The Marionette

A talented young girl, Marie, lives with an overbearing stage grandmother, Mary, who conducts Marie like her own marionette. One day, Marie has an audition that changes her life. Marie must now choose between continuously being pushed around and learning to stand up for herself.

  • Juhyun Jane Jeong
  • Juhyun Jane Jeong
  • Tzu-Yun Su
  • Zoey Michelle Todd
    Key Cast
  • Jann Van Dyke
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Children, Women, Drama
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    396 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Helium
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Juhyun Jane Jeong

Annyeonghaseyo! Let's start with the basics of saying "hello" in Korean. Juhyun Jane Jeong is a Korean-born filmmaker who moved to the U.S. when she was young. Growing up struggling between her identities as a Korean and as an American, she pursued a major in college that could help her tell stories she wants to portray, which led her to come to the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts to get her MFA in Production. Because she is still deeply attached to her Korean heritage, what excites her about filmmaking is how one story can be told from a distinct perspective, based on a diverse background and culture. Stories can be similar but nothing is ever the “same.” Annyeonghigaseyo (Bye)!

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Director Statement

The inspiration of “The Marionette” came from a combination of a small happening that I witnessed during a general audition and a major social issue in South Korea regarding high number of suicide rates among students due to pressure and stress from education. The film began as a simple story of an overbearing stage grandmother and an innocent granddaughter who lost her mother a few years ago, but through the writing process, it turned into the Director taking this opportunity to question about how parenting styles can critically affect their children’s self-esteem.