And while I won’t say if it’s scorn, betrayal, disrespect, rudeness or any other “sin” that has invoked the anger in this circle, I will say that the most unexpected moment triggers it. And that is what the short for “Anger” speaks to – being triggered. When we think we’ve gotten over an incident in our lives only to have it spark back up at the smallest provocation.
“Anger” features Catherine Mancusco and is the only one of the shorts in full color. I think anger is colorful in its heat flushing our cheeks or lacing our words. It can be quick and bright or dark and boiling. It’s uncomfortable to witness and be on the receiving end of. This is also the only one of the shorts that directly addresses the camera. Anger is an outward sin. Unlike gluttony, which is harmful first to yourself, ire belongs to the list offenses inflicted upon others. Does it harm yourself as well? Yes, quite deeply. And that is the dual nature of sin.
“Anger” was filmed on a beautiful, sunny day in a row boat on the boat pond in Central Park, NYC. The perfect, pastoral setting for a fit of rage. :) Our cinematographer was Keith Chandler (Morpheus in TITANIA), whose whites and greens and blues in this short – look like a painting to me. I’ve also worked with Cathy before and am always knocked over by her level of depth and focus. She and I talked a lot about trigger moments and about reaction, gut reaction, learned and trained reaction. We worked on this scene, timing it perfectly to one minute – because this short was also done all in one take!
I purposely wanted to isolate this character so they wouldn’t have anywhere to hide, or a door to slam when their anger was triggered. I wanted to focus on that moment of transition and choice. I think that turning point shows up in a lot of these shorts about sin. When do you hold back and when do you push it into excess? Will Cathy’s character stay in control, does she give in to it, how far does this incident take her? You’ll have to wait and see, but I hope this will make you more aware of your trigger points and how they can affect you, or darken a perfectly beautiful day.
To view a 20 sec clip of the short (raw footage): ANGER clip