While on my trip to Italy in March 2011, I bought seven Venetian masks and created a concept for what later became my short film "You Are Not Queen." This film launched my interest in expressing human psychology through on-screen fairytales, and so I garnered similar ideas for my undergraduate thesis film for my BFA in Film/Video at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
In March 2012, I completed a script and created both storyboard and animatic for my thesis film. I held two casting sessions, reached out to local nature reserves and farms for locations and, finally, the summer arrived and we filmed. In just two weeks, 'My Big Bad Wolf' was born. (Or, at least, was on the way to delivery.)
And, now, I'm on the way to post-production! As I work on the final film, I'll also be running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 to fund the camera and overall post-production costs.
The film focuses on a couple living in the woods, a nondescript place out of time. The couple's relationship is deteriorating, as they have confused love with possession. The two bate each other, constantly playing mind games. But are these mind tricks really games? The girl starts seeing herself - a 'double' of herself - and wonders if it is all a dream, or if her reflection has escaped into reality. Her own mind deteriorates and she is finally confronted with - herself.
Chelsea Ross Miller stars as the lead female character accompanied by Vasilios Asimakos - 'the wolf' - or, is he?
The term 'psychodrama' is a rather appropriate genre my professor noted was used in the 1970s to combine psychological thrillers with horror and drama.
The footage is not how I intended it to look; I had asked the cameraman to utilize the tripod, but he refused, making the film largely handheld. Therefore my storyboarding and animatic became obsolete, and also made the editing process, linking one scene to the next, a bit more difficult. (Very difficult.) Luckily, the nature of the piece lends itself to some trippy visuals, and I figured out how to piece the scenes together to create a very surreal 'psychodrama.'
Keep an eye out for the Kickstarter campaign, and you can receive these awesome film stills in the form of an art print, and more!