Meet me there
Set inside a postbox on a Cornish village green, a typical community bustles around their everyday lives; working, sharing gossip and watching the world at a leisurely pace. An ensemble cast immerses you in this community, sharing laughter, tears and stories.
Funded by the Alumni short film bursary from Falmouth University’s School of Film and Television and Screen Cornwall, Postbox was filmed on location in Cornwall during the summer of 2019.
Featuring an ensemble cast, this innovative short film is restricted to one view through a village postbox, allowing for a richer sonic world to tell the story, more in a radio play style than a short film.
What is it? Short film
Genre? Experimental/drama/spatial sonic experience
How long? 6 – 8 minutes
The Postbox, set in a rural Cornish village, comments on rural identity challenged by changing times. It is not set at a particular time and aims to have relevance to rural communities from more than just a Southern English audience. The lack of visual clarity as the audience peers through the restrictive letter box is meant to be frustrating, and to point the audience towards really listening to how the story is being told aurally. Setting the film inside a postbox situates the story in a fixed place, as the village community around it transforms and moves away.
Director’s statement of intent during pre-production
I don’t want the postbox short film to become an obviously negative comment on how such rural communities are dying, more a comment on how audiences’ react to such big societal shifts as the demise of letter communication and communities based around a village green. If the audience reaction is negative, then that would perhaps open a discussion.
I am interested in creating a film that is a bit different, that is not a film for a film’s sake and could perhaps be used in an installation format (as well as online) to prompt discussions in different places.
Recently, I have been working with a Cornwall company on several ‘timebanking’ projects, with a few communities in Bristol and Devon that are conducting long ‘community building’ projects around time-banking and skill sharing. It would be interesting to connect with such projects during their launch/awareness campaigns and to use such a film as this to engage people by prompting discussions.
Written & directed by Claire Stevens
Producer/ DoP: Ella Turner
AC: George Perry & Chris Smith
Concept Art: Rachel Akerman
Production Sound Mixer: James Chatwin
Sound Design & Mix: Porth Sound
Animation: Animind Studios
VFX: Ollie Chater
Runners: Lauren and Fraya