I wrote and directed the first version of this short film, The Way We Say Goodbye in 2006 while attending the Academy of Art University with a handful of like-minded and passionate filmmakers with a miniscule budget and a short production schedule. One of our actors literally wrapped shooting in Emeryville, California and rushed off to catch a flight to Los Angeles for another production. When production funding fell through I was forced to move on to other projects but kept this film close to my heart with the intention of revisiting it.
In 2010 I learned through industry contacts of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative in Canada and a festival to be held in honor of French auteur and principal architect of the Nouvelle Vague or "French New Wave" Jean-Luc Godard. Of course you know Mr. Godard and his contemporaries would go on to influence and affect the experimentation with cinematic language, theory and execution to this very day.
I was honored to submit my film for consideration in honor of Mr. Godard's 80th birthday this December and relish in knowing that my film will screen with others from all over the world on December 3rd, 2010 at the RPL Film Theater in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada.
Our new film, La Maniere Que Nous Disons Au Revoir "The Way We Say Goodbye" en francais, is a re-imagining of the original short film and embraces many of the techniques and sense of play employed by Godard, Truffaut and others and it is in this fashion that we've created this new film. It is not completely different but much more intention was placed on story and character while bringing the subtle to the forefront - a theme I would argue is all too remiss in conversations about love, life, and relationships in this era.
The film was shot in English, later dubbed in French and English subtitles were added. Additional sound design and color correction and editing choices were additionally explored.
Black & White with a selective and at times whimsical palate.
Emily K. Rolph is a film art director based in San Francisco. She also has experience and enjoys working as every position in the art department. Here is a collection of clips from some of her recent work. To see more of her work visit http://www.emilyrolph.com