Shooting A Short Film At Burning Man: Deep Playa Sunrise

About This Project

A narrative short film shot at Burning Man 2015 which follows the journey of a first time burner on an unexpected adventure for hearing aid batteries. Having recently been stripped of his hearing, our hero’s quest in a foreign place with an unlikely friend is a simple one.

How difficult could it be to find what you are searching for in the desert?


Starving Heartist Films is a production company in Los Angeles, California, with an initiative to produce compelling content on shoestring budgets.  Finding creative solutions to follow the heart of the story without the $$ attachments, whether that be features, documentaries, music videos, or an occasional wedding video.


Starving Heartist Films Founder and Director Josh Yeo approached Emapct Labs to help bring his vision and story of a transformational romance to life. Set in the Nevada desert at the Burning Man festival, our goal was to illuminate the notion that healing and radical transformation of the self is available in the most unlikely of places and in order to be open to it, one must fully surrender themselves to the present moment. “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.”



Staving Heartist Films & The Sights And Sounds Media House (Now Empact Labs)

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This film was created with the donated work of the following people:




Chris Holz Templeton
Rachel Emma Pringle Unicorn
John Halcyon Styn As Himself
Lua Feboli Singer
Julie Laerkholm Fire Spinner
Unicorn Stand In: Allison West
Charlie Unicorn Dj: Diva Danielle




Writer/ Director: Josh Yeo
Dir. Of Photography: Dillon Schroer

1st Unit Camera Op: Seth Bunting
2nd Unit DP: Christopher Pitcher
2nd Camera Op: Galen Oakes
Unit Project Manager: Arin Amsler
Drone Operator: Josh Yeo

1st AD: Dustin Puttuck
1st AC Quinn Starr
2nd AD: Anna Kruer
Art Director: Kris Kish
Props And Wardrobe: Arin Amsler
BTS Photography: Davide De Masi
Addtl. Photography: Michael Beach

3Rd Unit DP: (Scenes) Josh Yeo
3Rd Unit 1st AC: Brian Mcallister

Executive Producer: Josh Yeo
Executive Producer: Seth Bunting

Co-Producer: Christopher Pitcher
Co-Producer: Arin Amsler
Co-Producer: Kris Kish
Line Producer: Anna Kruer
Assoc. Producer: Emily Gagen

Editing: Josh Yeo
Addtl. Editing: Seth Bunting
Addtl. Editing: Bryan Bigler




Steve Gibbs – Adrift
Zoetrope- King Of The Mountains
Lights And Motion – Silver Lining
Luke Howard – The End
Odesza – Iplayyoulisten




Tad Snyder
Bianca Berger




Emily Gagen
Michael Bailey
Anita Bailey
Wilson Ling




Black Rock City, Llc
Zac Cirivello
Division Camera (Gear Rental)
Jungle Tribe (Wardrobe Donations)

Before it was Deep Playa Sunrise, our working title was ‘Hear Here Unicorn’. Here is a look at the branding and visual treatment, as well as some of the original storyboards, from the film.


Ginsu Mark
Erik Andreason
Erin Hudson
Helen Ebersol
Stalloan Iacono
Brett Wilson
Shelby Shively
Carolyn Gillott
Amanda Scharpf
Casey W Fatch
John Yeo
Michael D Mangapit
Bernadette Trubatisky
Bianca Berger
Louis-David Mangin
Zachary Pevnick
Theodore Snyder
Ashley Giampoli
Eric Funderwhite
Jessica Heising
Douglas Bell
Hilda Jimenez
Craig Weber Jr

Ell Kay
Rei Yoshioka
Daisy F Stelzer
Ross M Layton
Marni S Erwin
Amanda Pratt
Melinda Cohen
Sevonne Cohen
Myan A Kallweit
Claudia Lubin
Michael Jerome
Hongxu Liu
Susan R Pitcher
Michael Antosy
Chris Downey-Asher
Michael E Perez
Jenna Angeloni
Kylie C Edwards
Ali West
Philip Lubin
Emily Gagen
Ben H Thompson
Sue Jones Cornaire

behind the scenes, Black Rock City, Burning Man, cinematography, production, short film, storyboards, video