Set on the island of Bermuda in the 1960s, animated short film TELLING A YOU captures the romantic “meet-cute” of a man and a woman colliding at a street corner. While this may not appear noteworthy, his memory lovingly recalls every detail of the incident, thus turning a seemingly ordinary moment in time into an extraordinary moment in two people’s lives.


TELLING A YOU premiered at SONscreen Film Festival in Simi Valley, California on April 6, 2013. To date, it has been programmed into 33 FESTIVALS in 5 countries, winning 32 AWARDS, including 3 in the category Best Animation and 1 Audience Choice.

Production Notes

TELLING A YOU came to me during one of my favorite pastimes: people watching. At times of massive streams of information, overstimulation of all senses and people’s constant focus on their smartphones, the guarded modern person has to practice seeing small, precious moments in life that can be anything from amusing to touching or even life-changing. TELLING A YOU tells a romantic version of such a moment. A man and a woman meet in an everyday moment, yet both take the time and have the courage to stop in time, live in the moment and, whether it will just be making a memory or the beginning of a love story, they take note of one another and witness each other, thus connecting the world in a most fundamental way. I am often under the impression people have stopped taking time to taste moments like that, for reasons ranging from “lack of time” to sheer fear of disappointment. Comparable to products they no longer buy at the local store but instead hunt and bargain for “in the world wide web”, people tend to wait for something more, “better” and requiring less maintenance. Ironically, the same people often dream of romance. It is my belief that romance can be found by anyone who walks through life with an open mind and an open heart, looking at and seeing people. The form, amount and intensity of romance vary, of course, and so do the outcomes, but each of those moments does contribute a bookmark to a person’s life, and that is what romance is all about: being witnessed by someone else, talked to and loved as well as, most importantly, loving oneself.

I chose the 1960s as time period for TELLING A YOU because of my admiration of its fashion: feminine, elegant dresses and handbags for the ladies and handsome suits (in our case, suit jacket and Bermuda shorts), ties and hats for men. Even the scooter and scooter helmet designs are based on 1960s originals.

After three years of deciding on a location, I chose Bermuda as the backdrop for TELLING A YOU, due to its captivating color palette, unique architectural structures and the mere fact that Bermudians still take their time doing things, which I have learned to recognize as a virtuous characteristic rather than an irritating one. Adding to the anthropological aspect of a specifically located project, we cast two gifted local actors whose voices flavor the audience’s journey to Bermuda. In sum, TELLING A YOU is my personal audio-visual hommage to that tiny country in the middle of the Atlantic, famous for its hospitality, pastel cottages and tranquil steadfastness in today’s hectic world.

The score was composed by New York gem, Jody Gray, and performed by Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, including Jean-Baptiste Boclé and Andy Ezrin, in New York. TELLING A YOU’s animations and sound design were done marvelously by Treehouse Republic and Tinpot Productions, respectively, on yet a different island, namely in Dublin, Ireland. Modern technology successfully ensured a fantastic workflow between the islands of Manhattan, Bermuda and Ireland for our romantic short film, exemplifying that a love story really has no borders.

Margarethe Baillou, Director/Writer/Producer

TELLING A YOU is the first project of its kind that I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of, and considering that I had only done four roles on local stages before, it was easy for me to feel a little out of my depth. However, even more fortunate than working on this project was being fortunate to work on it with such an obviously creative and artistic director as Margarethe. The story itself is such an amazingly simple, subtle, pure and earnest expression of sincere love – something that I don’t think we get to hear about or see that much nowadays, in real life or otherwise. Margarethe was so wonderfully aware of what it was, what the story was about, and what the characters meant that I was pretty much immediately sold on it and wanted to do the best possible job I could of bringing my part to life, sincerely and earnestly. As a director Margarethe was better than I could have hoped in bringing such an inexperienced and unproven actor as myself into the project and getting me to the point where I could hopefully live up to her vision for the project and the story; she was very kind and very patient in her precise and meticulous directions, and I’ll be forever grateful for being able to work with her. I am most extremely excited for this project, and I’m in love with the story – I still have and read my copy of the script! – and I can’t wait to see her vision come to life.

Dimitri Philpott, “Man” (VO)

I enjoy doing voice-overs, as they are more challenging than acting for the camera. So much has to be expressed with just the sense of sound. When I read the script I was enamoured. This has such a succinct way of telling a HUGE story in such a small space of time. I appreciate how much had to be done by telling such a big story and only using our voices, before the animation phase, for Margarethe. I think this is such a beautiful piece, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

Lexy Correia, “Woman” (VO)

What an honour for Spotlight Talent Agency and the featured actors to participate in Bermuda’s first animated narrative short! TELLING A YOU is a great tale about the enchantment of love at first sight, and the colourful dialogue brings passion, honour and honesty through the characters. The Bermudian voices and setting make this project a true celebration of Bermuda, its people and its warm beauty. To make history on a project that is sure to welcome warm accolades and an enthusiastic audience is an extraordinary opportunity for the participants and the island as a whole.

Cha’Von K. Clarke, Casting Director/Line Producer

On screen the film has a distinctly languid, Bermuda-esque pacing which belies the fact that behind the scenes the crew was running ‘round like mad trying to meet quite un-island-y, New York minute deadlines! It was great fun creating a score with cocktail-y hints of 60s Mancini, stirred (not shaken), all windswept accordions, marimbas, tenor guitars and whistlings to the unapologetically retro/bistro strains of sweet, tentative romance. A shout-out to my stellar pals/crew/musicians: Jon, Jamba and Andy.

Good job, Margarethe. Thanks for inviting me to the party.

Jody Gray, Composer


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