WHERE DID YOU GO is Sara May and Bryn Wiebe's thesis film for the Ryerson University film program. The short film follows JANE, caught in the middle of her parents’ separation. Throughout the film she has trouble connecting with both her father and her mother. Her dad is too busy texting while she’s trying to tell him cool stories, her mom is preoccupied with finding a new normal for herself and her daughter, and Jane just can’t find herself at home at her dad’s new bachelor apartment. At the end of the film, Jane has a coming-of-age, growing up moment when she sees her parents for who they are as human beings.
Victoria Robertson as Jane
Vincent Marciano as John
Lori Pearlstein as Mary
A BIT ABOUT US:
Our film is small in scale but hefty in heart. We aim to connect to our audience with a simple message; when life hands you a crappy deal, things will be okay. Jane takes on more than she should at eight years old but at the end of the film we are left with the hope that she will mature in a way that looks out for herself and her mother, without her father around.
We hope that everyone will be able to relate to Jane. When things don’t go our way and we are faced with the decisions of a more mature adult then we certainly are, we step up to the plate and grow up. Sometimes it happens when we are young and sometimes later in life. Eventually, we find our place in the world.
I want to make Where Did You Go? because I think it’s a true-to-life story that a lot of people can relate to. Jane represents the child that we feel like when we are put in situations that make us feel lost and scared. She is forced to see the world and her parents for the first time without the screen of childhood idealism in the way. I’ve recently experienced a role reversal with my parents, as I have found myself mentoring, consoling and supporting them as they go through their separation. It has taught me that everyone has weaknesses and everyone can be vulnerable, and this especially came as a shock to me when it appeared in the two strongest, most stable people I knew. Growing up is tough, but everyone has to do it. I want Where Did You Go? to show people that it’s alright to be scared, get upset and feel uncomfortable, because we’re all feeling it too.
Sara May, director
Where Did You Go is a script I stand behind because I think Jane is a widely relatable character. We have all been in situations where we have been forced to grow up and be brave before it’s been time and before we’re ready. I think everyone can put themselves in Jane’s shoes at some point in their life. I can pinpoint my time her in shoes after my father passed away and my role as a daughter took on new meaning in my life. Growing up is scenario specific but widely taken on by all. This is a small film, but a powerful story about overcoming unfortunate, real life situations. I hope that people will take away from Jane that when stuff hits then fan, we will be brave and things will be okay.
Bryn Wiebe, producer
The Creative Team
Sara May director
Sara began to make films as a form of self-expression to coincide with her paintings, song-writing and acting. Specializing in writing and directing documentaries, Sara has created and assortment of films, the subject matter varying from portraits of artists (Woolfitt, 2011)to examining the underworld of the tabletop game, Warhammer (40K To Freedom, 2011). She believes capturing real moments and real people is an effective way to get a message across and to affect an audience. Sara’s narrative writing style is reflective of her passion for documentary filmmaking, as her writing is honest and she writes from her own experiences. She has a quirky sense of humour and often finds something to laugh about even in very tense situations.
Bryn Wiebe producer
Bryn began her lifelong devotion to the arts as a young attention seeker and painter. She spent many years in musical theatre, studying film acting and sewing her own bathing suits for synchronized swimming performances. In high school she developed an interest in filmmaking when she began directing her own films in lieu of writing essays for assignments. Bryn has most recently shifted her filmic focus to Producing and Production Design. She produced four films in the past school year; Out of the Books and Onto the Streets (2011), Divine Design (2011), Artistic Anarchy (2011), Five Minute Call (2012). Her interest in Production Design primarily focuses on wardrobe, though this year it will expand to co-designing with Matthew Bianchi.
Matthew Muszalski cinematographer
Matthew became familiar with photography and cinematography from an early age. With his father in the business, images were the dinner table talk growing up in the family. Since then Matthew has concentrated all his energy and education in moving pictures. From corporate videos, student films and more recently television and feature films, Matthew is trying to learn as much as possible wherever and whenever he can. His recent credits include The Comeback Kid (2012), Let’s Make Lemonade (2011), Wolfit (2011), and currently freelances as a corporate videographer.
Marlo Billet production designer
Marlo is a fourth year Ryerson film student, and is the production designer for Where did you Go. Marlo has production designed twice prior, on The Goldfish (2009) and The Comeback Kid (2012), along with assisting in the art department on numerous other Ryerson films. Marlo also has experience directing documentaries, and aspires to screenwrite.
Andrea Joynt editor
Andrea, a fourth year film student at Ryerson University, is a filmmaker with a particular interest in editing and directing. She has been involved in several Toronto-based shorts in a variety of capacities, including director (The Jam 2011, Composite Resin 2011, Dancing at Sea 2011), editor (Listed 2011, Peter Prays 2011), cinematographer (Seeing is Believing 2011, Stars of the West 2010), and art director (Droid 2010). Many of these films have gone on to screen at the Maximum Exposure Film Festival. In addition to film, Andrea is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist whose work has been featured in Time Out New York, Time Out Singapore, an editor's list pick for National Geographic, among others.
Film school requires a hefty amount of time and money for young students to make films on a competitive scale needed to enter the world of filmmaking. Resources are expensive and it costs a lot over and above the tuition that we pay. Contributions from friends, peers, and family help considerably towards the costs of filmmaking which range from renting cameras to feeding the crew.
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