Head Above Water - ShortNarrative
Head Above Water - Short
*The video above is the full short
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
GOLDEN APRICOT YEREVAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (ARMENIA) — Winner Best Short Film
WORLDFEST HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (STUDENT CATEGORY) (USA) — Winner Gold Remi
MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (USA) — Winner Best Student Film
ONIROS FILM AWARDS (ITALY) — Winner Best Student Film
SULMONA INTERNATIONAL FILM (ITALY) — Winner Best Actor
GLOBAL SHORTS L.A. (USA) — Winner Award of Merit
CHINESE AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (CHINA) — Winner Golden Angel Award Nomination
HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL (USA) — Winner Best Student Film Nomination
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