“The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance.
That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.”
-Robert Bresson

Non-actors capture a realist style. All the characters for this film are street-cast real teenagers without acting experience. In a collaborative effort, I work with the cast to incorporate details from their life. For example, Lily Rand who plays the character of Sara is an avid painter. Together we will incorporate a scene of her art practice into the film. Given that the location of this story is significant, it was important for me to cast locally.
                                        SHOOTING STYLE
Inspired by documentary films (Maysles Brothers, Frederick Wiseman) and studying social anthropology, I’ve always leaned into a quiet, and observational cinema veritè style of filmmaking. With fiction films, I’ve consistently gravitated toward longer takes (Chantal Akerman) and less dialogue. Observational shooting combined with casting non-actors will work together to make the film feel close to real life. Utilizing practical and natural light will show each place as it really is.
                                            REFERENCE FILMS
Lake Forest Park‘s cinematography and story-telling is largely inspired by Gus Van Sant’s Elephant (2003) and Last Days (2005), Kes by Ken Loach (1969), and The Headless Woman (2008) by Lucrecia Martel.