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"Questions" is a poignant and visually stunning short film that navigates the journey from despair to hope, showcasing the power of human connection and inner strength. The story follows Wesley, a young man lost in his own world of desolation and self-doubt. Set against breathtaking beach landscapes, the film beautifully captures Wesley's emotional turmoil as he questions the challenges life has presented him.

Through a chance encounter with the enigmatic and wise Mr. Wiseguy, Wesley's life takes an unexpected turn. The stranger's soothing words and genuine interest in his struggles provide Wesley with a glimmer of hope. In a poetic exchange, the two characters explore the depths of life's hardships and the resilience required to overcome them.

As Wesley shares his inner turmoil, the film weaves a tapestry of emotions through his introspective questions and Wiseguy's profound responses. The visual journey, accompanied by a moving musical score, envelops the audience in the atmosphere of Wesley's struggles and the universal quest for understanding.

"Questions" emphasizes the importance of reaching out to others during times of despair and the transformative power of compassion. The film masterfully contrasts moments of isolation with moments of connection, reminding us that everyone battles their own storms. As Wesley finds solace in the words and presence of a stranger, the film demonstrates the potential for healing through shared experiences.

The film's final scenes provide a poignant message of hope. As Wiseguy disappears and Wesley questions his own solitude, a message etched in the sand symbolizes the essence of the journey. The film concludes with a strong message of resilience and unity, underscored by a song that resonates with viewers long after the credits roll.

"Questions" is a visual and emotional masterpiece, capturing the essence of the human experience through its engaging characters, breathtaking cinematography, and timeless message of hope. It is a film that invites audiences to reflect on their own struggles and find strength in the connections that bridge the gaps of despair. This short film is a testament to the power of storytelling and its ability to inspire and uplift.

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  • Lachlan Bianchi
    Key Cast
    "Wesley (Teenager)"
  • Liam Bianchi
    Key Cast
    "Wesley (Childhood)"
  • John Horsborgh
    Key Cast
  • Ben Bianchi
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    10 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,639 AUD
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    Yes - Coffs Harbour Senior College
Director Biography - Daniel Bird

My name is Daniel Bird, and I live in a tiny town called Karangi, which is around half an hour west of Coffs Harbour, Australia. For my primary, and also first four year of high school, I spent 11 years @ The Coffs Harbour Bible Church School. I am now studying, (amongst other subjects) Industrial Technology Multimedia @ The Coffs Harbour Senior College.
I love the country, and the wonderful natural surroundings within which we live. I've always loved creatively producing things from a very young age, and I do this in a way that I might be able to inspire others.
I began my production journey, doing simple PowerPoints for small school tasks. I then began bending the guidelines of assessments to begin incorporating a digital response anytime I could replace paper.
I transitioned to creating short films, however, I was still very closely related to PowerPoints, and public domain stock footage that I could find on the web.
Just before I turned 17, I bought a DJI Osmo 4K action gimble, and instantly fell in love with cinematography, visual storytelling, and being a film-maker.
Since then, I continue to take my camera gear with me everywhere that I go, and attempt to capture footage in weird and quirky ways, that no one else has managed to do before.

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Director Statement

My goal is to capture footage in a way that no one would have thought possible. I go out of my comfort zone to try something new, and more often then not, it turns out amazingly. I have a genuine care for people, and as a result, I aim to uplift, inspire, and encourage people to live to the best of their abilities.

I pack my films full of energy, and I have so much fun editing my films, and this can be felt as someone watches my films for the first time.

I am also a devoted Christian, and the aim of my film career is to reach others for Christ, through the power of his word, as shared through digital media.