For our Summer 2021 semester, we partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County’s Career Launch/Summer Jobs Program. Through this program, our interns get to learn the different skills that go into being a good employee, and how to be successful when going into the workforce. This micro-short film project will give our interns a look into the world of filmmaking as well as teaching them how to be productive employees. From being the director to designing the set, these interns will do it all.
An artist returns to their art studio in the hopes of creating, something, anything. At their age, the ups and downs of life can often be overwhelming, and they use their art as an outlet to express themselves. In the midst of their painting process, they are hit with life-changing news that drastically throws their emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. From complete joy to downright devastation, it is just them, a blank canvas, and emotions that are begging to be expressed.
[The Artist] [LEAD] [Gender – Male or Female] [Age – Plays between 55-58]
George is a starving artist. As he struggles to make ends meet in 1950s Chicago, he is faced with two experiences that free him from a resilient artist's block and send him into an overdrive of inspiration. At first glance, he appears to be a creative mess, but upon closer inspection, we find his chaos is actually his structure. George wants nothing more than to provide for his family, but losing his name as a successful artist over the years has taken a toll on him both mentally and physically. Although he’s weary, he takes pride in the way he looks, as appearance remains the one thing he can entirely control. Through the ways in which he moves about the cluttered studio, shifts between elation and desperation are evident as he discovers true emotion for the first time in a while. A hardened character, he has always lacked connection to his artwork, but a momentous emotional discovery leaves his once blank canvas filled with both color and life.