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PAPER HEART

About The Production
Long fascinated by the intangible idea of love – and fundamentally not believing in "love at first sight” or any of that "Julia Roberts / English Patient / sobbing-in-the-rain stuff” – Charlyne Yi had always dreamt of making a documentary about the subject. 

She knew "true love” was something everybody was searching for, so it was great subject matter. Plus, she found the people who actually believed in love endlessly fascinating – even though she herself thought it was all so much hot air.

 Feeling passionate about it, she approached her good friend, director Nick Jasenovec, to aid her in bringing the idea to life, and the friends' discussions became the seeds of what is now Paper Heart. 

But as their talks and ideas became plans and reality, their progress morphed Charlyne's original documentary idea into something different, exciting, and new. One of the first things they did was decide that Charlyne herself should play a central part on camera. 

With her strong "I don't believe” take on the subject, they felt audiences should experience the film through her eyes and follow her on her journey, questioning the notion of love.

 "I wasn't planning on being on camera,” says Charlyne. "I originally wanted to shoot a documentary because I felt the interview subjects were more interesting than me. Plus, I find myself annoying sometimes, and I'm always uncomfortable when the cameras are there. It's like a magnifying glass. If you do something annoying, someone's going to see you.” 

After much discussion, however, Charlyne set her reservations aside and agreed to take the plunge. 

With Charlyne on camera and knowing her strengths as a performer, that's when the project really took a turn for the interesting: Nick came up with the idea of creating a narrative side to the film, a fictional half to mash-up with the documentary, creating a hybrid whole. 

Says Charlyne, "Nick's approach was, ‘Well, why don't we fabricate a story and make this into a film-slash-documentary where you're actually acting so you feel more comfortable on camera?' I thought that was a very interesting take.” That ultimately became the spark that propelled the production forward and created excitement for everyone involved. 

To produce the project, Charlyne and Nick reached out to friends Sandra Murillo and Elise Salomon. Nick and Elise had met in film school and were close, and they all ran in the same circles. 

"I always thought Nick was one of the most talented dudes on the planet,” says Elise. Elise and Sandra ran in the same work circles as Nick. He knew their work as producers, and they had long wanted to collaborate on a project. 

"When Nick and Charlyne came up with the idea for the film, they took us out to dinner and said, ‘So, what do you think? Can you help us with this? Because we're not producers,'” says Sandra. "It was one of the most original and beautiful ideas I had ever heard,” says Elise. Sandra adds, "I thought it was a great idea, something we hadn't seen before. So we said, ‘We're in!'” 

"We started talking about how we could tackle it from a production standpoint and it seemed impossible,” says Elise. "That's when I knew we were supposed to do it. No one else had their vision or their courage, and I knew Sandra and I could find a way.” 

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