Prop: Light bulb
Line of dialogue: "You dropped your smile."
Directed by Eric Venis
Screenplay by Eric Venis
Produced by Jenna Purther
Art Direction by Britney Ngaw and Katya Lukin
Edited by Britney Ngaw
Cinematography by Britney Ngaw and Elena Tranze
Costume Design by Katya Lukin and Jenna Purther
Soundtrack by Britney Ngaw
- Emily Blum
- Anna Beebe
- Samarra Prenick
- Anabelle Zaluski
- Sam Shepherd
- Richard Webb
- Michael Harding
- Gilli Cohen
- Jeremy Bland
Café Delight recounts a series of encounters between Susan, the Café's barista, and Anthony, the newly hired electrician. The film begins from their first encounter - when Susan first lays her eyes on Anthony and finds herself attracted to his couldn't care less personality (contrary to her own). Anthony on the other hand, seemingly does not care about Susan as much as she does about him, however it is later revealed through conversations in his conscience that he is actually more invested in their conversations at the Café than he lets off. In order to continue running into Anthony, Susan purposely breaks light bulbs and before each encounter, finds herself trying to change herself for Anthony. From researching about light filaments (a favourite topic of conversation for Anthony) to Googling "How to shut up", Susan is dying to catch Anthony's undivided attention.
Susan is a 22 year old who has worked at Café Delight for over a year. She often comes to the shop early, enjoying the silent mornings. She over-analyzes conversations and is extremely talkative, but is still terrible at small talk due to her tendencies to go off on tangents . These tangents typically lead to self-embarrassment - which she usually does not mind - except when she’s talking to the Café's electrician, Anthony.
Anthony is a 21 year old who has been recently hired by Café Delight as an electrician. He is very mellow and quiet, aloof even. His responses during most conversations consist of one word answers, said in a monotonous tone. Although he may come off as dull or unenthusiastic, the opposite is true - inside his mind, he constantly overreacts as a stereotypical 12 year old girl would.
-Title sequences created using latté art or cut paper animation
-Transitions between different conversations are fast cuts between close ups of Susan making coffee/various bakery items
-Reenactments of conversation topics (think Community Channel or Family Guy)
-Light/pale colour palette for Café scenes, darker colour palette with intense blue lighting for "conscience conversation" scenes
-Minimalistic shots using shallow depth of field and solid colours
-Leaning toward cursive/sans serif typography choices
Mostly instrumental/of the classical genre (Debussy mainly) - think Pixar films' soundtracks.
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