Chez la Fleuriste (Check it out here!)
Chez La Fleuriste follows Robert, a successful business man trudging through an unfulfilling life, who finds himself wooed by Catherine, a whimsical extrovert and lover of French film. The film follows a non-linear path through their relationship’s ups and downs–as the things that once drew them together may now push them apart–and Robert learns that fairytale endings may not always come to be.
Chez la Fleuriste is a project that has been in the works for a quite some time. A few years ago my friend Cynthia Robinson--a French & English major and Film minor--wrote a script based off of a French poem she had a great fondness for: Chez la Fleuriste by Jacques Prévert. She took the poem and expanded its mere 20 lines into 15-page screenplay. The story evolved into the tale of a successful but arrogant business man (Robert) looking back on his past love for the whimsical, vivacious Catherine--and trying to figure out where it all went wrong.
In the summer of 2010 I read the script and fell in love immediately. I met with Cynthia about coming on board for her film, and soon after took the reigns as both Director of Photography and Producer. We attempted to move into production in the spring of 2011, but it faultered; our schedule was chaotic, our crew spread thin over various projects, and our actors swamped with work in the theater and elsewhere.
We were disappointed. We were upset. Cynthia and I knew we had an intense love for this project, but it just wasn't happening. That's when we decided to take a step back and gain a new perspective. We decided to move production forward to next year. It would be hard to quell our anticipation to start shooting for an entire year, but we knew it would allow ourselves ample time for proper pre-production and to do this film right.
Cut to: Spring 2012. We've learned from our mistakes, grown as filmmakers and creatives, and gained greater insight into this entire production. We have spent the past year honing the script, enhancing the visual approach, and putting together a stellar dedicated cast & crew to make this film a reality. We are incredibly excited to move into production in the coming weeks and finally bring this film to life.
Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the people who have dedicated to this project. We cannot thank you enough for your contribution--whether it be creatively, financially, or coming aboard our crew. This project has been an important part of our lives for the past several years, and we can't wait to move into production and share this wonderful story with the world.
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