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It’s not just another day at the office…


LOG LINE

An aspiring artist stuck in an office day-job discovers the darker side of human nature, as he strives to take control of his life.


SYNOPSIS

Control is a story about a man who feels that he has no control over his life, but soon realizes that the only person responsible for his dead-end job is himself. Jason Conner works as an accountant who is constantly ridiculed by his boss Simpson. He would rather be doing anything than filing taxes and is especially passionate about drawing. One day at work, when he simply cannot take it anymore, his drawings materialize into the real world and his angst towards his boss comes to life. Control explores the concept of power. Who has it? Who acts on it? And who indulges in its destructive capabilities?

FILMMAKERS’ STATEMENT

“My biggest fear in life is waking up every morning and dreading my job. That is why I made Control. In addition to that, I have always been fascinated with the emotional connection the viewer has with a character on screen. In Control, I wanted to explore this by setting up a sympathetic ‘victim’ [Jason Conner], whom the audience roots for, until he goes violently overboard, which subvertes him into somewhat of an antagonist. Ultimately he learns from this and is a better person for it. Nobody is ‘good’ or ‘evil.’ There is duality in humanity. Everyone has the capability of being Mother Theresa or Saddam Hussein. We just don’t like to admit it.”

- Brad Crowe, Writer/Director


"Having a shitty job is something most people can relate to. We are taught to believe we have little control in our occupations much less our destinies. I can relate to this world of isolation, blame and bitterness, oftentimes created when I ignore the pursuit of my craft. I became a part of this project because I believed Control is an innovative narration of the internal struggle that many artists go through. Control delivers a vision of hope and possibility. It is my hope that it relates a theme I strongly stand behind: All people have a talent to offer the world. Therefore, we are all artists fully capable of controlling the happiness we create for ourselves and for others."

- Nabila Lester, Producer

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

1. The painting featured in the film (on the wall in the office and multiplied by the hundreds on the floor) is “The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” (1817) by Caspar David Friedrich.

2. The office scene was filmed at a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service office in the San Fernando Valley. The office workers in the background are actual employees of the firm.

3. The dome shaped chair the boss sits in during the ‘animated reality’ scene was actually made in the 1960’s and was graciously donated by Boo Radley’s Antique Shop on Melrose Ave.

4. Rick Almada (the corporate boss) is actually about 2 feet shorter than Shaughn Buchholz. To make Rick appear more intimidating and sinister, the two are never seen standing up togethe and were always shot with low angles and high angles respectively.

5. The score was completed during one 14 hour session at James Guymon’s studio in downtown Los Angeles. It is one theme that is repeated in different keys.

6. The rough cut was over 16 minutes long. The final version is six minutes, including credits.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Format - HDCAM
Running Time - 6:00 mins
Sound - Stereo
Aspect Ratio - 4:3 (with embedded 16:9 matte)

FILMMAKER CREDITS
Director Brad Crowe
Writer Brad Crowe
Producer Nabila Lester
Director of Photography Nabila Lester
Composer James Guymon
Sound Mixer Gentry Smith
Sound Designer Brad Crowe
Editor Nabila Lester

TALENT CREDITS
“Jason Conner” Shaughn Buchholz
“Simpson” Rick Almada