For this project, my idea is to produce a short film based off of a script and short story I have been working on. I am excited to be working on a set again after years of it laying dormant. The creative process between a team of people striving toward creating a piece of work they can all be proud of is something to be admired - working off of each other's strengths and weaknesses - which is why I cannot wait to be a part of a team in this project.
The story revolves around a young girl(Lucia) in purgatory with her father (Gabriel), after she committed suicide to escape living with her mother (Sandra)who grew unstable following Gabriel's death. It takes place in the family's home, most of it taking place in Lucia's bedroom.
The story and characters may have some alterations made to them. Something that will be done once team responsibilities have been established, and work schedules are made clear.
The premise suggests a fantastical cinematic approach, and as such, I envisioned a look similar to that of Gregory Crewdson.
I feel his works are iconic and capture moments in time in between moments the audience was lucky enough to have witnessed.
The Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills described him as exploring "the recesses of the American psyche and the disturbing dramas at play within quotidian environments. In Beneath the Roses...ostensibly banal interiors become the staging grounds for strange human scenarios. Crewdson's scenes are tangibly atmospheric: visually alluring and often deeply disquieting. Never anchored precisely in time or place, these and the other narratives of "Beneath the Roses" are rather located in the dystopic landscape of the anxious American imagination."
Below are some of Crewdson's photographs taken from his series Beneath the Roses.
Production Design Location Scout Form edited for this project from the African Film and Drama Academy, where I was enrolled.