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Dana Reeves

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.

My To-Do’s and Updates

  • Received notes on the first draft of my script so I’m planning on revising it throughout the next couple of days.
  • Meeting with my producer later today to finalize shoot days and locations.
  • Finalizing casting within the next 2 weeks (as of today)
  • Going location scouting this Saturday February, 27th 2016 and bringing one of my actors along to see how things will look on camera, maybe see how specific scenes will look.
  • Nailing down my crew by this Friday February, 26 2016
  • I’ve been studying a lot of Roger Deakin’s shooting style and his preparation for his shoots which has been extremely helpful.

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  • Nailing down my storyboards by this Friday February, 26 2016
  • For post-production I need a really strong editor because the way I’m depicting some scenes are very scattered, for example I would check out BRTHR (a directing duo from New York). They have a very unique and specific style that somewhat shows what i’m going for but mine will be more scaled down. Here’s an example:
  • Visually I’ve been studying Sicario directed by Denis Villeneuve. I love how you see the character grow and change and it’s exactly what I’m going for for my film as far as mood and lighting, etc.

  • Starting to talk back and forth with my composer and getting the music together.
  • Need to figure out copyright specifics concerning music
  • Collect casting audition material
  • Meet with junkyard car dude about prices and cars
  • I’m using Shotdesigner for my shot list and to make things easier for myself. I’m planning on talking with Drew Theiss on how he handled his film and any pointers he has for me.

(Other stuff for me to read/ watch later)