Ward 105B2 - Reel 06
This was a delicate operation to put to film. Josh, Indy and Joseph had been working on their Vietnam war veteran characters for more than 6 months to prepare for this film and it was a great challenge to make their constant in-jokes relatable to the uninitiated viewer.
We decided to focus heavily on an old 1970s documentary film style with crude visuals, bad quality sound, terrible cuts and a feeling that you've missed some terribly important information that you can't seem to work out. It was definitely a challenge to make a film that looked broken, amateurish, un-complete and forgotten. But there is a liberation in destroying the rules you've worked so hard to learn.
When the boys are in character their performances are so complete that you can easily mistake them for another person. the timid shyness of their normal selves is transformed into a brazen rudeness that pervades their toxic masculine environment. Any challenge that I threw at them was embraced effortlessly and they made it fit the film as if it was always meant to be that way. The guided meditation scene is a striking example of this.