A collision of cultures forms the basis of a new Web series making its debut today – but is it a clash of anglo-franco attitudes, or mainstream filmmaking vs. guerrilla-style digital shooting?
Je Me Souviens Pas is a new French language (with English subtitles) web series, created, written and directed by Micheline Marchildon.
The tale of two flags follows Miche, a Franco-Manitoban writer/comedian, who relocates to Montreal in hopes of becoming a star. Quickly learning one harsh lesson after another about the barriers that exist between the Quebecois and the ROC (Rest of Canada), salvation comes when she lands a gig writing a web series; however, there is a catch: she must collaborate with a jaded separatist comedian named Louis-Félix.
The series is co-produced by Rebecca Sandulak, who in addition to her other production credits, is a professional photographer and cinematographer on the series.
Briefly describing the production (the project was shot entirely in Montreal) in an e-mail exchange with Mediacaster Magazine, she noted how she used a digital SLR camera on the production as one way to manage costs while maintaining a high digital quality. “Our scale was very low,” she acknowledges, with a budget of approximately $2 000 supplemented by the use of her existing pro photo gear, including a Canon 5D Mark II.
Sandulak also mentioned that each Je Me Souviens Pas webisode is between two and four minutes in length, with eight webisodes for an approximate 22 minutes in total.
With what seems like a typist’s tongue in cheek, she said she believes “the ideal length for a webisode is 1.46 seconds. People's attention spans are limited. Anything longer should be made for TV (or Netflix!).”
Which, of course, is one of the production team’s main goals: to have a major distributor pick up the story so it can continue with more seasons.
There’s no revenue for the show at this time, with financing coming entirely from the pocket of the creator.
Marchildon has completed 13 seasons as an actor and host, with several TV credits (including Météo+, Viens voir ici!, EtcÉTÉra, Clan destin) and film credits (You Kill Me, Inertia, An Officer and a Murderer) to her name.
Many of Marchildon’s characters were showcased at the 2003 CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and she has shared them with sold out audiences at the Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals.
Sandulak is the producer of the independent feature film, H&G, and she is well-known for other media projects, such as her video collaborations with the band, Chic Gamine. Some select photo credits include Goon, The Haunting in Connecticut, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil.
The series and its official trailer premiere on YouTube; a Facebook page has also been set up for the series.