Boy With Bird - A Short Film

My name is Hannah Namnoum and I’m a Sophomore at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU studying Film and Television. I’m currently about to begin production on my Intermediate Narrative film -  an 8-minute short film about a young boy who finds solace in a small bird after his mother’s death. Not only is this my biggest production yet - it’s my most ambitious! And I need your help to see it through.

Boy with Bird centers around Lee, a shy boy who has trouble connecting to those around him. When he finds a small bird after his mother’s funeral, he is able to form a bond with something other than his mother for the first time. But after the bird forces Lee deeper and deeper into isolation, he must make a choice about those who are truly closest to him.

I’ve been working on this script for a while, and it means a lot to me as a story about depression, inner isolation, and grief. I’ve been wanting to bring this film to life for a long time in order to shine a light on these topics and illustrate how they can reach beyond the realm of adulthood and affect children too - something I don’t think has been given enough attention in our media today. 

To do this story justice, I am committed to bringing a unique visual style to the film that I think will tell this story in a visually compelling yet theme-driven way. I plan to have a specific wardrobe aesthetic as well as an animated and clay made bird, combining fantasy and reality in order to illuminate how depression and grief can affect children. I plan on also having a specific set aesthetic, and want to make sure the location we film at is apt, both visually and thematically. While ambitious, I am fully confident in myself bringing this vision to light, having won three awards for my films since I have arrived at Tisch as a transfer student this past June. In order to pull it off, however, I need the funds to achieve my vision.

While NYU provides me with equipment to film, I need additional funds to pay for essentials like food and transportation as well as location, wardrobe, equipment and set design. Your support, whether it be through a donation or sharing this campaign to friends and family, will be extremely helpful. Your contribution is essential to the completion and realization of this film, so please help in any way or any amount you can!

Thank you so much!



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Hannah Namnoum 
New York, NY
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