Two ambulance paramedics put their lives on the line when a routine call becomes a deadly race against time.
Being thrown in a chaotic scene with barely any back story seems to be a very popular facet for filmmakers, and the reasons can be quite simply: budget and time. But the result can sometimes be something surprising and fierce.
I never went to film school, or took any writing classes, but after graduating from an advertising program in university, I decided to throw away my degree and follow my passion for film. After four years of working as a production assistant and set dresser on a variety of commercials and TV shows I wrote Siren, and won a grant to fund it. It was both my first time writing and directing, and for me it was more of an experimental film than anything, since I had no formal training.
Director Alex Clark kept things simple and within his means, containing elements of a story and leave the overwhelming questions to the viewers. This results in a thrilling sequence that leaves the audience on the edge of his seat.
With Siren, I wanted to create a dark atmospheric thriller that didn’t involve in-depth character backstories or a nice well-rounded ending. I simply wanted to throw the audience into this chaotic scene with little explanation, and then pull them out at the last second.