By Pamela Park
January 29, 2019

It all started with a couple of Macbook Pros and a Cintiq…

In November of 2017, Director Patrick Mason and crew made the long, tumultuous trek into the cold, dark woods of Front Royal, VA to shoot an independent short film simply titled, Ayuda. The film, which focuses on two day-laborers who are hired to bury a box by a mysterious man, launched with a strict budget and included the blood, sweat and tears of a dedicated team of actors and crew.


Concept art of “The Girl,”  played by Actress Laura Ruperez.

Prior to the film’s production, Mason, along with co-writers and producers Ian Reid, Rob Cori, and Raul Serpas, spent countless months developing the film’s short but intense script, focusing on the attention to detail and language authenticity. In addition to the script, the team had a distinct vision for the look and feel of the film, envisioning the environment and character development that mimicked the tone of their script.

Actor Caleb Vasquez, who plays “Leo.”  

Actor Caleb Vasquez, who plays “Leo.”

Using the Wacom Cintiq Pro, along with the Wacom Bamboo Tablet, Mason, Cori and team began creating concept art that provided a visual rendering of the film’s creature design, along with several keyframes of the film’s most intense scenes.

Actor David LaMorte, who plays “Tomas.”

Actor David LaMorte, who plays “Tomas.”

“We used Wacom products throughout the entire process,” said Cori and Mason. “Pivotal moments of the film’s creative process would not have been possible without them. In fact, I think we had the tablets in our backpacks in the middle of the woods throughout the entire shoot, just in case we needed to make any quick changes or adjustments.”

  Actor Thomas K. Belgrey, who plays “The Man.”

Actor Thomas K. Belgrey, who plays “The Man.”

Ayuda completed production this summer and premiered at the Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio on October 19, 2018. The film is now available online everywhere on Vimeo and can be followed on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @ayudashortfilm.

Watch the full short of Ayuda below.

WARNING: Contains Adult Language and Brief Sequences of Violence.

Ayuda from Patrick Mason on Vimeo.

Check back in for future articles diving into more detail on how the team successfully launched their independent film using Wacom products for different stages of the creative process.

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