Synopsis: James and Raymond are two men looking for a connection in life. They meet for a blind date in a Mexican restaurant. James is extremely nervous, but Raymond is calm and collected and tried to make the most of their awkward encounter. But as the two men learn more about each other, their rocky date takes an unexpected turn towards the absurd.
Production: Sombrero premiered at the 2008 Palm Springs International Short Fest and won the audience favorite in comedy.
The film is absurdist, and we felt that it should be told with impressionistic visuals. We chose to convey James’ nervousness by making his world visually ambiguous. For the opening of the film, we used shift-and-tilt lenses to show James’ perspective. Once Raymond enters, we draw a sharp contrast with their backgrounds. I used dimmed and gelled parcans shooting directly into the lens in order to create large out-of-focus dots in James’ background.
Written and Directed by Nathaniel Atcheson Format: 35mm