Atlantis, a screenplay written
by PJ Tan, tells the story of 18-year-old Ralph, who gives
up his nerdy life of ego-shooter video games and gothic music
when a girl, his tutor, takes him on a trip to the beach. He
falls in love with her but can’t tell her his biggest
It’s like a teenage Nicholas Sparks movie,” said
Liana Ho, one of the directors. “Casting the characters
will be the toughest part,” adds Tan, who originally wanted
to play the lead himself, but couldn’t. As instructor Lew
Trusty, explained, the students need to concentrate on the making
of the film, which includes directing, lighting, camera, and
sound, so they are not allowed to take the lead roles.
Unlike ordinary film productions, which are organized hierarchically
with the director at the top, the students will switch roles
in different scenes. Group dynamics are very important, and this
makes the whole experience new and challenging.
Umbrella Men, an adaptation of a short story by Argentinean writer
Fernando Sorrentino, is about Daniel, 40, who shares his apartment
with a weird man who wears a suit and a hat, never says a word,
and never stops tapping Daniel on the shoulder with his umbrella.
When Daniel brings home a girl, he has to explain who his unusual
roommate is. Isabell Batenhorst has written the comedic script,
which is full of hilarious situations.
I in Family, the last film, is about a more serious issue. A
middle-class family tries to deal with the news that the oldest
son might be a pedophile and murderer. Aware that the police
will visit them soon, they try to make up a fake alibi.
The group of six filmmakers call themselves Breakfast Productions,
a reference to their early morning production meetings, have
already started casting. “Since pre-production, we have
started auditions,” said Robyn Su, one of the directors. “We
were surprised by [the actor’s] professionalism and by
their passion to just act, not demanding a fee.”
All of the young filmmakers are eager to finish pre-production
and to start shooting soon. “It has been an interesting
process thus far and I feel lucky to be a part of a team that
takes this class project seriously,” said Shana Logan of
the I in Family crew. “I’m excited, because this
will be our portfolio piece: a senior year project that brings
together all we have learned in the area of communication.”
Students interested in helping out or sponsoring one of the three
films should e-mail email@example.com.