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Jason, a young businessman, awakens in a barren private office space with only a mysterious stranger to keep him company. Put off by his situation, he exits the room - only to enter a completely identical office, with the same man inside. Jason discovers he and the stranger have a past he doesn’t recall, but every time he goes to the next identical room the stranger remembers less and less about him. After a futile escape attempt, Jason realizes he must make the difficult decision to stay and help the man remember their relationship.

Our Review

Liminal is a short film directed in its literal sense. The film Liminal follows Jason who wakes in a room with a stranger. He keeps entering the place repeatedly like a doorway in a physical sense, an emotional transition between the past and present and a metaphorical transition like delusion. The reason behind the looping isn't disclosed towards the end as it would really be the highlight of the film. Editing is highly commendable, sequencing is engaging and original throughout. Overall a great attempt in taking a complex concept like this.

Director Biography - Eli Waddell

Eli Waddell is a 20 year old filmmaker, screenwriter, and editor out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Director Statement

Greetings everyone, Eli here! “Liminal” started as a simple one sentence note on my cell phone: Man gets trapped in liminal space. The film took shape over the course of a few months, beginning in September of 2022 and releasing in December that same year. After about two months of pre-production, we shot "Liminal" in one 10 hour day inside a single room, and the final film is entirely a product of the great work and effort that the cast and crew put in. In the production process we discovered some incredible ways to enhance the story, such as a fantastic twist in the form of memory loss, shifting aspect ratios, and creating a unique original score worthy of a liminal space.


  • Eli Waddell Director

  • Eli Waddell Writer

  • Parker Eskew Key Cast "Jason"

  • Colby Robison Key Cast "The Man"

  • Calvin Bowers Director of Photography

  • Kaleigh Higgins 1st Assistant Director

  • Eli Waddell Editor

  • Blake Garza Composer

  • Chandler Thornton Gaffer

  • Benjamin Berrier Camera Operator

  • Erin Johnson Production Sound

  • Austin Turmel Production Sound

  • Colby Robison Digital Colorist


  • Project Type:Student, Short

  • Genres: Thriller, Drama

  • Runtime: 5 minutes 25 seconds

  • Completion Date: December 10, 2022

  • Production Budget: 0 USD

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Country of Filming: United States

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: No

  • Student Project: Yes - University of North Georgia

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