It was the year 2004 and I found myself enrolled in a course to learn how to write a screenplay, the best was going to be filmed, and one I had penned was selected to be so.
I read it in front of the other classmates in the middle of one lesson, and the teacher chose it. As there was a shortage of money; and no plenty of ways to make it, the screenplay could not be too complicated.
The story I wrote it was only an introduction to a character it had not even born yet, nevertheless, the short movie does exist today and that story has never been fulfilled.
Not a single actor was known to me thereby I called on my friend David to star it, as I believed he was brave enough to do it, and the only person around me who was going to be fearless, something that was true in practice.
MARLON BRANDO A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
A peculiar thing was that back then I would be watching plenty of classic movies starred by Marlon Brando. I saw many of them, and a particular one called A streetcar named desire inspired me in such a way that I told him to wear a white T-shirt to pay homage to the actor.
What is more, I even bought it myself but that T-shirt was never in my customs again as it was converted into rags to clean dust.
Anyhow, some months later Marlon Brando did pass away. Coincidence? (I was inspired by his famous character in the movie A Streetcar named desire based on a play by Tennessee Williams, Marlon Brando died after the short movie was concluded).
THE EXPERIENCE FILMING THIS SHORT MOVIE
Short movie Angustia (Spanish) Anguish (English) Nerimas (Lithuanian) was filmed in two dissimilar places. Firstly, it was attempted to in a particular house in Zaragoza (Spain). There are 3 different versions of this short movie on YouTube, one of them contains a song from a famous Spanish rock band, there is also a deluxe version on DVD format, only 5 copies were provided thus if you have one you must keep it safely as in 100 years’ time it will be most valued than gold, water, and oil combined.
The second day of filming took place in a rural place in Moncayo. The teacher of this writing course was a professional who had been working with Bigas Luna, a famous Spanish filmmaker who discovered Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, giving them first acting roles of their careers (they are married now) who is dead now.
DELUXE VERSION ON DVD
Deluxe version of Angustia DVD contains a picture of my first dog (dead in 2004). Besides, a woman who appears some seconds acting like the older face of the female protagonist is mentioned on the credits too
Personally, it was far too much harder to edit it than shooting and even writing. Even though I was not directly in charge of directing this short movie Angustia, on the credits, it is said so.
The teacher was the main director; after all, we were merely students. We edited it at class and I wrote it in my home. We have to praise all the actors, male protagonist for instance, is an engineer lacking artistic skills but he does what it takes. He is the bad guy of the story.
PRESENTING THE CAST
Main female protagonist was an outstanding girl named Elena who was fluent in French and had somehow tried something in the world of acting something which was visible; she is the one who renders a great performance.
I told her she ought to learn from Julianne Moore, because at that time, latest movies of her were interesting as this actress was nominated twice in the same edition of Academy Awards in such good movies as Far from Heaven and The Hours.
Julianne Moore was everywhere back then with superb works in both flicks. Even so, she has not been able to win the Oscar until recently.
The beauty of Elena is notable as the beauty of her nemesis a Lithuanian girl named Neringa. She told us about her days working as a fashion model, her height was imposing and she came to us by chance in the sense a roommate of a friend left the house and the first person to answer the vacant notice was her. Just when I was thinking about who could do her role I entered the house and there she was, ready to be in the film.
She had a perfect command of Spanish and she explained us how was the Lithuanian for Angustia, Nerimas, something you would have guessed reading the title although in Spanish Angustia is also a personal name.
Both girls were amazing, a blonde one and a brunette, perfect as a result. Nonetheless, the other actor involved (even though he was a fantastic and funny person) did not make a good impression in the sense he was extremely nervous to act.
Short movie Angustia in Spanish, Anguish in English, Nerimas in Lithuanian was shot in 2004 and I remember that the first day it coincided with the wedding between current Kings of Spain.
It was a great experience and it is always wonderful to see how a story you have envisaged and wrote, remains in images forever. However, the filmmaker (the teacher on this particular occasion) chooses what he wants; hence it is impossible to see a piece of writing just as you have imagined it.
The best thing about this short movie? Treatment of the final song Mañana será igual (tomorrow it will be the same) from legendary Spanish rock band Barricada (Barricade), it is a wonderful song, yet this band does not usually play it live (now this formation does not even exist)
I sent several emails to members of this rock band telling them I was going to use their song, one person from the band answered me saying thanks and talking in the name of musicians (YouTube and musical companies know in advance how to exploit the intellectual property).
This song ends the short movie but when I uploaded it on YouTube the song was omitted. Lastly, I must admit I paid the intellectual fees to exploit the story, something I had forgotten until recently.
Personally, I feel a little bit embarrassed but you can watch short movie Angustia, Anguish, Nerimas on YouTube, based on a trilogy written by Halcombe.