TAKEN IN is a handmade feature film about a man who must spend a weekend alone with his estranged teenage daughter at a roadside resort. It is here that Simon and Brooklyn must confront the issues that have driven them apart, and ultimately choose how they will move forward...together or alone.

TAKEN IN was written and directed by personal filmmaker, Chris White. It was made entirely with cash and in-kind contributions from friends and family. The story (co-written with his wife Emily), was inspired by Chris’ theatre work with students at a therapeutic boarding school. The film is dedicated to his own teenage daughter, Gibson.

TAKEN IN was filmed at South of the Border, Dillon SC USA in the Spring of 2011.

19 May 2011

Sofia Coppola

I finally saw Sofia Coppola's SOMEWHERE (2010)...today. But it's influenced TAKEN IN ever since I learned of its existence seven or eight months ago.

A father and his daughter at a hotel...I guess that's plain to see, but there are other, less obvious influences.

Peter Bogdanovich's PAPER MOON (1973) was just as influential to my father-daughter tale, but it is Ms. Coppola's patience that most appeals to me as a director. (Her film's photography by Harris Savides...who also shot ZODIAC and ELEPHANT...is pretty great, too.)

Coppola is patient with her actors, allowing them ample time and space to find true moments.

She is patient in her editing, letting beautiful shots linger, slip into each other, never rushing...as if she is waiting for them to be what she needs them to be.

She is patient with her story, allow it time to unfold...to land where it needs to land. She never forces it to be what is should be, she lets her story unspool.

The sum of this is gorgeous filmmaking. Loving filmmaking. Honest filmmaking.

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