TRANCE (Short Film + Visual Diary)
With the summer coming to an end, it felt right to send the warm weather off on a good note. Before everyone rushes to grab a pumpkin spice latte and their rustic colored sweaters, I wanted to take advantage of the last bit of vibrant color that was left in the flowers. This lively atmosphere isn’t guaranteed and it was very important to capture these moments to showcase for this concept. Originally, this passion project was intended to be full-fledged film, but the screenplay was too complex and I had no experience or resources to get the ball rolling. With striclyDEBONAIR, I decided to rewrite the story, split it into 3 parts and add a visual diary to stay in line with my menswear brand. Keeping all the details under wraps was challenging considering how impatient I am, but I can finally reveal TRANCE as the first in a 3-part series. I teamed up with Stories by Tim to provide stunning cinematography in order to help bring a dark love story to life.
The original screenplay was born of an experience I had my Freshman year of college after going through a breakup. Around that same time, my favorite artist Childish Gambino released “Because the Internet.” The culmination of these two events inspired me to start writing. With that being said, TRANCE is truly a reflection and metaphor of past relationships and my personal experience with love. Unfortunately, there has always been something getting in the way of finding a connection with another person. Whether it was my maturity through adolescent years and later being my particular priorities, dating usually ends up taking a backseat. Recently, my heightened love affair with fashion and photography has put a halt to this. As a millennial, it can be challenging meeting someone who shares the same interests, let alone generating time to interact and mingle. Honestly, it’s exhausting and at times, redundant. It becomes all too easy to lust over a physical attraction and looks can only go so far. By the time you realize you made the wrong decision, your time has been wasted. These overwhelming emotions can lead you to consider rekindling something just for the sake that it worked (albeit briefly). Those situations need to be avoided. It is in that moment that you’ll find that not letting go is what is holding you back from the candle-lit evening at The Woolworth. That is the beating heart of TRANCE. Moving on can be a tough decision, but it’s always the right path, even when it feels like a piece of you is leaving with those memories.
TRANCE tells the story of a young man that suffers from vivid hallucinations of his first love who abruptly goes missing. Michael, the protagonist, deals with the disappearance in a way that may seem all too common – by not moving on. The mystery surrounding her whereabouts is a cause of controversy and fuels the lucid dreams he consistently experiences. Michaels missing love interest, the protagonist, seems to find her way back into his life at the most inopportune moments. Michael struggles to move on with his life and whenever he seems to breakthrough, these hallucinations seem to drag him back to the depths of mourning. Films that I had in mind when writing this had fallen somewhere between The Notebook and Inception. Are these foggy moments in time more than an illusion? Is she trying to lure him to her? I will leave that up to you to decipher.
Directed by TIMOTHY HOANG
Written by RYAN ABRAMS