Most of the Sundance comedy hit The Overnight takes place over the course of one crazy night. During that night, cheap two couples– Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche starring alongside Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling — spend their time drinking, information pills smoking and partying.
As the evening wanes, the activities that the characters engage in become more extreme and scandalous. During a recent interview with the film’s writer/director Patrick Brice, I asked him about how he was able to get the actors to cut loose during the movie’s most outrageous scenes. Check out his response below.
I heard that you filmed the movie over twelve days. Most of the film though is set at night, so did you only film in the evening?
Brice: Ten of those days were nights so we would come into work at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon and we’d finish around five or six in the morning. We probably could’ve shot the film [during the day] since it mostly takes place in interiors. It might’ve been easier on the actors but at the same time, I really love what we were able to achieve tonally because of the fact that we shot at night.
The performances really do feel a little loopy as the movie goes on and that’s because those actors were really actually having to stay up all night long. There’s a delirium that sets in when you’ve been staying up so late where suddenly everything becomes funny, suddenly everything becomes surreal, and suddenly everything becomes much more intense, and so it was fun to have that seep into the film merely by the fact that we were shooting it when we were shooting it.