The Get Well Soon EPK provides a fascinating insight into the creative and practical elements of producing this stunning short film. The journey involved in translating inspiration and vision into reality is discussed by our writer, directors and director of photography, and our producer highlights some of the logistical challenges. Happily, the process was fun as well as challenging, as Gresby and Laura, the stars of the piece, conclude while they reminisce about two very intensive weekends of shooting.
Theodore Fisk is plagued by nightmares which stem from his recent treatment for breast cancer. Now in remission, his ordeal appears to be drawing to close – but the cracks are showing in his relationship with his wife, Janet.
Janet has discovered that she is pregnant; she is horrified. After months of caring for her husband, this stark revelation makes it suddenly clear to her that she neither wants her marriage to continue, or to keep the baby.
Theodore overhears Janet discussing her pregnancy on the phone with an unknown friend. Theodore misinterprets the little that he hears, thinking Janet is still worried about his health and too overwhelmed to tell him. What he doesn’t hear is that she is looking for somewhere to stay to escape her loveless marriage.
While he waits and waits for Janet to tell him the happy news, she never does. Instead she becomes more distant, pre-empting Theodore’s own drug and alcohol fuelled decline. As the pressure mounts, inexplicable things start to happen in the house – Theodore’s nightmares seem to take on a more physical quality, and the fabric of reality gradually starts to unwind.
Staring Gresby Nash and Laura Howard
Directed by Ian Baigent and Jack Burnford
Written by Michael Woodman
Produced by Gregory Rinaldi and Alison Baxter
Director of Photography – Rory Moles
Music by Rael Jones
Edited by Ian Baigent
Supervising Sound Editor – Steve Browell
1st Assistant Director – Matthew Loudon
1st Assistant Director – Paola Lizza
3rd Assistant Director – Michael Millard
Focus Puller – Gregoire Thevenot
1st Assistant Camera – Leighton Spence
1st Assistant Camera – Jon Howard
Gaffer – Ian Stowe
Best Boy – Ashley Marsden
Spark – Segev Navon
Spark – Scott Sullivan
Key Grip – Louisa Court
Costume Designer – David Blight
Assistant Costume Designer – Emma Lindqvist
Hair and Make-up Designer – Jade Roberts
Production Designer – Sophie Wyatt
Art Director – James Harris
Art Director – Luis San Martin
Sound Recordist – Steve Browell and Patrick Roche
Titles by Simon Bronson