Vancouver VFX studio The Embassy has been nominated and short-listed in the AEAF Awards for their work on the short film Terminus. The list of finalists were narrowed down from over 200 submissions in 11 categories. Award winners will be announced at the AEAF Awards ceremony on November 12th, which is held in conjunction with Sydney, Australia’s Digital Media Festival. Terminus was also an Official Selection at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and was chosen as the Best Canadian Short Film at the 2008 Montréal ‘Just for Laughs’ Comedy Festival. Terminus was directed by Trevor Cawood and co-written by Jason Cawood.
According to writer Jason Cawood, Terminus is about a 1970’s businessman who, after he unknowingly offends “a strange entity that accosts him on his way to work, quickly finds himself in the midst if a bizarre predicament. What follows is a rapid descent into madness, a journey both eerie and darkly humorous. The exact nature of the businessman’s tormentor is purposefully ambiguous, lending itself to a variety of interpretations. Is Terminus a surreal critique of human alienation in the modern urban environment? or is the protagonist’s struggle an internal one, his mysterious stalker a manifestation of his repressed subconscious mind? Either way, Terminus’s innovative visual effects and distinctively vintage atmosphere make it a highly engrossing experience.” From the IMDB listing for Terminus