Billed as the first ever narrative film shot entirely using moonlight, “Refuge” is a short sci-fi thriller directed by Sam Shapson. Shapson shot it with 51,200 ISO, using Sony a7 cameras with Canon Cinema Prime lenses and Atomos Shogun 4K recorders. Obviously due to the incredibly low lighting, the images appear grainy, though it gives the film an attractive low-budget horror aesthetic and makes for some beautiful shots.
The film itself deals with three biological researchers working on an off-world biosphere, though they find things are working in a bizarre way. First, the plants seem to be rapidly evolving and then it turns out some kind of alien parasite is infecting and controlling people, a la “The Thing” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” The tension grows, ending up in a standoff that, like most cinematic standoffs, doesn’t go so well.
Watch the short above and thanks to NoFilmSchool for bringing this to our attention.