The Sabbatical


James Pittman is a burnt-out photography professor who goes on sabbatical and straight into a mid-life crisis. A young artist named Lucy comes into his life and he tries desperately to recapture the lost spirit of his youth.‬

When a university professor (James Whittingham) is forced to produce a new photography book on his year off, he finds he’s no longer the hot-shot artist he once was. His workaholic wife (Bernadette Mullen) is nowhere to be found and his best friend is busy leading a family life. Alone and desperate, he befriends a young artist (Laura Abramsen) who turns his world upside down. A mid-life crisis ensues.

For this project, we wanted to create a unique world for these characters and we did this by shooting a shallower depth of field then most people are used to seeing in narrative filmmaking. The video below is a summary of the shots that we captured during the first shooting block.

Coming into this project, Brian had a good idea of the style of this project. He was hoping for a cross between Manhattan, Rushmore, and Lost in Translation. From both Manhattan and Rushmore he was wanting to use these wide compositions that they relied on heavily. He was hoping to use the look but more importantly the tone from Lost in Translation.

CLIENT  Autumn Productions 
WRITERS  Brian Stockton, Matthew Yim, James Whittingham & Ian Schneider
DIRECTOR Brian Stockton