TEARDROP | © Harper & Clausz
Short Film | 2011 | Germany, USA

Shooting data

Number of shooting days6
LocationsNew York City, USA

Project data

Length of movie15 min
Picture formatCinemascope (1 : 2,39)
Picture material negativeSuper 16
Picture material positive35mm
Sound formatDolby SRD EX (6.1, 7 Kanäle)

Brief synopsis

One afternoon Dan is brutally jumped and accosted by a gang in his neighborhood. Angel, the leader of Dans crew, demands that he murder his punisher and thus earn his official “membership” into the crew: a teardrop tattoo under his eye.
Dan stands at the most important crossroads in his life. Will he go through with the killing to become a member, or back out and risk standing alone?
We see the film through Dans eyes and know what he experiences but do we know Dan?


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Vito BaltrusaitisMan in the hallway [SR]
Neev Bar-DavidDan [SR]
Ron Braunstein89th Crew [SR]
De-Anne DawkinsNicole [SR]
Glenn Fleary89th Crew [SR]
Justin Harris89th Crew [SR]
Neal KodinskyAngel [SR]
Damion Omar LeeAlex [SR]
Julio Cesar PérezTino [SR]
Connor J SmithSean [SR]


director of photographyFriede ClauszS16 Aaton-a-minima
1st assistant cameraKonstantin WolkensteinAaton Minima
costume designerLiberti Kimball
directorDamian John Harper
1st assistant directorSaul Luzeus
editorLena Hatebur
online editorTino MenselClipster-Operator
makeup artist / hair stylistLaura Luempert
fx makeup artistMaria Giorgio
hair stylistSasha Nieves
composerTina Pepper
OrchestratorBernd Wefelmeyer
pro tools operatorAnna Yamamoto
freelance producerFabian Ascher(HFF Munich)
freelance producerClaudia Schröter
production designerCinzia Fossati
line producerFerdinand FreisingHerstellungsleitung HFF
line producerHolger Lochau
assistant to line producerAnna Katharina Engel
post production supervisorUli Kunz
screenwriterDamian John Harper
production sound mixerGregor Bonse
sound supervisorGregor Bonse
sound re-recording mixerGregor Bonse
music re-recording mixerTorben Seemann
sound designerGregor Bonse
Foley RecordistHanse Warns
foley artistCarsten Richter
fx animatorRené Donner
digital film compositorDag Kjetsa
filmscan operatorHanno Moritz Kunow
filmscan operatorDoreen Borchert
coloristNadja Jankowski
VFX Data WranglerJan Kremzow
VFX Data WranglerTino Mensel

Distributing companies

Magnetfilm GmbH [de]


Cameras and UtilitiesAbel Cine Tech [us]
Cameras and UtilitiesARRI Rental Deutschland GmbH
Cameras and UtilitiesBayerischer Rundfunk [de]
Film StockEastman Kodak Company [us]
PropsWeapons Specialists Ltd. [us]
Vehicles and aircraftsCC Car Rental [us]
EquipmentProfessional Sound Services [us]
Film Processing/TransfersARRI Media GmbH
Film Processing/TransfersDeluxe [us]
Score /MusicDeutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Damian John Harper2011Brooklyn Film FestivalAudience Award / Short FilmsWinner
Damian John Harper2011Yosemite Int. Film Festival [us]John Muir Award - Short FilmWinner
Damian John Harper2011Oregon Film Awards 2011 [us]Short Film Gold AwardWinner
Damian John Harper2011UND BITTE..! FilmpreisBest FilmWinner
Damian John Harper2011Festival Int. de Cine PueblaSpecial MentionWinner
Friede Clausz2011Plus Camerimage [pl)The Golden Tadpole - Student Etudes COMPETITIONNominated
Friede Clausz2011Premio Cecilio Paniagua a la mejor fotografíaShort FilmWinner
Damian John Harper2012Max Ophüls Preis 2012KurzfilmNominated
Damian John Harper2012Wendland ShortsGoldener Storch - Best ShortWinner
Damian John Harper2012UK Film FestivalBest Student FilmWinner