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The Key

Directed by Daniel J. Pico
Narrative Short
United States | 7 min | 2023

A powerful psychic is recruited by the CIA to communicate with an otherworldly being who doesn’t have the ability of speak.

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“Tree of Life” is a whimsical short that gives nod to classic fables and fantasy stories. As the director, my focus was to maintain the integrity of the script and create a fun, magical world where Humans and Nymphs can co-exist. We utilized VFX to add a magical twist to the narrative, which enhanced the comedic elements of the film. We also worked closely with our talented cast to ensure that the dialogue flowed smoothly, allowing it to inform our camera movements and capture the essence and fun cadence of the story.

Ultimately, “Tree of Life” is a reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting our planet. By using humor and magic, we hope to inspire viewers to take action towards preserving our environment, while also providing them with a few laughs.

The Key - Poster

The Key - Daniel J. PicoDaniel Pico
Director

Daniel is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA in directing and screenwriting. He has been shooting films his entire life having made his first movie at the age of 8.

Dan has directed two theatrically released feature films “Common Senses”, and “Farewell Darkness” which won three best feature film awards in the international film festival circuit. Additionally, Daniel has directed more than 85 short films, music videos, commercials and documentaries, including 11 episodes of several popular TV and web series, garnering over 40 independent film awards and nominations for his work.

Daniel is the founder of Pico Blvd Entertainment, a production company who’s core is focused on independent cinema. Not only is Dan a maverick director, he is an accomplished editor and has worked in several major capacities in film, from producing multiple feature films, to first assistant directing several multi-million dollar features films around the world.

Film Information

Director: Daniel Pico
Country:  United States
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 7 min
Rated:  R

Credits

Writer: Daniel J Pico, Matthew M Jones, Maddie Dooher
Producer:  Alex Flees, Daniel J. Pico
Cinematography: Loki Ferno
Editor: Daniel J. Pico
Music: Michael Chang Gummelt

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Principal Cast