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Danny is an expert in annoying her older sister Jamie. While blind Jamie is putting together a puzzle - which she can “see” thanks to her sound-color synesthesia - Danny decides to practice her dance routine in Jamie’s room. The sounds of her sister and the puzzle create a mural of color in Jamie’s otherwise-dark mind’s eye. Before their mom can get the two siblings downstairs for dinner, a thunderstorm comes swooping past their home, overwhelming Jamie’s hyper-senses and sending her into a panic. In the midst of her overstimulation, a calming voice sings to her. The voice belongs to her estranged father, Andy, who is visiting for dinner. Jamie accepts her father’s help, while Danny hangs back, giving Andy a suspicious glare. As Andy guides Jamie to the stairs under Danny’s watchful gaze, all three of them get the feeling that though they made it through the storm, they are in for an interesting dinner.

  • Tori Layne
    Imagined, A Year Ago Yesterday
  • Tori Layne
    Imagined, A Year Ago Yesterday
  • Tori Layne
    Imagined, A Year Ago Yesterday
  • Ella Grant
    Key Cast
  • Durrell Nelson
    Key Cast
    Texas Rein, Imagined
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    Family, Drama
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 37 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Tori Layne

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Tori has traveled across the country and even across the world to work as a writer, director, and script supervisor. In her short but blossoming career, she has helped create dozens of short films, several feature films and three television shows to date. She finds the process of creating truthful emotional moments fascinating, and strives to be a continual student, not only of filmmaking but of life.

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Director Statement

Hues began as an application to Disney’s Spark Shorts. While waiting for the answer on the film’s look-book and application, I decided to make the live-action short film anyway. I loved the notion of being able to turn our screens into murals, and in this case, through a scientific phenomenon that effects every one in 2,000 people: synesthesia. The greatest challenge with this short was the fact that we had only one day to do it. So, the location, story, and characters had to be centralized: one family experiencing one conflict in one house. From this challenge we were forced to exercise immense focus with the story of Hues, and by doing so I believe we gained depth in feeling and experience.