Everything that can happen when you share a piece of chocolate cake with someone.
Chocolate Cake is a story of a couple shown in real-time, and in flashback/forward. The theme and story is about love/putting yourself out there/what could be if you take a chance. Our digital world makes it easy for people to not knowingly become disconnected from face to face interactions. But what if one of those interactions could change your life. We want to show the funny and intimate moments of everything that can happen when you share a piece of chocolate cake with someone (cake in your teeth, choking/heimlick maneuvers), as well as the reality of how that tracks back to a relationship between the two (fun dates, fights). The hook at the end is we eventually learn that it's the couple's first date, and we caught glimpses of what the future could hold for them.
Our team is excited to confirm actor Brandon Jay McLaren as our lead, who you might know from Girlfriends Guide to Divorce or She's The Man, as well as social marketing specialists in Edmonton including Kirby Pamela, radio host at 100.3 The Bear.
Brittney Grabill is cast to play the role of Jenny. Brittney is an Edmonton based actress and musician who played the lead role in the thriller feature film Hemorrhage, created by Braden Croft, which went on to be played at festivals including Fantasia. She has performed all over Canada at Folk Music Festivals.
Brandon Jay McLaren is cast to play the role of Tim. Canadian actor Brandon Jay McLaren grew up in Vancouver and began his acting career in 2003. Early on in his career he was cast in the Power Rangers TV Series, feature film She's The Man co-staring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, Smallville, CSI, Motive and The Killing to name a few. As of late, Brandon starred as a series regular in Fox's show Graceland, Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce, Chicago Fire and most currently a new TV drama for ABC called The Jury.
Jenny is a young woman in her twenties, probably just left the nest a few years earlier, and is exploring herself and her world. She draws from a base of confidence and charm from being a big fish in her hometown small pond, but that gets rocked when she's challenged emotionally and physically by the big city, and new guy TIM. Tim breaks her out of her shell, and the experiences she has thereafter with him takes on a whole new color, as she is thrown into a world where she must fully trust someone else for the first time.
Tim was the nerdy-confident kid in school who grew up to be pretty successful, although he'd never admit it. The dating scene will always be new to him because he hasn't done much of it at all. He's a thoughtful and considerate person. He's the type of guy that is a hopeless romantic, and his pursuits of the opposite sex range from cute to wildly over the top.
Our two main characters, Jenny and Tim, are at a diner where they are served a piece of Chocolate Cake. They rock, paper, scissors over who gets the first bite of Chocolate Cake! You see the playful and flirty side of Tim and Jenny as they get more comfortable with each other.
Their rock, paper, scissors match over the first piece of cake is an ongoing game as you flashforward into the relationship seeing who will be the first to cliff jump. Tim is scared and Jenny finds that amusing.
Then cut back to our characters in real time at the diner, mouths so full they can't gracefully reply to the waiter as he asked how they are enjoying the Chocolate Cake. This symbolizing their comfort together as they are layers deep into the cake. They're being goofy, and the waiter is officially grossed out.
We cut forward as their mouths were full of cake, they are full of air as we see them cliff jump into the water together. Romantic, circling each other smiling.
We show multiple times where they are having a good time in their relationship, falling in love. We cut from the cliff jumping to mechanical bull rides and the whack-a-mole game at the theme park where he wins her a teddy bear. As they walk through the park together, Tim reaches his hand to caress her face as we cut too Tim wiping chocolate off Jenny's face back in the diner.
As Tim feeds Jenny the last cherry from the cake, she chokes. This cuts to the montage of bad times in the relationship, where we don't quite know if they will get through this. It's dark, angry, emotional as they scream at each other in the shot.
They scream at each other in the shot. of them in their car, bedroom, and kitchen. This flashforward is where you can tell they are further into their relationship and going through a very tough time. Jenny turns to leave the kitchen and Tim grasps her in an embrace as we cut to Tim giving Jenny the heimlich maneuver back in real time at the diner.
We see Jenny and Tim enjoy the layers of this Chocolate Cake as the audience gets a taste for the layers in their relationship, from sweet and awkward, to falling in love, to the hard times, and then to realizing they make it through together. The reveal at the end is we realize we are seeing them on their first date in the diner, as they embrace each other for the first time. This ties in the underlying meaning of love/putting yourself out there/what could be if you take a chance.