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A dramatic comedy about moving in and falling out.
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What's the deal with Jeffrey Bloom?

A seemingly normal guy with good intentions, Jeff has nothing but admiration for his college sweetheart, Laura. Or does he? After moving in with Laura, he can't help but question every move.

A narrative short, Inside Boxes explores the psychology of a man whose fears ultimately take over his life. Unfortunately for Jeff that may just be the undoing for the relationship he has with Laura.

This is mine (Paul Lazo) and Michelle Kwong's BFA thesis film. It's a dramatic comedy about moving in and falling out.

Inside Boxes will be shooting mid-June and we need your help to make it happen. We're looking to create a "different" kind of movie that ultimately tackles issues of social anxiety not by examining the problem itself by saying "he's bi-polar" or "he's crazy" but by creating a visual narrative that show how these kinds of problems affect interpersonal relationships.

We need your help to do the following:

1. HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION  - A lot of our cast and crew are traveling from out of town and we'll be navigating the entire metro-Boston area for our shoot. With your help we'll be sure to keep our crew mobile.

2. EQUIPMENT - We'll be renting lenses, G&E equipment and other assorted goods. Your donations will literally put our images into motion.

3. PRODUCTION DESIGN - We're looking to create very cluttered spaces and your donations will help dirty our frames. Boxes are surprisingly expensive believe it or not. Donations like yours will make our film's design flawless and pretty.

4. CONTINGENCY - Things go wrong sometimes. People are late, someone forgets the batteries. With contingency money, we'll have spare money just in case something goes crazy.


Meet the Team

Paul Lazo - Director
Paul Lazo - Director

BFA Film Production major with specializations in writing and directing narrative fiction. Paul Lazo is best known in the Emerson community as the director of a number of multi-camera television shows (Amped!, Musicians Wanted, Unsportsmenlike Conduct) and Emerson's go-to Script Supervisor (Monarch, How to Make a Nightmare, The Whistler). Now he hopes to place his mind back into his major by creating this movie Inside Boxes.

Paul Lazo loves writing weird and compelling stories. As a kid, he would often write books and share them with friends. Growing up he found himself writing normal situations in abnormal ways, leading to some very strange and unique pieces. He loves creating art on 16mm film melding inks onto film emulsion. What he appreciates most about film making is that it allows you to let someone view the world through your eyes.

A piece Paul and Brad created last semester entitled Speak is free to watch on YouTube.

Last summer he had the pleasure of working as a Script Supervisor on the independent feature Theory of Conflict which is currently in post-production. He has also script supervised a number of Emerson BFAs and BAs. 

He's the Visual Media Arts Bill Bordy Scholarship recipient for 2013-2014 and takes a lot of pride and commitment into all that he does. He enjoys bad television, pizza and indie rock. He hopes to work either on set or in the studio after college.

Michelle Kwong - Director of Photography
Michelle Kwong - Director of Photography

Michelle Kwong is a twenty-one-year-old BFA cinematography major and photography minor from Long Island, New York expecting to graduate Emerson College in the spring of 2015. With a passion and interest in visual imagery, Michelle believes that film and photography are mediums that allow her to create stories and convey thoughts, ideas, and emotions she was never able to do with just words.

During her time at Emerson, Michelle has participated on various sets within the lighting and camera departments in order to hone her skills as a cinematographer. These skills have allowed her to get a taste of the professional industry by working on sets such as Mania Days, starring Katie Holmes and executive produced by Spike Lee, and the feature length version of the short film, Curfew, the winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Michelle has also created several short films in the past that have been recognized by various film festivals, such as I'm Not Even That (2009) that was screened at the 2010 New York Asian American International Film Festival and 11th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, and Weirdo Records (2013) that was screened at the 2013 Ballston Spa Film Festival and chosen to be screened at the 2014 Salem Mass Reality Check Film Festival.

You can view Michelle Kwong's reel on Youtube.

Aside from being the director of photography for her and Paul Lazo's collaborative BFA thesis film, Inside Boxes, that will be shooting this upcoming summer, Michelle has recently finished shooting the BFA thesis film, Fairy Tale, and is currently the director of photography for two BA Capstones shooting in March.

Michelle continues to develop her skills as a cinematographer and make her dream of becoming a filmmaker a reality.

Brad Cryan - Co-Writer
Brad Cryan - Co-Writer

A Writing for Film & Television, Class of 2015 and active member of SPEC - a screenwriting workshop at Emerson. He's written a number of films at Emerson, including 3 feature-length screenplays. Last semester he and Paul came together to create an original one act called "Speak" and once again are teaming up to create the world of Inside Boxes.

On the side, Brad composes music - including the original score for four short films, all produced by fellow Emerson students. He looks forward to participating in the Los Angeles program next semester.

Taylor Kissin - Producer
Taylor Kissin - Producer

 Taylor is a Junior Television Production major at Emerson College. Born and raised in Freeport, Maine, Taylor gained an appreciation for the visual and media arts at a young age. He immersed himself in every creative outlet possible, eventually winning a Maine State One Act Best Original Script award for his one act play, You’re Killing Me…

Continuing to develop his skills in media production, Taylor started his college career at Quinnipiac University where he soon found himself yearning for life in a city. After transferring to Emerson, Taylor delved deeply into the technical aspects of both film and television. During this time frame, he discovered that his true passion lied in producing.

Pamela Mora - Producer
Pamela Mora - Producer

 Pamela Mora is a Sophomore Writing for Television and Film major who best describes herself as a "cardboard box" on the spectrum of boxes. Her film Disorder (2013) won the Audience Prize in the Emerson LA Showcase and has been around the fest circuit too many times to count.

In addition to be being all around awesome she is the new General Manager of Emerson Independent Video with the goal of introducing more films into EIV's general programing. She likes Pretty Little Liars and the state of Florida, where she is from.

Laura Brincat - Production Designer
Laura Brincat - Production Designer

 Laura is a B.F.A. Film Production major graduating in December 2014.

She is currently in the process of finishing her B.F.A. Thesis Film entitled Fairy Tale, about a young girl who must choose between fantasy and reality. She is also the production designer of the B.A. Film Awake, Elsewhere, a film about isolation and hallucination. Her other credits include director of Weirdo Records and My Sister, production designer on The Meatball Factory, and others.

Risks and challenges

Inside Boxes is shooting on 16mm and digital and in a number of very cramped spaces. The thinking behind cramped spaces is that Jeff ultimately is losing it and his world is being shattered from the inside out. So we're hoping to convey this insanity through the composition of the image.

We're shooting in a Pawn Shop, Apartment and Park and so we'll be working at a very fast pace to ensure that we can hop location to location as quickly and smoothly as possible. We have several transportation plans in place to keep our time in check.

In addition, because we're shooting on 16mm film we will need to pay for development and processing. Michelle and I have been through the ringer with film before so we've been in constant communication as to who we should give our film to.

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