When a deaf man’s deceased wife appears when he plays her guitar, he decides to make a song to bring his memories of her back to life.
In a house atop Three Cliffs Bay, there’s a guitar in frame. Hugo (late 20s) enters with a box of photographs of him and SYLVIA (late 20s). Hugo picks up Sylvia’s guitar, contemplating whether or not to place it in the box. He decides not to, and begins to bitterly take the photographs out of the box.
Hugo’s father, Adam (late 50s), enters while vacuum cleaning, but Hugo can’t hear the noise -- indicating that Hugo is deaf. Adam stops vacuuming as he notices Hugo taking the photographs out of the box, and he gestures Hugo to sit down in sign language. Adam takes Guinevere’s guitar, and places Hugo’s hands on the guitar so he can feel the vibration of the chords. As Adam starts playing the guitar, chord by chord, Hugo watches, albeit not being able to hear, and he remembers the chords he used to play. Adam then hands Hugo the guitar. Hugo strums the D Major chord, as Guinevere appears. When he strums more chords, Guinevere slowly comes more and more to life.
As Hugo keeps playing, Guinevere leads him outside, where he’s taken back to the memory where Guinevere and Hugo first shared their love of music together. Sylvia and Hugo sit out on the headlands overlooking the ocean, as they play and sing together, as Hugo hadn’t gone deaf yet at the time of this memory.
Hugo is still strumming the chords, as he’s led forward in time to his last performance, before his hearing rapidly deteriorated. Hugo is playing a gig with friends in his family home, as his hearing has become increasingly muffled, and he messes up during a performance. This angers him.
As he keeps playing the guitar in the present time more passionately, it then appears as if Guinevere’s drowning in the projector. Hugo stops playing the chords, as the mood becomes more sombre, and he’s reminded of the dark memory of Guinevere vanishing behind the big rock in the ocean, where she struggled, and eventually, drowned. Hugo puts down the guitar and begins to break down.
Adam comforts him, and gestures him to come outside, as he takes the guitar. Adam leads Hugo towards the beach, as Adam holds Hugo’s hand, and they touch the daisies lining the walkway. This calms Hugo. Once they are on the beach, it’s dusk. As Hugo then steps towards the water, he starts playing the guitar once again. Guinevere once again comes to life, as they share a dance together. Once Hugo finishes the playing the song, Guinevere gestures Hugo towards the ocean. As he enters the water on his own, he takes a breath as he peers at the rock in the distance, and then, back at shore, where Guinevere no longer stands. He sets the guitar on fire, before letting it float away.
Meet the crew!
Director: Luke Williams
Luke Williams is a director from Stratford-upon-Avon who has been training in London aspiring to hone his craft as a filmmaker.
Armed with an insatiable curiosity and a boundless imagination, Luke has immersed himself in the world of cinema, studying its nuances and mastering its techniques from an early age.
Driven by an unwavering determination to bring their unique vision to life, Luke has honed his skills through countless hours of dedication and perseverance. With each project, his storytelling prowess has continued to grow, attempting to captivate audiences with thought-provoking narratives and visually stunning compositions.
D Major is a testament to Luke further pushing his creative boundaries through exploring the creative complexities of capturing deafness on screen that is his biggest challenge to date.
Producer: Androula Neophytou
Androula Neophytou is a passionate aspiring Cypriot producer based in London.
With a background in commercial work and TV, as well as completing a filmmaking course at the University of West England, she possesses a unique blend of skills and experience in the industry.
Currently studying film producing at MetFilm, Androula excels in budget management, scheduling, and nurturing artistic visions. With a proven track record of delivering exceptional content that surpasses client expectations.
Director of Photography: Yash Mistry
Yash Mistry is a London based cinematographer and composer.
Surrounded by a family of artists and (hobby) photographers, his love and curiosity for motion pictures kept growing since he was a kid. He studied a Bachelors degree in Mass Media and a Major in Advertising at the Somaiya University in Mumbai.
Soon, he became part of an agency that lead him to work with Unilever. During this time, he learned the science behind quality content and reaching a massive audience.
In 2022 he worked for a production company as a junior producer, creating creative concepts for feature interviews with celebrities. Later, that year he moved to London to start his Master's Degree in Cinematography.
Anirudh is an Indian-Nepali filmmaker who's been in the industry for over half a decade, working across India in a wide variety of projects.
Considering himself a storyteller first and an editor second, he adds his unique and creative flair to each project, weaving compelling narratives with his edits.
As one of the core members of D Major, it's his role to convert all the hard work and effort of the production team into post-production magic.
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