A young woman with a dangerous curiosity takes an unexpected detour through a magical fantasy on her usual bike ride home from work.
Writer: Marina Lazzarotto
Directors: Rory W. Tucker, Marina Lazzarotto
Producer: Cody Bown
Flash stars Marina Lazzarotto as a young girl on a bizarre adventure of an evening. Lazzarotto also wrote the screenplay and co-directed the film with longtime friend and collaborator Rory Tucker. Cody Bown, writer and director of Homesick, produced. This is the debut production from Indien Summer, Bown’s boutique firm.
Unlike the majority of films and TV shows shot in Vancouver – the hometown of the principle crew – Flash is also set in the City of Glass. Flash endeavours to capture the glistening beauty of a rainy evening at locations like the sea wall around Science World: a twinkling orb, evoking a landed UFO in the backdrop of our protagonist’s mysterious midnight wander.
Though proudly Canadian, Flash transcends the signature appearance and style of Canadian film. This is largely thanks to the work of South African cinematographer Jan Klompje who was mentored in the old school in his native country; French editor Laurence Larre whose broad professional background leant a graceful structure to the narrative; and fellow Vancouverite VFX director Simon Redekop, a celebrated digital video artist and painter with a unique and vital style.
The photography for Flash was taken in four days on location all over Vancouver, and at the sound stage of the Bosa Center for Film and Animation where a 10′ x 10′ desert landscape model and flying carpet were constructed and shot with a greenscreen.
Klompje, of Brightside Cinema, shot on a Red Epic. John Wardlow, co-founder of Stunts Canada, coordinated a pivotal scene. And Rob Coudert, a Parisian producer and composer, scored a haunting, contemporary soundtrack.
Every contribution to the production was made by an artist with profound dedication to the story, and the array of talent in the film’s credits has snowballed since the final draft of the script was circulated. It’s our hope that the effect of this sentiment will leave a deep impression on viewers.
About Marina Lazzarotto
Marina is a classically trained actor whose interest in filmmaking has recently expanded. This is her first foray into screenwriting and her first time taking a seat in the director’s chair.
Besides her training in Vancouver, Marina studied at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris. In 2013, she received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Puck in Beachhouse Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Her recent credits include roles on Fringe, Untold Stories of the ER and numerous short films. Most recently, she starred in Homesick which screened at the 2013 Cannes Court Metrage at the Cannes Festival.
About Rory W. Tucker
Rory is a producer/director who works out of Vancouver. He has directed several independent narrative short films and commercial video productions since graduating with a BFA in motion picture production arts from Capilano University Film Centre in 2012.
As one of the partners of Vancouver based 3 Magi Productions, Rory has several short form and feature film projects in development at this time. In addition to his independent projects, Rory works as a story assistant in factual entertainment, most recently on History Canada’s Yukon Gold.
When he’s not hunkered down in the story room or out on set, you might find Rory in his garden tending to beets and carrots or in front of a canvas trying to learn how to paint.