Our Speaker: Scott Kovacs
DAVID: A Short Film Exploring the Experience of Schizophrenia
Scott Kovacs is an internationally acclaimed award-winning writer/director/producer who creates and develops cutting-edge content for film, television, and theater. He earned a BA in Film & Media Studies at Lafayette College and an MA by Research in Filmmaking at the University of York. His recent work includes his thesis film DAVID, which has appeared at international film festivals where he's received several awards and nominations for writing, directing, and editing. He also co-produced the ground-breaking transmedia project: Billboard, which is currently available on Amazon Prime.
Film Synopsis: DAVID is the story of a young man living with schizophrenia whose ordinary challenges of daily life are complicated by the interference of auditory hallucinations and delusions. When David discovers that his abusive father has been released from prison, he must bravely face his demons or destroy the progress he’s made.
Research: This work uses film to present research undertaken into the experience of living with schizophrenia. It employs a performative methodology using dramatic narrative and experimental audio and visual techniques to communicate an understanding of living with schizophrenia in a way that could not be expressed using text. The audio and visual techniques were developed to better enable viewers to experience the central character’s mental illness first hand; at times placing the audience inside his head while in other instances offering them a more objective point of view.