The Landing

A man returns to his Midwestern home to dig up the truth of what really happened one fateful night of his youth.

A man stands facing away from us as he looks down on a hospital bed, while labored breathing and a heart monitor can be heard before hearing a flashback phone conflict, between a man and a 911 operator, crescendo to the heart monitor flat lining. As the phone argument continues, with the man pleading for police to go to the location that he’s already given, we see a man in the middle of a baron flatland carrying a shovel looking for something.

Once we cut away from modern times, we’re thrust into the days of 1960’s radio broadcasting looking into the clear night sky of stars, panning down to a lone farm property, where neighboring properties can’t be seen for miles. At the front porch of is a young boy arranging his green, army toy soldiers surrounding a red, plastic alien. With flask in hand, his father comes out to remind him that there’s no war without a real enemy and removes the alien figurine from the boy’s arrangement. After tucking the toy away in his breast pocket and taking a swig from his flask, the father dashes his eyes to the sky as a loud boom echoes and a rapidly descending bright light pierces the night clouds. The fallen object crashes within view of their property and the father makes way to the site, replacing the flask with shotgun and lantern in hand.

The boy lies in his bed that’s covered with alien comic books while the father is seen cautiously approaching the dark spherical object. Just as a figure emerges in the foreground, the father raises his shotgun belting out a verbal warning before a shot rings out in the night. The boy jolts in shock and races down to the front porch to see his father dragging something heavy into the barn. What could it be and why is his father pretending that it was just a meteorite at the breakfast table the next day?

Cast & Crew

Director: Josh Tanner
Producers: Jade van der Lei
Writers: Josh Tanner, Jade van der Lei
Executive Producers: Mat Petrenko, Rob Mathieson, Murray Berghan
Cinematographer: Jason Hargreaves ACS
Production Designer: Charlie Shelley
Supervising Production Designer: Christopher Cox
Composer: Guy Gross
Sound Designers: Tony Vaccher, John Dennison
Editor: Derryn Watts
Visual Effects Supervisor: Richard Waterhouse
Associate Producers: Jacob Livermore, Alana Jessop
Script Editor: Shane Krause
Key Cast: Henry Nixon, David Roberts, Tom Usher, Daniel Kontrobarsky, Desmond Kelly, James Kearney, Patsy Terrell, Kevin Delaney, Thom Wilkins, Toby Fuller, Jayden Caulfield

Ratings & Review

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Wow! Superb storytelling with multiple facets intricately integrated.
Excellent
About The Author
- Joon Shin has always been an advocate for independent films and is a Co-Founder & Partner for Content of Characters, Board Director for both Dosha Pops and In The Lights PR, and serves on the Board of Advisors for TriplAgent.