A restless hitman is forced to carry out a gruesome errand for a sadistic kingpin rumored to be the Devil himself, in order to save the woman he loves.
A good old Mexican gunslinging film with the inevitable premise of saving a loved one from the bad guy. But Domino Falling takes the tale to a new level with ravishing vintage cinematography style and using to the camera to bring out every inch of character. Domino Falling was inspired by the films of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah like the Dollar Trilogy and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia which Siavash was obsessed with as a young kid growing up in Tehran, Iran during the 80’s.
When I was an undergraduate at USC School of Cinema, I wrote Domino Falling as a my senior project and first screenplay feature. The script combined with my short film INGENUE which I completed while a student where both well received in the industry and led to literary representation by a major talent agency (Endeavor now WME), and before I knew it, it was optioned by major production companies and it spawned my professional career.
Siavash then teamed up with two independent film companies based in Los Angeles, namely American Film Productions and Burn Pitctures and together they were able to shoot the film over the course of two days on a shoestring budget.
I was inspired by the tremendous progress in digital film making to make a short film based on the feature script and my vision for it which has a very retro aesthetic to it (which I was afraid would be lost if not shot on film), in order to raise the financing needed to make the feature film.
The open-ended short film opens the door widely for its feature film, but Domino Falling, the short, can sweetly stand on its own as a complete film, or focused on a little chapter.