My take on First Blood by Alison Grove.
A film adaptation for the FromPageToScreen, FlashFiction competition. 250 words of fiction to 60 seconds of film.
You can read the short story here: frompagetoscreen.org.uk/2010/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/First_Blood.pdf
I didn't want to do a literal version as I wanted to explore the deep feelings that were being portrayed through the piece of writing.
When I read the short story I got a strong sense of dread coming from the grandmother about despair and longing for things of the past. I wanted to explore the juxtaposition between the grandmother and granddaughter, between the succulent ripe and freshness of new life & how everything and everyone simply decays, in time.
I understood it to be that the grandmother was surrendering to the realisation that her granddaugter would one day become as she has, old and broken.
I wanted the film to portray this uneasiness within the grandmother, by using in places, harsh imagery and sound, but in contrast to people and objects who are at a time in their lives when they are blossoming and ripe. However, you still realise that in her heart, she knows that there is still no hope and the world continues on, in the same old way.