From the moment the viewer first meets Antoine Doinel in a crowded French classroom full of boys, it’s clear the type of student he is: relentlessly bothersome, careless, and consciously incompetent. He’s a fearless clown in desperate need of attention. As time goes on, the viewer learns more and more about why this is. Catching a glimpse of his social life and the struggles he faces at home, it’s not hard to see why he acts the way he does. His mom and step-dad neglect him, he’s struggling to keep up in school, his teacher’s a jerk, and he’d much rather run away than face these things.
During the first semester of my senior year of high school, I wrote, directed, and starred in a short film called Natie. The video’s about six and a half minutes long, and I tried to make it as close to an episode of FX’s Louie as I could. A typical episode of Louie tends to consist of a couple extended vignettes, and I wanted Natie to mirror that. Unfortunately, I had no budget, no actors, a terrible camera, and a classroom in the basement of my school. Still, I tried my hardest to make a loving tribute to one of my favorite shows. Let’s take this beat by beat.