Blog 1 Bart & Sophie: The Beginning

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It started on the train, on the way back from Film By The Sea in Vlissingen. While the ground raced under our feet, next to us sat a mother with a small child. We looked at the woman, following her loving gaze to the baby held in her arms; his eyes were closed, not yet fully aware of his surroundings. In a short time he’ll open his eyes and take the world in around him. And much later he will have a perspective on it. A completely dependent and blank person with everything in the right place; ears, nose, eyes, mouth, arms, legs, and hands. What will those hands do, who or what will touch? No one knows. Where those legs will carry him, nobody knows. What those eye will see, no one can say. But you feel the potential; you feel the weight of a nascent life.

But what if you just let this life let slip out of your hands? Could you endure it?
That’s where we started.

We’ve written a hundred different versions of a story in which we tried to capture this question. This led us to Steven; a carefree twenty-year-old student who, through a stupid accident, lets the life of the one-year-old he is looking after slip through his fingers. Our film takes place in the time between the moment of the accident and the parents return home.

We’ve written hundreds of scenes and scrapped most of them. But every time we came closer to the kern of the idea.Sometimes you lose what you want to say, which puts the script at risk, but the more versions we made, the more certain scenes started to come back. Sometimes these were scenes from the very early versions written on pocket scraps of paper or in lost notebooks. It’s funny how things work; it is as if the story wants to be told, as if certain scenes force themselves upon you.

Because we both have a theatrical background, this is automatically reflected in our style. At the same time, we wanted the story to become a film, so it was a time to find the right style and the right balance. Now, eighteen months later, the script is finished and we think we’ve found that balance.

Finished: it sounds so final and scary, and there’s always something you think you haven’t included. But the story told itself.And now it’s up to usto bring the story to you.

We’ll keep you informed.