THE LIVING SILENCE
A young woman, who takes care of her dying husband, seeks comfort from her parish Priest.
WRITER/DIRECTOR- TANYA STEELE
**WINNER- Director’s Guild of America Award (DGA) BEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENT FILMMAKER**
Lars Von Trier’s Dogma Rules/Vow Of Chastity were followed for this film:
-Shooting Must Be Done On Location. Props & Sets Must Not Be Brought In (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found)
-The Sound Must Never Be Produced Apart From The Images or Vice Versa
-The Film Must Be In Color. Special Lighting Is Not Acceptable
-Optical Work And Filters Are Forbidden
-Temporal And Geographical Alienation Are Forbidden
-Genre Movies Are Not Acceptable
For each film, I have one goal. With this film, it was to understand how to get “authentic” performances from actors. My research for this film was “The Rules of the Game’ by Jean Renoir. And, all of Cassavetes films. The book ‘Cassavetes on Cassavetes’ was my road map. We shot the script straight through without breaks. I used two cameramen. The script was merely a blueprint that the actors rehearsed with until we were comfortable enough with improv. My goal was reached, the film won ‘Best Ensemble’.