Originally shot for a handbag brand, this series called “Modern Fairy Tales” has continued as a personal project well after the commissioned project. The continued concept is around reimagining well-known fairy tales through their lesser-known, darker rooted story. These classic fairy tales come from a dark place of depth, complexity and meaning; they're not all shiny, happy Disney tales. This photographic and video series takes a modern re-interpretation in narrative, style, and dark humour.
This recent addition to the continuing series is from Cinderella; however, this interpretation is portrayed from the evil step sister, Drizella’s perspective. In the original story, she cuts off her toes to jam her feet into the golden (not glass) shoe. This is a video exploration of the complexity of this “evil" character who may just be a bit misunderstood.
Symbolic visuals in this video brood the tension and forces surrounding her desperate decision. The shadow of the swaying tree is Cinderella’s mother, haunting Drizella. The birds in the original story peck out Drizella’s eyes.
The series Modern Fairy Tales has been an award-winning body of work, recognized in various awards including PDN Photo Annual, Graphis, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, and International Color Awards in its ongoing depiction.
Director: Susan J Chen
Producer: Alfred Yan
Director of Photography: Drew Eckmann
Drizella: Aussie Guevara
Editor: Susan J Chen
First AC: Chris Tipton King
Grip: John South, Tyler Duchanel, Troy Thompson
Dolly: Neil Kelly
Production Designer: Damian Alvarado
Stylist: Andrea Guindi
MUA: Jacqueline Wray
Painter: Krista Rojas
Sound Design: Drew Joy
Birds Wrangler: Elizabeth Young
Birds: Morning (Thunder) Bell and Stella the Fella
Set Builder: Courtney Atkinsky
Special Thanks: Jon Fontana, Charlie Maier and Sandbox Studios