Ah, quarantine. The word, though something we all share and are familiar with, means something different to all of us. COVID-19 thrust us all into a tumultuous world we all had to experience together and yet also completely separately. We were all alone in our joined suffering. We had to be.
But out of that schism in the world's usual rhythms, came some beautiful things too. We've seen people connect and create in some of the most beautiful, simple, and meaningful ways. That feeling is what I wanted to capture in my pandemic short, There's Something Between Us.
It's a simple film, shot in one room by me, myself, and I, over the course of two days. The story takes a look at two people who meet through their shared wall and develop a connection, despite the extremities of the pandemic around them.
It's no secret a lot of my work focuses on the thriller / horror genre and, while I did consider making something along those lines for my pandemic short, what needed to come out of me was something simply human. No frills. No high-concept. Just a story might make people smile, feel, and get swept away in a world that is limited to one small, square room.
Much like the pandemic itself, this short challenged me (it's not easy pulling focus when you yourself are also the subject). But I learned so much about resilience by making it, about looking into yourself and trusting that you have what it takes to make something, even if it's in uncharted territory. For that lesson, I'm so grateful I chose to tell this story.
(And I'm also so sorry that you have to watch me act. Desperate times, friends!)
After several months of post-production software nightmares, we finally exported the final version of this quarantine short a few hours before the new year rang in and 2020 came to a close. It was a fitting close to a strange, difficult year, and I'm excited to get to share this short with you soon!