Tender scent is a film about perfumer Rita who finds that her favorite scents are all leading to the memory of her loved one whom she lost forever. Throughout the project year, I tried to visualize the protagonist’s feeling of the scents and deliver the emotions to the audience. There were several versions of the story during scriptwriting. The revisions happened due to the fact of psychology and the build-up of the character arc. The difficulty of blending the character-study story with active and attractive plots made me decide to have a non-linear story structure. We spent three months on pre-production to finalize the details of our blueprint to ensure the filming goes smoothly, from budget allocation to production schedule. It’s a seven-day production with fifteen locations. As a result, we overcame the limitation in various aspects: schedule, physical space, the weather… and filmed the ideal visual. There are always three scripts for each film: one for writing, one for production, and one for the post. It took four months of editing and discussion with professors to get the picture-lock. In this paper, I want to share my journey of this one-year thesis film project, including my study of filmmaking, the whole process of making the film, and the goal for me to achieve as an RIT film student.
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CAD)
Chen, Teng, "Scents of memory in the film: tender scent" (2022). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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