Tha L Spot Chats with UniMix Films Patrick & Jessica Ulysse
Published on Tha L Spot on April 10th 2013
Independent film maker Patrick Ulysse, is in the process of producing his second film “Forever Yours”, a romantic comedy about a soccer coach and a choreographer who fall in love but let past decisions and personal relationship challenges hinder them from being together. However, their passion for the teens at the community center they work at allow them to realize the strength in their love and relationship.
Interested in films since his early teen years, Patrick always felt that his life would involve film making. His interest in films catalyzed after being interviewed on Haitian National Television during his track meet. “I followed the crew around as they interviewed other people and seeing the final product on TV totally got me hooked,” said Patrick. He continued to pursue an associate degree in Video Production at Borough of Manhattan Community College, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree at Brooklyn College, and received special training at New York University. After finishing his education, Patrick wanted an outlet in which he could continue to sharpen his skills as a cinematographer. He decided to start a production company and became the CEO of UniMix Films, which focuses on both video and film. Patrick directed and produced his first film, “One More Try” released in 2006. He is also credited for his work on the award winning shows “Law & Order: SVU”, “Secrets of New York” and “Sex and the City.”
Patrick came up with the concept of “Forever Yours” through experiences in his life and his surrounding environments. People often joke with him and ask if the script is based more on personal experience, considering his wife, Jessica Ulysse, is in fact a choreographer. Although that would make for a cute story, the answer is no. The couple met during the pre-production point of the film’s progress and the script was already written. However, Jessica does play a big role in the production of this film.
As a graduate of Lehman College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mass Communications and Dance, Jessica furthered her dance education at the Alvin Ailey School. She is the artistic director and choreographer for KaNu Dance Theater and co-owner of Danse Xpressions dance studio in Long Island.
For the film, my job required me wearing many hats,” said Jessica. Her official titles are choreographer, instructor, and assistant director of all dance scenes. Jessica explained how after reading the script she had to create the dance pieces for various scenes, selected the wardrobe and assisted with the set design. She also had to get accustomed to choreographing for film, which differs from choreographing for a stage performance. “There are several takes, so, there are many chances to get it right,” said Jessica, “With Most stage performances you only get one chance.”
There is a stigma that doing business with your significant other can cause conflict in the business and in the relationship. Patrick and Jessica each explained how they avoid conflict and how doing business together actually helps their relationship. “When working together, I have to look at my husband as another fellow artist that I am collaborating with and take his ideas in objectively,” said Jessica. She explained how they make sure to listen to each others’ ideas, contemplate the pros and cons, and eventually compromise with each other. For the film, she had to realize that he is the director and in the end it is about his vision.
“We bump heads but we try to always keep the big picture in mind,” said Patrick, “if need be, we agree to disagree.”
Both being independent artists, the couple shares the love of creating works of art for the pleasure of others and are very supportive of each other and their projects. “As an artist, you need to know your significant other has your back,” said Patrick. “Her support keeps my creative juice flowing.”
“I believe that spousal support can make or break your marriage as well as make or break your success as an artist,” said Jessica. Although, their individual projects may sometimes require a lot of attention, they understand spousal support is crucial in any marriage, however, they are blessed to have another artist by their side that understands and shares the passion for the arts.
You can expect “Forever Yours” to hit the festival circuit this fall.