Persephone starring Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo stars in "Persephone"

Starring Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo. Remote Access began working with Laurent Rejto on his short film “Persephone”.  A modern retelling of the Greek myth.  The majority of the film was shot with the RED Epic camera while some of the pickup shots were captured with RED ONE and RED Scarlet cameras.  Once all the footage was transcoded to ProRes proxy files and synced, we began editing in Final Cut 7.

Remote Access HQ working on the cut.

Its a story of divorce and how two parents cope to control their most beloved daughter just as she is growing into a woman.

Demeter is portrayed by Academy-Award winning actor Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams). She rules over the gardens and all the land at Mount Olympus. The story begins on a perfect day in August. Demeter has gathered her brothers Zeus (the county executive) and Poseidon (who’s usually sailing off to some island in his yacht) with a few friends for her daughter Persephone’s sixteenth birthday.

Melissa Leo as Demeter tries to talk to her daughter Persephone played by Lindsay Andretta.

Persephone, portrayed by Lindsay Andretta (Far From Heaven) is not cooperating with her mother’s plans. As a rebellious teenager, she would rather be anywhere but at home at Mount Olympus and she refuses to dress according to her mother’s wishes. She steals away to the arboretum and looks out over the River Styx yearning to travel and explore life away from the trappings of home.

Hades (Gilles Malkine) Demeter’s ex-husband makes matters worse. He arrives at Mount Olympus in his red convertible after years of estrangement, for his daughter’s birthday celebration. When he learns about her yearning to be elsewhere, he hatches a plan to take her away.

Persephone receives a birthday gift from her estranged father Hades played by Giles Malkine.

Hades surreptitiously steals away with his daughter across the River Styx to his estate in the underworld. There, she discovers a world filled with costumes, masks, color, temptation and spectacle. Hades spoils her with anything she wants. Persephone enjoys the power she has in the underworld but she starts to miss her mother and the beauty of Mount Olympus.

Persephone takes in her new surroundings.

Demeter is tormented by her daughter’s disappearance. She suspects Hades, but is unable to find any recourse. Her distress and anger are evident as summer ends. The trees lose their leaves and the earth is enveloped in snow and ice.

Demeter awaits the return of her daughter Persephone.

Zeus realizes that he needs to help his sister recover her daughter. He sends his brother Poseidon to the underworld to broker a deal with Hades – they will share custody.

When Persephone is reunited with Demeter, summer has returned in all its glory but as the story comes to an end, we see Hades driving towards Mount Olympus. The trees have turned orange and red. He is coming back to take his daughter Persephone, whom he has made Queen of the Underworld – but she has other ideas.”

Color correction was done at Technicolor NYC and audio mix is be done in Toronto.  Once we get the mix back we will marry to picture and output.

Soon the film will be ready to hit the festivals!

Persephone, out from under her mother’s wing, lets loose.

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