Written and directed by Upstream Color producer Casey Gooden and featuring its leading-lady and director – Amy Seimetz and Shane Carruth – We’ll Find Something is a playful tale revolving around one of the most common day-to-day discussions in a relationship. Taking its audience on a tour of New York as its on-screen couple debate over where to eat (yep – the concept really is that simple), Gooden’s film provides an amusing, but relatable commentary on a situation we’ve all probably found ourselves in.
I saw a meme on Facebook recently that claimed ‘90% of a relationship is deciding where to eat’ and whilst this is obviously a humorous exaggeration, it’s also something we can all probably easily to relate to. Although relatability is something we look for in a large majority of the films we select to showcase on Short of the Week, that doesn’t mean just because a subject is identifiable, it will make a great film. However, with regards to We’ll Find Something, that’s exactly what happened.
“I wanted to make a film that peeled back the layers of a relationship”
Taking the simple premise of a tired couple struggling to decide where to eat in New York City, Gooden has taken what at first seemed like a synopsis too slight for even a 12-minute story and expanded it into a complex, charming and comedic short film. Inspired to create his narrative after experiencing similar situations himself, the director admits his storyline offered the perfect opportunity to explore a couple’s bond. “I wanted to make a film that peeled back the layers of a relationship”, says Gooden, “I also wanted it set on the streets of New York because I needed to physically wear my characters down, walking street after street, and also have them exposed out in the open”.
Shot in one night with a tight crew of just five (including Gooden) moving quickly and travelling light, We’ll Find Something does a great job of really making you feel like you’re walking the streets alongside its indecisive couple – almost like the third-wheel in their conversation. Flitting from location-to-location as the pair struggle to agree on a dining venue, Gooden credits good planning for being able to shoot the film in such a tight timescale.
With Gooden and Carruth once again working together on the latter’s latest directorial project The Modern Ocean and Seimetz involved with TV adaptation of Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, this is a trio we’ll be seeing a lot more from in years to come – lets just hope they revisit the short film format every once in a while.