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Semi-DetachedWe chose the name Semi-Detached because it represents therelationship between the three characters and also Sue’sdetachment from reality.We considered calling it: Loose Connections, Solitary,Detached. But none of these names have the same effect asSemi-Detached. It’s not about a house!!!!
CharactersSue – played by HannahRecently admitted from a mental home, taking medication for herschizophrenia.Mazy – played by AlexA distant and innocent daughter of Sue.Steve – played by CallumSue’s loving husband who is worried about her mental health and issupportive.
NarrativeOur short films main concepts are time and technology, using flashbacks.Sue has been suffering for a while and has to rely on the people around her. Thestrongest attachment she has is with her daughter, Mazy and Steve is her brick wall.After everything that she has been through she begins to question what is actuallyreality. She spent a year in Severalls Mental Hospital and now she has to cope withthe real world. But how does she cope with the stress of life outside the mentalhospital?
Propp’s TheoryAll three characters are victims in our story but in various different ways. Sue is avictim to a mental condition which is prominent through out the film. Steve isvictimized because of what he has to deal with; his wife struggles and he has to copewith reality. Mazy suffered from a collision and they all have to deal with this fact.
PropsFake knifeFake bloodMotorbikeDiary and penTattoocutlery and foodMedication
CostumeSue – Normal clothes (jeans, t shirt)hair tiedMazy – tomboy, motorbike jacket,jeans, converse and helmetSteve – Jeans, t shirt..Sue in mental home – white long shirthair messy, smudged make up, paleand pasty, dark circles around the eyesMazy after crash same but covered inblood.
Location Hannah’s house for kitchen/dining scenesBright, cheerful, homely environment.Food cooking in background.Front of house when motorbike pulls up,Alex walking into house. Alex’s house for mental home.White, bare, creepy, dark. Similar to amental home.
LightingUp until the end of the film the lighting will be bright and homely, exceptfor any flashbacks.Flashbacks will be eerie, dark and made clearly as a flashback. Distortedeffects to make it seem messed up.The end of the film will be distorted, dark & creepy.
StyleWe will be using over 8 close ups throughout the film. The mostsignificant close up is of Sue’s tattoo.We plan on using a graphic cut to go from Sue looking back at her diaryto her writing the entry whilst she was in the mental home. This willshow that the diary is an important part in her life.We use a match-on-action when Sue is chopping vegetables, we cut toSteve setting the table.Shot-reverse shot, we use this when Sue is talking to Mazy and Steve.Eye line match when Sue is writing her diary.
Who is It aimed at?Our short film is aimed at a teenage/young adult audience who areinterested in both student made films and of the psychologicalhorror/thriller genre.People who enjoy a twist and being surprised.People who do not enjoy gore or being scared would not enjoy our film.