My Intrusive Thoughts

Orlando, Florida | Film Short

Experimental

Rachel Frank

1 Campaigns | Florida, United States

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The film compares what society sees versus what is really going on in your mind through a bunch of fast cuts and transitions while throwing in surrealist images to convey multiple mental health disorders including but not limited to eating disorders, depression and anxiety.

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Mission Statement

My Intrusive Thoughts is an experimental short that compares and contrasts the realities and mindsets of someone struggling with mental health. The whole films mission is to remind everyone that no matter how much you are struggling, you are never alone.

The Story

My Intrusive Thoughts compares what society sees versus what is really going on in your mind through fast cuts, transitions, and surrealist imagery to convey multiple mental health disorders including but not limited to: eating disorders, depression, anxiety and suicide.

Throughout the film, voices will be layered one over the other to help demonstrate what it sounds like in the mind of someone who is struggling. 

Even though someone seems extremely happy and full of life, on the inside they could be struggling to such an extreme. 

No one should ever feel like they’re alone. You’re never alone.


I wrote this film when I was struggling with my own mental health about a year ago and I used the script to help put my own thoughts and feelings into words to help remind myself that it wasn’t all in my head and that it would get better.

When I was in a really bad mental headspace, I felt like I was all alone and I was never going to get over it. On the outside I came off as an extremely bubbly and ecstatic person, but on the inside I felt like I was dying and no one knew. 

The previous film I made was a feature-length documentary about my best friend's journey through her cancer diagnosis. Through that film, we were able to inspire so many people and remind people that they are not alone in this world, even when they’re struggling. I want to do the same thing with this film. 

I hated feeling like I was all alone in this world, as if no one could possibly understand how much I was struggling. My goal with this film is to make people feel a little less alone in this world.

This film means so much to me because it’s my own story and I am excited to share it with everyone.


When writing this film my three main inspirations were Her for it's coloring, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for it's experimental elements and one of my best friends, Bobby Wieder's, experimental short Contract for it's editing style.


I studied filmmaking throughout all of high school and college and recently graduated with a bachelors in film. I am still extremely new to the industry and need your help in order to share my story with others.

I wrote this script over a year ago when I was struggling with my own mental health. Through many drafts of the script and many sleepless nights working on pre-production, we are finally gearing up for the production aspect of this film. We plan on filming in the middle of January and want to rent out some camera and lighting equipment, along with some other things, in order to make this film the best possible version that it could be. 

We need your help to turn this concept of a film into a reality! In total we are trying to raise 3500 dollars to bring our story to life and get the opportunity to share it with others. 

Here is a breakdown of where all the money donated to this campaign will be going to:

Camera and Grip and Electric rentals because I am no longer a college student, I don’t get access to free gear and equipment so we will have to rent lights and camera gear from local warehouses and camera shops.

Location Fees and Permits so we can shoot at a variety of locations to capture as much of this story as possible.

Crafty and Catering to feed our wonderful cast and crew throughout production. Feeding 25+ people everyday will add up quickly. 

Props, Costumes and Set Decorations to help bring our story to life visually.

Film Festival Submissions to share our story with as many people as possible.

Contingency because you never know what's gonna happen in the future. Unexpected things come up often in film production, which leads to unexpected costs. 

Due to COVID-19 we have had to push our production back because of safety reasons. We plan to continue to monitor the latest covid-19 trends to stay on top of the pandemic

While on set we will be following COVID-19 guidelines including but not limited to, masks on set while indoors, only people needed on set at a given time will be allowed on property and if anyone tests positive before or during production we will push filming back until everyones tests come back negative. Safety is our number one priority.

We want to make this production as soon as possible before things get bad again, since there is a new variant of COVID, which is why we are raising money now. 

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Wishlist

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Camera Gear Rentals

Costs $650

We will need to rent camera accessories and gear from local camera shops and warehouses

Grip and Electric

Costs $1,200

We will be renting lights and grip gear from a local warehouse for three days of filming

Art Department

Costs $400

We will need to purchase multiple items for set decorations, props and costumes for our cast.

Food

Costs $400

Three days worth of food and crafty for our beatiful cast and crew

Location Fees and Permits

Costs $150

We want to film at a few different locations and will need to purchase a filming permit for some

Film Festival Submissions

Costs $500

We want to submit this film to film festivals all around the world

Contingency

Costs $200

It's a good rule of thumb to always have contingency money on standby in case an emerency arises

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

Rachel Frank (Director) is an award-winning filmmaker who is currently working in the film industry as a production assistant. Her dream is to become an assistant director and a script supervisor in the film industry. 

Isabelle Miller (Producer) is a BFA Film student at UCF specializing in writing and producing. With a background in sociology and visual arts, Isabelle hopes to champion unique and bold voices in media through development and producing. 

Courtney Curtis (Assistant Director) is a BA Film student at UCF who's aspiration in life is to become an assistant director and script supervisor in the film industry. 

Cecelia Hubbard (Director of Photography) is a BFA Film student at UCF who is currently working in the film industry as a PA and Assistant Camera. Her goal in life is to become a cinematographer. 

Michaelangelo Arizmendi (Gaffer) is a determined, dedicated and dependable gaffer in the film industry who has been lightbending his way through a variety of film sets over the last three years.

Sebastian Marcano-Pérez (Editor) is an editor and experimental filmmaker of award-winning short films, most recently In The Eye of the Beholder.

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