MARTIN AMIOT + STEFAN SZARY
Montreal’s Quartier Olympique, guided by the people that live there.
WHAT ARE WE SAYING?
The most popular neighbourhoods in Montreal have a distinct identity.
The Plateau is Petit Paris.
Mile End beats with the rhythm of its musicians.
Petite Italie blooms in the sights and smell of food.
But what is the face of the Quartier Olympique? What if it is not a face at all, but a feat? A series of feats?
CONCEPT - expanded
The most visited neighbourhoods in Montreal have a distinct identity. The Plateau has become Little Paris, the Mile End is defined by music and creativity, Petite Italie is about fresh ingredients and delicious food. What makes the identity of these neighbourhoods so powerful is that they’re rooted in reality. This film will do the same for the Quartier Olympique by drawing inspiration from the treasures left by the 1976 Olympics, the personalities that use them and the lifestyles they inspire. Told in 5 chapters, each chapter tells the story of different character who embodies an aspect of healthy living while using the locations of the Quartier Olympique as the bedrock of each chapter.
‘Quartier Olympique’ is a film project about a unique neighbourhood that celebrates the culture of moving, thinking, and eating well in the truest form of the idea.
Tourisme Montréal veut promouvoir le quartier olympique et Verdun
Montreal Olympics: Most facilities built for 1976 Games still open
We enter into the world of the Quartier Olympique in a first-person perspective, seeing the monuments and physical legacies of the 1976 Olympics while we hear faint echoes of radio coverage of the victory of Nadia Comăneci and the roar of the adoring crowds. As we are led through the neighbourhood in dynamic fashion, we know instinctively that this is a place where sport and human motion are interwoven into the streets and homes. As we are led through the neighbourhood, the camera suddenly attaches itself to someone that cross our path - a 20-year old man dripping in sweat, hands on his knees, breathing heavy, but smiling. This is the first of five characters through whom we shape the identify of Quartier Olympique.’ As we are led through the entire neighbourhood we dive into their lives, identities and how this neighbourhood allows them to express healthy living. One chapter hands off to another, so by the end of the film we have painted a complete, holistic picture of not only the ‘Quartier Olympique,’ but the beautifully broad idea of what it means to ‘live healthy.’
Character One is [name], a 20-year old competitive race biker from [country] who trains for [national team] at the Montreal Velodrome. The theme is how healthy living is about constantly improving yourself.
Character Two is [name], a 40-year old sports psychologist and physiotherapist who helps his clients heal their bodies grow their minds through physical and mental health practices.
Character Three is [name], a 70-year old retired Desjardins executive who now spends her life dedicated to creating healthy, organic recipes designed to make the last years of life the best ones.
Character Four is [name], a 10-year old girl…
Character Five is [name] , a 33-year old single-father…
Structurally, each character will take up 1 minute of our time and be edited to exist both as a part of the full film and to to stand on it’s own as a 60-second cut down. 30-second and 15-second cut downs of each character will also be created to maximize variety for all social media networks. Traditional 30-second and 60-second montages of the film will also be cut.
FULLY LIST OF DELIVERABLES (18 films)
Short Film - 7 mins (approx)
Commercial - 60-second, 30-second
Character 1 Capsule - 90-second, 30-second, 15-second
Character 2 Capsule - 90-second, 30-second, 15-second
Character 3 Capsule - 90-second, 30-second, 15-second
Character 4 Capsule - 90-second, 30-second, 15-second
Character 5 Capsule - 90-second, 30-second, 15-second
These characters are based on rough ideas - what makes this project real and believable are the true stories of true people. The first step will be to go into the Quartier Olympique and meet, greet and screen the people that live there. Going into the gymnasiums, bike shops and organic markets and seeing who has a great story, a great perspective, a great attitude on-camera and a willingness to be involved. From these deep-dives into the neighbourhood we will build a genuine rapport with the Quarter Olympique and characters that will bring our film to life.
VISUAL REFERENCEs - CINEMATOGRAPHY
The cinematography of Quartier Olympique will embody the spirit of the neighbourhood: handheld with natural camera shake, dynamic movements that are aggressive but graceful , a 50mm eye-level take on what living healthy looks and feels like.
VISUAL REFERENCE - NARRATIVE STRUCTURE
We are guided through the Quartier Olympique through the view of a 24mm lens that celebrates the majesty and intensity of the monuments left behind by the 1976 games.
As we wander through, characters emerge from the backdrop who we follow into each of our chapters.
VISUAL REFERENCE - CHARACTER EPISODES
Each character will be as distinct and unique as the world of sport, but what combines them is that their version of ‘living well’ is spiritually akin to all the others. Improving yourself. Over-coming obstacles. Discovering confidence. The power of teamwork. The benefits of treating yourself with respect. All of these are the treasures of living well.
Some chapters will be as intense as the 100-meter dash. Others will be as relaxing as a deep tissue massage. And other will be reflective, like cherished memories of championships won, and lost, years past.
Woven together, they are an uplifting celebration of the style of life and spirit of the Quartier Olympique.
CHARACTER 1 - NAME/ROLE
CHARACTER 1 - LOCATIONS
CHARACTER 1 - STORYBOARD + SHOTLIST
CHARACTER 1 - GEAR LIST
CHARACTER 1 - WARDROBE + PROP LIST
PITCH DOCUMENT + BUDGET