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Radio Murmurs

Short Film

About the project

"Between her sexual partner and the boy she falls in love with, Ann is searching to understand her sexuality. An obssessive voice from the radio turns her attention inwards, where the answers reside."

Radio Murmurs is Sangyi (Mel) Zhao's thesis project at University Paris 8 (Master of Film Directing). Her thesis professor is the French director Jean-Paul Civeyrac, whose last film "Mes Provenciales" was selected at the Panorama seciton of Berlinale, 2018. The short film is in digital format and last 18 minutes.

 

Director’s statement: 

When a woman doesn’t understand her body, the society and the man define it for her. I hope, to see a woman understanding her body through her own vision. This is the starting point of the film.

By alternating her relationship with her lovers and her strange adventure of discovery, I wish to show how a woman separates herself from her lovers’ way of seeing her. Even if this independence leads to a kind of loneliness. Perhaps she has always been lonely. And that is why her lovers couldn’t get to her because she couldn’t get to herself. It is a film of an independent female. It is also a film about a profound loneliness. Instead of telling a story with conventional narrative structure, I am more interested in showing an abstract evolution.

My film theory studies and my different experiences at short film festivals have made me realize that film industry is still dominated by man and his vision. In a natural way, I have somehow gathered, around this film, a team composed by mostly female technicians.  Professor Simone Bitton at University Paris 8 said, after reading the script of Radio Murmurs, that this film is typically a “today’s young female author’s film”. I suppose this is the other value of this film other than my artistic ambitions.

What are the funds for?

The fuding will be used for paying for the buying decoration elements, renting sound materials, renting cars for transporting materials and for feeding the hardworking team during the shooting days!!

About the project owner

Director: Arrived in France 6 years ago, Sangyi has a Bachlor degree in Film and Media Studies at University Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle. And now studying for her master degree in Film Directing at University Paris 8.

Radio Murmurs is Sangyi (Mel) Zhao's thesis project at University Paris 8. Her thesis professor is the French director Jean-Paul Civeyrac, whose last film "Mes Provenciales" was selected at the Panorama seciton of Berlinale, 2018. The short film is in digital format and last 18 minutes.

In 2017, Sangyi's short film "The World We Share Apart" was nominated for Best Experimental Short Film at Shanghai International Students Television Festival and selected at Chicago Blow-up International Arthouse Film Festival. Her last short documentary "Last Two Minutes" was selected at Experimental Forum at Los Angeles.   

Assistant Director: Jinglin Wu - WU Jinglin - MA. Film Aesthetics Research. University Paris 8. Experiences: 2016, second assistant of short film Memory Park which is selected by the section Un Certain Regard of Festival de Cannes 2017; 2017, co-director of Vacheron Constantin’s advertising (collection: Overseas, episode: Paris); 2018, director of MV edition Find the Time (chanteur: Colourful Music)

 

 

Director of Photography:Marrion Perrier - 2017 She obtained her diplôma of BTS audiovisuel option Image au Lycée de l'Image et du Son d’Angoulême。Now enrolled in Master of Film Directing Program at University Paris 8 and is developing her thesis short film with the help of her thesis advisor, the French Screenplay writer, Cécile Vargaftig. 2018, Her short film “Strict Art” was selected at Pessac Student Film Festival in France.

Camera Assistant: Angèle Dufrenoy - She has been camera assistant and editor since 2016 after one year of volunteering experience in the Cinema&Citizenship program at Unis-Cité 91. She earned her bachelor degree in Film Studies at University Paris 8.

Sound Recorder: Bastien Gallo:  He has already worked on over twenty student short films, a dozen of professional short films and feature films. He is now pursuing his master degree in Cinema Sound at Aix-Marseille University in France.

 Production Designer: Clémence Monnin -  Architect depuis 2009, she decided to develop her career in production design in films in 2018. The same year she worked as 2nd assistant of Production Design of French feature film "Just Kids" directed by Christophe Blanc. She also has the experience as assistant of Mise en scène on television program Histoire Courtes (France 2)

Production Designer:Elia Diogène - She is studying Visual Art Master Program at Sorbonne University Paris 1.

Accessoiriste & Wardrobe: Bahareh RT - After gaining a good level of French language, she pursued her studies in Arts at University Paris 8. She has been practicing drawing for a long time.

Key Grip: Luyao Ma - Majored in Chinese for her bachelor degree at Xiamen University, China. Now studying at University Paris 8, in France, completing her master degree and working as director and screenplay writer Her master thesis project “Renoncer Au Monde”, shooting in April 2019, has gained the GREC foundation’s financial support. She has also worked in Chinese National television and published her book.

 

Grip: Mélanie Peñaranda - She studied Architecture in Colombia and is now student at University Paris 8, enrolled in the Cinema Directing Master program. She has always been passionate about film and photography. She complemented her studies at the Jean Verdier Center and has been working as freelancer photographer ever since.

Continuity Supervisor: Violaine Grillas - 2018, she graduated from Paris - Diderot University with a bachelor degree in Film Studies. Then she pursued her studies in the domaine of continuity supervision at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français. Outside of school, she has worked as continuity supervisor for numerous short films. Surprise: she has been a part-time fire-fighter since 2013!

 

Make-up Artist: Rebecca Mignot - Graduated from Make Up Forever Academy, she has rich experiences in different types of production. She worked on a dozen of professional short films and ads. She also worked on the TV series “Nouvelle Ere” and “Le Sang”. 0217, she worked on a feature film, “Demi-Soeur” directed by Sophia Azzeddine.

Location Manager: Marianne Pouvelle - She worked as location manager for “Bleu Reine”, directed by Sarah Al Atassi and produced by la Fémis, Arté and Caïmans prod, and “Les Beaux Mensonges” directed by Camille de Chenay. She also has a very rich working experience in different professional fields, like theater.

Assistant Location Manager: Paulin Bassols - Studying Director Assistanship at Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français. He has worked in different aspects of film production for several short films.

Executive Producer:Neiha Berriche - She undertook Film and Media Studies  at University Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle ans is now unrolled in Media Production Master at French National Media Institut. 20218, She undertook production work at LaToileBlanche and Sacrebleu Productions.

 

Executive Producer:Júlia Escofet - She graduated from ESCAC - Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya and is now studying Production at Conservatoire Libre de Cinéma Français à Paris.

 

Executive Producer:Coralie Tillé - She is now studying Production at Conservatoire Libre de Cinéma Français à Paris and worked in the Production Design department for the TV series Death in Paradise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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