The Ascension of Ava Delaine (2018)

A woman ascends on a visual journey through the stages of her life as her autonomy, identity and sexuality evolve from childhood naivete into absolute freedom.


Tonya Kay


Shaula Evans


Tonya Kay
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Credited cast:
Tonya Kay ... Ava Delaine


A woman's ascent through the major stages of her life in five visual, stylized, non-verbal vignettes, primarily shown through her apartment windows in a nod to the voyeurism and non-verbal vignette storytelling of "Rear Window" (1954). The technical choice to film in 5 min single-take drone shot takes inspiration from the technical bravura of cinema's iconic uninterrupted shots such as the tracking shot in "Wings" (1927), the illusion of a single take in "Rope" (1948), the almost four-minute continuous shot in "Le Boucher" (1970), and above all the single-take Steadicam filming of "Russian Ark" (2002). However, instead of going deeper into a restaurant, a village or a palace in a horizontal movement, The Ascension of Ava Delaine uses drone technology to tell the a story through vertical movement, following a woman's rise in life as it is externalized through her movement from street level through the five levels of an apartment building. Written by Shaula Evans

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Five minutes, five decades, five vertical stories. Single-take, single-actress. Shot entirely on drone.


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Release Date:

21 June 2018 (USA) See more »


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$15,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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