Emma Inspired

Emma is a recent college grad, unsure of her next move in life. Her friends and family are constantly parading around their accomplishments, and her love life is uneventful at best. She has a job, but it’s cleaning up vomit at a skating rink. She’s a little behind, but she’s gonna figure it out eventually.

  • Jamie Rice
  • Nicole Machon
  • Nicole Machon
  • Paul Ramsdell
  • Jamie Rice
    Director of Photography
  • Chelsea Holmes
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Indie, Drama, Women, Student, Coming of Age, College
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 12, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Dragon 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New York No Limits Film Series
    New York, NY
    March 10, 2016
  • Silver Springs International Film Festival
    Ocala, FL
    United States
    April 8, 2016
  • Katra Film Series - Round 1
    New York, NY
    April 9, 2016
    2nd Round Finalist
  • Hudson Valley Comedy Festival
    Kingston, NY
    United States
    June 30, 2016
  • Katra Film Series - Round 2
    New York, NY
    United States
    July 16, 2016
  • Iron Mule Comedy Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    August 17, 2016
    Audience Award
  • Lady Parts Comedy Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    August 18, 2016
  • The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival
    Melbourne, Florida
    United States
    October 7, 2016
Director Biography - Nicole Machon

Nicole Machon (Co-Writer/Director): Nicole Machon was on the varsity bowling team in high school. She’s been considered a “cool kid” ever since. At the age of eight, she knocked out her front tooth with an etch-a-sketch. She strongly believes this is a metaphor for the rest of her life. She fell in love with filmmaking whilst attempting to become youtube famous. It didn’t work. She attended the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts where she worked on over forty student film sets. Nicole hopes to continue pursuing her passion of writing offbeat comedies. She currently lives in Brooklyn, and in her spare time she enjoys watching videos of miniature pigs on the Internet.

Jamie Rice (Co-Writer/Director of Photography)
Born in the sophisticated commonwealth of Kentucky, Jamie Rice quickly moved to Tampa, Florida at the age of two. She hated most things except television, and at the age of sixteen, she discovered that she could make television professionally as an adult. She studied film production at Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts, where she attended for three years until she was offered an opportunity to be a Production Assistant on Comedy Central's "Broad City" in New York. Since graduating from FSU in December 2015, she has moved to Brooklyn and worked in Production & Locations on various TV shows and feature films for Comedy Central, Netflix, Hulu, TBS, and more.

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Director Statement

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that you’re supposed to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life as a young adult – whether it be choosing your college major, starting a career, finding a romantic partner, moving out of your parent’s house, etc; there’s an immense amount of pressure for you to have it all figured out when you’re only in your 20’s. For “Emma Inspired” I wanted to explore that idea via a character that not only didn’t have a clear path to becoming a self-sufficient adult, but no specific interests or motivation either. I felt as though Emma’s struggle was relatable, and I wanted to create a world around her where everybody seemed like they had it all figured out. This heightens the stakes for her and gives her a much-needed push to take some action. Through a series of trial and error in self-discovery, and a whole lot of false starts, Emma learns that she needs to take life at her own pace.
It was really important to me that Emma didn’t figure everything out by the end of the movie, I wanted it to be realistic and if she suddenly had a clear path to what she wants to do, or had a new understanding of who she was as a person, it wouldn’t be very realistic at all. Instead- just a little step in the right direction; no matter how bizarre or seemingly small that first step may be. In the end, it’s important for Emma to learn that she doesn’t need to self-actualize or rush to “catch up” with everyone around her; she’ll figure it out eventually.
This story, for a lot of obvious reasons, is very personal to me. In writing, my co- writer (Jamie Rice) and I poured our hearts (and some of our sanity) into this thing to try to bring Emma to life. So much of our personalities and personal experiences went into Emma, and one of our main goals was to create a character that other 20-something women (men too) could relate to, and ultimately laugh with along her misguided journey.