The Tree (1993 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from The Tree (short film))
Jump to: navigation, search
The Tree
Directed by Todd Field
Written by Todd Field
Starring Travis Martin
Jameson Baltes
Jason D'Rion
Matthew Modine
Music by Mab Ashforth
Release date
  • 1993 (1993)
Running time
12 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Tree is a 1993 short film that Todd Field created while a fellow at the AFI Conservatory. It is a non-verbal dramatic piece following the life of a boy born at the turn of the century. The single setting, an apple tree set high on a rural ridge, is where we glimpse the boy mature, fall in love, go to war, return with his own son, and finally pay his last respects as a very old man who has seen much change. The set was designed using the tree as a scale foreground visual anchor and employing forced perspective for other items appearing in frame, including distant mountains, a train, and a town in transition. The scene changes from season to season and year to year all achieved practically using Trompe-l'œil.

The film is loosely based upon and inspired by the story The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.