Julia is a short film based on a character from a series of books. The books are written by various authors, all telling one cohesive and interconnected story. The film aims to tell the story of Julia, a young woman struggling to deal with what she has become, while trying to hold on to fragments of a past that may or may not be hers. The journey through her memory is further complicated by the fact that it contains clues to a mystery she must solve in order to survive.
The film is being made in conjunction with THE FEED, whose mission is to provide a platform for new artists to thrive. “The partnership with THE FEED is all about the people behind the film,” says Nicole Denyse, Production Coordinator. “It’s about giving our actors, actresses, cinematographers, sound technicians, writers and everyone involved with this project a venue to expose their talent. More than just a credit, our goal with this project is to help make our cast and crew successful, and its just the beginning!”
Keeping track of Julia’s journey through her personal journal.
The air is cold. The kind of cold that feels like daggers in your lungs Bare legs – Covered in goosebumps Bare feet – No time for shoes Something serpentine wraps itself around my ankle A sharp intake of breath And I’m colliding with the damp earth Thorny, fallen branches puncture tiny, bleeding holes through
I never really know what to do with these things – if I’m being honest. I’ve been charmed by the concept since I was a little girl, long collecting beautiful notebooks found in random bookstores and pawn shops and Walgreens pharmacies. I’ve had stacks of them – some very official looking and leather bound, some
Another night spent on another assignment. I don’t want to go out tonight. It’s cold, dark, rainy. Kind of suits how I’m feeling about this latest assignment. Nothing about this is new, but I dread it more and more every time. I want to just ignore it, run away and forget about assignments and these
I’m suffocating. Feel it like hands around my throat, squeezing, draining the very life out of me. The thoughts never go away, they never let up. I crave peace, but it shows no mercy. A minute to feel like I can take a breath without choking. I smile, but inside I’m screaming. Can no one
There’s blood on my hands On my arms Splattered on my feet. There’s blood on my shirt… Fuck… Not this shirt. My mind is suddenly alert. Ready To act To save This goddamn shirt. Oh This shirt. It’s my favorite one. I’ve had it since college and There are tiny holes where my love for
Caleb leaned back in his chair, taking a slow sip of his cooling coffee. It wasn’t the best he ever tasted, but he wasn’t really at this crummy diner for its mediocre beverages. He surreptitiously watched her from behind the book he was pretending to read. She was no one he knew, at least not
Behind the Scenes
The role of Julia is a complex one, to say the least, and finding the perfect actress to fill that role was not something the producers and director took lightly. After spending weeks going over auditions, they finally found the one they knew could bring such a complicated character to life. Meet Lauren Laschuk. Tell
When casting the role of Caleb, the casting director knew they needed someone who could convey confidence and charm easily. They needed someone believable in a role that could balance a character as complex as Julia. The search for Caleb was a long one, but no one seemed to fit the role. Then entered Joel
CONCEPT ART - JULIA
The character JULIA was inspired by a friend’s hair color. Silly? Yes, but inspiration sometimes comes from the most unusual places. From there we did some conceptual art to flesh out the character and her personality. The red hair in the concept art was meant to show the transformation of the character over time.
CONCEPT ART - THE WORLD
The world that our character lives in is much bigger than the story we’re telling in JULIA. As we developed the backstory, environment and characters we iterated through dozens, if not hundreds, of design decisions. Everything from what they wore to tone and more was considered. Below you can see some early conceptual images.