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What happens when people from two different cultures try to make a romantic connection?

What happens when people from two different cultures try to make a romantic connection? “L’Amour (or less…)” is a collection of short films woven together to answer that very question… 

Artistically shot on location in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, “L’Amour (or less…)” features re-enactments of actual dates between expatriates and the French. Some of these true stories are romantic and charming, some are distinctly not, and some are just bizarre. 

Each episode will tell the tale of either Jane (an expat Everywoman) and Pierre (a French Everyman), or John (an expat Everyman) and Marie (a French Everywoman), or some combination therein. The series will be in English, but with a healthy sprinkling of charming French accents.

For more information and updates, check www.lamourorless.com

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With your very generous donations, totalling $60,000, we will bring you the first four installments of our 12-episode first season.

We are very proud of the video we have created for you here, but we produced it with centimes scraped together. We were incredibly lucky to have attracted such an array of talented, professional cast and crew, all of whom worked tirelessly. And for free.

We paid only for equipment, a makeup kit and food. Everything else was donated, including locations.

Working with an international team, not all of whom speak the same languages, brings about its own challenge. Most of which results in hilarity, which we will show you in the behind-the-scenes and making-of clips.

With the $60,000 we are asking for here, we know we can bring you four high-quality episodes, above and beyond what we have here. We would be able to begin to weave together the tales that these short films tell. And we would love to show them to you!

If we raise more money, we can make more episodes, pay our hard-working cast and crew a little more, use better equipment, and use even better locations. Paris' the limit!

We want to showcase local musicians, artists and photographers in our episodes. We want to help them reach you, and vice versa.

Please check our website, which we will be updating regularly, and please feel free to ask us questions!

FAQ

  • Good question. First, we really want to make something beautiful. We are proud of the fact that we were able to transform the not-so-pretty restaurant you see at the end into the beautiful images you see in the beginning, but we know we can do more. For that, we need equipment. So, that's where most of the money will go.

    Second, the people we're working with are professionals. They all agreed to do our promotional video for free because they believe in the project (and they're super-cool people), but if we were going to work with them in the future, they would need to be paid. And they deserve to be.

    Third, about 10% will go to Kickstarter-related fees, another 10% or so towards paying for the incentives, and then,and this is really the thing to remember, we have to convert everything from dollars into euros. (We are not French citizens, so we can't apply for French funding.) This will leave us with approximately 8,000€ per short film. We believe we can give you something really good for this amount.

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  • Mostly in English, but with French bits here and there. The main characters will speak almost exclusively in English, which will sometimes cause the confusion so many of us expatriates have become familiar with, but the peripheral characters can speak French. We would also like to have optional subtitles on the episodes, so our French brethren can join in on the fun.

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  • No, because the stories are not episodic. Since we're trying to give an overview of what can happen when two people from different cultures date, we want to use different actors each time, although we may use them again in another season. It would be confusing if "Jane" meets the man of her dreams in one episode and they end up getting married, and that same actress plays "Jane" on a new date the next week.

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  • As you know, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding platform. If we don't make our goal, we don't see a penny. If we don't make our goal, you don't lose a penny. The funds you pledge aren't collected unless and until we hit our goal, and we here at L'Amour (or less...) never see your personal details.

    For more answers like these, check here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer%20questions#BackAProj

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  • No! There may be one or two of my own sprinkled in, but I've culled these stories from many people. Male and female. French, American, British, Canadian. And that's just for season 1. I would happily take stories from other expatriates, as well. They all give us insight into the larger story.

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  • All the stories are true. Some of them are funny, yes, but none present the stereotypes we show in our promotional video. At the end of every episode, we will tell you what happened to the couple after our story ends. Some live happily ever after, and some never see each other again, but they rarely turn out the way you imagine.

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  • Yes! I love a good story. All of the episodes for the first season have been written, but we will absolutely be looking for new stories once this season is made.

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