Discipline. Observation. Communication: A veteran lifesaver dedicates himself to saving the lives of strangers, but can he save his own family from accident and demise?
A bittersweet family drama plays out against a fine summer festive season and the turns of Nature.
Project Type:Screenplay, Short Script
Number of Pages:36
Country of Origin:Bulgaria
Book author, speaker, teacher in Film Education.
THE SEMINAR was quarter finalist in The Golden Scripts Competition, 2019.
BELOW THE SURFACE
Core influence is Ozu: the pillow shot.
'A term coined by critic Noël Burch, it links to film the tradition of pillow words in classical poetry – short addendums to a line that reflect on or even shift the meaning of what comes next. In between Ozu’s carefully composed scenes are seemingly random shots, held for several seconds, of everyday life: of seas and mountains, boats and train tracks, public buildings and private rooms.
Though these cutaways maintain the gentle, measured rhythm of Ozu’s work, their seemingly benign nature belies their effect... These stories are understated, and the pillow shots are a wonderfully subtle way to evoke the passionate emotions roiling below the surface.'