The Thought of Losing You - An NYU Thesis Film

New York City, New York | Film Short

Drama, Thriller

Cassandra Vega

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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We all get stuck in cycles of bad behavior from sometimes, but what motivates you to stop? "The Thought of Losing You" is a thriller drama about the recklessness and carelessness that accompanies severe mental illness and what it takes to find the will to live anyway.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

I’m in a phase of my life where I have to grow and change, but I don't want to. This story is meant to explore what it means to be paralyzed - to be stuck in a phase of life, held back by something that begs to keep you stagnant - and the strength it takes to break out of the cycle.

The Story

LOGLINE: While in the depths of addiction, Carmen has a near death experience which forces her to confront her own mortality. 

Carmen, 23, is stuck in an awful phase of her life - so much so that she can't see anything beyond it. After losing the grandfather who raised her, Carmen has lost all hope for her own future and enters into a state of passive suicidal ideation, using drugs as a method of both coping and self-harm. With a carelessness for her own life, Carmen overdoses. In the moments between life and death Carmen sees her grandfather, Grandpa Al, one last time as he intervenes in the young woman's fate. Grandpa Al challanges Carmen to break the cycle of substance abuse and fight for her life. 

Director's Statement: 

I come from a community where drug use and addiction are a part of everyday life. Even bigger than that, a community riddled with poverty, my home of Northeast Ohio is at the center of a drug war fueled by the lack of healthcare and access to mental health services.

I feel as though Carmen is another dimensional version of me. Someone who I could’ve easily become had my grandfather not introduced me to the art of storytelling - as that would became my escape in life.  


My love of storytelling comes directly from my grandfather. As a child we spent a lot of our time together watching films, and I couldn't have asked for anything more enriching. My role model and best friend died on June 3rd, 2021 and I haven't felt whole since. He often appears in my dreams at night and I so badly wish I could talk with him just one more time. 

Production Timeline: 

As we move through the stages of pre-production, we get closer and and more excited to bring this film to life. Currently the production phase is scheduled to take place the week of April 20th, 2022. We plan to be in post production throughout the summer so that we may enter into the film festival season of Fall 2022 and release to the public by the beginnning of 2023. Generous donors of $250+ will be invited to a private early digital screening donors of $500+ will be invited to stay after the screening for a Q and A with the Director. 

COVID-19 Protocol: 

We are currently operating under strict conditions to ensure the health and safety of all cast/crew. This includes ensuring all team members are vaccinated and/or have a valid medical or religious exemption, utilizing virtual meetings as much as possible, enforcing mask usage on set, regular sanitizing, and required COVID testing up to 3 days prior to being on set. 

In the event that unforseen circumstances may occur that cause production to pause, the project will be postponed and resume as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Thank you: 

My graduation date ever so quickly approaches in May 2022, making this my very last chance to make a film as a student. It is so important that this film happen now as so many people experience loss throughout the pandemic, especially in Latinx communities, it must be known that we are not alone in this battle. You are not alone. But alas, this vision cannot become a reality without your support. 

Thank you, and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE this with the world! It is just as, if not more, important than the money we raise here. 


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Food & Crafty

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Feeding the cast and crew

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

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Keeping everyone safe on set with PPE such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants.

Post Production - Picture

Costs $850

Includes editing, VFX, and color correction

Post Production - Sound

Costs $500

Sound mixing and score composition

Festival Fees and Distribution

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Entrance fees for films festivals, incentive gifts, and film posters

Art Department

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Set dressing, props, costumes, hair, and makeup


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About This Team

About the Director: 

Cassandra (She/Her) is an up and coming filmmaker currently based out of New York City. Cassandra is currently finishing her senior year at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts studying Film and Television Production - focusing on writing, directing, sound mixing, and editing - with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Cassandra is passionate about stories which challenge the stigma surrounding mental health, especially in underprivileged communities, and hopes to achieve that in "The Thought of Losing You".

About the team: 

"The Thought of Losing You" team is made up of an ambitious and close-knit network of student filmmakers from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. This film is written, directed, produced, cinematographed, and art directed all by members of the Latinx community, who do not often enough have a voice in this industry. We hope that "The Thought of Losing You" is one step forward in a more inclusive world. This film is for those who felt like they never had a voice. 

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