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Cook Book

A hapless bachelor tries in vain to cook a romantic dinner. Life looks bleak until a magical chain of events brings a surprising transformation. His next attempt to cook leaves him needing a little more magic to handle what happens next.

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Inspiration for this film came from a chain of events in writer Andrew William Robb's own kitchen that nearly resulted in the second Great Fire of London. Out of that came this simple little story, a parable about something unexpected that gives our character the confidence to 'get cooking'. Whether it is just a bump on the head or something more magical we leave to the audience to decide.

We tried to distinguish between the grimy, dark cornered, inedible world before the event and then the sparkling, clean, tasty world afterwards. We used a different grading and set styling and subtle differences in costume.

For a film without dialogue we knew we would be relying heavily on the musical score to help communicate the story and also help us enjoy each moment along the way. Julien Diaz has managed to weave all the elements of the story together with a truly beautiful score and performance which met our brief exactly.

We also wanted to bring an impish, slightly surreal element to the film, dressing our characters in bright colours. This was wonderfully complemented by the location we used - a 17th century bakery house in Oxfordshire, complete with classic 'Aga' stove and a fine selection of the owner's sculptures and paintings.


Copyright © 2012 Distant Object Productions

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14 Sep – 16 Sep | Berlin, Germany

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