PAPER KEY | Narrative Drama (Short Film)

Screenplay by Ya'Shalan


Shielded from embarrassment by her former best friend, Aya returns the favor and is forced to confront why the friendship ended.


Ex-friends, Aya and Lacy, reunite during an incident in a shared class, inducing tiny fraught conversations throughout the school day.

Paper Key is about putting out the fire that burns bridges.

Based on true events, we explore one depth of this conversation between two girls before they graduate and move along. Our objective is to create authentic language in the presence of harsh feelings in order to salvage a relationship.


Pre-Production (July 2020): Writing, Screenplay Revisions, and Art Design