When Camille wakes up on the morning of her 16th birthday the world seems to have changed over night.
Nothing makes sense and everything sucks.
While impatiently waiting to join her friends and finally start her first period, she has to live through the emotional stages of premenstrual chaos to begin her transition into womanhood.
Song reference: The Virgin Kids - "My Alone"
Picture references: Pinterest: Virgin Suicides, Petra Collins, The Runaways and other unknown - please get in touch if any photos are your material and you would like us to take it down)
The film tells the intimate story of an adolescent girl experiencing PMS for the first time. While some girls desperately await their first period to come, especially at an older age when most of their friends have started already, they aren't prepared for the emotional chaos that comes with it.
I wanted to tell this story as PMS can be a confusing challenge for a lot of women. It can throw us off track month by month and we aren’t really taught how to deal with it. The hormonal imbalance can have severe consequences like falling into depression or anxiety, feeling overcome with anger and impulsive rage as well as craving all the foods in the world to only leave yourself feeling sick after.
Especially as a young girl, when you haven’t experienced these kind of emotions before it can become life consuming and hard to handle. You start to think you’re not “normal” or “psycho” when really it’s just mother nature putting a magical spell on us.
I want to portrait this emotional rollercoaster in an artistic, dreamy and slightly abstract way by telling the story through beautiful and unique visuals. The aim is to make it less of a “gross” taboo topic and encourage young girls not to be ashamed or feel abnormal but to embrace their femininity with all the challenges it can bring.
Picture reference: Rosario Dawson / Casting Polaroid for "Kids" by Larry Clark
This is a passion project and will be independently produced on a low budget. We have brought together a strong female crew equally passionate about telling this intimate story through our perspective. Due to our connections and personal contacts in the film industry we are fortunate enough to work up to the highest standards regarding equipment as well as crew while remaining relatively low in cost. As we are teaming up with industry professionals the shoot will be on a weekend to accommodate everyone’s work schedule as well as school related availability for our protagonist.
- Dates: June 24/25 - 2 shoot days plus 1 audition day
- Location: Country Manor north of London
While our incredible crew has joined us without pay we can't get around some of the essential production cost - please have a look at the breakdown below. We need your help to raise our goal of £5000 to guarantee the best possible outcome for this project:
£1K Lighting / £1K Camera Kit / £500 Talent / £900 Catering x 2 shoot days (10-12 crew) / £500 Props/Set Dressing / £200 Costume / £400 Location / £500 Miscellaneous (Post Production, Transport, Rehearsals)
xx The Girls
Risks and challenges
We had to improvise a little to make the campaign video for Kickstarter, as you can see it looks a bit homemade - that's because our DOP is away on a job leaving myself and Minni to get creative.. (remember that program on your laptop called photobooth... yup..)
We promise this isn't a reflection of our professional skills or standards.
But rather than wasting time on making the perfect campaign video we wanted to focus on sharing our message to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible for us to be able to move along with the project. We hope you can forgive us for the "not so fancy" get up ...
Ps.: For those of you wondering why the Synopsis says 16 instead of 13 that is because the playing age has just been amended from 13 to 16 in order to give more importance to the desperation of our girl awaiting to start her first period...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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