I am so excited to share the “Love Story” of Carlos Celestino and Maryanne Wrench, as captured at Pretville, a 1950’s film set a short drive from Johannesburg.
At my first meeting with this fun-loving couple they told me the romantic story of their first date, when they went as “friends” to watch a game together. They took the Gautrain and running late, they were running through the streets when Maryanne started falling behind, and Carlos grabbed her hand, their first connection. After the game they went out to dinner and ended up dancing the night away. Off course as with all love stories, it ended with a kiss.
These two lovebirds are also huge fans of movies, and mentioned quite a few, but there seemed to be a lot of emphasis on “The Notebook”. And so the thought came to me to tell the narrative of their first date set in the era and style of her favourite love story.
In my 1950’s adaptation I used creative license to shift the sequence of events slightly. We open onto the scene of them traveling, but instead of going to watch the game they are watching a movie. From there they grab a bite to eat at a diner, moving into the dancing the scene and ending with them running through the street as the rain starts falling. Finally they kiss in the rain, one of my favourite scenes from The Notebook.
I must say I was so impressed with their willingness to play along with my suggestions, particularly that final street scene shot at sunset on a cold winters night! My assistant climbed onto a ladder and poured water onto the couple while they were kissing for the base image, and from their gaps and giggles you can be sure it was freezing. I then added some rain effects in post-production.
I am super excited to shoot their wedding later this year, so keep your eyes open for the next installment!
As usual a huge shout-out to the amazing team who works their magic behind the scenes!