Late Fragment - An Interactive Film

Making Of

Late Fragment, which is designed for a DVD platform and presented as a live VeeJay’d performance theatrically, was shot in Toronto with an HD camera and recorded directly onto a digital card which went straight into the computer. The $1.3-million production involved a traditional filmmaking process as well as the creation and implementation of up to thirteen different digital tools to complete.

Notwithstanding the digital process, making a film that lets viewers interrupt the story at any time and switch to another scene while still following a three-act narrative structure also meant that a whole new way of thinking about cinema and story had to be invented. “Components, clicks, non-clicks, rabbit-holes and loops” were words that peppered the conversation in the edit suites.

To share and execute the vision, the producers needed to find three writer-directors willing to embark on this new journey. “We were looking for a particular breed of director,” said Ana Serrano (CFC producer), “essentially a structuralist, with a high sensitivity of how narrative is structured in space and time, who was unafraid of innovation and taking risks, and who had a distinct enough voice not to mind other voices crowding theirs.”

It was a tall order — filled by young writer-directors Daryl Cloran, Anita Doron and Mateo Guez. Along with Serrano and Anita Lee (NFB Producer), the three met and attended a restorative justice process in Montreal that gave them the inspiration and frame for the related stories. Then they went off separately and came back together with ideas in order to write a script connecting their stories.

As a result, Daryl Cloran directed “Kevin’s Story,” Anita Doron directed “Faye’s Story” and Mateo Guez directed “Théo’s Story.” This highly collaborative process was a mixture of trusting each other, believing in the others’ style and approach, sharing ideas, and feeling the theme as one.

Now that’s interactivity at work.

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