Costume Designer - Short
USC School of Cinematic ArtsLos Angeles, CA
USC MFA Horror-Romance Short Film seeking a Costume Designer for two minors.
SAG-AFTRA Student Film
Casting Director: Kara Sullivan
Director: Xanthe Pajarillo
Producer: Josie Andrews
Compensation: Copy, IMDb Credit, Meals
Shoot Dates: 11/10/2019, 11/17/2019
Shoot City: LA, USC
# of Talent: One Ghost Boy, One Girl
Synopsis: The film follows a young girl who copes with her depression by self harming, while her only friend, a ghost named Aubergine, tries to comfort her. But something lurks nearby that is far worse than life or death. Think CASPER meets LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.
Director's Bio: Xanthe Pajarillo is a filmmaker, KXSC DJ/writer, and Air Force veteran from Germany and Virginia. She received a BFA in Photography and Media from CalArts, and is an intern alumni of SCVTV, HBO, Will and Jada Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, and Michel Gondry's Partizan Entertainment. In 2016 her enthusiasm for the McRib caught the attention of McDonald's, which resulted in a McRib Celebration hosted by Roker Media and Food Network Star's Justin Warner.
In 2018, she and her team raised over 40K via Seed&Spark for production of AIRMEN, a web series focused on showing the intimate daily lives of service members during peacetime operations. It was awarded an ''Honorable Mention'' from the Tim Disney Prize for Excellence in the Storytelling Arts; the prize recognizes the courage and commitment to make the world a better place, and the originality to do it through the unique powers of gifted storytelling.
Xanthe is driven by a duty to tell stories that aim to expand people's empathy towards one another. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Film and Television Production from USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
Director's Statement: In films and discussions surrounding mental health, the focus is typically on adults and teenagers, while children are left out of the conversation entirely. I wrote AUBERGINE to shed light on this lack of awareness. In the story, 10-year-old Sofia is comforted by the thought of ending her life, while a ghost named Aubergine does everything in his power to make her feel loved. On the surface, AUBERGINE is a ghost story, but it uses the horror genre to communicate how depression consumes us and affects our loved ones. The film is both a personal and political statement to put dread into perspective, and communicate that the children who experience these feelings are far from alone.
Copy, IMDb Credit, Meals
AUBERGINE is a well-written and creative script that explores childhood depression and love through the filter of horror. The actors that book this will get great material for their reel and use of SFX makeup. The students at USC's MFA program are known for producing top quality and award winning films. These students have access to top notch equipment and pride themselves in running a very professional set. We will be submitting this to film festivals and online distributors for consideration.
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