Relationship of immigrant mother and her 'Australian' daughter. The old world meets new in order to solve the daughter's headache.
Written Directed Edited & Produced
7 minute short film.
The project “Malocchio” began with a discussion between Rana and I during one of our coffee and cigarette breaks. My inspiration for the original concept arose from conversations about our different backgrounds, cultures, and families. Talking with each other reinforced the similarities shared by all families and cultures, regardless of race, religion and politics. I suggested we write something about superstition, a subject that intrigues us both. We sat down in a café near the QYB and discussed the entire plot, style and events. Rana took notes, and we trouble shot various scenarios. By the end of our meeting we had a basis for version one of our script that Rana took home to begin.
The script went through three revisions, and in the end; the result was a story about a relationship between mother and a daughter, tradition, and superstition written by Rana and myself. The various “spells” that the mother preforms are from our real life experiences. My aunt threw water and oil in my face to get rid of a headache and then promptly through it out the window in an attempt to “pass it on” to an unfortunate below. The melting of “silver bullet” is inspired from Rana’s culture and experience.
We choose my apartment as a location for the shoot as we both felt that an older style home, rich in colour and character would fit well into the narrative. However, once on location, we soon found that we needed to make changes due to lighting and space concerns. We filmed the story in two days, with two cameras. The story was written in an upbeat and comedic style. We expressed this mood in the shot structure and colour. The end pace and editing style are due to Ernest’s contribution. Ernest is the editor of “Malocchio,” he joined our group due to technical problems such as lighting and camera differences caused by a temperamental monitor.
His skill and experience in dealing with theses difficulties made a tremendous difference in making our vision come together.
Overall, the filming and making of “Malocchio” was an incredibly positive experience. I feel that this enthusiasm is expressed in the work produced. Our group was made up of a combination of different backgrounds and cultures, and a common denominator in our group is that teamwork is greatly valued by all. Our eclectic backgrounds contributed to the unique style of our story. Each member drew from previous experience in order to produce our “Malocchio.” The script told a story which Rana and I both related to, and participated in fully from conception to completion.
Sarah O’Connell Nov, 11th, 2002