Director’s Statement: Vision and Concept
Encouraged by each other, we watch as teens take the night in an affluent town. These friends experience rebellious behavior, substance abuse, and casual sex capturing the complicated ties between friendships, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows.
It was important to me that my thesis film meant something to me and was something that I actually wanted to film. I came up with several ideas but nothing really felt right until I started thinking about where I was in my life, what all I have gone through and what else is still to come. I kept reminiscing past experiences and memories that I have built over the course of my lifetime and that is when I got the platform for what I wanted my whole film to be about.
I wrote this film as a way of exploring those mysterious in-between moments of when something major is changing in your life and something everyone ultimately goes through. “A Place Like This” as a name, it describes that funny place of what has happened and what is about to happen and that time period. What is a place like this? It’s inspiring, it’s scary, it’s exciting.
A lot of things have led me to go in this direction for my thesis. My goal with this film was to make something more in the direction of commercial work with a short film twist which is what I ultimately want to do after I leave school. My intent with this project was to create a story that meant something to me and a piece of work that represented what I like.