Saya

France – VFX Project – 2016

Savin Yeatman-Eiffel (writer-director)

Savin Yeatman-Eiffel - participant, Cross Channel Film Lab 2016 Training Workshop 1, CornwallA graduate of La Fémis, the French national film school, Savin Yeatman-Eiffel is a writer, director and producer – and the founder of French indie animation studio Sav! The World Productions.  Savin wears all three hats on the animated series Oban Star-Racers (26 half hours), which aired in more than 100 countries, including the USA (ABC Family and ToonDisney) and Japan (NHK BS2 and Disney Channel) and was nominated for a BAFTA.  For STW, Savin  is currently developing several personal low budget feature film projects. He also produces and directs TV commercials and short films.  For other companies, Savin created animated series such as The Magician and Dragon Flyz (for Xilam), and wrote close to 100 episodes for animated shows.  He also took part in a number of short films as writer, camera operator, producer or sound engineer (NY, the Lost Civilization, Michael Moore Award Ann Arbor Film Festival).

Synopsis

How far will you go for love asks this dark, twisted romance.  Thanks to a revolutionary new therapy, Matthew recovers from the terrible accident that killed his family.  But there are unexpected consequences: he starts to see the world around him as a living nightmare, covered with eerie pulsating alien flesh, and to see people as terrifying alien creatures.  Cut off from his former friends and afraid he’ll end up institutionalised, Matt is close to losing his mind when he meets Saya, a beautiful young woman who is strangely unaffected by his visions.  Saya introduces herself as the daughter of the doctor who treated him and has subsequently disappeared.  Matthew offers to help her find her father, and immediately falls in love.

Several bloody murders reveal a disturbing truth: Saya is not actually human.  Matthew’s trauma causes him to see her as a beautiful woman.  To others unfortunate enough to cross her path, she is a terrifying monster.  The hopeless lover refuses to see the signs until they’re too obvious to miss, and the revelation shakes him to the core.  To keep his love alive, Matt chooses to lock himself in his distorted vision, cutting off the last links to his past and humanity.  Chris, Matthew’s oldest friend, is the only one who understands he is hiding something.  Determined to find out what happened to the murder victims, Chris discovers the dark secrets behind his friend’s medical treatment – and the true nature of Saya.   A fatal confrontation looms between the two men.  Little do they know that the future of the human race is at stake.

 

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