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Victoria Film Festival 2014 Interview – THE EFFECT director Jocelyn Langlois

The Effect - At Victoria Film Festival
by Jason Whyte

“THE EFFECT is a poem on the positive side of Man. Suddenly, earth loses all its energy, even cars don't run. But instead of living chaos, people feel a kind of liberation. In this surrealistic context, we are confined to witness the quest of a woman who tries to reach her boyfriend, somewhere on the opposite side of the continent.” Director Jocelyn Langlois on THE EFFECT which screens at Victoria Film Festival.

Is this your first movie in the Victoria Film Festival, and are you coming to Victoria for the screening?

It is our first movie in Victoria Film Festival; in fact, it’s our very first movie. It was self financed so unfortunately, the resources are limited so we won’t attempt Victoria for the presentation. But for a second movie we will try to be there for sure !

Tell me a bit about your background and what led you into the motion picture business.

I started a video business in 1997 with my partner and later two allies came to join the team. As time passed, we acquired expertise in promotional video, corporate film, short movies, on-demand movies and so forth. I directed and edited hundreds of project and our business acquired equipment’s and crew’s member. So three years ago we decided to jump into the long feature experience to challenges us and see what we got. Thanks to the team around me, I could live that experience full time and write-directed and edit my first feature.

How did this whole movie come together from your perspective?

I enjoy thinking about surrealistic situations, the “what if” infinite world of possibilities! This one allowed me the possibility to clean up man from its dependence to technology and ask myself how he would react and try this avenue. And when I thought about the context I also tried to figure what I would do IF my love was away from me in that moment, and I freaked out. So I began the storytelling when I decided to integrate my own love story in it.

What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Many challenges came into play! First is that technology is around us all the time. Planes, lights, SOUNDS. Trying to shoot without all of them was a serious challenge. Also we filmed the majority of the movie with a crew of five, including the lead actress, so the “roles” on the set were really loaded! A challenging scene was the one on Huron Lake with the boat, the sun changing, the closed set and the other boats on the water that came to say hello. But one of the biggest challenges that we had was to change the script with the film budget reality as the shooting goes on.

What was your single favourite moment or rewarding experience out of the entire production?

My favorite moment is the time at the end of shooting every day when the crew settled down in a campground and we cooked barbecue and screenings the shots of the day. That was awesome. The most rewarding experience is of course having completed the movie because I must admit it wasn’t always easy. But in the end, we also won the Public’s Choice Award in Quebec City Film Festival, so that was satisfying!

What keeps you going while making a movie? How much coffee?

I have lots of fun. Just if I was going to Canada’s Wonderland every day, even at 4 o'clock! I want it to be my everyday job. Writing, directing and editing as well!

What would you say or do to someone who is talking or texting during a screening of your film in a cinema?

What, are people really doing that? Seriously, during my movie I would probably say “HEY, I’m talking to you!”

There are a lot filmmakers, especially up-and-comers, reading our site. I was curious if you had any advice to aspiring filmmakers?

I might not be the best filmmaker, but I’m free and you should do the same, and I'll end on a phrase that I like: “If you see an obstacle on your path, that’s because you don’t focus on the objective anymore.”

This is one of the many films playing at this year’s Victoria Film Festival. For showtimes and further information visit

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Jason Whyte,

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