This film is about a relationship between two individuals who love each other though they both feel a weight of concern. As I developed this film, I soon realized how much of my life poured itself into the concept. It practically developed into a personal video journal. I mixed a variety of footage that I’ve shot while on vacation, home with my family, or things simply recorded on my iPhone among the main footage of my friends Lucy Donovan and Shade Mullins. This film is also partly about their love story too, as that was Shade’s last night in New York City. With the help of my favorite excerpt from the Romeo & Juliet play, I was able to established the chemistry between my two protagonists.
My life became reflective in this film because my partner of almost 8 years decided to leave NYC to pursue other career goals. All the while I’m on my own in the city. I paid homage to our relationship and named it “Modern Fiction 032710”. This project is meant to relate to anyone that goes through these relationship obstacles which is why I called it “Modern Fiction”. The “032710” is the date my partner and I met, March 27th, 2010. I wanted the date to appear like a serial number almost, because this has become a project that will be on going. A series that will be reflective of significant moments in my life or others.
PART II of “Modern Fiction” follows the story of Lucy and how she copes with the outcome of her relationship.
The film takes place in the apartment my partner and I lived in for 8 years. We Lucy struggle being all alone in a place once filled with love. All that was left was anxiety and uncertainty.
She spends her time writing down her emotions and for the love she has lost. The notes we see being written are actual letters that I wrote to my partner during our times apart. One of the messages we see is that of pain and forgiveness. Confessing how much I have hurt my partner by cheating.
In the end, Lucy finds a way to leave behind all of what once was a love story.
New York City
SVA Photo building
NYC Botanical Garden
Toledo Zoo, Ohio
Norte-Dame Basilica, Canada
City of Montreal
Shade Mullins – FORD Models NYC
Lucy Donovan – Marilyn Models NYC
Special thanks to Bon Duke and Ziggy Le Vin