A solo project, I entered the below short in the 2014 East Lansing Film Festival’s Summer 5/5 Film Contest.
the required elements
5 days to create /
5 minutes maximum recording
“Do what you love”
Cameron Hughes, elected official
Lacking a ubiquitous protagonist/antagonist plot, this film challenges the viewer to find a narrative within the parallel themes of these 6 roles, as well as between their corresponding scripts and visual sets. Lastly, as director, I challenge the audience to draw their own conclusion, much as life asks us to do the same.
Sometimes a director has to make hard calls. What started out as a partnered project, turned into a solo project.
5 minutes was just the right amount of time to tell my abstract tale.
Instead of using the required as an actual prop, I crafted the entire film from a viewpoint of binoculars (made from two cardboard tubes (toilet paper rolls!)
I split the required line into the ending and start of the film’s two opening lines:
“You wanna do what? You love what you love…
The given name/title inspired this politically charged and truth-telling script for the 5th role.
My choice: Experimental
ROLES | Directed, written, produced, filmed, voiced, and edited by Jessica Bibbee.
VOICE-OVERS | I voiced all roles except for Cameron Hughes, where I employed text-to-voice technology.
EQUIPMENT | Filmed entirely on an iPhone 5c.
PHOTOGRAPHY | Still imagery from canvas reproductions of my images from travels in China, Tibet, India c.2008–2011.
LANGUAGES | English, Mandarin