Summer Girl is a short film that portrays a reality from the perspective of a child. How she aspires to be like her father as well as dealing with a strained relationship to her mother. The film takes place inside a child’s imagination, but she is constantly interrupted by the harshness of life. This is amplified by the ever-present contrast in cinematography techniques, lighting set-ups, soundscapes and costumes. As the writer director for Summer Girl, I wanted to portray the difficulty of feeling like you are not enough to your parents. You strive to make them proud, but in that process there will always be moments where you are filled with the emotion of failure and disappointment. No matter what, though, you have to keep on trying. Summer Girl is capturing the universal sensation of wanting to make your parents proud and live up to their expectations.