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Desert of Two Devils

Tom Menary


Tom Menary

Music by

Tom Menary

Publication information

February 18, 2012


Canon 550D

General information




Desert of Two Devils is an upcoming short production by Wingless Films, and the twenty-fifth release. It was shot at Batten Bay on February 9, 2012.[1] The film was conceived as a one-minute-film submission for Imperfect Cinema, to be shown on February 20.

The short stars Tom Menary as a man crawling through a desert in search of water, who faces a choice when confronted with two bottles filled, apparently, with water.




  • Jim Elton
    • Co-director
    • Camera operator
    • Co-editor
  • Tom Menary
    • Co-director
    • Co-editor
    • Sound editor and music composer

Production and releaseEdit

A response to a challenge for one minute films from Imperfect Cinema, Desert of Two Devils was conceived under the themes of "chance, chaos and randomness".[2] The scenes were filmed at Batten Bay in Plymouth on February 9, 2012,[1] and editing began on February 11.

The Wingless Films Ident appears at the end of the film, rather than as a pre-title as with previous films Exile and Intervention. Like Intervention, the ident is colour-graded to match the style of the film.


Main article: Desert of Two Devils (soundtrack)

The original soundtrack was composed by Tom Menary. It introduces the Desert Theme, and reprises a twanging, delayed string element previously used in Chase the Dragon; in both cases, the instrument hints at the appearance of drugs or poison—in Chase the Dragon it represents the protagonist's pill addiction, while in Desert the instrument appears briefly when the two, possibly poisoned, water bottles are introduced.

A musical reference to the former Wingless Stings is made during the ident at the end of the film, with a rising underscore reprised from soundtracks such as The Passage of Time.

The single score cue was released as a track on the compilation Whorl of Colour on February 13, 2012.[3]


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