He found the girl. Now what?
Gerard St. Denis & his films
“It started in high school when I was cleaning pools with my dad, who owns a pool service company. I would come up with different movies in my head just to kill time,” says St. Denis. But he didn’t think much more of it than just that at the time: a simple mechanism for curing boredom while sweeping and vacuuming. His perspective would change, however, after he started business school. “I realized pretty quickly that I didn’t want any part of it,” he remembers. So it was back to the family business. Since the work was only seasonal, St. Denis had plenty of time to start creating what he had conjured up in his head on those hot, sunny days: films.
With a penchant for math throughout school, St. Denis never thought of himself as the filmmaking type. In fact, when he did discover he had a passion for the craft, he thought the idea of revealing it was rather ridiculous. “It seems like every suburban kid wants to be a film director ‘when they grow up’, and anybody can go out and get business cards made up that say ‘FILMMAKER’,” laughs St. Denis, who approached his new found passion with extreme caution. “I wasn’t about to tell the world – or anyone – I wanted to pursue filmmaking until I actually figured out if I had at least a little talent for it,” he admits.
Stay tuned for St. Denis’ next film ventures – a new short film that is in pre-production and a feature-length screenplay he is currently writing. In the meantime, Melancholy Marc will be making the film festival rounds.
About his films
There’s just one problem, though: The love of his life has a love of her own, and it’s men fighting over her. Will Marc have what it takes to win her heart? Or, will the fight be just a little too much for him to handle? This Buster Keaton-inspired silent, short film written and directed by Gerard St. Denis holds the answer.
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