Aerona - My second independent short film
I’ve written and produced my second short film titled ‘Aerona’. It’s a 6 minute psychological thriller which is currently in post-production. Once complete it will be submitted to short film festivals and later uploaded to YouTube.
My inspiration was to write a script where the monster was female and not a stereotypical “problem woman” as is common in many horrors and thrillers.
The types of stereotypes I wanted to avoid included:
- The overbearing, deranged mother (Friday the 13th, Mama)
- The wife who plots to kill husband (To Die For, Body Heat)
- The uncontrollable and mentally unstable loner (Misery, Carrie)
- The crazy young woman whose jealously leads her to ruin other people’s lives (Single White Female, Fatal Attraction)
- The rape victim who seeks her attackers (I Spit On Your Grave, Freeze Me)
These character types are common and appear over and over again in horror and thriller films. I wanted to create a female antagonist who wasn’t emotionally unstable, a victim of abuse or on a revenge mission. I wanted someone who was intelligent, calm and chillingly collected. She would have no excuses for her actions and simply be a psychopath.
There are many examples in Film and TV of this kind of character in male form; Dexter and American Psycho are two obvious examples, but when it comes to female killers they are usually irrational and exaggerated. My aim was to create a character that would encompass the traits of a psychopathic monster but without the emotional instabilities and weaknesses portrayed in female roles.
It was this idea that led to Aerona’s creation. While working on the script I grew attached to my protagonist and knew it would be a difficult choice choosing the right actress. I had theories on the exact way she would carry herself, how she would look at men and even the manner in which she would apply her makeup. In the end I decided that no-one would understand the character as well as I would and so after a discussion with the production team I took on the role myself. I know, “write the theme tune, sing the theme tune...” but what can I say? She was my Frankenstein and I wanted to bring her to life.
As before, this short film wouldn’t have been possible without a hard-working and dedicated cast and crew. An enormous thank you is owed to all involved for making my vision a reality.In case you’re interested in finding out about those who took part, I’ve listed the credits below. They’re all very talented and Google-able!
Crew:Writer & Producer - Danielle Louise Johns
Director - Richard Whittaker
Director of Photography & Grading - Katie Mayhew
Associate Producer - Alex Davies-Walsh
Camera - Niall Newport & Sam Hopes
Production Sound - Dale Hudson
Production Assistant - Kat Rogers
Make Up - Kate Austin
Project Manager - Natalie Forster
Offline Editor - Laia Nibuo
Music - Eduardo VC
Post-Production Sound - Rich Caola
Script Editor - Thomas Hall
Aerona - Danielle Louise Johns
Rob - Chris Farish
Barman - Fred Arnot
Supporting Artists :
Guillermo Armero de la Pena
Copyright © 2013 Danielle Louise Johns