In the Frontier the Flower is Quiet is a short historical fiction where a small village invaded by Russian soldiers experiences the anguish of being caught in an inescapable war zone. We follow the journey one young girl, DOR, as she searches for her father, and, along the way, shows others how to find a voice through hope.
When Dor and her brother are separated from their father and taken to a prison camp in the woods, they begin to feel despondent. Although she is caught in a thick air of sorrow, Dor finds reason in the most unlikely of places. Inspired by the innocence of her brother, and the miracle of a singular chrysanthemum growing through the snow, Dor makes the decision to find her father again, no matter what it takes. We are telling a story of loss and gain: how the hatred of war can also show us the value of love
Director Comment :
In the Frontier the Flower is Quiet follows a girl named DOR, as she escapes from an invasion that threatens to tear her family apart. When hope seems to be lost, she learns she can no longer be quiet. I filtered the characters with the reflection of my sensitivity. Experiencing life of living under multiple different cultures, my voice was frequently not able to be pronounced. This film combines Chinese and Western elements both visually and conceptually. It allows me to recreate my emotion regardless of language and cultural barriers. To me, The meaning of Chrysanthemums is considered a question rather than an answer.
Director of Photography's comment:
One of the first things you notice when you read the script is that dialogue is sparse, we learn the most about our characters not from the words that they speak but by the actions they make. From the beautifully designed costumes and the breathtaking scenery of our set locations, to the complex character interactions without a single word spoken, it is clear the visuals will have a strong influence on the story. As the director of photography I am honored and excited to take on this unique challenge and to work with such a diverse and talented team.
When I first read this screenplay I was immediately drawn to the story. There is something about it that really explores the human connection and sacrifice, and something the world has not seen for a while. When Jiin first talked to me about it, I could tell he was extremely passionate about the story. The main character, DOR, has such strength and genuineness about her that just touch all of our hearts. It is amazing how talented these two young filmmakers are - Jiin and Nathan - previously made a film called “Sean with a Young Smile”, which a mutual filmmaker friend showed me. When I watched it, I requested to be introduced to the filmmakers immediately because I could not believe that it was made by high school kids. Now, they are determined to take their film careers to the next level by making this beautiful epic period piece destined for film festivals and a possible feature down the road. I know with the amazing cinematography talent of Nathan Shuttleworth and the impeccable vision of Jiin Chang, we are going to make a beautiful film that will resonate with audiences around the world.
I am thankful they have faith in me to produce this. I was in fact, extremely impressed by the amount of work and organization they have already put into this project before we even sat down to talk about it. I know this film will be great! This is our passion project and every additional resource is put toward adding higher production value to this film - camera, lighting, sound equipment, costumes, and props. Amazing art is made of story and detail, we have the first part down, and now we just want to make the latter as amazing as we can with the limited resources we have.
Therefore, I gratefully invite everyone to join us on this journey for this project. Every donation will make this film better, which will lay a better foundation for a bigger film to follow.
Thank you for your time in reading this.
DOR - We see how hope makes her stronger, but we also see how it makes her weak. She is young, and hasn’t learned when it is safe for her to lead with her heart.
Sasha and Sonia - have a love for each other that only twins can experience. They grew up in a small Chinese town, although they are of Russian heritage. Yet, they are just as much citizens of the town as anyone else.
The younger soldier - though surrounded by the corruption of the other soldiers, has maintained his sense of self. He puts life before thoughtless violence.
In the Frontier the Flower is Quiet features unique aspects of rural Chinese life in the 1900s. DOR’s journey is brought to life through the art of Chinese storytelling, rich in poetic symbolism and elegant imagery. The film also explores what it means to belong; how people of separate racial backgrounds can integrate themselves into one culture, and be just as much a part of that culture as someone who was born in it. To depict this, three languages- Russian, Chinese, and Sign Language- will be spoken.
Dor’s unbreakable drive to reunite with her father teaches us how powerful passion is in the upheaval of war. Love has the ability to change minds; to adjust the path the heart wishes to tread. It guides us in reaching our goals, and ultimately, it’s what makes us human. DOR’s message of the power of love is commonly overlooked, and so, it is important for the world to hear. Making choices out of hate or fear is almost habitual for us. through DOR, we learn to let go of habit, because she teaches us that belief has the irreplicable ability change our hearts.
Mum’s the word
Chrysanthemums have different symbolic meanings all around the globe. In Chinese culture, chrysanthemums are a symbol of unity. Further west, however, Europe regards chrysanthemums as a memorial flower. With the nickname “mum”, chrysanthemums have been adopted as the official mother’s day flower in Australia; a symbol of family love. The nickname “mum” is also associated with the phrase “mum’s the word”, meaning “say nothing”. This is where the vision of the “silent flower” in the film stems from.
Finance is a big concern for filmmaking. For students to make our first budget film, we are going to carefully control our expenses. Most of our budget will go towards Costumes & Props, Gear rental, location securing, and craft service. After post production, we will have to pay for the entry fees of the film festivals.
Risks and challenges
We are a group of Alaskan student filmmakers, who have challenged ourselves to visualize a battlefield with the spectacular landscape in Alaska. A great risk for us is to deal with unpredictable weather, costumes, actors, scheduling, and finance. In order to tell a story based on an Eastern historical background, we have involved local actors and Chinese designer. Most of our costumes are designed and made in China at a reasonable cost. It is a challenge for us when it comes to finance. For students to raise 5,000$ in a short amount of time is challenging our ability to not only best manipulate resources, but also developing our career towards a professional level. While filmmaking is considered a complicity of team effort, and risk taking, a well organized schedule will lead us to the best solutions of all the possible incidences. Our team consists of students who possess both skill and dedication. Regardless of any predictable and unpredictable risks, we strive to complete the film and tell a story with significant messages. We are challenging our ability to bear the hardship and preparing to step into the profession.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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