Private Project

For us

Two young boys run away from their residential institution to spend a summer on their own terms and escape from their everyday life worries. In the wilderness, the boys must do what they can to survive, while at the same time building a strong friendship. This becomes a challenge as reality catches up with them and their differences put the friendship to the test.

  • Søren L. Westergaard
  • Elvira Heerulff
  • Claire Chevalley
  • Laszló Pál Széphalmi
    Key Cast
  • Malthe Skovsted Nielsen
    Key Cast
  • Oskar Hammar Linnemann
    First assistant director
  • Kristoffer Bjerg
    Director of Photography
  • Theis Minde Sverdrup
    First assistant camera
  • Aksel Skjødsholm
    First assistant camera
  • Martin Phillip Mikkelsen
    Production sound mixer
  • Habib Lemar Ahmad
    Sound assistants
  • Tymon Gagulewicz
    Sound assistants
  • Emma Lykholt Andreasen
    Production designer
  • Elvira Heerulff
    Costume design and Make-up artist
  • Claire Chevalley
    Production manager
  • Tymon Gagulewicz
    Production assistents
  • Bahare Ruch
    Production assistents
  • Bahare Ruch
    Still photography
  • Emma Lykholt Andreasen
  • Martin Phillip Mikkelsen
    Sound design
  • Ulrik Schmidt Hansen
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    For os
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Coming of age, Drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,600 EUR
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    Yes - Filmmaskinen
Director Biography - Søren L. Westergaard

Søren L. Westergaard grew up in Farsø, Denmark, where he wrote stories and recorded small films on the 2MP Nokia since he was a little boy. He has always been interested in telling stories and dreamt of being a writer. During the past years he discovered a true passion for the filmdom and has decided to follow this path. He is particularly interested in symbolism and its use in relation to the dissemination of history. For him, moviemaking is a fantastic way to express one’s thoughts, dilemmas and feelings. Wanting to use his creativity to create something other people can enjoy, Søren decided to join FilmMaskinen in 2020 and take on the director-role to create his first shortfilm, “For us”.

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Director Statement

I personally know people who have lived in the kind of institution that our characters run away from in the beginning of the shortfilm. That connection made it easier to
understand how the characters would feel and act in certain situations.
The challenge comes when you have to translate those feelings into something a kid would say, and keep it trustworthy at the same time.
For inspiration i watched “The Kings of Summer”, since it shares a lot of elements with “For Us”.