Private Project


In fighting a battle with his emotions, John puts pen to paper.

  • Melissa Maclean
  • Melissa Maclean
  • Melissa Maclean
  • John Fitzpatrick
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University Of Brighton
Director Biography - Melissa Maclean

I have always had a love, enjoyment and borderline obsession with visual media, knowing from a young age that I wanted to pursue my passion into further education, and ultimately, a career. Prior to university, living in Switzerland, I started filming for music festivals, The United Nations and various different clients. Only recently, during university, have I begun writing, directing and producing short films, my first completed project being 'John'. As I leave university, I intend to continue developing skills and improving my films, bringing captivating stories to screens.

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Director Statement

Made during the national lockdown, John intents to capture the emotions of loss, pain and grief. The film focuses entirely on my characters inner thoughts, as he puts pen to paper in an attempt to heal. The film was inspired by numerous close contacts, all who have suffered the pain of loosing a loved one, some of which engage in letter writing rituals themselves. This film has particular personal significance as a close family friend who kickstarted my writing process, Valerie Holbrook, sadly passed away before the films completion.