Leave it up to cinematographer Frank Buono and he’ll transport
you into the window of a young boy’s life in ten minutes.
Leave it up to writer and director Jeremy Breslau and a beautifully poignant story will slowly unfold before your eyes.
Constructed like an uninterrupted dream, 1982 floats into the memories of a young man as he reflects on the pivotal year of his life when he struggled for his parent’s attention.
As you might imagine, creating a film like this wasn’t an easy task.
Working with a budget of only $25,000, director Jeremy Breslau recruited an amazing cast and crew of industry veterans to support him.
His cinematographer, Frank Buono, was uniquely prepared for the complex shots having operated the infamous car sequence on Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men.
Production designer Patrick Sullivan’s contributions were also critical to the film’s success—the short’s wonderfully nostalgic and detailed feel is largely due to the fantastic art direction and prop choices in each frame.
For those interested in how exactly some of the shots and transitions were pulled off, Breslau employs a variety of techniques from practical effects to a fair amount of digital trickery to keep the film so smooth and seamless.
It’s no wonder 1982 swept up 14 film awards across the country.
As to the reasons why he made the film, Breslau simply said:
“I created the film because I wanted to explore the universal pang in childhood when we realize our parents are fallible, and the sense of loneliness that can accompany that awareness.
I wanted to explore that transitional period in childhood when we begin to realize that our world is a lot less secure than we thought it was. I was also interested in how strong childhood memories can unexpectedly bubble to the surface and influence our choices as adults.
My goal was to create a piece that would be emotionally resonant and visually stunning, with the challenge of capturing the feeling of seamlessly drifting through a memory.”
~Via Jeremy Breslau, Variety, Short of the Week, and Vimeo