Experimental film, essay film, personal filmmaking, micro budget film, no budget film, henri frederic amiel, depersonalization disorder, trauma
Ode to Amiel is a feature-length experimental essay film by Phyllis Redman, made as part of the requirements for earning a Master of Fine Arts in Film in the Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema track from the University of Central Florida. The film explores one woman's reaction to trauma and depersonalization disorder through the journal entries of 19th Century Swiss philosopher, Henri Frederic Amiel. Passages from Amiel's Journal Intime provide the narrative and voice over for the lead character, a grieving mother who finds herself locked behind an inescapable, invisible and immaterial barrier that separates her from the outside world. Following the guidelines of the film program, the film was produced on a micro-budget (under $50,000) level. The goal was to create a film that was effectively a no-budget film, one similar in process to that of Tarnation, an award-winning experimental film created for $200. With an actual shooting cost of under $1,000, Ode to Amiel met this challenge. This is the record of the film's progression from development to picture lock, in preparation for distribution.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts and Design
Film; Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Redman, Phyllis, "Ode to Amiel: A Micro-budget Experimental Essay Film" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1297.