From the scientific to the graceful.

As you can tell from our portfolio of films, we’ve worked with Tobii Dynavox a lot – and we love telling the stories of the beautiful people that use their innovative eye gaze technology.

It’s technology with purpose.

And many of the films we make for them can be seen all over the globe, and they translate well for many European and American audiences.
But one particular market that Tobii wanted to speak to specifically, was France. And that’s where we were introduced to the wonderful, Lucie.

We’ve worked with Tobii a bunch now and we’re massive fans.

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We were excited to meet Lucie from the moment we heard about her; from her computer science studies, to her dancing, we knew we had an amazing person to meet and a dynamic story to tell.
Little did we know that there would be so much awesomeness to who Lucie is, and that we’d have to leave so many details out of the film, in order to tell a bit of her story in short form.

Dan, Christophe (our resident Frenchman and translator), Oddva and Aaron

We had our film crew of 4, small enough as to not completely invade people’s lives with vast numbers of people, and yet big enough that we could cover a lot of ground and film from multiple angles at once (pretty essential when working on documentaries and with people with disabilities).
We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to film with Lucie in a variety of locations, over a couple of different periods of time – From her public speaking at a Microsoft event in Paris, to her university studies in Toulon, a trip to the beach as well as her dance class (www.aunomdeladanse.com), and at her family home.
 
And her family, the Quartas! What an incredible, hospitable group of people you could ever wish to meet.
We had the privilege of visiting their home; Le Bastidon de Lucie – a holiday village which fully caters for people with disabilities. Which was founded by and is run by Lucie’s parents, Isabelle and Gino, and is also where the family lives.
We got to eat many tasty meals together, drink way too many espressos, feed the donkeys, watch Miss France and laugh our heads off the entire time!
 
Lucie and her family are powerhouses of energy, joy and determination. And we all felt so blessed to have met them all.
The interesting challenge of this project was the mountain of footage we had, and the amount of fascinating interview responses Lucie gave us – so a lot of great stuff was left on the editing room floor to prioritise the story we wanted to tell.
We played with a couple different music options, and eventually landed on ‘Miguel’ by Jacob Steele, which had the youthful energy we needed to best represent Lucie.
 
We had our main Nordic man, Stien work on the sound design for the project, helping to really bring to life the details and feel of every moment.
 
And we approached the colour grade with a light-touch; aiming to bring out the natural vibrance of the colours, and avoiding heavily stylising.

Here’s a few before and afters to give you a sense –

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There is so much depth and joy to who Lucie is and the life she leads – and we feel we’ve managed to capture a nice, small snapshot of her life.
The film is very montage-y (yea, it’s a word), and has a lot of variety, where we cover a lot of ground, but are still able to hone in on family, technology, studying and dance. Lucie’s passions beautifully reflect the ethos of Tobii – from the more technical and innovative mathematics side, to the more graceful, self-expression side. And that, both Lucie and Tobii, bring those 2 things together seamlessly.

All in all, the greatest privilege of the whole project was meeting Lucie herself. Spending time getting to know her and her wonderful family was an absolute joy.

We’re excited to see the film get out there and hear people’s reactions.
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