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To live, he dared death.

A short film.

Boxed is a fictionalized short film based on the true story of Henry "Box" Brown a slave who mailed himself to freedom in 1849. Shot as a psychological thriller.

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the Idea

The idea for Boxed came about via chance encounter that the director Wanjiru Njendu had with Karyn Parsons (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Major Payne) at the 2018 Hollywood Creative Forum. Karyn runs a company Sweet Blackberry that teaches children Black History via animation. The first story they did was Henry Brown's. During the conversation Wanjiru latched onto the idea of telling Henry's story, but as a psychological thriller with the audience in the box with him for the duration of his trip. This thought and style were influenced by the films Get Out and Buried. She thought inside the box.

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TREATMENT

The camera lens is the the audience eyes and the 4th wall at all times. We are going to experience the entire film with him in the box based on the sounds around him and the conversations he overhears around him as he is transported. The light changes coming though the slits of the box as he is transported. Day and night. Very horror/suspense-like (like the film Buried). This performance will be based entirely on the actor’s face and upper body and the horror of being in this tiny cramped space. Similar to Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele’s Get Out when he is in the Sunken Place and every horrifying film in which someone is in a contained claustrophobic space. During his journey we are carried along with him via the conversations around him. We do not go outside the crate and the space he is in.

Production

Wanjiru wrote the script on February 17th, 2018 and wrapped production a month later, 3 days before she underwent a surgical procedure. During her recovery time at home she worked remotely with her post team to complete the film later that summer.

The film was shot (MOS) (no sound recorded on set) in one contained location with all voice, ADR and sound recorded and designed in post-production to enable us to capture the authenticity of the time period and the fear that Henry would have gone through during this treacherous journey..