In a world where metaphor has turned into reality, Wallace finds herself with a bloody chest after she has given her heart away to Georgie years ago. With only three days before her wedding to another man, Wallace decides it's time to trade hearts back. When Georgie reveals that he used a butterknife to cut her heart up and leave it in their favorite places so her heart could flourish in happy memories, Wallace insists they go on a treasure hunt around the city to find it.
The film is magical realism.
It’s a world that exists tangentially to ours. We want to go for the slightly off-center symmetry seen in Wes Anderson films. As "light-hearted" as our film seems, Eat Your Heart Out is really about heartbreak, loss, and moving on-- these come with emotions and moods that we hope to portray though darker, more dramatic visuals. We will utilize natural lighting to give us more a more dramatic atmosphere while leaning on the production design, costume, and script to keep the tone romantic and sweet.
The visual arc of the film begins in the quirkier world of Wallace’s home which shifts from her eclectic house to the rich natural landscapes of beaches and forests landing in a dirty industrial world. When she and Georgie meet at his beautiful industrial loft they must move backwards again from an industrial world to a lush conservatory full of flowers. The film culminates in a romantic and warm chapel where they were once married.
Camera and Look
To highlight the magical realism, we will be using a heightened visual language to separate the viewer from the “real world”. We plan on using pans, tilts, tracking shots, and distant-faraway shots. We will be using an anamorphic lens to help create a consistent and rich visual experience.
A perfectly temperate day. A society where everyone has a creatively-fulling and well-paying job with benefits. Healthcare— of course. House-- to their taste. They know their neighbors and wave to strangers. We barely notice that everyone is bleeding from their chest. It is a picturesque world that exists under the macabre shadowy veil of heartbreak.
The warm and wise voice of the world. Graham personally and professionally is excited by the project. He has committed to using his industry connections to help move the film forward in marketing, distribution, and pitching for the feature. Film and TV credits include: L.A. Confidential, Brokeback Mountain, Battlestar Gallactica, The Paper Chase, Leaving Las Vegas
The sweet and comedic Georgie. Charley is an up-and-coming actor in Los Angeles with an already impressive resume. He has a strong social media presence on twitter and instagram which will help in the film’s promotion. Film and TV credits include: Community, CSI: Cyber, Modern Family, and This Is Us.
The quirky and determined Wallace. Abby is an improvisor, writer, director, and teacher in Chicago. The webseries she created and co-wrote, The Exquisite Corpse, partnered her with OpenTV and connects her to the Chicago film community. She also teaches theater to inmates at Cook County Jail along with Beacon Academy and various schools. She is a theater director as well and will be directing Hopelessly Devoted at Piven Theatre next March, which will also tour local prisons and jails. She is acting and partnering with Pulitzer Prize Winner David Auburn on his upcoming world premiere of The Adventures of Augie March next June. Abby has appeared in Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, performed stand-up on TBS’s Rooftop Comedy Hour, and in various indie films. She has worked with Jason Chiu on a Samsung Commerical in 2016.
Julia is an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning writer. Her plays have been produced across North America and in the UK. The Toronto Star called her “delightfully original” and Crain’s Chicago said her work is, “wonderfully weird, piercingly poetic and unexpectedly moving.” NOW Magazine wrote, “Keep your eye on Lederer, whose got huge potential.” Julia’s work has been produced in Los Angeles as part of The Theatre @ Boston Court’s Polly Warfield Award-winning season (4 LADCC Award Nominations), Alaska, Chicago, New York, Toronto, etc. She has upcoming productions in Boise (With Love and a Major Organ), New York and Leeds (Gi60 festivals), and Toronto and LA (her newest play, U-R-U). In Canada, Julia has developed work with Nightwood Theatre, The Thousand Islands Playhouse, Roseneath Theatre, Driftwood Theatre, and is the playwright-in-residence for SMOOTHIELAND Performance Projects, producing episodic theatre for young audiences. FILM/TV: Upstaged (writer/co-creator, streaming on Highball TV), Carmilla (creative consultant on the Canadian Screen Award-winning web-series, Shaftsbury), and has written multiple scripts that have ranked at the Austin Film Festival. With Love and a Major Organ is published by J. G. Shillingford Press. Julia’s work has been published by Routledge, and in multiple online publications, and will be featured in Smith & Kraus’s upcoming monologue anthology.
Jason is the visionary of the cinematography of this film. He has worked on commercials for Nissan, Samsung, McDonald’s, and The Special Olympics. He was the DP for the award-winning films Runner and Henry Gamble’s Birthday.
Kyle is an award-winning filmmaker in Chicago. He worked 10 years as a production assistant on major studio productions and produced local commercials since 2010. His short film for the 48 Hour Film Project won top honors at Filmapalooza 2018 and was selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Our tireless producer and born problem-solver. Christine is an actor and writer in Chicago. She was the creator of the webseries Actress, which gave her the skills to take on this film well as her own future film projects. She has acted in A Good Person, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med and at Steppenwolf Theatre.
An innovative thinker and artistic asset. Katherine Bourne is an actor, producer and teaching artist living in Chicago. She believes that a truthful performance really can change the world. In Chicago, she has performed with numerous theaters. She is on staff as an instructor with Black Box Acting, and spent her summer on faculty in the Meisner classroom at The School at Steppenwolf. She spent seven years in Dallas, Tx, where she worked as a cofounder and producer of Shakespeare in the Bar and TRIBE, for which she was named a 2016 Dallas Mastermind and awarded a Best of Big D win. She worked as an actor with The Dallas Theater Center (2017 Regional Tony Award winner), Stage West, Watertower Theater, Dallas Actor’s Lab, and is an ensemble member at Undermain Theatre, where she performed numerous times.
The wardrobe is casual and the colors are light but muted. Instead of bright yellow, we have mustard. Instead of red we have a pastel pink. People in this world have no financial worries and dress well without much effort. Their casual outfits are well-groomed and heightened, but not fancy or stuffy. It is a cool summer day in Chicago.
See TASTE for a short film the EYHO team has used to ignite conversation around tone, narration, and cinematography.
Wes Anderson, Stranger Than Fiction, The Magic School Bus, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Spike Jonze, Black Mirror, When Harry Met Sally