Disappeared

On the day he plans to propose to his girlfriend, Wes, a lowly shipping clerk, finds a fountain pen that causes objects to vanish.

He embraces the strange phenomenon as a novelty until it threatens to impede his romantic plans and very existence.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Jon Silverberg
Co-producers: Andy Hodgson, Jem Garrard

Filmmaker’s statement

Growing up in the 1980s, my dad had a collection of hundreds of older films and television series. I loved the science fiction stories – particularly The Twilight Zone.

While creating Disappeared the series was on my mind – not only for its wonderfully bizarre stories, but also for its rich and often everyday characters. Sometimes it was comedy, sometimes it was drama, sometimes it was romance – but it was always science fiction. These are the stories that I love to tell.

All of those elements blend in Disappeared led by a charming period performance from Leo award-winning actor Mackenzie Gray (Fargo [TV series], Man Of Steel, Metallica Through The Never). Gemini award-winning actor Philip Granger and my associate producer and wife Alayna Silverberg provided the voiceover roles.

I wrote the script in one night and, due to budget constraints, it was shot in just four and a half hours – in the morning before another production. We shot on the RED Epic in 5K and as I wanted a lot of movement, nearly everything was on steadicam.

In addition to finding the right retro look for the visual effects in the film I had great fun on the score with longtime collaborator Christopher Arruda. The score feels vintage, it’s very playful and it’s also delightfully foreboding – much like the film itself and the work it pays homage to.

About Jon Silverberg

Jon Silverberg

Born in Montreal and raised on Vancouver Island, Jon grew up fascinated with cinema and began to shoot and develop photos in the darkroom starting at age six.

He graduated from Capilano University’s film program in 2003 and went on to shoot hundreds of episodes of documentary television – from the waters of Alaska to the jungles of Mexico – before he settled in metro Vancouver.

More recently, Jon established his production company Red Castle Films, premiered his latest short Disappeared at the 2015 San Francisco Indie Fest and is currently preparing his first feature Crypto, a sci-fi/thriller set in the Haida Gwaii.

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