It’s Zoe’s going away party, it should be easy, just one little family gathering and then off to higher things. It’ll be fine. But then one secret comes out, which leads to another, which leads to Zoe having to make big decisions for her future.
‘Young Adults’ is a family drama that shows, what should have been, a normal going away party with the family. But when jealousy and alcohol mix it leads to secrets coming out, hard questions and difficult life decisions. This story is all about family, and sticking together, even when it’s hard. Our hope is that when watching the events unfold you connect with the family dynamic and its hardships, as well as enjoying the more lighthearted parts of the story.
In its essence, this story is a coming of age film, where we see Zoe make a decision whether to go off and do her own thing or stay with her family though the hard times that are ahead.
In terms of the story, Zoe is hoping to travel to new lands to learn and experience new things, she’s hoping to find a whole new life that is completely different from her current one, but first, she must go attend this party her family is throwing her. The party starts out fairly normal, but then a secret is exposed that destroys Zoe’s plans almost entirely. What happens next, well, you’ll just have to wait and see.
We all have a family - whether it is our relatives or our friends, we all have one and we are all, at differing degrees, able to look at ourselves and our families and come to the conclusion that we are somewhat dysfunctional. With the chaos that unravels in our story, the secrets that are revealed and the decisions that need to be made - we are sure to have the audience sat at the edge of their seats.
A family drama/coming of age film that takes the dysfunctional family aesthetics and humorous friendships and blends them together to make a deep and relatable story, about making hard decisions for the greater good.
As a family drama, we don’t just include family members but also friends, as we all know, some friends are as good as family, even if you don’t particularly get along, for example, old family friends you’ve known for years. Just like siblings, you might fight and you might disagree, but at the end of the day, they are family. This is why we included some of Zoe’s closest friends as well as a family friend because they all make up one big dysfunctional family. And family is so important.
With the film being set almost exclusively in their father’s house we can create a complete visual world within those walls. The house itself will be filled with character, the father who lives there has brought up all his kids in that house and as they’re all around for the birthday he brings out things to remind them of home. The house needs to be homey, lived in, warm. Having a similar colour scheme, with warm colours and soft blues and off-whites.
The houses that came to mind when looking for a visual style was somewhere between A Ghost Story (2017) and Little Miss Sunshine (2007). With lots of opportunities to shoot through windows, reflections, wide-angle spaces. They offer a lot of distance between the characters whilst also reflecting on the fact that there’s so many of them in a small space. Having different rooms in the story and different feels in each of those rooms offers a level of separation that will add to the dynamics of our film. The bathroom will be a colder room as it offers a colder plot development, whereas the kitchen will be more versatile and be somewhere in between cold and warm because of the events that take place there. In contrast, the living room will be the warmest place ideally with a large window or several windows so as to let in the warm light from the setting sun. Having soft camera movements, using tracks and some variant of Steadicam allowing for us to move between all the different narratives occurring at the same time smoothly and seamlessly.
We are looking to raise at least £5000 in order to access top quality equipment, top quality locations and additional actors in order to create a top quality film for your entertainment. With your help, we can make Young Adults a reality!
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Director: Calin Butnaru (19.12.1997)
Hi, I'm Cal, I'm an independent filmmaker based in London but originally from Romania. Having moved to the U.K. in 2014, I studied Film Studies, along with Drama and Philosophy at A level, then proceeded to continue my studies at Queen Mary University of London. I started his filmmaking journey by making zero budget short films with fellow university friends , focusing on humanistic, character driven stories with strong visual flair, inspired by the work of Denis Villeneuve and Sam Esmail. I have worked as an intern for the British Film Institute and I am a professional freelance videographer for Queen Mary University, having produced for them many promotional and highlights videos.
What attracted me to the script of ‘Young Adults’ is the depth and layers hidden underneath the main story, as well as the character driven story. We tried to approach the script with a combination of humour and seriousness, as well as precise visual style. Inspired by my favourite directors, such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Ingmar Bergman, I hope I can do justice to the script written by Ola Williams and Ethan Conway by pushing my actors and crew to the best of their abilities, and by visualising the story in a memorable way.
Producer: Emilia Barry (08.01.2002)
Hi! I'm Emilia Barry and I am the producer of Young Adults. I'm immensely excited to be producing this film and I was from the very moment that I met the rest of the cast and crew, as it became apparent very quickly that we were all highly passionate and talented filmmakers/actors. The story itself is very relatable: it is a story that we could all live and, with a wide range of characters, anyone who watches it will find themselves naturally positioning themselves into the narrative and questioning their own decisions. I cannot wait to share with you all!
My journey in filmmaking started not even two years ago, when I was 16 and I started studying Advanced Level Film Studies and I produced a short film alongside the BFI. Much to my own surprise, it became immediately clear that I was a natural producer - being a people's person, automatically managing teams and being heavily involved from the very earliest stages of production. Since then, I have produced three more short films - one of which I produced alongside the National Film and Television School. In September, I will be beginning my study of Digital Film Production at Ravensbourne University. Although this is, without a doubt, my biggest project so far, I know it is going to be very rewarding and a wonderful watch for our audience!
Writer: Olayitan Williams (16.05.1994)Hi. I’m Olayitan Williams, one of the writers of Young Adults. I am originally from Sierra Leone. I’ve been living in the Uk for 7 years now. I completed a Bachelors in Biomedical Science from the University of Buckingham. Upon graduation, I decided to pursue a career in writing which was quite a drastic change for me. I set out to write a comic book titled Priestess which I completed a year ago and in putting it together I learnt a lot about visual storytelling and decided to apply that knowledge in filmmaking.
Writer: Ethan Conway (10.08.1996)Hi, I'm Ethan, one of the writer's for this film. I am a graduate with a degree in film production from Southampton solent University, where I made many films one the course as well as on my own.
This film we have written is all about family, a big family, and keeping secrets from them, be it big or small. Coming from a big family of 7 (including my parents) and never having done a film with more than 3 people in it before, I think I have it well handled. Most of the characters when writing them our inspired by my family members, wich makes this film all the more personal to me.
Whilst writing, I am always trying to keep in mind the conversations I have with my family, whether it be deep chats about the future or light hearted banter, to try and keep it as relatable as possible. I really hope that when watching our film you can relate to the family aspect and how hard it can be to open up to them sometimes.
1st Assistant Director: Dom Townsend (06.07.1996)
My name is Dominic Townsend and I’m the Assistant Director for the short film, Young Adults. I am currently an English teacher based in the New Forest; however, I have always had an interest in and passion for film and the arts. I was always keen on acting growing up, and starred in a number of amateur dramatics and school productions in my teenage years. I studied Drama at GCSE and A Level, and was a member of the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre for several years. During my time at university, I directed, produced and starred in an online crime drama series called The Girl in the Alleyway; I also had an acting role in the Chesil Theatre’s 10x10 Festival. While acting has always been a passion of mine, I have always taken an interest in writing and directing, enjoying the opportunity to work with many creative and talented people who all share an enthusiasm for the arts.
I was so excited to work on Young Adults as it has a brilliant script by two talented writers, and confronts some difficult and poignant themes throughout. It focuses on the relationship between siblings, a father and his children, the friends around them and all of the nuances that run between them. I think it is a very real story, reflective of contemporary society, and one that I hope a lot of people can relate to.
The film explores themes of family, friendships and deception. It is driven by character, nuanced and intimate and impactful.
It is a pleasure to be working as AD on this production with such an incredibly diverse team of hard-working, enthusiastic and friendly young filmmakers. This process is certainly a collaborative one, and I cannot wait to see the end result of all our hard work and dedication.
Director of Photography: Logan Johnson (10.09.1998)
Hi, I’m Logan and I’m currently studying film at Westminster Film School. I’ve been making films for many years now will the help of my friends and peers. It’s been a fun and chaotic journey and I’ve progressed a lot through the experience. I’ve worked in many different areas of the camera department which has given me a deeper appreciation for all the roles that go into creating the image that is seen on screen. I’m so pleased to be a part of the NYFA and this project as it’s giving me a chance to build my skills as a cinematographer, my social skills due to the film being in pre-production over zoom and also giving me an opportunity to work alongside some other gifted hard-working young filmmakers. The story itself has got me very excited to explore all the themes that it involves and working with such a large cast is a new and slightly daunting experience.
Editor: Tiasha Chouhan (27.03.2002)
Hey there! My name is Tiasha Chouhan (also known as Ash) and I am the editor for the short film ‘Young Adults’. When my group and I started coming up with ideas for our short film, I knew immediately that we would make a good team - we listened to each other and all our ideas worked well together. We ended up with a fantastic film concept - one that allows us to explore the different relationships one can have (with family, friends, partners…) and how secrets can both destroy or repair them. I’m extremely excited to get started on this project as I feel that there are so many different layers and elements that will make this interesting to the viewers - from both a storyline point-of-view as well as the filmmaking side itself. We can get invested into the plot and I feel, as an editor, there is so much I can play with in terms of the deceit that underlies this film.
Gaffer & Assistant Camera: Keelan Reid (24.01.2001)
I’ve always been captivated by the way a story can be told through the use of creative lighting techniques. This emerged very quickly throughout my media studies which gave me a thirst for more therefore the focus of my role as gaffer on the short film young adults will be to communicate with the viewer the cinematic language of the story, Under the guidance of the director and producer. For example if I were shooting a scene that is meant to communicate sadness I would use a blue cool type of light because most people associate sadness with this colour scheme.
One of the most exciting things about this opportunity for me is the ability to use my knowledge of lighting define a range of feelings and emotions which is what makes this project a must see.