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“Lay Me By The Shore” Short Film in 35mm and 65mm

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Edited from various internet pages including: Pacific Backlot, Panavison, Film Shortage, Directors Notes Date: 05.03.2023
"I wanted to capture moments and scenes of everyday life, but from the point of view of an ethereal, benevolent presence. In scenes where this was most felt, we used 65mm. The format is so beautiful and renders images completely free of grain. The images convey this feeling of lucidity, like a window through which to see the world, from the beyond maybe". David Findlay, Director


Introducing a young cast of first time actors, "Lay Me By The Shore" follows a week in the life of Noah, a high school senior in his final days of school as he comes to terms with his best friend’s passing. Bathed in the warm light of long June days and with the intimidating specter of an unknown future looming, the tale is told from the perspective of the recently departed and, through the prism of grief, highlights the raw, potent emotions of youth.


Production for "Lay Me By The Shore" took place in Vancouver, BC for eight days at the end of June 2021. Made with a loving crew of close friends and passionate first-time actors, the film was shot by DP Evan Prosofsky on 35mm as well as 65mm film to create an arresting and unique visual style.

David Findlay directs a cast of first-time actors in a quiet study of grief that reflects the fragilities of youth. In every instance, our school years are destined to be finite, and while a portal to new beginnings, the months that mark the era’s end underscore the precariousness of what’s to come. Set against the sun-lit glow of June days, and the spectre of uncertain futures, David Findlay directs a picture of grief through the lens of youth in cinematic short, "Lay Me By The Shore". Premiered at Berlinale and TIFF 2022, the film follows high school senior Noah as his final weeks of school signal an unravelling of events that accompany the recent and sudden loss of his friend.

Played by Isla Pouliot – who stars alongside Kai Smith, and a cast of first-time actors – we witness Noah’s struggles as a transgender teenager trying to navigate his grief and the unpredictability of his reactions, via personal relationships, and the reverberations felt by the tight community around which his world is centered. Weighted with feeling and sensitivity towards its lead at his most fragile, Lay Me By The Shore takes narrative inspiration from the lyrics of The White Birch, the Norwegian artist who also soundtracks the film.

Based in Vancouver, Findlay weaves the brooding beauty of Canada’s natural landscape into quiet vignettes, reflecting the raw immediacy of Noah’s emotions, pulsating within as the grip of grief threatens to overcome him. As moments of lightness cave to unforeseen reminders, "Lay Me By The Shore" captures the volatility of his inner dialogue, and the twisting path followed as dissociation and escapism give way to surging realisation and acceptance.
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8-perf 65mm camera and crew. Picture curtsey Director David Findlay


Directed and Written by David Findlay. Starring: Isla Pouliot, Kai Smith, Aslan Campbell, Gwenna Cooper, Nicky Lee Evans, Vivi Harder and Brennan Smart. Produced by Joaquin Cardoner. Cinematography by Evan Prosofsky CSC


“David's film was incredibly ambitious, shooting over a week on 35mm and 65mm for very little money. We couldn't have done it without the support of Adam Osten at Panvision Vancouver and our amazing producer Joaquin Cardoner working his magic!”

#Cinematographer Evan Prosofsky CSC describes the challenges faced while capturing the short film #LayMeByTheShore.

“Panavision has always supported my projects, big and small, and this was no exception. We shot with their Millennium XL2 camera and PVintage and Primo lenses, and my personal Fries 8-perf 65mm for a couple heightened moments. I wanted the film to feel like how I remember my summers as a teen, where the days and sunsets seemed to last forever. I liked the contrast between bright, golden interiors and soft, muddy, amber night exteriors. I was thinking a lot of the work of Harris Savides and the way he kept things so unbelievably simple and understated. We pulled everything 2 stops to bring out the pastels as much as possible.”

Official Selection

The film world Premiered in competition at the Berlinale 2022, went on to play TIFF and will also play Whistler Film Fest after the online Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere.
• Toronto International Film Festival North American Premiere 2022
• Canada’s TIFF Top Ten, 2022

Running time
18 minutes

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