When Alex, a young woman in college, is dissed in love, she retraces her not-so-casual hookups, one fuckboy at a time. In confidential dialogues with the audience and poignant, awkward vignettes, Alex grapples with intimacy, deep feelings, and how to navigate vulnerability in a world of casual sex.
Inclusion StatementAs a female filmmaker, I value having a set of primarily women, non-binary and POC creators – including all department heads. At a time when women’s sexual experiences are being discarded, ignored, and diminished, this story values a young woman’s voice by putting her experiences at the forefront.
About The Project
About The Project
Welcome to the world of Fuckboys, fascinating creatures. Their influence is impressive and their appeal not completely understandable. You've probably encountered them at least once or twice. If you haven't, chances are you just don't know how to spot them.
But aha! You're in luck: this film is a guide to the ins and outs of the fuckboy – giving you an inside look into the often illusive and intricate innerworkings of these beanie-wearing, beer guzzling, Timothée Chalamet-lookin fuckboys.
This is a very personal film. It's a story I've wanted to tell for a long time.
It's inspired by my own experiences as well as those of my friends and fellow co-eds.
As Greta Gerwig said, “none of it happened, but it's all true.”
Although it takes place on a college campus, it deals with things everyone has faced. Ultimately, it's about navigating love and heartache and intimacy, and figuring out what you really want.
Being a young woman hooking up in college is something I know a lot about. This is the world I live in, with the issues that my friends and I experience daily. The college hook up scene is something sociologists and journalists love to discuss, as they peer down on college kids – like rats in their mazes. I’m interested in telling this story from the inside, as someone who’s on the ground and understands how ridiculous and funny and ostracizing college hook ups can be. It’s an experience we haven’t had a chance to get inside of yet – to poke around and ask questions: is this sustainable? Is there a better way?
I come from the theater and acting, so performance, character, and dialogue are incredibly important to me. And after being at Wesleyan and studying film for the past few years, I’ve developed a greater love and understanding of the visual medium of film: the emotional and visceral opportunities that visual storytelling provides. I admire and draw from writer/directors with strong voices and unique points of view. This film specifically nods to Greta Gerwig’s Ladybird Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, with traces of Mike Leigh and Woody Allen; think Annie Hall.
The story begins with Alex, our protagonist, being dumped (if it’s not dating can you even call it that?) by the guy she’s been… well that she’s been “hooking up” with. She’s reached a critical point and needs to figure out where to go from here. She decides to look back, retracing her own sexual history at college to pinpoint what went wrong. The audience is taken on a journey with her as she meets the dark, sexy senior (who looks like a vampire), the goofy freshman who skates, and finally – the golden-boy-next-door. As she wades through cigarette smoke, tiny hats, Carhartt jackets, and false promises, Alex turns to you, her audience, to help her understand how to navigate this tricky landscape.
The world of hooking-up is often absurd and heightened – at least for its partakers. It feels (in the moment) like the be-all-end-all, and at the same time like an elaborate prank.
So, the style of this film will be as heightened and vibrant and it feels to be in it. We’ve developed a color palette of bright yellows, pinks, purples, and blues to help satirize the fuckboy experience.
We will be playing with the juxtaposition of the cold, harsh light of the world Alex inhabits outside, and the warm beautiful natural light that floods her rooms. We will explore power dynamics in the actor's blocking and camera positons, and use a shooting style with quick cuts, overhead shots, and direct addresses to the camera. Using both a stabilizer and a dolly, we will travel with Alex on her walks home, as she talks to the audience and shares her story.
Through specifically curated costume pieces – think tiny hats and Supreme sweatshirts – spirited production design – a blue ombré book shelf fit with Infinite Jest, Roland Barthes, and Catch 22 – and colorful lighting – strings lights illuminating a backyard – we will flesh out the intense, vibrant, hilarious worlds of the fuckboys.
WHAT WE NEED
To make this film possible we need your help to pay for production and post-production costs. Some things we need to make this film are:
- Through PRODUCTION DESIGN and COSTUMING– we will create the heightened and fun world of this film– turning our location into the specific and hilarious worlds of our fuckboys.
- RENT LENSES to make this carefully crafted and vibrant world look beautiful and sharp.
- RENT A CAMERA STABILIZER to shoot the walking and talking that give this film its documentarian, direct and frank style.
- Purchase PRODUCTION INSURANCE to enable us to use the camera equipment.
- FOOD! Our entire team is working for FREE… but we need to feed and nourish them on set, so we will provide food for our four days of shooting.
- TRAVEL EXPENSES: Take care of our cast and crew by providing travel to and from NYC for 2 of the lead actors.
- Finish the film in POST-PRODUCTION – (color correction can cost $300 and sound mixing an upwards of $400).
- FESTIVAL COSTS: After the film is done, we will submit to festivals around the country. This will cost upwards of $500.
We’ve created a wish list – kind of like a wedding registry – on the next page, so you can see exactly where your money is going.
Check out storyboards and art for the film – made by our incredibly talented art director Lyra Walsh Fuchs:
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About This Team
Gracie García is a Senior film major at Wesleyan University. She has a keen interest in both film and theater as an actor, writer, and director. She has performed in many theater productions and short films in and outside of school. Gracie is currently in pre-production on her Senior Thesis film, writing her short film script, after spending 6-weeks studying film production at FAMU in Prague.
Campbell Silverstein is a senior at Wesleyan majoring in Psychology and minoring Film. He has worked on at least one senior thesis film since his freshman year from PAing to sound recording to script supervising and now producing. He’s thrilled to be a part of Gracie’s team for this incredible project and is excited to see her words on paper come to life!
Casting Director/Associate Producer
Willa Schwarz is a senior Science in Society Major. She is the casting director and associate producer on Gracie's thesis. This summer she worked at FilmAid, an organization that empowers refugees through film, media, and journalism. She is really excited to work on this thesis because of how passionate Gracie is about the project and the talented team she has put together.
Director of Photography
Meg West is a Senior film major at Wesleyan University. She has collaborated on numerous projects on- and off- campus, most often working in camera and lighting departments. She is so excited to get started and make Gracie’s vision a reality!
1st Assistant Camera
Eliza McKenna is from Woodstock, New York and is a current student at Wesleyan University. She has worked as a background coordinator, production assistant, and camera assistant on several independent feature films in the Hudson River Valley.
1st Assistant Director
Hope is a senior at Wesleyan University majoring in Theater and FGSS with a minor in Film Studies. She has worked as an Assistant Director, as well as with lights, sets, and costumes as both a designer and a technician. Her credits outside of school include working with Emursive's Sleep No More and Williamstown Theater Festival.
Amira Leila Suntana
Amira is a Philosophy major concentrating on ethics, religion, and gender. They have worked on several film projects in the past as an actor, Assistant Director, Grip, and Assistant Camera. This is their first time properly gaffing, and they are so excited to work with this incredibly talented crew!
Lyra is a senior English major at Wesleyan. She helps runs the Workshop, a student-run collaborative art space. She is excited to lead the art department in helping realize Gracie's vision.
Since the moment I joined the team of F*ckboy Manifesto, I couldn’t wait to begin curating an array of costumes that captures the vision put forth by the creative team. Film and fashion are two of my greatest loves, and I feel so lucky to be combining the two and helping to bring the fuckboy world to life. My excitement for the project has inspired much of the recent collections put forth in my own vintage clothing company, you&ayla, and I can’t wait to work alongside the creative team to make my vision for the project a reality.
Ben Schneier is a clothing designer/fabricator/stylist from New York City. He has previously worked as a costume designer for music videos. Currently a sophomore planning to major in Sculpture and English, Ben is highly knowledgeable (from observation) about the sartorial tendencies of the Fuccboi.
Lauren Weiner is a senior film major who loves making movies with her friends and animating by herself. She is very excited to do the former with Gracie and her amazing crew. Lauren likes posters, bowls with built-in straws (for Ramen), and giant Jenga. She will try to work these into the production design.
Storyboard artist/visual consultant
Aili was born and raised in New Orleans and grew up sketching, writing, and performing. She is singer-rapper and performs with her band as Roach Girl. She is a senior Film major and has worked with Gracie on numerous projects. She is excited to bring Gracie's vision to life through visual storytelling.
Rachele Merliss is an intimacy choreographer who has worked on multiple plays at Wesleyan, including "How I Learned to Drive," "BFE," and "Straight." She's excited to try out intimacy choreography for film while working with this incredible team!
Kendall is a film major with previous experience working on other senior film theses. He’s also interned for a film/photography production company. He’s excited to work on the film to gain more experience on set.
Gabby has loved acting and being a part of theater communities for so long and recently had a role in an independent film which spurred her interest in film acting! She is so excited to help, be on set, and learn about the process. She hopes to create her own major of Theater Education, and she can’t wait to work alongside Gracie, a friend and someone she looks up to!
Alex is a senior Psychology and Theater double major from New York City. She is planning on pursuing a career in acting and is beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity and privilege to be in Gracie’s thesis. She has dedicated most of her free time to acting training and spent this past summer studying at LAMDA's 8-week Shakespearean acting intensive in London.
Keizo both acted in the film “Dear Sylvia,” and worked on the sound design team for the short film “Galinha” in the past year. This year he is incredibly excited to act in and support Gracie in the making her thesis as he knows that it will be a fun and exciting experience.