About Signs and Gestures
Through close collaboration with participants with a visual or hearing impairment, this project explores different approaches in the process of making a short film, which lead to adequate, positive, and ultimately more layered representation.
The short film was made with the support of the Challenge Investment Fund and with staff, students and alumni of the Edinburgh College of Art.
12 minutes fiction / English and BSL / Romance
Clara - Grace Whitford
Simon - Craig McCulloch
Tania - Rebecca Robin
Friend - Jack Allen
Producer Reece Smith
Director Itandehui Jansen
Cinematography Giulia Bragiotto
Music Enrica Sciandrone
Sound Recording Johanna Sutherland
Production Design Jesús Barrero Iglesias
First AD Julian Vogel
Script Supervisor Laurence Jenkins
Art Department Laura Fedeli
1st AC Chester Briscall-Harvey
2nd AC Roberto Campione
Reece Smith graduated from the Film Programme at the Edinburgh College of Art. He produced different short films which screened at BAFTA and BIFA accredited festivals. He participated in the Torino Film Lab Extended and in the Talents Programme of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Itandehui Jansen graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Her films screened among others at IDFA, the Morelia International Film Festival, The Oaxaca FilmFest, Washington DC Shorts and many others. She participated in the Berlinale Talents and Torino Film Lab Extended.
Blind florist Clara relies on touch, sound and smell. She has recently been chatting with Art student Simon on a dating app. Clara and Simon look forward to meeting in person. However, as Clara hasn't told him about her limited sight an unexpected situation arises during their first date.
Grace has previously acted in the feature drama Imagine (Andrzej Jakimowski 2012) and in the television series Doctors. She is at present studying at the Guildford School of Acting.
Craig graduated from the Programme Performance in BSL at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland. He has appeared in a variety of stage and theatre productions.