Inside the isolating reality of a perfect idol

Project type: Fiction Short
Project status: Production
Director: Olivia Gray
Creative Producer: Emily Timmer
Director of Photography: Martyna Jakimowska
Sound Design: Articulated Sound
Editor: Matt Gabzdyl
Colorist: Caroline Morin

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When the perfect woman stumbles upon a dirty chained prisoner in the desert she falls into an unrequited love she kills to control culminating in a life changing revelation.


Princess Salomé is the celebrity of Ancient Judea. The incessant gossip and obsession over her is juxtaposed with her complete isolation. All the while she’s forced to grapple with her father’s death, mother’s infidelity, and stepfather’s sexual advances.

Constantly being idolized and sexualized, Salomé’s anger and her position as a princess is the only power she clings desperately to. Once she comes across someone who won’t submit to her and doesn’t want her for her beauty, she gets hooked and seeks to posses him for herself.

When she literally has his head in her hands, she comes to the profound revelation that her obsession wasn’t love, and realizes the only way to save herself is to have walk into the unknown with faith.

Meet the Filmmakers

Olivia Gray – Director
Olivia graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and Contemporary Cultures and Societies. Her culture courses dissected global film through the lenses of relevancy, composition, and socio-political influence. She also studied French in Paris. During Uni, Olivia realized her love of actings and split her time between DC & New York taking acting classes with Yale, Juilliard, HB Studio and The Barrow Group teachers.

In 2018, Olivia traveled to London to study professional acting from the founders of the famous Drama Center.

Even though Olivia has been writing all her life she hasn’t pursued writing professionally until recently. In the summer of 2022 she shot the first short she co-produced #Melissa, and wrote a Pilot with a long time friend after working as a PA on WestWorld. Currently she’s writing 2 screenplays to be produced.

Taking on the roles of producer, writer and director for her own films and other projects allows Olivia to gain more control and security as an artist while moving the needle forward. More importantly, Olivia’s work naturally has minorities and women at the forefront exploring the possibilities the types of stories that reflect the real variety of the real world.

E.C. Timmer – Creative Producer
E.C. Timmer grew up amongst evergreens in Washington State. After a decade of travel through Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa – filming documentaries – she now writes and directs films in Southern California. Emily is fascinated with the natural poetry of life, and she hopes to create enlivening art all across our planet until she’s much older, wiser, and wears dentures. She’s an avid runner, and she’d like to make it to the moon. Someday. She’s still fond of evergreens.

Martyna Jakimowska – Director of Photography
Martyna is a Polish cinematographer based in London. She graduated with an MA in Cinematography from the UK’s National Film and Television School in 2022 after previously studying in Poland. She won the Silver Tadpole for her cinematography in the short film Summer at Camerimage in 2016. Martyna’s work has also played at numerous international film festivals including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, Slamdance, SXSW and the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Articulated Sound – Sound Design
“Articulated” is a creative duo of Elif Karlidag and Utkucan Eken. They specialize in sound and music for new media, film and TV. They have worked on many documentaries, short and feature films which aired on national and international television channels including ITV, Sky Arts, CBS and Netflix as well as many international festivals including Berlinale and Cannes Film Festival.

Matt Gabzdyl – Editor
Matthew is an editor based in London (UK). After graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA in TV Production and specialising in the field of editing he was picked up by Final Cut and has established himself over the last 6 years in films, music videos and commercials. In 2022 he picked up a best editing nomination for the Young Arrows awards and previous films have been highlighted at a range of festivals including the BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Film Festival and Underwire festival.

Caroline Morin – Colorist
Caroline is a London-based freelance colourist working on a wide range of projects including animations, commercials, music videos, short films and feature films.
Her love for colours started at a young age with drawing and painting as she attended classes at the art school of Bayonne in the French Basque Country. Caroline has always been fascinated by the impact of colours on storytelling and the collaborative work that colour grading is. She likes to bring a strong cinematic quality and careful attention to detail to my work.

Over the years Caroline has been working with a variety of clients including R.E.M Beauty, John Lewis, Under Armour, Mulberry, LEGO, Samsung, Netflix, Asics, TikTok, Primark, Honda, SKY, Monzo, Bremont, McLaren, Pringles, Folk, Estée Lauder, BBC and many more.


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