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This is a conceptual short I wrote after seeing a really weird ad campaign about breast cancer in my country of the Dominican Republic.

The ad said 'Defend yourself without fear from Cancer' in Spanish the wording kinda made it feel as if Cancer was like a criminal that you could take arms against, but for me, it also sparked this really twisted idea which tied with the character of Hannibal Lecter, as I saw cancer as this cannibalistic serial killer.

The idea would be for it to be very stylized, and Art Direction and Production Desing will be really important if or when this gets made.

I come from a photography background so my scripts kind of reflect the visual world of my Imaginarium which at times can be very dark.

I wanna know what could improve for this short, my idea is for it to be very contained and more of a visual narrative than verbal, but I am more than open to suggestions.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
My name is Dilia Oviedo, I'm a 34-year-old Dominican Artist. I first got my start in the world of art as a child, I participated in many plays as an actress and also behind the scenes in school productions, did ballet and also took part in various art camps throughout my childhood. At the age of 9 I got my first film camera and suddenly it was attached to my hand, I would document anything and everything that captured my attention. As a hobby I was also a movie lover, my first job at 15 was in a video rental store called "Home Videos", I used to sneak out of school every day to just go there and watch movies, I spent so much time there that they hired me, I loved being able to see movies and getting paid for it was an added bonus. As I got older I felt this huge need to find a creative outlet for some of the ideas that popped into my head, but being from Dominican Republic and not wealthy made it so that certain dreams seemed a bit out of reach, I kept taking pictures and I was known with my friends for my movie nights/ I studied languages and for a brief period lived in Brasil with my diplomat father, I studied culinary arts and luck blessed me when I got the chance to go to Barcelona to study photography. In 2008 I made my way to Barcelona and there I finally got a chance to express myself through visual art, I created concepts for my shoots, little narratives behind the still frames and slowly I felt myself wanting more, needing more than just still frames. After I came back to the Dominican Republic in 2012 I began teaching and also writing, this need to express myself further led me to take various online screenwriting courses, I also decided to pursue further academic knowledge in regards to film producing from the New York Film Academy in 2017. Currently, I am developing various screenwriting projects and working for a Dominican production company where I'm learning about the casting process and all the goes on behind the scenes to make a movie.

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