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Colossus

Colossus is a music video directed by Michelle Sastraatmadja for Bobby 3lue, also known as Carter Randolph, for his song Colossus. The song is about a dying relationship that is slowly becoming one sided. Due to the song's subject matter Michelle decides to portray this dying relationship by making Bobby's costar, and love interest a blow up doll. In doing so she hopes to show that the relationship no longer has life in it, and that only one party is fighting hard for it. Also, by casting a blow up doll, Michelle hopes to create a playful appeal in the video, while also making the story more devastating.

  • Michelle Angela Sastraatmadja
    Director
  • Michelle Angela Sastraatmadja
    Writer
  • Michelle Angela Sastraatmadja
    Producer
  • Carter Randolph
    Key Cast
    "Bobby 3lue"
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Romance, Comedy, Music video
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri 2k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Southern California
Director Biography - Michelle Angela Sastraatmadja

Having been born in Indonesia, a nation that has a mash of European, Arabic, and Asian stories, running through the veins of its archipelago, a child can’t help but fall in love with storytelling. Stories build and glues Indonesia together. Without it the nation will simply fall apart into 300, or more, fractions, each with its own religion, language and cultural identity. As a girl, of Indonesian, and Chinese ancestry one learns the power and importance of stories quickly. How when told correctly it can unite, and when told with terrible intention it can destroy and create wounds that will last generations.
In 1998, the narrative of Indonesia ruptured as anti-Chinese movements spread hateful racist stories, which resulted in the mass rape and murder of the Chinese people, in the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta. The riot nearly tore the nation apart and resulted in the resignation of the country’s dictator, followed by years of unrest. After that life as a person of mix heritage became tougher. The Indonesian narrative of unity in diversity has been shaken, and those of mix culture became a reminder of a bygone era. A failed experiment, a part of a broken old plot, and something that should be hated.
After 1998, Life became lonely, especially for one mix race little girl, who only had the class pet gerbil, as her only friend in school. Not wanting their daughter to be the class outcast the girl’s parents decide to move her to an international school. In her new school the girl soon learns that the kids there came from an array of different countries, and some aren’t even sure where they are from. So, like the girl, they too are lost and lonely, and open to companionship from anyone, especially those who can tell and listen to great story. By telling and listening to each other’s stories, of joy, pain, and loneliness, the girl and her classmates were eventually able to make lifelong friendships. Storytelling became their Rosetta stone. A way of understanding people who had come from countries as different as France and Korea. Mostly because through stories these kids were able to see, that despite the difference in race, religion, and origin, they experience hurt, love, hate, and fear in similar ways. Once this is understood it’s hard to look at another person and not feel for them.
As years pass, the girl eventually left Indonesia to learn to be a filmmaker, and Indonesian leaders have slowly rebuilt the country’s fragile narrative of unity in diversity. Sadly, in recent years this narrative is again being shaken. Not wanting a repeat of 1998, the girl now just hopes that she can will be able to use the skills she learned, through filmmaking, to tell stories that will make Indonesia, and the world see that everyone is a person and no one deserves to be judge by the basis of their origin.

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Director Statement

Ever since I saw my first Indonesian shadow puppets show, known as Wayangs, I knew what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a puppet master, a storyteller, a person who is able to pass down ideas, and messages, through generations while also entertaining the masses by giving them hope through stories.
Having grown up in Indonesia, storytelling is embedded deeply in my culture. We tell stories with literature, theater, dances, and songs that is very different from that of the west. Yet, during Dutch colonialism these forms of storytelling was seen as less than and since then it has slowly began to disappear. Now in the 21st century some old Indonesian storytelling forms can only be found in the city of Jogjakarta, where the Sultan of the city has kept it safe.
As an Indonesian, I would like to bring a bit of Indonesian storytelling flare into the films I make. I believe by receiving a scholarship of merit award I will be able to achieve my storytelling goals more easily. By having the scholarship or merit award it will be great to know that my potential as a filmmaker is valued. Currently, my parents have been helping me pay for my education at USC. Thankfully, I was also able to work for a pos-production coloring house, before attending USC, and have been able to save some money from my job to pay for my education. So, I know I am quite fortunate than others. Yet I still believe that a scholarship will still help me concentrate better in my education. For by attaining a scholarship, I will be able to know that I am not burdening my parents with an expensive graduate education. In knowing this, I can freely pursue my storytelling dreams with less of a burden, and guilt.