Dust

In an apocalyptic world after a modern world war, a young couple argues about the risks of participating in the government's new program, "Remember". The program consists of a pill that erases all memories and offers a fresh new start, as well as the opportunity of finding "happiness" again. Will they be able to renounce their past? Is this really the only way they can be happy? This film was shot using ONLY natural lighting!

  • Paula Blanco Perez
    Director
  • Paula Blanco Perez
    Writer
  • Tripp Dickerson
    Producer
  • Amalia Eddings
    Key Cast
    "Grace"
  • Landon Turbyfill
    Key Cast
  • Dustin Yoder
    Music
  • Gregory Houser
    Script Supervisor
  • Madeline Baker
    Production Design
  • Chiam Loyd
    Cinematography
  • Alex Guss
    Cinematography
  • Karlee Thurmon
    Cinematography
  • Paula Blanco Perez
    Editor
  • Zoie Fuller
    Makeup
  • Dustin Yoder
    Audio
  • Amber Morrow
    Audio
  • Grant Pearson
    Voice Over
  • Hunter Cowell
    Voice Over
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    35mm, 50mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Paula Blanco Perez

I was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. Since I was very little I started to develop an interest in the film industry and the way films were made. I decided to pursue my dreams of becoming a filmmaker and, when I was 18 years old, I moved to Arkansas, US, to study digital filmmaking in the University of Central Arkansas. I love directing, producing and cinematography. Working on set is my favorite thing to do, I would like to work in the film industry for the rest of my life.
I just recently graduated with a major in Digital Filmmaking and a minor in Marketing. I have interned as a video production intern in a dealership and in a non-profit organization, and I have written and directed a few shorts like "Be Here Now" or "Windows". I cannot wait to keep making films!

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Director Statement

Dust is very important for me because it represent the way I see life. It is a portrait of myself and my values, while it plays with a balance between sci-fi and realism, my two favorite genres. The movie approaches the topic of strength when facing identity and life itself. We could all use the easy path to happiness, avoid all the obstacles and try to be happy, even if we must renounce to who we are. But that is not the answer. Our past is what makes us who we are, and all our tragedies and mistakes are lessons that teach us the way in which we can reach happiness. If we can’t deal with the pain and suffering that are part of life, there is no way we will ever reach happiness being who we are.