Charlotte Dupré

Head Above Water

Narrative
Head Above Water

Directed by Eric Shahinian

Head Above Water

Head Above Water is a Columbia University Thesis film, New York, USA.

The synopsis: A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Shot on F55, director Eric Shahinian was telling a very intimate story, that is both powerful and very touching.
The difficulties of this short were to do with the restriction of the location. Almost everything happens in a bathtub, covering a very wide and complex emotional spectrum.

We aimed for a very naturalistic approach and a very classical way to consider the camera position and the shot list. The idea was to tell the story almost in a raw and crude way without having the cinematography taking too much space.
But we also decided to reinforce a very nostalgic look by trying to keep it natural but with a 90’s feeling. We wanted to have the sensation time had stopped. For that I used pro-mist filters to kill the definition of the F55, and make it more soft in general. This is also why we decided to shoot the home video footage on a DV cam to make it very genuine and true.

It was great to work with talented director Eric Shahinian and it was an amazing experience to work alongside with such experienced and incredible actors as Chiz Schultz and Eileen Miller.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Best Short Film: Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival
Gold Remi Winner: Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival 2017 (Student Category)
Best Student Film: Miami Independent Film Festival
Best Student Film: Oniros Film Awards
Best Actor: Sulmona International Film
Award of Merit: Global Shorts L.A.
Golden Angel Award Nomination: Chinese American Film Festival
Best Actor Nomination: Socially Relevant Film Festival NY
Best Student Film Nomination: Hill Country Film Festival
Official Selection: Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Sedona International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Mosaic World Film Festival
Official Selection: Vox Popular Media Arts Film Festival
Official Selection: Med Film Festival (Italy)
Official Selection: Two Riversides Film and Art Festival (Poland)
Official Selection: Shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival
Official Selection: San Jose International Short Film Festival
Official Selection: Twin Cities Film Festival
Official Selection: San Diego Film Festival
Official Selection: River’s Edge International Film Festival
Official Selection: Orlando Film Festival
Official Selection: Kansas International Film Festival
Official Selection: Kinofilm 14th Edition, Manchester International Short Film & Animation Film Festival
Official Selection: Pomegranate Film Festival
Official Selection: STEPS International Film Festival (Syria)
Official Selection: Pagarrenda’s Night Film Festival (Portugal)
Official Selection: Kolkata International Short Film Festival
Official Selection: FICAE Diseases International Short Film Festival
Official Selection: Ascona Film Festival (Switzerland)
Official Selection: Green Mountain Film Festival
Official Selection: Chattanooga Film Festival
Official Selection: Capital City Film Festival
Official Selection: Albuquerque Film & Music Experience Festival
Official Selection: Indy Film Festival
Official Selection: The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival