This is my final project! I originally wanted to make a short horror film that was based on a murder from the 1980s, but after I kept thinking about that idea I couldn’t come up with an original twist that I liked. So instead, I created “bloodletting,” a horror short that allowed me to explore the visual aesthetics of 1980s horror without having a cheesy plot (which is the main thing I wanted to avoid). The main (and only) character in my project is my girlfriend Cassy. She shares a love of 80s stylistic horror, so I asked if she wanted to be sprayed with blood, and she gladly agreed (a match made in heaven, right?). My main goal for this project was to explore the visual style of horror films from the 1980s (as that is my favorite decade of horror), but in a more exaggerated way. I’ve always been fascinated with the neon lighting techniques used specifically in this decade of the horror genre, and wanted to explore that myself. I wanted this project to be an opportunity for me to fully showcase both my cinematographic skills and visual storytelling skills. I was heavily inspired by the subliminal storytelling of Soviet Montage Theory, which is evident when one pays attention to the editing style I used for my film. I used a neon purple bat sign from Target for the purple lighting, and a neon green cactus sign from Fred Meyer’s for the green lighting. Both of which worked extremely well. The music I used is a rework/cover of Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without A Face” from 1983, and is titled “A Face Without Eyes” by artist Nmesh.