"Write and film a melodrama that moves your audience to tears in under 2 minutes"...challenge accepted.
We decided to write and film a melodrama about romance gone wrong. As humans, we naturally seek out interpersonal relationships, and any audience (particularly of college students) will be able to connect with the joy and pain of love found and lost.
After watching Thai life insurance commercials for inspiration, we picked out key aspects that move us and began to script. Our scene revolves around Alex — the unconditionally “good” protagonist — writing a letter to Michelle, his girlfriend of four years. While the act of writing the letter situates viewers in Alex’s present and point of view, the subjective exploration of his years’ worth of memories wins over their empathy. They can relate to classic “falling in love” scenes, such as the girl spilling coffee and the couple leaving for different colleges but hoping to keep their love alive. Following this classic romance sequence, the audience discovers at the end of the film that Michelle has a secret lover (Nick) who is unknown to Alex. This jarring ending aims to develop pathos in viewers who realize they know the truth that Alex — whose side they are on — does not.
Kenny built the intensity of the relationship by keeping Alex and Michelle in the frame together with over-the-shoulder shots, manipulating available light during the movie and outside scenes to create ambiance, and recording a deeply heartfelt voiceover. Nick found simple, sentimental music to set the nostalgic mood for the audience. Alex wore dark colors to foreshadow the somber mood of the sad ending, and Michelle dressed for different seasons to illustrate the passage of time. We all collectively conceptualized the story and plot — with Nick and Kenny carrying out the shooting and editing, while Alex and Michelle acted.
Created from ~11pm - 2:30am on Sunday night.