Synopsis: Charlie Vallejo is going through something that most college aged students often go through: a break in relationship. Almost like a black hole in dating, the breakee doesn’t really know where the couple stands. Break, time-off, space, or whatever you call it, that’s what Kailin tells Charlie she wants right now. Does Charlie just give up and move on? His life is reawakened when he goes back to his hometown for Christmas break and finds his best friend, Lewis, at his door. The Vietnamese kid with a plan for every situation doesn’t make any exceptions here, as he tells Charlie that it’s time to go. Parties, poker, basketball, and just kickin’ it with the crew get Charlie back into gear. In comes Jesse, a girl that Lewis refers to as “hot sizzle.” This isn’t your everyday girl next door. She knows what she wants and right now… that’s Charlie. The crossroads that Charlie and Kailin face is one that is glazed over by uncertainty, despair, and misunderstanding, but underneath all that lies the chance of coming back together. Website. IMDB.
Production: “Leave it to Chance” was shot over six months in chunks on an ultra-low budget, and was director Bernard Badion’s first feature film.
The film as shot in a mostly traditional high-key style of comedy. An extensive color palette was developed for both production design and lighting to differentiate between the “guys” scenes and the “girls” scenes, as we watch the breakup from two different gender perspectives.
The budget didn’t allow for film, so we opted to shoot DV. We were impressed with the Canon XL2′s native 16:9 sensor, which allowed us to use the entire sensor without optical distortion (such as an anamorphic adapter). The XL2 was released only a few weeks before production started, but we still had enough time to do extensive testing in order to make the most of the format.
Written and Directed by Bernard Badion