Pattern Maker Films is proud to announce that block 1 of Café Mirage is complete, safe and sound in the can. It was a challenging yet fun eight shooting days across Fulham, Kentish Town and Chalk Farm in London. We cannot wait to shoot block 2 in the coming months in Paris.
Due to the size and logistics of the project, having gone through numerous attempts to film everything in Paris with a Paris based cast and crew, the film ended being shot in both London and Paris. Compromises had to be made therefore all the interior scenes were to be shot in London and all the exteriors of course Paris. With a good production designer (Alessandra De Palma) and director of photography (Ariel Artur) on board this challenge was daring and fun.
With all the cast and crew attached I can confidently say this is one of the most talented teams PMF has worked with. The bulk of block 1 was filmed at the centrepiece location to the film: the café. It took a long time to scout, contact and visit the right café, overcoming many rejections. The café had to be French, obviously being the key factor, and that narrowed down the choices. But we found our home with Fulham’s Bistro Mirey, a lovely French/Japanese place with wonderfully helpful owners and chefs Gerald and Ko.
The other filming locations in block 1 were the apartment scenes, based in Chalk Farm and Kentish Town. The owners of the properties were a great help, and once more one of the main objective was making the apartments look as though they were in Paris. Luckily the properties were well chosen and supported this aim with some beautiful set pieces. Both the actors and crew created some beautiful work.