Done Four Productions' Charlotte's Song — created by Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin & Lindsey Mann, and directed by Nicholas Humphries — features the work of over 75 Vancouver Film School alumni and staff, and will be hosting its world premiere to sold out crowds at the Vancouver International Film Festival this September.
You can vote for Charlotte’s Song to win the #MustSeeBC Audience Choice Award once per day HERE until September 24th.
We had a chance to sit down with filmmaker Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin this week to chat a bit about the Charlotte’s Song premiere at VIFF and the VFS connection.
When we spoke last year, you had just wrapped principal photography on Charlotte’s Song. Can you give us a quick recap of the concept of the film and the genesis of the project?
Jessica: Charlotte’s Song tells the story of an amphibious siren (Katelyn Mager) who falls prey to a nefarious benefactor (Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon) and ends up in a magical turf war. Sumptuous production design and sinister storytelling conjure aseductive fantasy world in our Dust Bowl-era reimagining of The Little Mermaid.
While the project was spearheaded by myself and my production partner Lindsey Mann, the film features the work of dozens upon dozens of VFS grads in key roles from every department. Lindsey was a graduate of the Entertainment Business Management program (EBM13), our screenplay writer Bob Woosley is a Writing for Film and Television graduate, our composer and titles designer Kim Oxlund hails from the Digital Design program, our co-production designer Victoria Pearson from Film Production, and Sarah Elizabeth, the head of our makeup department, graduated from VFS in 2010. Lead actors, camera crew, art crew, sound crew, post crew, makeup crew… the list of graduates goes on and on. They come from all different departments, but the one common factor has been the incredible talent and unwavering drive and commitment to build something very special together.
Almost everyone else on the crew who was not an alumni of VFS was either current or former staff, which I believe goes to show the level of camaraderie between instructors at VFS and the over-all strength of community here. Most instructors finish a workday and the last thing they want is to see another student or co-worker. These people, on the other hand, chose to spend months of their evenings, weekends, and vacation days in each other’s company working to bring this thing to life. It has been a tremendously rewarding experience seeing everyone come together like this.
What does it mean for you to premiere at VIFF, and how do you max the opportunity?
The hometown premiere is always a great experience, and the organizers at VIFF have been just wonderful to us. The willingness of friends, family, cast, crew, and the general community to help spread the word has been overwhelming. We are very touched and grateful! We hope people enjoy the film and will continue to stick with us as the Charlotte's Song journey continues...
Charlotte's Song will continue its festival year, and we'll have announcements on domestic and international distribution to share on our sites in the coming months, as well as a host of new behind-the-scenes videos and other goodies. As for the next project for Done Four, I can’t get into too much detail just yet, but we have announced that the property will be based on the IDW comic book “Monster & Madman” by "30 days of Night" creator Steve Niles. This one will be directed by myself, and again will feature the talents of many of VFS’ stellar alumni! We're excited to dive in!
Anything else to add?
Words don't do justice to the cast and crew's efforts on this film. I encourage everyone to visit our Twitter (@Charlottes_Song) and FB pages (https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesSong) to check out some of the amazing work of the VFS grads yourself.
Oh, and if you feel like giving us your vote for the #MustSeeBC Audience Choice Award before Sept 24th on the VIFF website, well, that would be swell too!
Watch the trailer for Charlotte's Song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPRMjTXcOvs
And keep tabs on what’s next for Done Four Productions (www.donefour.com) or on Twitter (@DoneFourProd).
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Update! VIFF has just announced that due to popular demand a third screening has been scheduled for Oct 9th at 6:30pm, so there still have a chance to grab tickets to this sold-out show!