A YEAR WITH THE FRENCH SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING NATIONAL TEAM
I have followed the French national synchro swimming team for over 6 months now, and will do so until September 2016. The Olympic year is always a special time in an athlete’s career. This documentary sheds light on the intense training this sport requires; it is also an intimate insight into what it’s like to practice 30h a week, far from your family and friends.
A WOMEN’S SPORT, LACKING MEDIA COVERAGE
Synchronized swimming is very much a woman’s sport. This has led, like in many others disciplines, to a non-recognition of the toughness and sacrifices it implies. The aim of this documentary is to promote this sport, and reach people who are not yet familiar with its beauty and complexity.
THE HUMANE SIDE OF PROFESSIONAL SPORT
This is the heart and soul of the film. Some of the girls in the team are only 15 years old, and lead very different lives from that of their friends outside swimming. We will focus on the lives and careers of Laura Augé and Margaux Chrétien, both qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio. It’s the humane and universal side of the sport that I wish to capture and portray.
52MIN IN BLACK AND WHITE: AN AUTHOR’S APPROACH AND A DIFFERENT WAY OF SHOWING SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING
Black and white means the film is easily recognizable. This brings a strong visual identity to the project and shows the sport in a new light. The focus is put on the underwater scenes which become a magical world, where expressions and mouvement are enhanced.
MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
The goal is to reach as many people as possible and promote synchronized swimming. The film will therefore be presented to a number of festivals. Ideally, it will also be distributed to internet or television channels.