A short film exploring the fragmented world of a psychologist as he navigates the boundary between reality and delusion.
Following his wife’s suicide, Henry Walton, an experimental psychologist, becomes tormented by feelings of grief and guilt. Placing blame upon himself for her death, Henry becomes obsessed with the idea of reuniting with the woman he loves. His psyche begins to unravel, causing Henry to walk a fine line between reality and delusion.
After performing an experiment on himself, Henry’s world become more fragmented and distorted by the day. Manifestations of Henry’s feelings begin to appear as harrowing delusions that cross over to his waking life. Despite struggling to maintain appearances among colleagues and friends, Henry becomes noticeably disengaged and removed from the present.
As his world falls apart, Henry finds refuge in one of his patients. Arthur Lawrence, peacefully resting in an unresponsive state suspended between life and death, once endured trauma similar to that of Henry. In Arthur, Henry sees hope for himself. Though up to this point, Henry has been unable to communicate with Arthur, a seemingly miraculous event occurs when Arthur speaks to Henry, albeit in a very cryptic manner.
Wishing to find the peacefulness that currently eludes him, Henry chooses to abandon consciousness as he knows it in order to pursue the path taken by Arthur. Guided by his delusions, Henry is led towards a mysterious, hallucinatory realm, where he is reunited with Alma. In the end, Henry chooses to exist there, abandoning his worldly life for a realm he finds within himself..
Worlds Within will be produced in Baltimore, a city with an energetic and growing film scene. By contributing to this short, you will support a professional opportunity for its members to develop artistically. The production will reach beyond the film scene, too. Already we have begun working with talented visual artist to produce our props and storyboards, and we have begun working with local musicians to craft an original soundtrack for the film.
After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Film Production, Patrick worked freelance as a videographer in the Baltimore area. He created a number of various promotional videos and corporate videos for local NPO's, small businesses and schools, including the promotional piece which brought "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to Baltimore.
After working freelance, Patrick was named Unit Production Manager on three award-winning short films in New York. Upon returning to Baltimore, he became 2nd Assistant Director on a short film entitled The Turner Exhibit, written and directed by Mathew Bainbridge. Through the connections he made on this film, Patrick was offered a job on the set of the Emmy award-winning HBO series, Veep.
After working the first season of Veep, he joined the crew of the Netflix series, House of Cards, which was produced and directed by David Fincher. Patrick worked on House of Cards for nine months before deciding to put all of his time and effort into creating Worlds Within.
He believes that he now has the time and experience needed to make this film a major success. Patrick's passion for directing comes from his desire to create stories, characters and landscapes in a visual medium. His strongest directorial influences are Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfred Hitchcock.
Worlds Within will explore Henry’s fraught sanity, both from his perspective and that of his friend and colleague, Thomas. It is a layered narrative that will be driven by impressionistic imagery and an original atmospheric soundtrack.
As the film visually depicts the events leading up to Henry’s metaphysical transcendence, a tape recording will be heard simultaneously. This recording, left behind by Henry for his colleague, explains Henry’s perspective on the events depicted in the film, as well as Henry’s experiences and emotions.
Michelle Farrell has has been selected as the Director of Photography for the upcoming production of Worlds Within, slated to shoot February 2013. A reel featuring her previous work is highlighted above.