Inclusion StatementStudent-run, this film will be crewed by a diverse group of women and men, excluding no one due to any preconceived notions about filmmakers or crew. We strongly believe that the important changes within the film industry must be done at even the student level if we are to improve as a whole.
About The Project
My film, This Is Hard, is a comedic, coming of age tale following the tight-knit friendship between two boys in their final year of high school. Focused on one night, the story follows Joseph as he prepares to “do it” for the first time. He’s excited to finally be growing up, but his best friend, Ryan, isn’t so enthused. It’s about the transitionary period between childhood and adulthood. A rocky phase for many, this film tackles themes, including being in the moment versus thinking of the future, and focusing on what’s important, like your best friends.
Like the Coen brothers and Edgar Wright, this film will demand more from short form comedy. The story’s intimate and affecting tone will impact the look and feel of the film, from the cinematography and production design to the sound design and editing, and everything in between. Because this is such a personal, human story, the film will establish a close relationship between the viewer and the characters, allowing the audience to feel like they’re a part of the friendship. And despite the punchlines, there’s a certain level of looseness and realism to the dialogue, reminiscent of Judd Apatow comedies. Additionally, the fast-paced dialogue will be contrasted by stark, private moments of silence. Low lows and high highs will drive this film forward, just as we’re all familiar with in life.
This story is incredibly meaningful to me, but I hope it will be meaningful to everyone who sees it as well. It’s a part of our lives we’re all familiar with, and we can all relate to this friendship and time in some way. And I hope that after the laughs, you will leave the theater thinking about something greater, thinking about the people that are most important to you.
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About This Team
Comprised entirely of students, this crew is as friendly as it gets – more of a family than anything. But don’t be fooled, these people are the best at what they do. Handpicked for their position, each crew member is of vital importance to the set, and to the story as well. With such a relatable and fun story, we wanted our crew to reflect the lighthearted yet serious attitude of the film. Additonaly, this film will be crewed by a diverse group of women and men, excluding no one due to any preconceived notions about filmmakers or crew. We strongly believe that the important changes within the film industry must be done at even the student level if we are to improve as a whole.
Writers, Jack Widman and Grant Gadbois bring their eclectic, comedic energy to the script. Producer, Bailey Morgan adds her insight into making it all happen. Director of photography, Andrew York supplies the look and feel of the film, supplemented by Peter Rafe’s gaffing skills, and Jade Vaughn’s work on production design. Casting, of course, perfected by Natasha Benham, and the cuts completed by the wonderful editor, Kashi Hall.
The many more unnamed crew members are not forgotten, as each team member is integral in the production of this film, and the telling of the story. Each of us make up This Is Hard.
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