Sleep on It

A quarrel puts things into perspective for a young couple mattress-shopping for their first apartment.

Director’s Statement

As the film’s writer/director, Sleep on It was an attempt to purge myself of past lovers, failed relationships and toxic intimacy. After putting pen to paper and conceptualizing the first draft, it quickly dawned on myself how closely I’d written me into one character and a former boyfriend into another. I guess that’s what we’re told, as young writers: write what you know. Sleep on It essentially developed into a lesson for myself, who had fallen into the bad habit of romanticizing my partner. The story, after a number of drafts, soon turned into an analysis of contemporary relationships, and the consequences of pre-mature commitment. Early on, our team knew we wanted to film the script as a single shot. The technical experiment was both an invigorating and daunting challenge (interiors, exteriors, two flights of stairs, three speaking roles, extras, etc). We set-up and rehearsed on one day, and attempted seven takes another day. Of the seven, four were cut midway through due to technical difficulties. Three were usable. And the final product was seven uninterrupted minutes of lust, jealousy and drama which, without my incredibly talented cast and crew, would never have been a possibility.