Inspiration for our films can come from anywhere. For The Lullaby, we found it one random night while stumbling upon a thread full of two-sentence scary stories on Reddit. One in particular stood out:
"I awoke to the sound of the baby monitor crackling with a voice comforting my firstborn child. As I adjusted to a new position, my arm brushed against my wife, sleeping next to me."
We quickly realized that even with a relatively small budget, we could turn this into a really interesting short. Most horror today draws on conventional scare tactics, with loud scores and familiar jump scares. Our goal wasn't to startle the viewer, it was to create a sense of uneasiness. We accomplished this by turning a usual occurrence into a parent's worst nightmare.
One particular reason we both love horror so much is because it's especially well suited for visual storytelling. By using minimal dialogue, we hoped to create something that everyone can watch and enjoy, regardless of their language. It's the first short film that we've made together and it won't be our last.
We hope you enjoyed watching The Lullaby as much as we enjoyed making it! If you like our work and want to see more, follow us on YouTube at Kerby Films.