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An Interview with Luc Bernier, Director of Uncommon Bond

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2020

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Your new movie Uncommon Bond - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It's about a couple, Jinelle and Drax, trying to overcome the loss of their son years ago. Jinelle has a harder time with the grief, but has a vlog where she shares her experience with others, which seems to help her. But closer to her son's anniversary, she seems even more different. Her husband films her without her knowing to try to see what's really going on.

 

Uncommon Bond is a movie about loss, guilt and coping - so is any of this based on personal experience or the like?

 

No, it's not based on anything personal, or at least, not at this extreme. Loss is difficult, no matter what. It's just an idea I had one day, and thought it would be nice to have a drama mixed with supernatural elements to explore even more aspects with the characters.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Uncommon Bond?

 

Not really. I tend to write drama scripts, but always with something from another genre in the mix, such as horror, or thriller. It's what I like to write, but also what I like to see. The drama makes the characters more interesting, human, and with the horror or thriller aspect, it gives many more interesting layers to the characters, cause they are challenged.

 

What can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror?

 

With Uncommon Bond, I thought it would be interesting to add something supernatural in the mix. The movie really starts as a drama, where you understand where the characters come from, and what's been going on for years, what they've been through. But throwing a horror flavor to it changes the movie's route, and you then ask yourself many more questions. What if? Is Jinelle really losing it, or is she actually very sane? That's the horror twist in this. You never know for sure, but all possibilities are very much alive.

 

You chose the "found footage" approach for Uncommon Bond - so why is that, and what are the advantages and also challenges filming that way?

 

Found footage is definitely different. With movies, you create a mood with the images you choose to film, the angles you pick, the music you support them with. You craft a story with the way you imagine it. Found footage, you don't have all those different angles, you don't have the music to create the mood. You only can rely on the actor's work, and the story itself. Plus, found footage needs to look real. Otherwise, it just doesn't work. Even writing a script for found footage is much different. I usually write my scripts a certain way, and develop my characters with the dialogue, but you can't really write dialogue for found footage. It needs to come naturally, and not come off as fake. So I really wrote the scenes detailing what needs to happen, but left the door totally open for improv. It's giving the movie is own life.

 

What can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

The story was strong in emotions, but can only work with strong actors. Also, I needed people comfortable with improv. In this particular project, I know very well the actors and I knew this could work with all three of them. Donna Hamblin [Donna Hamblin interview - click here] is my best friend in life, and I know her acting very well. She is really dedicated into acting, and creating her characters. She analyzes every character she plays, but also analyzes the situation they are dealing with. She is also very good in adding subtle details in her expressions, which build the characters even more. For this rôle of Jinelle, I knew she would have to do many intense dramatic scenes, and Donna is very good with strong emotions. You know what she feels. And also, to have a multi-layered character, cause there's much more to Jinelle than what you see. Donna was bringing a side to the story at first, and then you add Mark Gordon as her husband Drax, and then you have a total different side to the story. Mark and I have known each others for a few years now, and worked on few projects, and he is always prepared and invested. And is very natural, which you need for something as dramatic. And he managed to add with his performance a different vision of what is really going on. Mark and Donna also have known each others for a long time, and they work very well together. They have a chemistry, which is really important in something like this. They really seem to belong together in the film, and they both added to each other's performances. And with having Laura Giglio [Laura Giglio interview - click here] as Jinelle's best friend Cindy, you get a different side to Jinelle. Jinelle is acting a certain way on her vlogs, but is different with her husband, but she is also acting differently with her friend. She shares different things, and Laura's scenes brought more emotions and backstory from Donna's performance. I have known Laura for almost two decades now, and she loves acting, but also is very good with improv. She got Donna's character to open up and be raw.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

It went very well and we all had fun doing it. We managed to create more scenes than expected, which is a very good thing, and we just went with the flow. We all know each other, so it was a good time, and everybody just did a great job.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Uncommon Bond be seen?

 

It will be released very soon on DVD. I don't have a link right now, but it's coming soon. (Will keep you posted!)

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Uncommon Bond?

 

Well, so far so good. What I wanted to create seems to be what people got from the movie. It seemed to have brought the right emotions, and also intrigued people enough to see where it's going. I know slowburn found footage drama won't be for everyone, but I am happy with what we came up with.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Well, I directed a few shorts for anthologies that will be released in the future. As far as what's next for me as a director, I don't know at this very moment. I am still trying to figure it out.

 

Several scripts I've done have been made into films by Jeff Schneider that are still in post-production. One is completed and will be released this summer. It's called Evil Under the Skin, starring Helene Udy [Helene Udy interview - click here], Donna Hamblin [Donna Hamblin interview - click here], Tim O'Hearn [Tim O'Hearn interview - click here], Carl Bailey and Pamela Sutch.

 

As far as an actor, I have played in 3 movies last year. First one was a segment for an anthology called Philia. The segment I am in was directed by Maude Michaud [Maude Michaud interview - click here]. It's completed, but I am not sure when it will be released yet.

Next one was Alien Wars: Judgement Day, directed by Jeff Schneider. I had a great time working on this, and it was my first time playing in sci-fi movie. Facebook page for it: https://www.facebook.com/ALIEN-WARS-judgement-DAY-580135619150828/

Last one I did was Blood Rites of the Vampyr, a black and white moody horror film, directed by Sebastien Godin [Sebastien Godin interview - click here], who is always fun to work with, and he was surrounded by a super group of people. This one is coming up soon. Facebook page for it: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bloodritesofthevampyr/

 

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