Workflow

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Logline

While on a business trip for her corporate job, a young woman’s ambition becomes trivial when a cocktail party at her boss’s apartment takes a chilling turn.

Synopsis

A group of Krowolf Inc. employees on a business trip are invited to a cocktail party at their boss’s house. Everyone is excited about the potential of the party to lead to a raise, except a young woman named Andrea, who has a slightly different objective. Having only worked at Krowolf for a few months, this is Andrea’s first time truly interacting with her boss, and she’s scheming to create a rather intimate connection with him. At the party, Andrea and her co-workers turn from eager to anxious when they slowly realize that their boss won’t let them leave. The situation begins to feel dangerous as the boss’s aggression grows. After many attempted tactics, the employee’s finally find a way out.

Characters

Leads:

Andrea (female, 24-27): Overly dramatic and fairly confident. Economically ambitious in all the wrong ways. She would rather pursue a rich guy than have to work another day in her life. She’s pretty self-absorbed, but means well. She’s quick to react irrationally in stressful situations, and those she’s close with find her incredibly annoying, but still have her back.

Tracey (female, 28-32): Direct, honest and very level headed, Tracey knows exactly what she needs to do to get what she wants. Hardworking and self-sufficient, she believes herself to be very deserving of a raise, and if she doesn’t get it after enduring this ridiculous party at her boss’s apartment, she’s going to quit. Although, she can’t help from being excited about the potential possibility. She considers herself to be somewhat of Andrea’s friend, and shows her compassion for her through her blunt critiques about Andrea’s behavior.

Jenson (male, 42-48): As the boss of Krowolf’s sales department, Jenson feels as though his position of power has prevented him from being able to create more friendships in his work life. He’s a little too adamant about trying to create a bond with his employees, becoming power-hungry by utilizing his superior position as a mechanism of control. He comes across as well-mannered, but there’s also a hint of crazy in his guise.

Supporting:

Owen (male, 30-40): A Krowolf employee. He’s eager to receive a raise, and is on his best behavior to leave a good impression with Jenson.

Alex (male, 30-40): A Krowolf employee. Very friendly, fairly chatty. Upbeat, and is excited about the financial opportunity that could come from the party.

Maria (female, 35-40): Jenson’s girlfriend. She’s friendly and rather oblivious to Jenson’s odd behavior. She supports his decisions.

Secretary (female, 30-50): One short line at the end remarking on the boss’s late arrival.

Compensation

Craft services and catering provided. A copy of the film, film acting credits and potential recognition in film festival submissions.

Contact

Bronwyn Olstein

Email: Workflow.shortfilm@gmail.com

Sides are available upon request.

Flicker

 

 

Directed, Produced, & Written by Keira Rosner

Logline

A child is born into the world literally glowing but as she grows older and begins to struggle with her mental health, the lights begin to go out.

Synopsis

Flicker opens with a conversation between two new parents about how they should handle the fact that their daughter, Lucy, is “different” from other children: she is literally glowing. Bioluminescent lights reside under her soft skin. The remainder of the film follows Lucy as a high school freshman who has become insecure about the lights attracting attention. People stare at her in the hallways and after a comment that a volleyball teammate makes, Lucy grows upset and one of her lights goes out. As time goes on and Lucy becomes more anxious, lights continue to flicker and burn out. Between playing volleyball outside of school hours, mounds of homework, and the pressure to keep up appearances of having a social life, Lucy has no free time to relax and has her first panic attack during a volleyball practice.

As Lucy becomes more and more overwhelmed by her responsibilities, her lights continue to burn out and she becomes visibly disheveled. Her parents talk amongst themselves and to Lucy about how she has fewer lights than before, but she shrugs off their attempt at conversation. Lucy finds out that a recruiter from a nearby university is interested in watching her play volleyball and this makes her ecstatic. However, at a celebratory party, Lucy becomes overwhelmed and has another panic attack, realizing that even her life is objectively going well, trying to keep up with so many things has taken a significant toll on her mental health. Heather soothes her, saying that she is good enough and that nobody can possibly be perfect all the time. Lucy goes home and for the first time in a long time, she admires her reflection in the mirror. A light flickers back on as she gains some of her confidence back and Lucy smiles.

Characters

Leads:

Lucy (female, 15): Lucy is incredibly unique because of one defining physical feature–the glowing lights embedded in her skin. She has grown self-conscious about looking different, especially since she has just entered a new high school, but she is lucky to have supportive friends who stick up for her. Lucy is kind, has one of the highest GPAs in her grade, and is an incredibly talented volleyball player on her school’s varsity team. On the surface, she seems to have it all… But having so many responsibilities becomes anxiety-inducing over time. (Height and any knowledge of volleyball are a plus, but certainly not a requirement.) This role requires the actress to be comfortable wearing green stickers during production, as these will be used to help create the “glow” effect during the editing process. This role also requires the actress to be okay wearing string lights under her clothes for a few scenes. 

Heather (female, 18): Heather is the captain of the varsity volleyball team and she manages to strikes a winning balance between being confident and approachable. Extroverted and fun to be around, she is a natural leader, but does not let the power go to her head; she sticks up for all of her teammates and quickly becomes a close friend of Lucy’s. Since Heather is nearing the end of high school and Lucy has just entered, Heather acts as a supportive mentor and friend.

Supporting: 

Emily (female, 40s): Lucy’s mother, who worries excessively about the impact that the lights might have on Lucy’s life, though it is obvious that her concerns come from a place of love.

John (male, 40s): Lucy’s father, who is more level-headed than Emily and often calms her down when she is worried. John does not show a ton of emotion, but is immensely perceptive and it is clear that he is paying attention.

Jessica (female, 18): Jessica is a typical high school mean girl who makes a rude comment about Lucy’s lights. She is on the volleyball team, so also quite athletic.

Kelly and Sophie (female, 14-18): Lucy has two friends that she speaks to between classes in the hallway. They are somewhat geeky but otherwise unassuming high school girls.

Compensation

Credit in film screenings and film festival submissions, a digital copy of your performance, on set catering and craft services, posters, and clips for a reel

Contact

Keira Rosner

Email: krosner@tulane.edu

Sides are available upon request.

 

A Forgotten Curio Shop

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Directed, Written, & Produced by Dasha Didier

Logline

When a lost young woman finds herself in a forgotten New Orleans antique shop, she becomes enthralled in the magical gifts of her newfound treasures only to discover their darker and deadlier price.

Synopsis

Julia leads a boring and inconsequential life but wishes it could be different. One day, Julia gets turned around on her way home and ends up exploring a mysterious curio shop. She meets the shopkeeper who tells her the wicked stories of the objects in the store. Julia buys a pair of earrings that belonged to a famous New Orleans socialite and immediately starts to feel the charm and confidence of its previous owner. These attributes improve her lackluster life so much that she returns to the shop, buying more and more objects. The previous owners start living in her head to the point that they start taking over, and Julia starts to disappear. Julia throws amazing parties and has an amazing sex life but is soon exhausted by all the activity. In a moment of clarity, Julia realizes that she has been possessed by the serial killers who owned her beloved objects. She has been committing their crimes: stealing men’s wallets, beating women to death, and cooking their remains. She runs back to the curio shop only to be told that, in order to be free, she must take the place of the shopkeeper. There she remains, having sold her soul to the devil.

Characters

Leads:

Julia Byrd (female, late 20s): Julia is a creative but quiet person who wants to be more outgoing and charismatic but doesn’t know how. She is more inclined to watch a movie alone in bed than party on a Friday night.

Daphne Durand (female, late 20s): Daphne was a famous New Orleans socialite in the early 1800s whose charm and wit could seduce any man. However, she doesn’t believe men deserve all that they have, leading her to steal their wallets and poison their wives.

Shopkeeper (female, 50s): The Shopkeeper is a beautiful vampiric looking woman with a captivatingly ancient sounding accent. She sold her soul to the shop many years ago and now speaks for the former owners of its curiosities.

Supporting:

Henriette LeBlanc (female, mid 30s): Henriette was one of the finest cooks in New Orleans in the late 1800s. After a lifetime of hardship, something snapped, and Henriette started taking out her frustrations by murdering their sources and disposing of them in her famous gumbo.

Griffin Daniels (male, mid 20s): Griffin is a nice, happy-go-lucky, southern boy from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He likes his job but loves to go out on the weekends.

Freddy Johnson (male, late 30s) Freddy was a famous saxophone player and serial killer from the 1920s. He is big and strong from working in shipyards. He despises women and doesn’t like to hear the word ‘no.’

Compensation

On-set catering and craft services, film acting credits, potential for recognition via film festival submission, on-set experience

Contact

Dasha Didier – Writer/Producer/Director

Email: forgottencurioshop@gmail.com

 

Sides:

Julia

Shopkeeper

Daphne

Griffin

Henriette

Freddy

A Broken Melody

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Directed, Produced, & Written by Aileen Harrison

 

Logline

A young woman is depressed following post-college disappointments, but through music and an unusual friendship she rediscovers herself and her happiness.

Synopsis

We begin with a girl named Elena in her early twenties in a relatively new city the summer after she just graduated college. Initially, this was supposed to be the best summer of her life, but after her boyfriend broke up with her and her job turned out to be terrible, she’s fallen into a situational depression. Through seeing her daily life we get to know her. She’s funny, a bit sarcastic, and a bit sad, as if something has gone missing. We learn a lot about her life in the first few scenes from the visual cues– the happy, bubbly, person she used to be versus the lost, anxious person she is now.

Elena wakes up to her messy apartment and barely gets herself out of bed. Once she’s up, she realizes she forgot that she had made plans, and she quickly leaves so she won’t let a friend down. We next see her at a coffee shop, completely in her own mental world and not paying attention to her friend Cara. Cara asks if she’s okay and Elena decides she just needs some more coffee. While in line, she bumps into Sawyer, her ex. It’s a terribly uncomfortable conversation and Sawyer leaves. Shook, Elena continues to stand in line when a person behind her chuckles. Bewildered, she ends up meeting Leo, who watched the awkward encounter and wants to make sure Elena’s okay. At first, she isn’t interested in the friendship, but quickly Leo’s warmth grows on her and they begin chatting about how they both play music.

When Elena gets back home, she receives a text from Leo and a recording of a musical piece he’s written that he’d love feedback on. Inspired by Leo’s music, Elena begins playing her own music again on her piano. She starts writing music again and she ends up sending a recording of her music back to Leo, who loves it. They begin sharing music and Elena starts opening up. Through this “getting to know each other” process, Elena also gets to know herself again. It’s as if she has been sleep walking through her life the last couple months and is finally waking up and remembering what she likes and dislikes and what drives her forward. Through her music and rediscovering herself, Elena starts to find passion in life again, and begins to find her happiness.

The story reaches its climax when Sawyer returns, wanting to get back together with Elena. But she has found her voice again and she is able to talk to Sawyer about their relationship and why they were ultimately bad for each other and she’s able to have closure with that chapter of her life. Leo also visits Elena and they are able to play music together before Leo leaves to live abroad permanently. Before he leaves, he gives Elena connections to his previous job because his boss enjoyed her music. Leo and Elena decide to always stay close friends.

From her past breakup and this new experience, she has grown stronger and now knows what brings her joy in life and what passions fuel her forward. No matter what happens in the future she has found the tools to find her way back to herself and her happiness if she’s ever knocked down again.

Characters

Leads:

Elena Warner (Female, 22): Elena is currently battling a bad bought of depression. She’s usually this introspective, kind, fun-loving, incredibly talented musician. But after a bad breakup and a rough new job, she finds herself struggling with her mental health. Feeling a bit lost, she is unsure of what she wants to do with her life and how to move forward.

Leonello (Leo) Velásquez (Male, 22): Leo is a funny, sweet, and creative person who also works in music. Because of his roots in Latin America and the immense changes he’s undergone moving to the states, he’s especially insightful. Through a chance friendship with Elena, he is able to learn from her and inspire her.

Supporting:

Sawyer Graves (Male, 23): Sawyer is Elena’s ex who also works in the music industry. He is notoriously handsome, quick-witted, and ultimately selfish.

Cara Roberts (Female, 22): Cara is Elena’s best friend. She’s had her own battles with mental health and she can see that Elena is going through a tough time, and tries to be there for her.

Compensation

— Lots of real good food catered and also cooked by the excellent Chef Harrison
— Publicity because I plan on uploading this short film to YouTube and Vimeo and will be submitting it to festivals

Contact

Aileen Harrison

Email: abrokenmelodymovie@gmail.com

Sides are available upon request.