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More Than Friends

A wounded high-powered young woman with a tragic past has to decide if love deserves a second chance in her life in the form of a never forgotten passion who is trying to win her back.

  • Alex Schead
    Director
    The Difference, Blackout, Trap
  • Alex Schead
    Writer
    The Difference, Blackout, Trap
  • Alex Schead
    Producer
    The Difference, Blackout, Trap
  • Stefania Sebestyen
    Key Cast
    "Susan Kendrick"
  • Emily Teresa Singh
    Key Cast
    "Jessica Young"
  • Ryan Hogan
    Key Cast
    "Chris Hughes"
  • Aakash Singhal
    Crew
    The Difference, Blackout, Trap
  • Keegan Hughes
    Crew
    The Difference, Blackout, Trap
  • Russel Zenarosa
    Crew
    The Difference, Blackout, Trap
  • Simran Kaur
    Crew
    The Difference, Blackout, Trap
  • Yubin Zheng
    Crew
    The Difference, Blackout, Trap
  • Russel Zenarosa & Family
    Special Thanks
  • Joshua Paraskevakos & Family
    Special Thanks
  • Bernard Leroux
    Special Thanks
  • Amanda Watson
    Special Thanks
  • Peter Findlay
    Special Thanks
  • Wayne Rodrigues
    Special Thanks
  • Sandra Fox
    Special Thanks
  • Mark Wotton
    Special Thanks
  • Megan Pickell & Media Loans Staff
    Special Thanks
  • Greg Murphy & Durham College Staff
    Special Thanks
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 18, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    150 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    16:9 Super 35mm AVCHD 24fps
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Alex Schead

I was born in a small and fairly isolated city, at least as far as the entertainment industry goes, in the south of Brazil. As a consequence, I graduated as a Computer Scientist from a university in my hometown, and only after that, I had the opportunity of pursuing my dream.

Despite the lack of creative influences in the family, I have always dreamed of being a part of the Film Industry in some capacity. However, it wasn't until recently when finally studying Filmmaking in Canada that I found my true passion and place as a Director. My only hope now is that I can make people's lives a tiny bit better through the stories I tell.

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Director Statement

In today’s fast-paced and deeply interconnected world, more than ever before people seek a better life with abundant opportunities and a more suitable and safer place to live. People such as myself, who since as early as 13 years of age had always dreamed of living in a place where my passions could actually become a career, a place where I would more easily find like-minded people and perhaps most importantly, a place I would call home. However, in this pursuit, I reckon we run the risk of forgetting that although these are worthy goals, sometimes the things that would make us the most fulfilled are overshadowed by these goals resulting in missed opportunities and regrets.

The core idea for the short film called ‘More than Friends’ came to me when thinking about my own experience; pursuing my professional dreams and stumbling on what could have actually been the love of my life. The chemistry was there, the goals in life, the approach to life, and the rarest of things, we were both single. We both were so blindly focused on our goals, and helping each other achieving them, that we didn’t see what was happening right in front of us. A few months later, after much planning, I was finally ready to leave Brazil and never look back. Unfortunately, we missed our chance. So, ‘More than Friends’ is an attempt to capture this experience that I am sure many of us have gone through and provide these two people with what the majority of us have wished for but were never gifted a second chance.

Some situations in life require us to take the plunge, and that takes courage as the ability to be vulnerable is one that we tend to hide. For this reason, I like to think that this story could show people that the reward for taking the risk can be life-changing. I genuinely believe in this story, as most, could be told by many people each from a different perspective adding their own sensibilities and life-experiences to the story and making it unique in their own ways. I feel that this particular story should be told through the perspective of someone who has experienced it first hand - like me bringing an optimistic and foolishly romantic outlook to the project. Moreover, I for one chose to not take the plunge, and perhaps that was the right decision for me but I still picture what could have happened had I taken it. And in this feeling lies my passion for the project as I want people to experience and see it through my lenses.
I have always been someone who likes watching fantasy movies and the imagined alternate vision of real-life events that can be portrayed through the film medium. Romantic comedies, such as ‘The Proposal’, ‘Two Weeks' Notice’, ‘She’s out of my League’, and ‘Hitch’ hold a special place in my heart and have inspired me to tell my own story. I draw inspiration from movies such as those, and a few more, that have this ‘feel good’ general tone to it. Some of the most prevalent characteristics are light-hearted jokes, unexpected romance, warm colours, and relatable character. However, the most important of these characteristics is an ending which renews your faith in love and hopes that you too can have that, both the ups and the downs. ‘More than Friends’ will combine the levity and of ‘The Proposal’ and the twist of ‘The Lake House’ to transform a gathering between four people into something that will make people laugh, hope, feel for the protagonist, and then be surprised the audience with its ending.

I don’t claim to know everything about love and interpersonal relationships if anything I know very little. Nonetheless, I do know what would make me happy in terms of relationships, and especially in a situation like the one in ‘More than Friends’. I know what I would love to see happening to the people involved, but I love to subvert peoples’ expectations by making the audience believe that the two main characters won’t end up together when in reality this is a ‘fairy tale happily ever after’ ending, which just for safety sake I won’t spoil it at this point. In the end, ‘More than Friends’ is supposed to be an emotional roller coaster which takes its audience through ups and down with the character as they reconnect and rediscover their feelings for each other.