This is the page for DGA student award winning short film Frankenstein's Light, a student thesis short film, directed by Saad Nawab.
ABOUT THE FILM
When a distraught girl discovers Frankenstein's Monster has escaped from the movies, she has to save him or risk losing her grandfather.
My childhood was spent around a bunch of old horror and fantasy stories tucked inside those old VHS tapes. Most of them were of the Amblin kind, human stories having troubled characters going on a fantastical adventure. I stopped wanting to grow up after being immersed in those films, creating my own world built around those characters.
A decade and a half later, when the world forced me to grow up, I interviewed for film school. They asked me, “What kind stories would you like to tell?” I replied, “I wanted to make realistic hard-hitting films with a message.”
I think I lied.
Don’t get me wrong. I still want to make those kinds of films that make you think, that make you question, that portray the good and evils that prevail in society. But I knew I would be doing myself a huge disservice if I never ended up making the kind of films that I grew up with.
Frankenstein’s Light came out of that desire.
Taking a cue from the fantasy films of the 80's and 90's, I set out to tell a magical story centered around a distraught kid going in search of a movie monster that has come out of the silver screen. For me, that is the magical thing I always yearned for during my childhood. For all its escapism, at its heart, the film is an allegorical look at innocence and sacrifice. This allegory is ingrained in the setting of Frankenstein's Light, and go along with the root of the film; it's about how the fantastical is perceived through the eyes of a young girl.
The process of making this film has been a journey itself and I hope that when people see this film, they strengthen the belief that films are a means of escapism, where imagination can unfurl in unexplainable ways and much more.
At the end of it all, "it's not just a movie".