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A young man on the brink of adulthood is forced to confront the different parts of who he is and choose which version of himself he will be as an adult.

  • Michael Aloyan
    Subhuman (Untermensch), The Girl and the Sea
  • Michael Aloyan
    Subhuman (Untermensch), The Girl and the Sea
  • Michael Aloyan
    Subhuman (Untermensch), The Girl and the Sea
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 3, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Michael Aloyan
Director Biography - Michael Aloyan

Michael Aloyan was born in Hollywood, CA. Enthralled with films and storytelling from a very young age, he started making animated films with his father's Hi-8 camera at the age of eight. Over the years he shifted towards live-action filmmaking, and at twelve he gathered his friends and directed a 70-minute film which screened to a sold-out audience in his hometown of Glendale, CA. He continued to shoot short films while in high school, winning several international awards. Aloyan recently penned "String", a pilot that Fox Television Studios is developing. He is also currently casting his screenplay, "Forget Me Not" (starring Nia Vardalos), making his feature film directorial debut.

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Director Statement

The idea for SELVES had been brewing in my head for several years and I could not find the right format in which to tell this story. It started out as a play, transitioned to a television series, but I could not stand the idea of waiting for years of development to see the story come to life. So, I scrapped together $3000, pulled in all the favors I could and made the film as a short. The theme of finding your true self among the multiple masks we create to present ourselves as different people to those around us fascinated me; the idea of constantly pretending to be someone we are not. I read up on the idea of self in Jungian psychology and came up with the four "selves" of the film's protagonist. We are proud to present the film for consideration. Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy the film.

Michael Aloyan (Writer/Director)