For Ayda

a teenager wants to suicide by throwing himself down from a top building but he suddenly meets a man who makes him think.

  • Benyamin Khodabandeh
  • Benyamin khodabandeh
  • Mehran mollazehi
  • Benyamin Khodabandeh
  • Mobin Dehvari
    Key Cast
    "Teen boy"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    برای آیدا
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Sadat Highschool
Director Biography - Benyamin Khodabandeh

Benyamin Khodabandeh was born in 2004 at saravan, Iran.
From 2018 He worked on many projects solo, meaning from brainstorming the idea of production to grading and mastering the film all in one project with zero budget and no income.
he is a high school student in an irrelevant field of study and he never went to film school.
because of being in a Deprived area of Iran, he is still working alone on most projects all by himself and he mostly worked as Director, Writer, and cinematographer.

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Director Statement

The story of the film may look so familiar and simple but intertwining with native problems and regional traditions made the characters much more than fiction characters and the style that the story is being told, it's become literally impossible to guess the ending and really get a true knowledge of characters.
(The film being shoot during the coronaVirus pandemic)
The idea was to tell a long story with long takes to get this feeling to the audience that everything actors say is the real story of them and they are not acting.
the film is three parts and we get this feeling in part three that we know now about the characters but in part three, all of them show a different reality of their behavior.
the short may look open-ended and complicated with a lot of questions in the head but the real thing about the story has been told and the story of the ayda and her lover being answered.
The pace of the film comes down and makes everything look normal but that point will be the exact point before the clearness punch.
the film is a dark drama but it's not being told till the end of the story.
the film is representing a dead end and being in a very tight spot in life.
I chose to direct this film because I had this feeling to show, people we think we know and we're starting to touch their lives and their characters, are not really who we really think they are.
The man character is actually the perspective view of the audience. everything that the man character is being told is everything that the audience knows about the teenage guy.
the original story was way more different than what I came up with with characters, script, and the whole ending of the film.
There is a very dark environment and very limited color pallet to represent the dead-end feelings of the main character but still staying enjoyable to watch.
I chose the 1.33/4:3 aspect ratio with very tight framings to show how tight the story and the situation are for the main character.
I choose static shots for the main character because he knew his situation and he was completely aware of his actions and what he did and what he wanted to do and he wasn't really afraid of suicide because his destiny in any way was death.
I mostly used handheld and camera shakes to show the inner emotions of the characters and mostly on the man character and showed handheld to show how unstable Ayda's brother get in the end.
I choose a contrasty film look because of the artistic choices and staying on the realism of the story.
I used a Vintage Lens for present scenes to get the unique characteristic in the image and show the oddness of the story and situation.
I used a 50mm lens on a crop sensor camera to get 80mm and show the tightness and compression of the character and story.
I also used F1.2 and slow focusing speed to show how unstable and unclear the story throws the movie till the ending parts of the film.
The film budget was zero and I used friends to act for me and film made during highly tough weather situations (sultry) and coronavirus quarantine all alone by myself behind the camera and I played some roles in front of the camera.
lack of equipment and crew to make this movie made everything extremely hard to make and even the movie didn't have anyone to hold the boom.
also, the limitations of the location and safety problems made me change a lot of the lines and the acts and shots in the script.
I ended writing and changing a lot of parts of the script while being on location during recording scenes and I removed and reformed two characters and blend them to be one, Ayda's brother. and because of the situation of quarantine and limitations, I acted as Ayda's brother role too.
film shooted on a half-frame mirrorless with very simple DIY lights and most of the feelings of the film added in post-production stages that all done by me.
The poster also designed by me and poster clearly shows, our character is standing on the building of his own actions and mistakes and he is a little out of the edge of the frame showing his unclear story.
At the end of the film, all characters get single one by one in the frame to show they become separated.