August 2nd, 2016
On August 1st, Director’s Notes premiered the film short written and directed by Jack Weatherley. Jim appears along side Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac, Tale of Tales), and the film features music from Toydrum/Gavin Clark.
The Hope You Promised Love from Neon on Vimeo.
More from Jack Weatherley’s Director’s Notes interview:
The film came about from the thought of a single image… A teardrop in reverse… I tend to obsess over things and started considering what this would look like but also what it would mean. Why we cry… All the things a tear can represent… How so much goes ‘into’ a tear. When you think about it, it really is a strange physical manifestation of emotion. From there an abstraction of a scene evolved. A couple in an embrace of sorts, potentially a final embrace, with no words spoken between them in a powerful, visceral moment.
After so much love and care had gone into the development and prep, casting was next and, as always, crucial. We were lucky enough to already have Jim Sturgess onboard, which was fantastic and a real coup for the film. I’ve long admired Jim’s work and was delighted when he agreed to be involved. We then had another major boost when Jina Jay (Casting Director) came onto the project, which was fantastic. Jina helped secure Stacy Martin, who totally blew me away in Nymphomaniac, and I knew immediately that Jim and Stacy would be amazing together.
Due to location and Jim and Stacy’s availability, we had to shoot in a single day….We shot all of the elements of the film not involving Jim and Stacy first and then went about rehearsing the intricate camera movement of their moment with stand-ins. For some reason, we just couldn’t get it right, technically it was a massive challenge for my DOP and great friend Paul O’Callaghan to perform a really considered ballet of sorts around the actors with some pretty major focus pulling (from the heroic Ross Onions!!) chucked in for good measure. We carried on making corrections until it was nearly right but were rapidly running out of time and we had to get Jim and Stacy in and start shooting. The moment they stepped onto set something extraordinary happened… When they took their positions it was as though some kind of electricity surged in the room and everything was beautiful. The power between them was incredible and it actually felt a real privilege to witness it, let alone shoot it. Over the last year or so I’ve been lucky enough to be mentored by Peter Strickland and we’ve spoken at length about how some imagery just has an indefinable, impossible to articulate charge to it. The image of Jim and Stacy has that charge and it’s a real testament to their ability as actors to convey so much feeling in a glance, a moment and with no dialogue.
The full credits as listed:
The Hope You Promised Love
This film is dedicated to Gavin Clark.
Starring Jim Sturgess and Stacy Martin.
Written and directed by Jack Weatherley
VFX, Production, Post-Production and Co-Direction: Neon
Director of Photography: Paul O’Callaghan
Music: Toydrum ft. Gavin Clark - I’ve Got a Future
Sound Design: Box of Toys Audio
Casting Director: Jina Jay
Gaffer: Dave Hutton
Electrician: Simon Hutton
Focus Puller: Ross Onions
Art Director: Carolyn Wilson
Art dept assistant: Olly Gant
Wardrobe: Sophie O’Neil
Jim Sturgess’ costume provided by Gibson and Peckham Rye
Stacy Martin’s costume provided by Antonio Berardi
Hair and Make-Up: Robb Crafer