In a world where publicizing ones activities, no matter how banal, has become a fabric of how we communicate with one another, I became interested in my own inability to accept such sharing as a valid way to spend my time. Yet, as much as I value my privacy, I find that many of my goals and desires are kept out of arm's reach exactly because of the behaviors and attitudes I most cherish. Thus, I wanted to create a short film about this dichotomy, and teach my main character the necessity of getting out of one's comfort zone when it is asked of you and explore how timing can mean everything - if you hesitate for one instant, the opportunity may be gone, and if you delay it long enough, taking action in such circumstances may leave you in an even worse position than where you were initially.
Additionally, having absorbed much of Roman Polanski's filmography in coincidental concurrence with reading Paul Auster's entire bibliography, I wanted to take the two creative theses inherent in various versions of their work - specifically physical manifestations of psychological horror and post-modern self-awareness, respectively - and merge them into something unique and comical that also speaks to relatable human issues - kind of like a short sketch that you might see in an early episode of FX's Louie. Thus, I conceived of a film where we have a protagonist - generally seen as the one who must keep the action moving forward - who is literally fighting the forces inside of his own mind as well as the tricks and tools of filmmaking to remain in a state of stasis. Inspired specifically by Repulsion and The New York Trilogy, I had the camera act as the subconscious of Elmore, as well as the initiator of his problems and reminder of the fear of going out into the public he must work to overcome, all with the goal of bringing him to a place that he may fear, yet is undoubtedly a healthier, more fulfilling way to lead one's ever-surprising, ever-dynamic life.