Night, Night

A Short Film

By Will Eno

Directed by Joanna Settle

Co-Produced with Bucktown Pictures

Executive Producer, Philip Faversham

 

 

About the Text:

Screenwriter Will Eno, when asked to summarize Night, Night, wrote: “The sun has set over streets of houses, government buildings, and American backyards everywhere. Part of the world has grown dark. A news team is on the scene. Their report: someone left the lawn sprinklers on; someone’s horse is loose; a seashell is lying in the grass; dogs run by; it’s dark out. The Governor issues excited statements appealing for calm. It is nighttime in the northwest of the world. Everyone is afraid. Everyone doesn’t know if the sun, once down, will ever rise again. But there is a witness, and the witness will speak.”

Joanna Settle first read Guggenheim Award-winning Will Eno’s stage play, TRAGEDY: a tragedy (from which Night, Night was adapted, in 1999.  Settle fell for the script, a modern, existential, and sharply intelligent drama-comedy about a television news team.

While D13 presented a reading of the play in 2000, TRAGEDY: a gragedy still awaits its much-deserved American debut.  It received its world premiere at The Gate Theater in London in 2001.

 

 

About the Film:

While D13’s original intent to fully produce TRAGEDY: a tragedy was not realized (due to purely fiscal constraints), Settle was fortunateto be approached by Chicago’s Bucktown Pictures about directing a film.  She in turn approached Eno about adapting his text, as the script seemed an obvious match for D13’s interests and the available resources. Eno began work on his screenplay, and Night, Night went into production.   Executive Producer Philip Faversham was brought on board in conjunction with the team from Bucktown Pictures, D13’s members and artistic associates.

Night, Night was filmed almost exclusively with an outdoor, overnight shooting schedule (four shoots were scheduled from 4pm to 4am), in early December of 2000, during sub-zero weather.   Heavy-duty outdoor heaters (resembling small jet engnes) were brought on-site, hot enough to melt the rubber on your boots.

The film, which features Alan Tudyk and Amy Sedaris, as well as D13 Artistic Associate David Neumann, is currently in a state of rough edit, and has received one public showing at t Angelika Film Centre.

 

 

Credits:

Producers: Bucktown Pictures, Leigh Jones, Dave Carlson, Division 13 Productions

Executive Producers: Philip Faversham, Joseph T. George, Shan Padda, Anita Drobny

Music and Sound Design: Maestro Matic

Costume Design: Stacey Ellen Rich

Production Designer: Merje Veski

Art Director: Alex Blunt

Editor: Chrisropher Gotschall

 

 

Cast: 

Aaron Cedolia (Steve)

Tom Groenwald (The Witness)

Matthew Krause (Peter)

Mick Napier (Boss)

David Neumann (John in the Field)

Amy Sedaris (Constance at the Home)

Katie Taber (Mary)

Alan Tudyk (Michael the Legal Advisor)

Darryl Warren (Frank in the Studio)

 

 

Crew:

1st Assistant Camera: Jim Adkins

Assistant Editor: Alain Blair

Graphic Design: IndeDigital

After Effects Artists/Digital Composition: Alain Blair

Make-up: James Boehmer

Unit Production Manager: Leigh Jones

Production Coordinator: Marie Frick

Script Supervisor: Stephanie Turner

Assistant to the Director: Anne DeAcetis

1st Assistant Director: Mike Frank

2nd Assistant Director: Tom Pacy

Production Mixer: Andy Motz

Boom Operator: Andre Pluess

Additional Boom: Christina Goodman

Gaffer: Eric Wheeler

Grip: Erin J. Huntemanns

Key Production Assistant: Kara Bauer

Production Intern: Marlon Gualberto

Production Assistants: Britney Bezirgan, Tom Schultz, Christina Vasquez

Category

Division 13