Conversation with the TV
Conversation with the Television explores the complexities of believing in something that is against you as a person. Our main character is being crushed by having to decide in his beliefs or in himself, and moments before he crumbles, a talking TV reveals itself to have an imparting conversation.
Inclusion StatementThis film explores the fascinating tug of war between one's personal identity and religious beliefs. The current generations are conflicted about whether religion will really accept them for who they are. We on the film team want to make sure no one feels alone with their internal conflicts.
About The Project
If we are lucky enough, our beliefs growing up, and our own identity, will match the same personal goals. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most.
This film explores Religious beliefs vs. Self.
It is painful to fight the beliefs we grew up with, finding most contradictory in nature, resulting in the need to satisfy ourselves selfishly.
Is that greedy or is it discovering our true selves?
By going back and forth from black and white to color, here is how the film will explore that.
In black and white we find:
Nico. His religious group is suspicious of him, so they keep a close eye on him. Sheltering himself at home, he becomes paranoid thinking of the mistakes he has made. Leading him to these mind crumbling moments. He is unsure of his future, and at the brink of losing his sanity, he hears a voice talking to him, although he is alone in his own home.
Nico's television turns on and starts conversing with him. He is not fazed about the absurdity of the television speaking, he is actually amused at how witty it can be. These conversations bring up the internal conflict he has regarding being himself, or following his religious beliefs.
In color we find:
Memories. His past relationship digs its way up to remind Nico of the day he had to face himself for who he truly is. His current relationship forced him to share this new side of himself to the world, only to be given an ultimatum that benefits no one. He is forced to face his past identity, one he has been fighting against his whole life.
Why is this important?
The beliefs and morals we grew up with shape our personalities, but sometimes there are parts of ourselves we ignore because it goes against what we thought we knew. This causes an unhealthy mindset that only hurts ourselves and the loved ones around us.
Bringing awareness to start these conversations will lead to answers we could have found long ago.
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About This Team
Josias Lopez, Writer/Director
Josias, a current senior at CSULA, has created several short films that showcase his curiosity in telling stories through an unusual eye. After experiencing recent identity issues, he decided to tackle these dilemmas through his experimentation in visual storytelling.
His storytelling influences range from the mesmerizing visuals of Stan Brakhage, to the mysterious stories created by David Lynch.
Michael Naranjo, Producer
Michael, a current senior at CSULA, has an extensive background ranging from sports radio, to producing commercial videos and art films. His passion to keep storytelling alive and interesting come from the variety of media he is inspired by, such as anime and foreign films.
Samantha Diaz, Producer
Samantha is a recent graduate from California State University, Northridge. She has worked as a mighty producer on several projects within, and out of, school. Her passion for writing horror and dramas can be seen as ironic, due to her other strong passions: K-pop, and making people smile.
Jonathan Zuroff, Cinematographer
Jonathan, a current senior at CSULB, is experienced in making every frame not only beautiful, but meaningful. Jonathan takes inspiration from films by Akira Kurosawa, and the Coen Brothers, and always works outside of his comfort zone to find something new about the stories he helps create.
Carly Veal, Producer
Carly, a current senior at CSULA, has worked on several productions, from AFI to CSULA, doing a lot of the important and heavy paperwork. Her passion to produce films come from the enjoyment of seeing the final project being shared to a larger audience.
Seth Dorcey, Art Director
Seth, a current senior at CSULA, has an extensive background in creating and decorating sets for theater and film. His eye for color and design have proven to create beautiful sets in a range of genres.