Directed by Max Mir
Tue Apr 9, 2024 – 7:30 pm | Beloit College Powerhouse
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After being stuck in a travel agency for over a year, the unmotivated Nadia Atebury has lost track of her destiny. Unable to envision a different life, Nadia pushes through the days in autopilot mode; until the office’s goldfish, Fernando, snaps her out of it, asking to get taken outside.
A narrow Nadia rejects Fernando’s proposal, but realizing he’s getting in the middle of her work, she accepts to take him outside for five minutes. Favor after favor, soon those five minutes become thirty, and Nadia is impatient to get back to work. However, an emotional Fernando asks Nadia to not bring him back to the office, and instead take him to a pond where he can get released. Will Nadia accept Fernando’s adventure, discovering a new version of herself, or will she return to her lifeless job, and comply with her responsibilities?
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“Tree of Life” is a whimsical short that gives nod to classic fables and fantasy stories. As the director, my focus was to maintain the integrity of the script and create a fun, magical world where Humans and Nymphs can co-exist. We utilized VFX to add a magical twist to the narrative, which enhanced the comedic elements of the film. We also worked closely with our talented cast to ensure that the dialogue flowed smoothly, allowing it to inform our camera movements and capture the essence and fun cadence of the story.
Ultimately, “Tree of Life” is a reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting our planet. By using humor and magic, we hope to inspire viewers to take action towards preserving our environment, while also providing them with a few laughs.
Max Mir began his filmmaking journey at the age of 8, making stop motion videos with his toys. He later started directing his own shorts, and even jumped into theatre for a while. After obtaining his BA degree at the Met Film School, Mir managed to present a short film during the Cannes Film Festival (out of competition), and has produced shorts that have been screened at Pinewood Studios London and Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles. Additionally, he has been working as an Assistant Director for Netflix and Disney+ shows. Having recently won the London 48hr Challenge, as well as Straight 8, Mir now has all his attention on distributing “Walking Fernando”, his latest film.
Director: Max Mir
Runtime: 14 min
Writer: Luke Norton
Producer: Srishti Chhabria, John Christian Otteson
Cinematography: Samuel Ferguson
Editor: Saj Mirpuri
Music: Simone Manfredini, Isabella Woodings