A lone guy investigates a seemingly abandoned building… it’s a slow burn, but you’ll never look at Vans footprints the same way again. Check out Loopy below, then read on for our exclusive interview with the filmmakers!

Loopy: A Quarantine Short Film was made during the early days of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Inspired by the seemingly endless tedium brought on by life in isolation, the filmmakers set out to capture the feeling of this new normal — a feeling we’ve all been forced to become painfully familiar with.

Loopy got our attention with its dynamic compositions, great camera setups, great acting and simple, effective story. Since we are all about the craft of filmmaking here at Terror Time, we reached out to filmmakers Anthony Peduzzi & Max Cianci with some questions about the project.

“Every day started to feel the same,” says co-director Peduzzi. “So we knew we wanted to make something that not only spoke to that truth, but would give us something engaging to focus on and fill our time with. It really came about because we were just so bored and scared.”

Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the germ (so to speak) of the story process started very causally. “I was on a walk to get out of the house and saw that window with the bellowing curtains,” states Cianci, who portrays the singular character in the short. “I started to think I would see myself in it, looking back at me. I went home and told Anthony, and we just went back-and-forth until we decided to go for it.”

This visual quickly ignited a creative chain reaction: “We talked until we had a concrete idea, and within 12 hours we were shooting,” Peduzzi said. “We had the story, but the execution was always spontaneous. It was entirely a process of collaboration and elaboration.”

We then asked the burning question: What makes Loopy “A Quarantine Film?”

“Anthony and I are roommates,” said Cianci, “and we’ve been quarantining together since the beginning of all of this. Anthony was behind the camera for the entire shoot. I was always the one who threw up dust off-screen if needed [like at 1:15], and he operated all of the moves/zooms/etc. We had to think through when I was needed on-screen to do it right, so it was a really fun challenge.”

“Social distancing was followed to the letter,” added Peduzzi.

Life during Corona Time already moves differently and seems to have its own set of rules. It’s not hard to figure out that the filmmakers were doing some “guerrilla run-and-gun filmmaking” in the abandoned building. According to Cianci, “The location was an abandoned building up the street from our apartment. We filmed in the building without permission, and we were interrupted by the local police department and forced to leave… but we had gotten the last shot we needed just in time.”

Max Cianci dishes out the mysterious “dust” (actually kitty litter)

From its process to its message, Loopy is a direct result of the strange times Peduzzi and Cianci found themselves in.

“No one has ever experienced anything like this, and yet we’re all experiencing it together,” said Peduzzi. “I think this story speaks to how all of us feel every single day. Like when [the lone character] collapses in a pile of dust, screaming in vain as the cycle begins again. I feel like that a lot.”

“The story is about the question that’s on all of our minds: ‘When will this end?’ We think it could be cathartic for people to see a story like this right now.” said Cianci. “I think we’re all feeling a little loopy.”