“The Overnight” is Patrick Brice’s second feature. His first, “Creep” came out at SXSW last year. Both of these films couldn’t be more different from each other and Brice has said that he is, “So grateful that I get to work in a medium that allows you to follow your bliss in terms of subject matter.”
What it’s about: A young couple spends a long evening with the parents of their son’s new friend.
What it’s really about: The difficulties that surround making new friends and connecting after marriage and kids. How deep-seeded insecurity manifests itself in relationships and life. My goal was to make an honest and funny film about love that pokes fun at (while showing empathy towards) people in long-term committed relationships.
Biggest challenge: We shot the majority of it in graveyard shifts. While it was definitely trying for everyone involved, I feel like we were able to achieve something special because of this. The focused energy of shooting a scene at 3am is unparalleled. The entire world is asleep and here you are with this little group of people making this special/secret thing.
Any films inspire you? The heightened sense of absurdity of early Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker films like “Top Secret” and “Airplane” was very important for me early on. The moment-to-moment descent into absurdity of “After Hours”, the long journey into the night of “Adventures in Babysitting” and “Booty Call” were actually all huge influences on me in developing this movie.
Cameras used: Our primary camera was a Canon C500 with Zeiss Super-Speed lenses. We also used a Canon 5D Mark III with a Petzval 80mm lens and a GoPro for underwater footage.
Hopes for Sundance audience take-away: Above all else I hope it makes people laugh and feel entertained. One of the things I love about it is the inclusiveness of the story. The energy of the movie is kinda begging you to have a good time. I’m anxious to see if anybody else connects with the material.
What’s next? Doing a bunch of writing/reading scripts. Releasing “Creep” (my found-footage film with Mark Duplass) sometime in 2015.