Seniors Sofia Drummond-Moore and Caleb Fridell have been working toward a goal that finally came to fruition this past Saturday, May 14. For over a year, they have been creating a feature film entitled “Afterimage” for their senior honors project.
Drummond-Moore said the goal of the project was to start with an idea for a story that the two of them wanted to tell, and work with the idea for the entire year to eventually create a finished work of art.
“The story we came up with was about a girl who seems to be going blind,” she said. “But it’s kind of psychological and you can’t tell whether she really is or not. There’s some ambiguity.”
She described the lengthy process that is involved in creating a feature-length film and specified that after writing the script they had to hold auditions to find actors. Afterward, many days are spent filming, editing and trying to connect the individual pieces together to make one object.
Junior Emily Trevor, who played Riley in the film, expressed she was drawn to audition for the film for several reasons. Because she had done mostly live theatre in the past, she saw this an opportunity for her to test out another form of acting. She was also intrigued by the plot of the film, and thought it would be interesting to see how it was interpreted.
“I was really excited that it was a gay love story,” said Trevor. “But it wasn’t about it being gay. It was just included into the story.”
Fridell noted that the biggest challenges they faced were handling the logistics, and that they didn’t encounter any significant setbacks during the process.
“The challenges were managing a lot of work, building a schedule,” he said. “It’s such a long process that sometimes it’s hard to see the larger picture.”
Trevor also considered the length of the process one of the more challenging aspects, but also felt it was difficult to adapt to the type of acting that is needed for film, as opposed to live theatre.
“It was really hard to find the balance between being smaller in your acting,” she said, “because it’s so close up as opposed to being on the huge Harbach stage.”
Fridell and Drummond-Moore agree that the most rewarding aspect of creating the film was working with others, whether it be each other or the actors who contributed to their project.
“That’s the cool thing about film: You have to collaborate because it’s hard to do it on your own,” Drummond-Moore said. The two have worked on a short film together in the past and are also members of Film Club.
Fridell expressed his enthusiasm for working with the actors of the film and notes that being surprised by what the actors brought to their individual roles was one of the most rewarding aspects. The different acting styles brought about several changes, and the ending of the film was significantly different from what was originally written.
“The ending É was the hardest part that changed a lot of times from the original ending we wrote, to another ending we wrote, to the ending that we finally just sort of stumbled upon,” said Drummond-Moore.
Trevor described that the most rewarding aspect was personal growth and that the process allowed her to know more about herself as an actor and a person.
“Now I’ve gained a better knowledge of the type of work I want to do,” she said. Despite the fact that she enjoyed the process of creating the film, she considers live acting a better fit for her overall acting style.
Despite the changes and recognizing there is always going to be room for improvement, Drummond-Moore and Fridell are satisfied with the outcome.