written by: A. Diallo Jackson
(Top 10 – 2014 Producers Guild Weekend Shorts Competition )
Short film produced for the 2014 Producers Guild “Make Your Mark” Weekend Shorts Challenge. This film has been selected as one of the top 10 semi-finalists. The goal of the competition being to write, shoot, edit and deliver a 5 minute short film in 51 hours following specific assigned elements.
Drawing on the spirit of late and renowned producer Saul Zaentz and the signature elements of his filmography, the short films for this phase of the ‘Make Your Mark’ competition were required to incorporate the following specifics:
Setting (we had to choose one):
· Cocktail Party
· War Time Era
We went with the ‘War Time Era’ option.
Elements/Props (we had to choose three of five; one element had to play a significant role within the story)
· sheet music
· stick of gum
Our film features Sheet Music, Passport, Ice.
Theme (we had to choose one):
1) Passion as Conviction: In Zaentz’s films, a character’s passion often places them at odds with authority, be it political (The Unbearable Lightness of Being), cultural (Amadeus) or institutional (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). Typically, this action alters and enriches the world of the characters, though often at great personal cost.
2) Passion as Genius/Obsession: Characters in Zaentz’s films are often possessed of extraordinary skills or charisma, which they employ in the driven pursuit of a larger or exalted goal. Consider the missionaries of At Play in the Fields of the Lord, the lovers of The English Patient, Allie Fox in The Mosquito Coast and the central pairing of Amadeus. (Salieri may not have a genius for music, but he surely has one for vengeance!) Often, Zaentz’s stories turn on the fine line between passion and obsession.
Both themes were tackled.