Inspired by the book Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosany
Strings is a class project that I was affiliated with at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Summer Seminar (for High School Students) this year. Our goal was to learn the different rules of film, production techniques, as well as acting without the use of dialogue all in one week.
An extraordinary victim of the Jewish Holocaust named Sarah inspired me to write this short film. As the French police were about to abduct her and her family, she locked her brother in a cupboard to avoid the trauma that was inevitable. Eventually Sarah escaped, but when she found him he had already passed away.
As the writer, I wished to emulate exactly what Sarah did, but in life we must compromise on occasion. Therefore, I highlighted the more prominent aspects, which was that they had an irrevocable relationship, Sarah was the responsible one and she left him.
I did allow my fellow classmates to input their ideas. Thus, we decided to create the film with an imaginative or metaphorical ideal in mind.
In the film, Riley was having nightmares. Next he wakes Sarah, the actress, up and seeks consolation in her. This showcases that he trusts her and that she is compassionate. Sarah then gives Riley a necklace of strings that was once owned by her grandmother, a
victim of the Holocaust. So we did add a little twist to make it relevant, modern, or perhaps unique. In a certain manner, giving Riley strings is similar to putting him in a cupboard because the strings represent safety. Finally, to symbolize Sarah's final heroic deed, she leaves him in a deplete room.
Unfortunately, SCAD only allotted us one week and one minute. So we tried our best and I hope you enjoyed it.
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