'Las Vegas Love Stories': Gondry brothers push cinematic boundaries with eight-second love stories
Michel and Olivier Gondry's latest offering 'Las Vegas Love Stories' tells love stories in a series of eight-second-long micro films
The official trailer for the film 'Las Vegas Love Stories' was released on Friday. Created by Academy Award winner Michel Gondry ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind') and Olivier Gondry, 'Las Vegas Love Stories' is a collection of six films that are 8.2 seconds in length, that are uniquely interconnected and push the boundaries of traditional filmmaking.
Shot in and around Park MGM Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, iconic directors Michel and Olivier Gondry put their signature storytelling style of playful surrealism against the test of time.
While 'Las Vegas Love Stories' depicts whimsical and surreal romance, the concept is rooted in the recent finding that the human attention span has hit an all-time low of 8.2 seconds. The directors, however, contend that eight seconds is long enough time to fall in love.
Through these films, the Gondry brothers explore how meaningful connections can be made within fleeting moments of time while paying homage to the overall universal feeling of falling in love.
"8.2 seconds is the attention span of a new generation," Michel Gondry shared. "This is the time to fall in love. This is the length of our movies. It's a bold concept."
Olivier Gondry added, "I like to work touch by touch, making things better each time we add something new. This time, it would be Michel's touch then my touch, then Michel's, then mine and so on."
To bring 'Las Vegas Love Stories,' to life, the Gondry brothers teamed up with costume designer Chanel Gibbons, production designer Annie Sperling, director of photography Adam Newport-Berra, visual effects supervisor Jean-Marc Demmer for EIGHT VFX and composer-duo Ari Balouzian and Ryan Hope from Appraiser. The talent portrayed in the films are not trained actors. By casting real people and real couples within these roles, the Gondry brothers wanted to make the point that romance stories are truly universal.
Throughout the three-month production process, these micro movies have been produced as true cinematic masterpieces, fit for theatrical release. All with the intention of giving people a reason to believe in a new kind of Las Vegas.
The six stories:
'It Is Decidedly So'
Faced with the joy of a newlywed couple in Las Vegas, a woman's emotions take her on the ride of her life when she spots a man from afar.
Two best friends see each other in a new light after a night out in Las Vegas.
'The Big Eight'
A woman spots love at first sight at a Las Vegas craps table and rolls the dice with one wish in mind.
'No Ordinary August'
A couple dives into their emotions in a Las Vegas resort pool.
'Night of the Scorpio'
An unstoppable force brings two people together to send sparks flying through the night in Las Vegas.
After falling in love in a Las Vegas resort, a woman struggles with the uncertainty of her new romance.