Set in 1911 at an autumn festival, a neurotic young woman tries to forcefully rekindle a friendship through childhood traditions and struggles with the rejection. MAIZE is a visual exploration of control, neurosis, and gender stereotypes, told through the lens of a fraught female friendship.
Mission StatementIn the fight for women’s equality, the main focus is on how women are perceived and treated mainly by men, but more encouragement should be made for women treating other women better and overcoming certain stereotypes that could be standing in their way.
About The Project
Attached at the hip as kids, best friends Harriet and Joan did the corn maze every year at Bison Family Farms. Now, settled into puberty, they’ve grown apart.
Desperate to revive an intimate friendship with Joan, Harriet clings to the nostalgia of their childhood festival traditions.
When confronted with Joan’s rejection, Harriet spirals out and finds herself alone in a corn maze with butter soaked fingers.
I was recently researching the early 1910’s for a different project, and I found this photo:
It already seemed spooky with hidden layers and secrets and was instantly inspiring.
But it also followed other photos and excerpts from the suffragette movement at that time, and I was really surprised by how many women were judgmental and critical towards other women and actually against the vote for women. For themselves!
It was hard to realize WHY they would think this way.
Are gender expectations and stereotypes so deeply rooted in their subconcious?
That made me reflect on myself and wonder if maybe some of those still linger today in my own assumptions and insecurities?
Through the main characters of Harriet and Joan, Maize serves as a cautionary tale about judgment that ultimately hopes to encourage women to be supportive of other women.
The film's style and tone will draw inspiration from:
To compliment the time period and the themes, the style should be performative and traditional, reflecting film and photography of the early 20th century that mimicked the stage within the frame.
This includes a lot of wide, symmetrical shots with detail, depth, and diminishing angles.
Most people attending this festival are working class. Any materials would be handmade, simple, and worn. Styles and design will be minimal and realistic. The film will be in color, but should remain natural and muted.
The entire film takes place in one location at an autumn festival. It's all completely outdoors, which creates a safer Covid environment in addition to all other Covid safety protocol.
Specific smaller locations within the festival include a game area for playing apple on a string, a corn cob vendor, and a corn maze.
Tapia Bros Farms in Encino has an amazing autumn festival and corn maze they have offered to our production to use immediately following Halloween.
It will really help create the world and provide an immense amount of production value.
Production is less than two months away, so I need your help NOW!
Recreating history can be expensive, but with your support we can secure the perfect location and era-appropriate costumes for not only our main cast, but our background as well!
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