Fait Accompli—A Short Film by Desiree Melancon and Marc O'Malley
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Simply stated, Desiree Melancon does things her own way. And it landed her on the cover of our latest issue… so we obviously agree that she is doing it right. In light of that fact, and in lieu of a summary or intro for Fait Accompli above, we once again opted to just let Des do her own thing. Enjoy.
Marc left to Massachusetts about a week ago and we have been finalizing the film through Facetime, text message, and emails. I asked him to do a quick text interview to provide some context and perspective of what it was like for him to work with me, why he works the way he does, and what's next for him. – Desiree
Can I ask you some questions for the Internet?
Okay. So, Did you expect the film to turn out how it did?
A little bit. I knew I wanted it to have the animations and narration mixed in with the snowboarding, but other than that… I just let everything happen naturally using the music I found and footage we had.
What do you think was the easiest part about it all coming together?
Nothing was really that easy haha. I've never made a film before and don't really know what I'm doing. It was a question all year whether we had enough footage to even put something together. Plus we still had to make adjustments even after it already premiered.
I mean. I didn't make it easy on you. At least you didn't quit, even though I tried to quit a few times. What would you change about it if we could go back in time?
It would've been cool if we had more of a consistent crew. Trying to look for spots, set them up, film, and shoot a photo with only 1 other person proved difficult at times.
Yeah… but I do appreciate the people we were able to connect with… Me choosing to make this with you was easy enough, but you're still a real pain in the ass at times. What's it like for you to have to work with me?
It was great. I loved how motivated you were to drive across the country and find the snow, and being able to bounce ideas back and forth with you is special. I'm gonna call you out though and say that trying to get you to commit to a warm up trick for 4 hours sucks.
Sorry about that. It's like Holce told me, next time I try to film a video part, I should probably snowboard more first… I knew what I was doing but I definitely had to pretend for a little while that I was able to film the way I used to… It goes along with the whole fake it till you make it mind set. Do you feel like you learned something at least?
I pretended that I knew what I was doing all year! Definitely learned so much and I'm forever grateful for the opportunity and places we got to travel to.
For the winter our gear was an HPX 170 accompanied with the Century death lens, GH4 with the canon lens mount, Canon 514 8mm, Canon 7D, Olympus stylus, Leica M6, and a Mamiya 7. Why do you film mostly with the HPX and death combo, and try to always avoid the DSLR?
It just looks the best. It's real easy to use, the distortion of the fisheye is perfect and the footage gives off kind of a fun, simple feeling if that makes sense. I think shooting in 4K or whatever looks good at times, say in the backcountry, but for the most part it's overkill. I just end up just watching those videos in a lower quality anyways because my Internet sucks. A lot of new videos filmed with a higher end camera just don't look cool and don't make you want to go snowboarding. People need to chill with all the cut shots. Unless it's cut to the music right and helping to translate the spot and trick, you're just distracting the viewer and ruining everything the rider is doing. Maybe everyone should learn how to pick out a good song before they pick out the newest, nicest camera.
Lol, I hear you… I mean, you convinced me even though I always wanted more footage… more b-roll. I was still stuck in the "narrative film" mindset though. I really like the way most our footage turned out. It made me look better, the spots look better, and it was easy to trust you. If you were forced to pick, would you rather shoot photos or film?
They're both really fun but I would probably have to say photos. For me taking a good photo and having it come out how you envisioned is comparable to having an edit come out how you envisioned, but all it takes is 1 click.
I think that statement sums up exactly who you are. What's next for you?
I'd really like to focus more on little photo projects, whether it's making little zines, prints, or putting together a book. For the winter, Tommy J, who is one of the best guys in the industry, brought me aboard to shoot photos with the K2 team all year, so I'm really excited for that.
Yeah. I'm sad to see you go. I have no idea what I'm going to do without you and I don't think you're replaceable. One of a kind.