One of the challenges of making a film is locations. Any filmmaker can tell you that finding a location is a matter of who you know, what they are willing to provide, or in some cases when they will be away. Producer Steve Menchions and I started the process last month. Through his knowledge of the lower mainland, we narrowed it down to an area. The City of North Vancouver has a small town sleepy feel to it, kind of like Twin Peaks. We shot a coming of age film, Up and Down, there last summer and the contrast of low rise buildings against tall trees really appealed to me. It provided a sense of place tucked away from the busyness of the world. At the same time, it is a place trying to be bigger than itself, and with the City of Vancouver across the harbour, it is constantly reminded of its true status. This feeling of finding one's place lent well to the themes explored in this film about a girl who finds love to be more complicated than the yo-yo tricks she is trying to learn.
For "What is on the Menu", I want to capture the small town feel again. The restaurant where our protagonist works does not draw attention to itself on the outside. The restaurant looks old, but has been kept up so it is in reasonably good shape. The same feel can be said about the things inside the restaurant; items are forgotten treasures that trigger old memories. This idea of polishing something old to keep looking new, reinventing oneself, is a strong theme running through this work. My first choice for a location is run by a lovely Korean couple who appear to be friendly to the idea of filming in their restaurant. I just have to be prepared with a back up plan in case they are not willing to let us in for free. http://bit.ly/1eLEW8u