Read an exclusive interview with producer Sarah Morris.
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What is Utopian You about?
Utopian You is a dystopian coming of age tale about two teens trapped in a government facility where creativity is crucified and punishable by death, though this is something that is left unsaid.
Protagonist, Tula, is young and rebellious in nature on does not fear the consequences of her actions while her counterpart, Daniel fears them all too much. The pair engage in light conversation where we are lead to believe that because of Daniels relatives creative past, that danger looms over him. However, Tula makes the mistake of humming a simple song in front of the Receptionist, a human-robot hybrid who is emotionless in nature, and pays the ultimate price for her mistake.
How were you inspired?
I was inspired to work on this project as I had a) always wanted to have a hand at producing, it was something that really peaked my interest as I have a love for creativity and organisation and this role allowed me to express both and b) this film was something different. It was a fantasy/sci-fi film that had not really been done before and I thought the concept was very interesting and relevant to pop culture.
What was the biggest challenge on this short film?
The biggest challenge for this short film was finding a suitable location. With the look of the film needing to feel very clinical, we aimed to shoot the film in a white room. This proved to be far more difficult than I had anticipated and it took about 5 weeks to find the right room and within budget.
How did Brighton Film School prepare you for this short film?
I had a few meetings with my tutor leading up to the shoot who coached me and mentored me in preparation for the shoot. He would sit with me and discuss what I had done and what I needed to do in order to ensure a smooth shoot.
What did you enjoy the most?
I enjoyed the whole experience, but my favourite part was watching the production come together on set. Seeing everyone take charge of the roles they had chosen and seeing the passion and professionalism coming from the crew was so great after weeks of hard work. Another favourite experience was seeing the final product. We were told from the start that the shoot was ambitious so it was empowering to watch our hard work unfold on screen.
What would you change?
If there is anything I would change, it would have been to have more time and more budget. We only had a few weeks to prepare for the shoot so a lot needed to be done in that time which meant a few sacrifices were made, such as location. Had we have had the time to prepare, we could have found a better location.
What projects are you now involved in?
I am now involved with two projects in my third year. I have just produced a short film called ‘A Crown Fit For a Prince’ which is a theatre inspired fairytale short that aims to break down the misconceptions and preconceptions of good and evil. I have also just 1st AD’d a music video for Liquid Drum and Bass artist Hybrid Minds, for a new track that will be released this summer.