Exit Log, took inspiration from the sci-fis of the 1980s, in particular the works of Ridley Scott. This influence is clear in his feature, which concerns two human engineers in the year 2249.
Reflections, follows a couple on holiday abroad who discover a strange mirror that has the power to reflect back their true selves. His brief experimental horror explores the idea of a failing relationship and is in the vein of the early works of British director Christopher Nolan, of whom Khaseria is an enormous admirer and fan.
Need for Speed (Dating) undermines the typical tropes of romcoms. "I hate traditional romantic comedies, and I didn't set out to write one, as I think that they promote the idea to women (and men) that love is easy and always works out in the end." Morgan admits to having a taste for bittersweet explorations of romance, including the likes of Groundhog Day, Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind and Silver Linings Playbook. Keeping things across the pond, Kiara Jones plays with expectations in her tense thriller The Other Side of the Game, where a couple are battling to escape a hostage situation. Jones was currently working on her own feature when she entered the Imagination Series.
Last, but by no means least, is Spain's Maite Fernandez, whose Graffiti Area is a visual spectacle about two street artists who are preyed upon by their own creations. "I remembered one day I was walking to work and I was thinking of if ideas and suddenly I saw a wall covered in graffiti and I thought: Why not?", explained Fernandez. All of the features that were made celebrate the visual arts, and it's a testament to the work of the Imagination Series as to how diverse and creative they are. For those who're encouraged by the efforts of this year's winners and their short films, Fletcher offered some advice relating to the secret to a good screenplay. "Inspiration and a lot of hard work are just two of the essential ingredients for a good screenplay. The ability to access truth is the probably the other. That means experiencing life is integral as well. It gives you something to say."
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