Pride and paranoia. When the thought of transferring one of my stories into a shared medium becomes a viable option, these two P’s are overwhelming. For me, the act of storytelling should come from a place that is real, no matter how fantastical the story being told. It is an amazingly personal process that sprouts from deep, down inside of a person, and it is so much a part of them that they feel more whole simply through the process itself. I suppose I can add a third “P” to the list: passion. I came up with the story for “Still” roughly one year ago, after I had to put an end to a relationship due to being college bound. Unfortunately, we did not find the closure we needed until a few months into school. That led to several sticky situations, but it also got me thinking about the importance of closure in relationships. So I started formulating a script. Over this year, my romantic life went through its ups and downs, all of which contributed to this tale I was weaving. There is more of myself in this script than any I have ever written.
“Still” is about the necessity closure. While anyone can connect with this base need, Lucas Whelan, my main character, is affected in a very different sense. With a romanticized sense of destiny, Lucas decides he must make a dramatic change in his life. He must pick up and move on, towards what he believes to be his future, his true calling. Unfortunately, this means leaving his girlfriend, the strong-willed and heartbroken Bridget O’Connor. Things do not end well. However on the morning he is set to leave, Lucas wakes up to find that the world around him has completely frozen in time. He is aghast while exploring this mystifying world on pause, but the thought of Bridget plagues him. So he goes out to find her, discovering she too is not frozen. Together, they are forced to confront the problem of their relationship ending, as if the whole world came to a stand still just to let them pass.As a independent project being made by a boy struggling to just stay in school, this project had trouble affording the finer things in life, such as a camera and things of that sort. So I made my proposal to National Broadcasting Society and was gifted with a gorgeous Panasonic HVX HD camera (from which these loverly screenshots were taken) and a whole buttload of equipment. With such things, I tried to shoot a movie! Unfortunately, some extenuating circumstances led to the incompletion of the project. What I have shot is absolutely gorgeous in every which way, but I still need more, which will be shot sometime next semester (hopefully right off the bat AKA early February).