'TEA FOR TWO'

directed by Maisie Croker

This film was heavily inspired by The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, as well as the work of the photographer/filmmaker Chloe Sheppard, and was created for the Script & Screen assignment. 

 

Most of my projects are interested in visions of femininity and youth, and in the past I have been influenced by Sofia Coppola and 1980's filmic depictions of teenage angst - such as The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire; usually my work has been set to music and contained no dialogue, so I had to step out of my comfort zone when working on this project. I knew that costume and location would be very important to creating the vision I had for this piece and selling the sense of otherworldliness, and I really enjoyed the production design element of this project, dressing the forest locations with materials and mirrors and props - all of which were cleared up afterwards!

I originally intended for the alternate realm - inside of the mirror - to be black and white, in contrast to the more pastel, colourful world outside of it, however when I began editing the piece I realised that too much was lost when the colours were completely desaturated, instead I played around with different colour grades, so that I could make the two 'worlds' feel like they have different temperatures. It really was VERY cold when I filmed this piece, as we shot this assignment in December and January - and my actors, who were for the most part in summer dresses and slips, complained all the time!

I intended to expand on this idea for my Final Major Project, but to explore the themes in a much more abstract fashion.

 

Shot on Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera and Sony A7, and edited with Adobe Premiere.

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