Home of Three

Chicago, Illinois | Film Short

Drama, Family

Linh Tran

1 Campaigns | Illinois, United States

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Most of the time, adult problems do affect children. But adults, more often than not, overlook the feelings of children and fail to acknowledge what they know and understand. Our team thinks that it is important for these powerful, complex feelings and revelations to be portrayed on screen.

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Mission Statement

Our crew feature both filmmakers from Chicago and local filmmakers of Hanoi. Directed and produced by women, Home of Three strives to portray each character in the most sympathetic, unprejudiced way. We also want to provide a realistic look into the quiet heartache of a woman in a broken marriage.

The Story

One night in 2006, when I was 11, I overheard my parents fighting. My dad was suspecting that my mom was in love with someone else. Things got heated quickly and my dad drove away in his car. My mom took some sleeping pills and slept for 2 days straight. When my dad came home, I saw him drafting some divorce document on his laptop. How I saw that, I can’t remember. But I do remember how I felt. I was feeling as if the world was crumbling down beneath my feet. Two days later, we went on a picnic like nothing had happened, and never again did my parents ever discuss the events of that night. Now I wish someone had been there to save me from losing my innocence.


Home of Three was inspired by these unhappy memories. Behind the perfect family image hide the painful truths of an unhappy marriage. There must be other children that felt the same way I did, who now have grown up to be adults like me.





Home of Three begins in the middle of a fight. We see Quan beating up one of his classmates. Quan is not entirely a good kid. He is stubborn, mischievous and with a bad temper. Of course he doesn’t show this at home.

With a bruise on his face from the fight, Quan goes to his usual Internet cafe and uses computer games to release his anger. Coming out of the cafe, Quan sees Cuong across the street, with a strange woman embracing him from behind. Quan bikes away without giving Cuong an opportunity to explain himself.

Quan’s family had the most awkward dinner that night. There is obvious tension between the father and the son. Lien, Quan’s mother, complains about Quan’s fighting habit. As Cuong tries to get on Quan’s good side, Quan dismisses his father. Lien punishes him by taking away Quan’s dinner.

In the middle of the night, hungry, Quan goes to the kitchen to get food. His mother, too, gets out of bed for a cup of water. Hiding behind a door, Quan hears Lien crying quietly. Quan starts to put two and two together. But when he confronts his mother about the affair, she sends him away to do homework, without a concrete answer...



My goal is to tell this story honestly. After living with the script for a year, I finally am at that point where I’m ready to bring it to life.

Two months ago, my DP, Brandon, and I got together and worked on a project called Breakfast. Breakfast is the mini, Chicago version of Home of Three. We took three challenging scenes from the original Home of Three screenplay and built a short story around them. It was an incredible experience, which gave me deeper understandings of the internal lives of my characters. After this project, we were confident that our project Home of Three was going to be great!


Here are some stills from Breakfast:



I can’t describe in words how excited I am to bring my project back to shoot in Vietnam, where I was born and raised. I have always wanted to capture my country on screen, exactly how I see it. All of this will be possible, thanks to you!



Thank you so much for reading! I hope you will be a part of our project!





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Cast Pay

Costs $1,000

Our cast consists of 3 main roles, 4 secondary roles and a good number of extras.

Catering and Craft Services

Costs $500

This amount will hopefully cover food for 4 days for our 20 person cast and crew.

Equipment Rental

Costs $3,000

This will include our camera (we hope to be able to shoot on the Alexa mini), GE and sound package!

Production Design

Costs $1,500

This will mostly go to repainting and dressing our HOME set to fit the atmosphere of the story!


Costs $300

Our main locations are: - Home - Street - Internet cafe - School bike shelter

Makeup and Wardrobe

Costs $200

Child actors' uniforms, work clothes for dad and home clothes for all the main characters.

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