The Deep Blue

A young man who had not been home for ten years found a job delivering goods on the docks. On a delivery trip, he discovers a strange man living on a remote cape. In the process of exploring the identity of the strange man, he recalls a mysterious legend about the lighthouse told by his father in his childhood.

  • Tianyi Si
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    31 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    350,000 CNY
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Beijing Film Academy
Director Biography - Tianyi Si

Si Tianyi, male, Han nationality, from Weihai, Shandong province. Graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2014 and now studying as a postgraduate in directing Department in 2018.

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Director Statement

The Deep Blue is a short film with magic realism, which is mixed with a lot of my childhood experience and memories of my hometown, as well as a lot of folk content with mystic color. My original intention to shoot this short film came from a documentary assignment when I was in college. At that time, my grandmother told me a legend of a village on the beach, and I made up my mind to shoot a film about the sea, thus the story was born.

It's a story about a young man who comes out of his shell and, in the process, saves himself and others. Another idea I had when shooting this film was to tell a complex story with the lens, because at the beginning of shooting, I had this idea: could I tell a story with complicated relationship between characters by simply using the lens to express the story instead of a lot of lines? After discussing the overall style of the film with the other producers, we decided to tell a realistic story in a way that was not magical and mysterious.

Since undergraduate to graduate, I have been studying a compromise solution for film plot point, therefore in the process of display story, with some relative to the realistic technique, it often has a lot of seemingly illogical additional events, but this event is the biggest charm can cause other people's thinking and resonance, although the film is a fictional world, But as far as I am concerned, the advantage of movies lies in the infinite magnifying of ordinary things in life, which can arouse some audiences' thinking. The appearance of irrational plots can often break the audience's daily cognition of this matter, so that the audience can see the other side of things through the appearance of things.