biggest shoot of Dunlap’s young career in film, there were plenty of hoops to jump through along the way.

“The cabin had no electricity, no water, so we had some challenges trying to figure out things like how to have batteries the whole day and using lights,” Dunlap said.

Fighting through the occasional struggles, Dunlap wrapped in August, proud of the production he and his peers were able to make.

“I’m very thankful for all of them coming out to help,” Dunlap said. “Everyone going out there, spending time to be on the production, it was really awesome.”

Following the four days of filming came five long months of editing for Dunlap. Multiple hours of editing in front of a laptop everyday proved to be the most strenuous in the filmmaking process, he said.

“It’s tough, I’d never edited something that big,” Dunlap said. “There’s so many different steps that go into editing that you don’t really think about.”

From shooting to doing the sound design to editing the project, Dunlap has sacrificed countless hours into polishing up his short film, which is finally ready to be shown to the world.

“Burning in Trial” is a 27-minute thriller about two people stuck in purgatory, losing their memories and trying to survive the horrors of the outside world. The film is set to premiere at the Worsham Cinema in the Gatton Student Center at the University of Kentucky on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.

Despite the jitters that come with showcasing one’s art to the public for consumption, Dunlap is hoping that viewers will come away with an enjoyable, memorable experience.

“I just want people to enjoy it, have fun with it,” Dunlap said. “When you watch a movie, the most important thing is you had a good time watching it, so that’s what I’d like people to hopefully get out of mine.”

Matt Dunlap

Devyn Eubank

Sawyer Holcomb