Deviled Lamb (2023)
Head of Vanities
Afton Lin Shumate
Key Production Assistant
Camera Operator + Grip
Camera Operator + Gaffer
Deviled Lamb is a short film that speaks on topics such as sexual trauma, insomnia, and reoccurring nightmares. Taking place in the early 70s in a small Catholic School in rural Missouri. Deviled Lamb follows an eighteen-year-old survivor of sexual assault, four years after the event took place. The film portrays how trauma can spread well beyond the event itself, leading to a silent domino effect that follows for years after the event. In the film, we watch the young girl as she navigates through a series of surreal nightmares, in search of the lost fourteen-year-old, still stuck inside the memory that took place four years prior.
This is a personal story about healing and processing for all survivors of trauma.
About The Film
Deviled Lamb, is a hybrid short film, taking influences from both experimental and narrative storytelling, based on my personal story as a survivor.
A short film exploring topics of trauma, PTSD, insomnia, and reoccurring nightmares. Influenced by my research on human psychology and various sleep studies.
Pre-production of the film began in November 2021.
Production began on December 11th, 2022.
February to May will be dedicated to post-production and developing an original soundtrack.
The remaining film budget is roughly $5,000 to cover production fees, I have contributed $2,000 between pre-production and production costs. The intended length of the film is estimated to be 20 - 40 minutes.
Unfortunately, many productions that deal with sexual assault almost glamorize the subject. So many movies focus on the sexual assault itself rather than the healing process. Deviled Lamb is a story revolving around healing from trauma, with no need for a graphic scene. The stakes are high for this project because this is a touchy subject, but as a survivor, I feel I have an intimate understanding that enables me to tell this story sensitively and accurately.