Synopsis: Set in a world ravaged by a plague that has forced humanity to live in fear behind the veil of gas masks, Suppressant tells the story of Paul, an “Immune.” In order to survive, Paul must hide his immunity as he sells temporary viral suppressants to the community. The Suppressant allows citizens to live mask-free for up to three days. While Paul tried to ignore societies problems, he is forced to confront the dark reality of what people will do in order to regain their humanity.
Production: We decided to use naturalistic handheld camera movement to observe the post-apoctalyptic world that Paul lives in, and in order to give a sense of realism. This was influenced mostly by the work of Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC AMC on “Children of Men.” The ‘look’ of the film is much more impressionistic. We wanted to blow out skies and windows in order to give a sense of “no future or hope” for both Paul and humanity as a while. The photography of Janusz Kaminski, ASC in “Minority Report” was the primary influence for this aspect of the film.
The look of the film was developed partially in camera through the use of high contrast lighting and nets, and expended though the digital intermediate process.
Directed by Derek Woods Format: S35mm