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An intimate portrait of work of Isabel Roche, the last member of France's premier pastel-making family.

Paris, 1860. Henri Roche (chemist, biologist, student of Pasteur) took over a small pastel company that had been founded a hundred years ago. His heirs would create 1,840 colors that, for the most part, no one else knew how to reproduce. Today, his last descendant, Isabelle Roche, is making 650 of those colors, including a few new ones. All by hand, in small batches, the exact same way Henri and his son, a chemist, had done. Isabelle, with her apprentice, is trying to recreate the same breadth of color her ancestors did.

Help me tell their story.

To see their website and current catalog, visit http://www.lamaisondupastel.com/

The teaser was shot on a Sony HDV 1080i (Mini DV). Music was made in Garage Band.

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  • Here is a rough breakdown of what the donations will go towards:

    equipment*...................$1500 Airfare..........................$1415

    Taxi/Underground.........$400

    6 night's stay.....approx. $400

    1 week of meals.............$600

    TOTAL projected expenses....$4,665

    *of the equipment, we already have had donated to us an HDV camera, which was a large chunk of that figure

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  • I am a filmmaker, usually working in the capacity of a 2nd AD (2nd Assistant Director---that means that while the Director and 1st AD are dealing with the scene happening right that minute, I'm in charge of organizing the rest of the shoot). I had spent most of my time in high school and college working on short videos and video-art pieces. I had been a teacher's assistant for video and animation for my last two years in high school, as well as an assistant director for the teacher-run drama club. Since graduating last year I have been on over a dozen film, short film, and music video shoots.

    My DP (Director of Photography, the one who composes what the actual footage looks like), is my brother, Zach. He is a student at the Cooper Union, an esteemed art and architecture university in downtown Manhattan. The Cooper Union is highly selective, only taking in 50 students each year, and my brother was admitted into their fine arts and graphic design program on the first try. Some of his older work can be found here: http://zachteplin.carbonmade.com/

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  • First, we plan on putting it through a round of Festivals, especially ones that focus on art, history and culture. We are mostly going to enter it in festivals in the US and EU, and will post updates on my blog (http://321clack.wordpress.com) while that is happening.

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  • We're shooting for about 40 mins, but will end up with well over 5 hours of footage. While it is feasible to have enough material to make a feature, Zach and I are waiting until the editing process to decide if we have enough content to hold an audience's interest for the duration of a feature.

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