Daydreamer’s Pursuit – Reviewing a short film made by a high school student

Posted on 11 November 2020
By Dana Andersen
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If you find yourself lacking the attention span to sit through a movie right now, Daydreamers Pursuit is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Coming in at just over six minutes long, theres plenty packed into this short movie.

The film follows main character Nutmeg, a daydreamer in a dull reality, who decides she needs to take the steps to pursue the daydream she wants to live inside.

Created by Jasmine Bryan, who took on the roles of writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor, in order to create her vision, with only three other people involved in the entire production, the short film has now gone on to earn both Best Film and Best High School Student Film at Understory Film Festival 2020.

Thanks to a mixture of beautiful Queensland scenery, and a heavily crafted, retro inspired ‘reality’, each shot of the movie feels well thought out and is beautifully executed, largely thanks to receiving a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant fund through the Cairns regional Council and Queensland Government, which allowed her total creative control over how each shot should look.

Bryan’s intention is for the audience to be able to draw their own meanings from the movie, but that doesn’t stop her from drawing her own meaning from it.

When talking about the plot, and the main characters motivations, Bryan said “this reflects my determination to pursue a career in film. Rather than just thinking about it, I am making active steps to reach my goal.”

It took ten months to create the film, including crafting detailed storyboards, applying for the grant fund, contacting record labels, organising each location, filming, and editing, no easy feat for a main team of one.

Although its short, there’s plenty packed in, and with Bryan still currently enrolling the movie into film festivals all over the world, its definitely one to keep an eye on.

Discussing future plans, Bryan told us “I intend to continue telling stories that are meaningful to me, because somehow, the more specific you are the more universally appealing it becomes.”

During this time of home releases, it couldn’t be easier to watch this film on either Instagram TV or Youtube, and you can follow Bryan on Instagram, where she goes by NostalJaz, to keep up with their future projects.