They have recently held a short film contest named Kuman Pictures Challenge and have received over 200 submissions three weeks after it opened (from the 30th of March 2020 to the 15th of April 2020). A month after, 10 films were shortlisted to win and Aldina Azani’s “The Story” was one of them.
Aldina is a BA (Hons) Digital Film Production Year 2 student and according to the small description box under her short film on Youtube, “The Story” was her take on realism. She acknowledges how social media has become a big part of society’s culture and wanted to tackle the subject of an “Alternate Reality Game”. When asked about how the idea for the short film came about, Aldina admitted that there was a series of “weirdness” that came to it.
“I got the idea when I was in the shower and heard a loud bang on my door”. Thinking that it was her sister, she decided to ignore the noise until she realised that the banging didn’t stop. “I furiously walked out of the bathroom ready to pounce on whoever's been knocking non-stop but when I was out the door, nobody was in the room. I then saw that the cupboard door was ajar, so I braced myself to get a scare from my sister, but when I went to check it, there was nobody there”. Aldina went on downstairs to ask whether there was anyone upstairs and much to her dismay, no one was. “The blood drained from my face when I realised I was the only upstairs the whole time. My imagination went wild and for some reason, it reminded me of those "if you don't share this, some ghost is going to haunt you" posts I saw a few years back on Facebook.”
That little incident then became the inspiration of “The Story”, and when Azmyl Yunor, Aldina’s lecturer, shared that Kuman Pictures was holding a short film competition, Aldina thought to herself "meh, why not" and entered. The short film has garnered around 737 views and is available to watch here!