"From my memories, I remember coming home at night from my Great Nan's funeral and found myself in my bedroom with a moth flying around me-I accidentally hurt it and it vanished in a blink of an eye. Several years passed by, I slowly realised it was her last visit. Why? What brought a moth to a child's room, this was not a coincidence, but a Great Nan's last goodbye" - Writer/Director, Keng-U Lao
Our story deals with the idea of finding redemption in life that allows us to find solace in our death, and the comfort that a family offers.
Matthew’s ghost character is the “Ying”, whereas the living world is the “Yang”. The ghost shall not let the desire for the living stop his progress in leaving the human world, while his family shall leave the grief behind and move on in life with the memory of their child in their hearts.
Whisper In The Breeze will convey a sense of simplicity, with the aid of all departments we will be trying to create a unique world that can bring an angle of poetry to the cinematic experience. In light of this, we will be collaborating with the Visual Effects course at AUB to add the spiritual fantasy element to our film, introducing the audience to the spirits trapped in this life as moths.
A poetical fantasy drama; the film follows a well-dressed young gentleman, Matthew. Suddenly he wakes in a coffin at his funeral but is ignored by a grouchy member of staff at the beautiful and quiet venue. Matthew quickly learns that he is, in fact, dead. No one has arrived for the ceremony yet.
Matthew walks through the graveyard to head for his home but is intercepted by the son of the undertaker, the Tai Chi Boy, who gives Matthew an origami windmill: a ticket to the next life. He warns Matthew of two futures; either to peacefully stay and await the guests or to return home but risk becoming a moth; forever circling his own grave imprisoned between life and death.
Choosing to visit his family one last time, Matthew learns of the grief experienced by his family members through nostalgic routine actions. Shown through disconnected intimacy in a ghosts interaction with his loved ones.
Will he be able to leave the living world behind? Or will he become a moth?
To make this project we need your help, we want to make the best film we can, and make sure that the story reaches its full potential, however, we can not fulfil the budget on our own. By pledging towards this film you will be helping the crew to create the best possible film we can. Using the money raised we will be able to invest in a strong cast, and create the quirky fantasy drama influenced by Eastern spirituality, and explored in a Western environment.
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Writer/Director | Keng-U Lao
Originally from Macao, China, Keng-U is currently studying directing at BFS. During his time in Britain, he has written and directed short films such as Seeds of Memory,
The Blue Puppet, and Kill The Thief. The fusion of East and West, has been the key influence to the poetic aesthetic. With 8 years worth of experience in the art of magic, performing in Macao, Hong Kong and Britain, the strange and unpredictable qualities of magic are conveyed in his style of narrative. A member of International Brotherhood Magic Association (British Ring), as well as Magic Place Magician Association (Macao).
Producer | Izzy Peters
Organisation was never a strong point for Izzy during her childhood. Despite this, and to many people’s surprise, she now specialises in producing at the Bournemouth Film School, having worked within the production department on a variety of short films and documentaries. Izzy is motivated in making sure that this film reaches its fullest potential, and enjoys seeing how the script develops into a full film, securing cast that will honour the characters, and organising unique locations that will be suitable for the story world created in the script.
Director of Photography | Max Conran
Max is our Director of Photography for Whispers In The Breeze. He has a passion for the beauty of images, and strives to create visuals that tell a story, and allow the script to come to life, through the careful research of paintings, photography and film. Outside of university, Max specialises in Lighting, meaning he is ready to push the boundaries with the look and feel of the light, all whilst allowing the composition to capture what the characters are experiencing.
Production Designer | Carina Kill
Carina Kill is a creative, hands-on individual who specialises in Production Design within Film. She is talented in recreating and enhancing locations to convey the emotions and style of the film. Enjoying adapting any environment necessary to reflect the mood of the script. She particularly loves drawing and focusing on colour symbolism within her work. When she’s not working on a film project she is found outdoors trying to keep active and healthy... Unless she's got a glass of wine in her hand..
Sound Designer | Becky Cutts
Becky has ears, and she is extremely keen on using them everyday to function but also uses them for recreational purposes. Her favourite sound is the singing of a wine glass. She doesn’t like tiny whisper sounds. Becky has been involved in sound designing numerous short films and projects, and is eager to start work, helping to create the audible world of Whispers In The Breeze.
Editor | Sarah Hatchard
Sarah is a third year film editing student at AUB who is about to start work on her graduation film. She loves roller skating, Margaret Atwood books and fluffy cats. She has been studying film for the last six years and is a huge fan of classic Hollywood, Jim Henson, Submarine and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has worked with the director on three films and is really excited to get started on this next project with him and the rest of the crew.
Costume Designer | Gemma Sansom
Gemma Sansom is aspiring costume designer specialising in Costume for Screen. Bringing all the hidden symbolism within the film through the costume design, which will express characters personal traits. Having experience working in photography studio as a photographer’s assistant she is keen to detail and will make sure everything is impeccable on camera. Working on short films made by AUB Film Production students, Gemma has gained knowledge on sourcing and understanding the importance of how costume effects the meaning behind a film.
Costume Supervisor | Kristrun Helgadottir
Kristrun is an aspiring costume designer/supervisor specialising in Costume for screen. She’s done a course focusing on supervision and has experience in accounting. She’s organised, good at budgeting, sourcing costumes and time management.
Makeup Artist | Tammy Roberts
Tammy Roberts is a professional makeup artist who specialises in film and television. She has experience in a range of different genres and is confident in her abilities to effectively help the characters translate from script to screen through the use of makeup. In her spare time she enjoys coffee, and G&Ts.
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