Divorce Video Therapy (2018) is a 10-episode dramedy web series.
View the 10-minute series highlight reel here
Stream all episodes here
Jolie Curtsinger stars as Maya, whose soon-to-be ex-husband Derek slept with her best friend (among others). Her wounds are quite fresh, and she lashes out at Derek by speaking directly at the camera.
Does he or any of the other ex-spouses actually watch these diatribes? They probably at least click the play button (out of morbid curiosity).
As of the casting phase, none of the 7 primary characters had a fully fleshed out backstory. Once the casting was in place, it made it so much easier for me to then bring these characters to life.
Based on the strength of Jolie Curtsinger’s self-taped audition, I knew we would be able to tackle some very intense drama. I maximized Maya’s agony by intertwining the miscarriages and the serial cheating.
Here is a skiing analogy (even though I’ve never done downhill skiing): my brother has told me about those insanely dangerous double black diamond trails. Experts only—all others will perish.
I knew that was the kind of script I needed to create: no risk, no reward. I teed it up for Jolie, and she absolutely crushed it like I knew she would!
We filmed this at a scenic oceanside park called Chaffinch Island (Guilford, CT). I used my trusty Canon 60D and a 50mm portrait lens. There were some children walking by here and there, but it’s okay—the show must go on, F-word and all—we were in the zone.
A month later, I ventured into Brooklyn Heights to get the walking shots. As she rounded the corner, how fitting was it that a woman happened to be walking by with her stroller! Serendipity.