Jodie Sweetin and Tim Rozon star in “Merry Swissmas,” premiering Saturday, November 5 on Lifetime only in the USA. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Director John L’Ecuyer about his experience in the making of Merry Swissmas and what fans can expect from the movie.
What’s the main element in Alex’s and Liam’s characters and the movie in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Merry Swissmas?
JOHN L’EQUIER: What fascinated me most was the undercurrent of forgiveness. This is why I love
lifetime films because they focus on a positive resolution to conflicts we all go through.
As we know quite well so far, Lifetime movies and shows always feature well-shaped and relatable characters – Where are you and the characters of this movie most similar and where most different as human beings?
I think the best way to answer this question, and to explore why lifetime films are magical I’d have to explain it like this: the human condition is always perplexed by problems, but the vast majority of them are small inter-relationship conflicts that tend to dominate our lives, and we need a sense of hope that there’s a way to get through these conflicts and come out a better person because of them.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you in directing this movie?
After 28 years of directing, I really didn’t encounter any problems. It was a pure joy to Direct. I had an incredible cast and incredible crew so overall, the experience of directing this film for me was a pleasure.
To all the fans looking forward to watching the movie, how would you describe Merry Swissmas?
I would describe Merry Swissmas as a life-affirming, fun, romp, and a beautiful idyllic setting: it’s also a film I think the whole family can enjoy, and I hope that it contributes to a positive holiday season for anyone who gets a chance to see it.
What can you tease about Alex’s and Liam’s journey throughout the movie?
What was beautiful about their relationship was how they both truly needed the good fortune of finding a life mate and it was right under their noses. I also really loved the subtleties of the beginnings of the relationship. That’s where amazing performances by Jodie Sweetin and Tim Rozon really stood out. It’s the glances, it’s the eyes, it’s the gestures.John L’Ecuyer, director of Merry Swissmas
Talking about the environment on set, how would you describe your experience while filming Merry Swissmas and do you have any fun anecdotes to share?
I find having a set where everyone respects each other people share the credits, and the higher key is not one of enforcement, but just a organization that everyone’s equal, and everyone’s ideas are respected and appreciated.
If you could choose a character from Merry Swissmas that you would have loved to play, which one would it be and why?
I would’ve played Santa Claus.
Throwing back to the origins of your career, how did the passion for directing come about in your life?
I love filmmaking I love understanding the visual lexicon, and I love seeing the impact emotionally on people who view my films.
Among all the movies you’ve had the chance to join throughout your career, is there any particular one you’re most fond of?
After more than 200 films and TV shows it’s very hard to just pick one, but I can say I’ve really enjoyed my career in film and feel very lucky to be able to do this as my job.
If you had to give some advice to people who want to pursue a directing career, which kind of advice would you give them?
My advice to upcoming filmmakers is maybe film school will help but ultimately with the way technology is today making short films with your friends. And watching films and trying to break down how those films are made is the way to do it. Really the only thing I got from film school was a bit of structure and friends who were also passionate about film.
Merry Swissmas premieres Nov 5 on Lifetime Network.
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