Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fortress on the Lake: An Icebox Movies Release

This is a movie I shot in June 2011 with some friends at my family's three-story lakehouse at the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, MO. It's basically a spy thriller set in the 80's about a Russian spy infiltrating an American base somewhere in Iceland ("Vatkonjokul") in an attempt to end the Cold War. It has a lot of action, gunfight sequences and mumbo-jumbo dialogue/narration, and runs about 17 minutes long. I actually think it's pretty thrilling and entertaining for the most part.

The only bad thing about it is the brutal cinematography, which couldn't really be helped because the whole thing was shot on an old digital camcorder. It's painfully obvious that I shot it before I entered film school.

Some things to watch for...

a) The characters' names. They all have one thing in common.

b) The first three opening shots mirror the last three final shots.

c) The obvious plot holes, such as the whole contrived affair involving the double agent. And some weird inconsistencies, like how a guard sitting on a bench swing is suddenly standing at his post a mere two shots later.

And of course I shamelessly rip off Kubrick, Fred Zinnemann and the Coen Bros. throughout.

Enjoy, folks. Consider this my official work of "white elephant" art.


  1. Loved it Adam! Didn't see any ripping off at all, this was pure Adam Zanzie and an accomplished short!


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