My name is Robert Frantzeskos and I am a current masters narrative student in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. We are aiming to create a short film entitled Whitesands, shooting 6 days in early October.
The story of Whitesands has been created through a meeting of various influences and ideas. After reading a nonfiction piece concerning a motel proprietor who watched his guests in secret, I was interested in exploring the psychologies of this behaviour and the locality of transient spaces. The setting and concept of the motel is a impermanent one where people pass through, but never stay. It represents an invisibility and forgetting that is paradoxically becoming increasingly lost – it is archaic and pastiche because we are seldom truly alone today.
What is exciting about this project is the number of challenges we have set for ourselves. We are building a small attic set and potential motel room in the studio spaces at VCA to accommodate for the logistics that the story demands for.
We are also shooting on Super 16mm film stock too! This is not simply for novelty purposes, but I believe it is integral to the aesthetics. It will reinforce the locality and period elements of the story – the grain, colours and muted tones all comprise a style that is difficult to replicated digitally.
Each donation will help us realise this goal by covering the costs of film stock and processing, as well as materials to build and develop the set.
Short films are an important stepping stone for young filmmakers to learn and understand more about the craft of storytelling, but they seldom recoup their costs –
that’s why we need your help in supporting this production.
Whitesands will be released at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as part of the VCA graduate screening in December of this year.
Please feel free to contact us if you require further information.