DUE TO ITS ADULT CONTENT AND POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE, THIS FILM IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE TO STREAM FROM THIS SITE. THIS IS A DECISION SUPPORTED BY MATT AND THE MEDIA DEPARTMENT, AND IS NOT A REFLECTION ON THE QUALITY AND CALIBRE OF MATT'S WORK.
directed by Matt Saffin
This piece was created during the Script & Screen assignment, and was the first time I had ever written a screenplay. I was inspired by two pieces of media when I developed it: David Fincher's Netflix TV series 'Mindhunter', that delves into the beginnings of the FBI's Behavioural Science department, and a film by Paul Thomas Anderson called 'The Master', which is a semi-fictionalised account of the start of the Scientology movement. I was interested in what might happen were these two controversial areas to meet.
I researched both the FBI's interviews of Charles Manson - as well as reading books and articles about him that contained transcripts of the way he talked, whilst also researching the Scientology movement - particularly the process they call 'Auditing', an exercise that is meant to break down a subject's falsehoods and remove the negative situations of their past, but is a very controversial practice. I was interested in how the balance of power might play out between these two people - Charles Manson and the unseen, unnamed 'auditor', and whether these two very different people, with their two very extreme sets of beliefs, might find parallels as well as conflict. Obviously this is a work of fiction, but the strong language throughout - and the descriptions of scenes of violence - are both drawn from my research, and not included for shock value.
For my Final Major Project I was intending to make a piece about childhood in the wilderness, inspired by Lord of the Flies and the recent film Monos, and had already created proofs of concept to this end, but I was also going to take what I learned in this Script & Screen project and use those skills to create a screenplay that was based around research.
Shot in the TV Studio on Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, and edited with Adobe Premiere.