In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, director Aaron Barrocas discusses how the production team of the horror-comedy short film Half-Cocked was able to create the illusion, safely, of a character being hit by a car, despite not having the time or budget for stunt performers or wire work. It is important to note that at no point was the actor in any danger, and he never made contact with the vehicle.
Cast: Pat Healy, Vanessa Benavente, Lundon Boyd
Writer/Director/Editor: Aaron Barrocas
Producers: Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein
Director of Photography: Sophia Cacciola
Post VFX Artist: Rob Himebaugh
Composer: Catherine Capozzi
VFX Supervisor: Joe Castro
Aaron Barrocas’s Bio
After graduating from Emerson College, Aaron Barrocas started his professional career as an Associate Producer on several early 2000s E! series, including many “The Anna Nicole Show” specials, “Dr. 90210,” and “Infamous”. In 2005, he became a Producer on “The Soup with Joel McHale,” directing and overseeing post on weekly scripted field pieces at a breakneck pace and minimal budget. He moved on to direct field pieces and oversee all post on spinoff series “Sports Soup with Matt Iseman.” In 2007, Barrocas teamed up with Josh Brolin to edit a short comedy documentary, on spec, lampooning the Coen Brothers handling of the “No Country for Old Men” production. Thankfully, the duo appreciated the humor, and purchased the movie for release on the Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray.
In addition to post, Barrocas has continued writing and producing throughout his career. In 2013, he produced several stories for the daily pop-culture news series “Dish Nation.” In the past two years, his original screenplays have garnered several first-place film festival prizes and finalist spots. Most recently, Barrocas wrote, directed, and edited the horror-comedy short “Half-Cocked,” which was produced by Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein’s company, Launch Over. “Half-Cocked” is currently playing at festivals around the world.