Max and I are both aspiring filmmakers dedicated to this project. The genesis of this idea came from a short poem Max wrote entitled, Four Questions. When he sent it to me a few months ago via e-mail I immediately saw the potential for it to become something bigger and thus began the process of developing a story around these five stanzas.
We knew from the beginning that the very nature of this story would implicitly require strong visual content to effectively bring these powerful themes to fruition. Set design, shot structure, and color pallet are paramount and will serve to accentuate the juxtaposition of family and stranger.
Four Questions is the story of a couple's first seder dinner with the boy's family. It will chronicle the girl's integration into the family shown through body language and ambient noise. The crux of the story, however, assumes the role of a voice over throughout the film by an older gentleman whom we do not meet until the conclusion of the story. The poem he reads mirrors the nostalgia he feels for his first seder with a special girl. This project is about acceptance and a family's dynamic through one of Judaism's most sacred of holidays, a holiday in which inviting strangers into one's household is supposed to be a mitzvah.
We are going to shoot in St. Louis, Missouri in the beginning of June using a Canon 7d. Video will be recorded in high definition at 1080p.
If we are unable to reach our funding goal then the project will not be funded and we will be unable to complete the project.
So that you can get a taste of what our project is about you can read the first part of The Poem:
Mah nishtanah, halaylah hazeh, mikol haleylot
Why is tonight different from all other nights?
Is it because my family is here,
Seated around the table
Or because your knee is nervously bouncing
Under the ornate tablecloth
At this, your first seder
My hand reaches over for your knee
Causing a quick snort, and for you to relax
Don’t worry, I whisper in your ear
While your warm hand momentarily clutches mine
I’ll make sure Grandpa Irv doesn’t talk your ear off
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