At All Costs

byFaruq Oyekan

What we have with At All Costs is a short film that is packed full of action and chock full of drama.  

From the mind of director Yann Danh, At All Costs tells the story of a group of three ex-employees who are at wits end and have decided to do the unthinkable. The three men kidnap the CEO of their old company and decide to hold him for ransom. Things turn ugly when their ransom is rejected and these three men have no choice but to do whatever it takes, however it takes, to get their goal.

“A few years ago I was working in a big company that managed all of the data for big banks.  I was shocked by my colleagues’ mentality and the way the managers were doing their job. They didn’t mind putting the blame on you in front of their superior and didn’t give a damn if you lost your job.  Plus, I knew a lot of people who were so obsessed by their own evolution in the company; they crushed their colleagues without any sort of remorse. It was nuts! "

- Yann Danh

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What this progresses into is a thriller packed with issues of morality. These men must devolve into performing savage acts onto their former employer while the same time battling each other and each of their moral senses are tested.

At All Costs is an ambitious and thrilling feat in drama and action. Through the use of a heart-racing musical score and through the technically excellent uses of gore and special effects, At All Costs does a fabulous job of exploring this dark twisted situation in creates.

"When there was the economic crisis [in 2008] it became worse.   Our President, at that time, used to discriminate against different groups in the population to explain why there were problems in our society. It was just a strategy. But a lot of people, who don’t question anything, believed him. The society was divided. The mood was really strange at that time. There was a lot of tension everywhere and it’s still the case.  That’s how my co-screenwriter [Mahi Bena] and I had the idea for At All Costs.”

- Yann Danh

At All Costs  is full of solid and compelling characters that will have audience on the edge of their seats. The film’s cast play off each other perfectly, creating an environment that is intensely chilling yet engage-able.

Running at 15 minutes, At All Costs is additionally a great showcase of eye-grabbing special effects and action sequences. Its gore and action shines greatly in this short film, and is on caliber with films with longer run times.

For fans of Drama, or stories that feature strong action based plot progression, this is a film to check out. It will excite you, it will frighten you, and it will amaze you with its compelling story arc and even more compelling characters.

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INTERVIEW with Yann Danh (Director)

First, what's your story? How did you become a filmmaker?

I had two passion when i was a kid: Video games and Cinema.

At 12 I used to watch three or four movies a day such as Once Upon a Time in America [1984], Terminator [1984], Evil Dead[1981], 2001 [1968], Blade Runner (1982), The good, the bad and the Ugly (1968), Once Upon a Time in the West [1969], Seven Samurai (1954) and all the Tex Avery’s cartoon.

At 16 I made a small short film in High school and that day i knew i wanted to be a director for the rest of my life.

Since then, I never stopped writing or shooting.

Any interesting production stories?

The two kitchen scenes.

The first one (torture scene) is almost shot by shot what I had drawn in the storyboard.

The second one (Mercier’s dying scene) because that day I had to drop my shot list, storyboard… I didn’t have the time to do what I intended to do, and I had to adapt.

So, instead of 13 shots, I decided to do the scene the way you see it in the film. At first I was very happy. I was like “I should have done it like that from the beginning!”  Few days later, the shooting is over, you’re alone, at home, and you start thinking about all the shots you’ve got, the shots you were supposed to do and all the shots you had to forget. And for weeks I was very scared I made a bad decision that day.

And one night I couldn’t stand it. I couldn’t sleep! I woke up. Went into my office and made the editing of the “death scene”… and I was amazed… it was working! What a relief! Hahaha!

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What is it like film making now after having made this film? Has your approach changed?

I was very happy finishing it. The film went into film festival around the world. We won awards and the short has been bought by Anthony Zuiker (CSI creator).

It helped me find a producer in France for one of my feature project I’m actually working on.

And I'm about to go to L.A for professionals meetings. 

I learned a lot and I think it helped me getting ready for my first feature.

Do you have any projects lined up for the future?

I’m working on different feature projects.

One of them – IMPLACABLE - is a thriller,  I co-wrote with two others screenwriters (Laurent Tesich & Christophe Foltzer) for Metaluna Productions.

Any advice to filmmakers?

Live your life. Learn (on books, by watching movies etc..) and then practice.

As soon as you’ll have a good story to tell, find a crew, find the equipment (you can get all the Tools you want for not too much money now) and go shoot it! Just do.

The more you’ll do, the more you’ll learn.


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Faruq Oyekan is a San Diego-based screenwriter and filmmaker. Born and raised in California, Faruq dedicates his time to producing and participating in film projects across the region. Faruq's own film work consist of short film narratives that explore realms of fantasy, sci-fi, and the bizarre. To Faruq, short films are just the right length and the prime arena to inspire others with new and innovative narratives.

Cast and Crew

At All Costs

Directed by: Yann Danh

Written by: Yann Danh & Mahi Bena

Cinematography by: Vincent Vieillard-Baron

Edited by: Louis Pesnot & Yann Danh

Music by: Anthony d'Amario

Starring: Fatima Adoum, Onna Clairin, & Marc Duret

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Genre: Drama

Runtime: 15 minutes



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