Oscars: <I>The Lone Wolf</I>
January 13, 2023

Oscars: The Lone Wolf

The Lone Wolf ( O Lobo Solitário) is an Oscar-qualified short film from director Filipe Melo. The short stars Adriano Luz as Viva FM’s late-night radio host, who receives a call on-air accusing him of something serious. The call could ultimately change his life.

Photo: Director Filipe Melo

The Lone Wolf won a Sophia Award from The Portuguese Academy, and is unique in that it plays as one continuous shot. The film was produced by Sandra Faria and shot by Vasco Viana.

“Since it was a continuous shot, we could only edit the sound of the calls,” explains the director. “The calls were being made in realtime, but we could actually edit sound for the voice actors who played the callers. Also, since we had a lot of movie magic to make - because we had a webcam in the scene, and our real camera would eventually show - we needed a pro. My friend Carlos Conceição coordinated a small VFX crew. He is the best, such an incredible guy. He helped me go through a soundproof glass with the camera, among many other things. He is now working on The Mandalorian, Boba Fett and so forth, but at that point we were in confinement, so he was in Portugal, and we could really work together.”

The Lone Wolf is represented by H264, whose previous films Marguerite and Fauve were nominated for Academy Awards.