Short Film of the Week: ‘Veronique’ by Declan Cassidy



Declan Cassidy’s Veronique (2009) introduces us to Darren, a man who loves his new simulated-personality in-car computer system Veronique. And not in a particularly platonic way. However, he finds virtual love has limitations when he takes his new girlfriend up lovers lane late one night…

Looking back at making the film, Declan told Film Ireland :

“Veronique presented a series of challenges for me. I usually direct my own scripts but this one was written by my producer, Bill Tyson. The film was funded under the Irish Film Board’s “Virtual Cinema” scheme which provided a tiny budget for quite an ambitious project involving CGIs, complex driving scenes and multiple locations.

“Shooting the film involved car clamps for driving shots and some acrobatics on the part of our DP Shane Tobin to capture the strange angles that show us ‘Veronique’s point of view.  The main artistic challenges, however, came in post production. The plot revolves around a guy falling for his sexy new ‘satnav’ – the Veronique of the title. It was essential, therefore, to come up with something that might feasibly be a satellite navigation system with an attractive look and personality. I got Australian actress Martha Christie on board. I filmed her saying all of her lines and then used stills from that footage in Photoshop to create ‘Veronique’. I also played with colour saturation to help move the film from its cheery beginning to its dark conclusion.

“While Veronique is a tongue-in-cheek black comedy, it does make a valid comment, I feel, on our growing love affair with technology.”

DIRECTOR: Declan Cassidy


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