The story of a singer growing up in a small town and the troubles she faces as she achieves success.
BRITNEY tells the story of a woman’s life from her teen years to motherhood, set entirely in a woodsy, closed-off town in the mountains. Britney struggles with her identity as the middle-child and daughter to an absent, stoic father. Britney takes a risk and auditions for a talent show in the firehouse on the outskirts of town. From that point on, the town takes notice of the young girl’s talent.
She falls in love with a boy from her math class, who is also in a successful all-male a cappella group. They sneak off from their friends and family to be together. As the years go on, however, their careers grow and the two drift apart. A part of her wonders what her life would have been like if she had stayed with him. She wonders as she holds her son, who she had with her current husband and occasional back-up dancer.
The town has lost most of the appeal they originally found in Britney, stemming from her troubled personal life. Caught between the stress of the town’s expectations and her unhappy marriage, Britney attempts to turn her life around and become loved by her town once again.
Funding for this film will go to camera rentals, sound equipment and lighting. We intend to shoot with the Arri Alexa for its dynamic range in low light and natural light situations. Another part of the budget will go to music. We would like to create at least two polished songs and hire a choreographer for dance. The location for Britney is also an essential part in telling the story, so we would need a portion of the money to go to permits and location rentals.
The project will walk a balance between gritty realism and dreamlike musical sequences. It is a conceptual depiction of the turn-of-the-millennium music scene, one that translates the popular history into fictional characters in a fictional setting. The visual style will reflect the sparse, gritty landscape, similar to Winter’s Bone, Morvern Callar, Ballast, Blue Valentine, and Silkwood. The director of photography will utilize a raw, spontaneous handheld style to make the viewer feel present in the scene. We will advance through the years of the main character's life using similar techniques as Amelie.
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