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The Other You

Each morning Amelia Marren nervously crosses off the days until she gets her first audition at a prestigious dance academy. While dancing is her true passion, her mother has different plans and keeps on pushing her towards a law degree. Gradually Amelia begins to experience daydream like episodes that add to her already stressful situation. Together with Sam, the brave, impetuous and happy partner that never leaves her side, Amelia navigates her audition while trying to avoid her mother's imposing aggression. While Sam is like a guide and a co-conspirator, she also helps Amelia to discover the dissociative disorder that lives within her.

  • Brandon Wade (Wadebe)
    Director
  • Shantel Neo
    Writer
  • Sarah-Jane Dawson
    Producer
  • Jasmin Göken
    Producer
  • Sophie Wilson
    Key Cast
    "Amelia"
  • Charlotte Monkhouse
    Key Cast
    "Sam"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of Age, mental Health, Family, Teen
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Brandon Wade (Wadebe)

After working in LA for nearly a decade, Wadebe moved to the UK seeking a different approach to the film industry. Over the course of his career, he has created short films that have gone on to win awards at festivals and receive distribution across various platforms. He has worked all over - from Shoreditch freelancing in London - to teaching at top film and media arts institutions around the world. His passion is directing, his craft is editing, and his mission is to reach true equal opportunity within the film and TV industry as soon as possible. (Some previous work can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/wadebe)

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Director Statement

"The Other You" is a film about finding the beauty in your own way of being. We all fall somewhere on the spectrum of happiness and satisfaction as well as society’s self-imposed standard of normality. When we’re trapped in a world where everyone wants to "fit in" its hard to appreciate our own unique perspectives of ourselves and the world around us.

My vision for this film is to portray a woman who is very much ending the childhood phase of her life and is trying to turn the corner to adulthood. She could presumably be the girl in my first short, all grown up (https://vimeo.com/252685098). She’s just having to go through the final phase of figuring out who she is.

Obviously, when you become an adult new pressures and responsibilities start to creep into your life. The main character in "The Other You", Amelia, struggles from dissociation, depersonalization, and derealisation, but I want to steer away from labelling these “disorders” because it puts such a negative spin on them. They are things that people certainly struggle with when they don’t understand them, and I would never want to simplify, minimize, or claim to fully understand what they are going through.

However, I wanted us to create a perspective as close to that experience as possible. Nearly every description of dissociation, depersonalization, and derealisation can be portrayed cinematically. Extreme brightness/darkness, blurriness, 3rd person perspectives, locked-on camera shots, morphing, etc.

The film is divided into 2 kinds of perspectives. A.) Firstly, a world which we are all familiar with in most films. Standard shots consisting of wides, mediums, close-ups, etc, without any stylized lighting or anything. B.) Secondly, from Amelia’s perspective when she starts to dissociate. In these cases we almost feel reality tear away; audio is greatly muffled/echoed and things start to shift out of normal coherence. A big inspiration for this style of filmmaking would be in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" when Joel is having his memory erased.

Lastly, but most importantly is the tone of the film. I wanted it to feel a bit strange at first as if the audience is being introduced to an alien life. Time does not sync up, the music is actually played in reverse and we will feel as if we ourselves have “woken up” with dissociation, depersonalization, and/or derealisation. The audience may not connect with Amelia at first, and may even be frustrated to begin with, but by seeing her interactions with her father and her best friend, Sam, we hopefully come to love her for her patience and determination. It becomes clearer and clearer that she can’t help it, but she doesn’t want to be a victim; instead, she just keeps fighting against the current. It’s almost as if time itself is stopping around her and the universe is to blame for the missing parts of her life. Slowly we begin to piece together what she’s going through and see a light at the end of the tunnel. Embracing her dissociation, depersonalization, and derealisation through the senses, she manages to seize onto her very life essence and channel it with the help of her inner self.