I am Jasmine Bryan, an 18-year-old New Zealand born film director, writer and producer. I work within a short narrative mode, in order to elicit a specific emotional response of personal nostalgia, through the creation of my idealistic and perfectionist reality within a timeless period of 1960’s – 1980’s aesthetics.
Every idea begins with a specific feeling accompanied by a musical composition that reciprocates/enhanced that state of mind. For ‘Daydreamer’s Pursuit’, it was a familiar sense of nostalgia partnered with ‘No Woman’ performed by Whitney. A colour palette is then generated using the audio’s unique melody and tempo, which my synaesthesia then converts into fading colours within my mind. The palette is then used to generate landscapes, which all acts as a catalyst for developing and finalising a narrative. This process is vital in recreating a visual representation of my psychological and emotional experience of music and colour.
I construct each individual shot as if it were a painting. Every thought is comparable to a brush stroke: One step closer to completing a stylistic arrangement of subjects and objects within the frame which, in itself, conveys meaning. With a general idea of each shot in mind, authentic props are sourced from antique and second-hand shops. A rough shot list is created which is then translated to detailed storyboards, where I can begin manipulating the setting to appear in a retro era of symmetry.
As a young filmmaker, it’s lovely to see such overwhelming positivity from both general audience members and industry professionals. I find that pursuing a career that revolves around ‘the arts’ can still be perceived as some sort of “taboo”. It is always interesting to observe people’s initial perception of me change once observing my works. It tends to switch pretty quick from the higher pitched tone of forced support, that parents use on children when they express an interest in an unrealistic yet commonly known line of employment, such as a ‘Pop Star’ or an ‘Astronaut’. I guess people do not expect the level of professionalism I bring to my productions at such an early stage within my career.
I have just begun a bachelor’s degree in production at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School), and I am beyond excited to further develop my style as a director and produce productions alongside fellow filmmakers who share a similar love for film. Currently, I am developing a concept for a future short that expands on the surrealist and dream-like elements of ‘Daydreamer’s Pursuit’ and is inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Christina's World’ as well as the liminal works of M.C. Escher.