An insomniac decides to try Sleepy Stories, a service that sends someone to your house who is so boring they can talk you to sleep.
Writer/director: Andrew Rowe
Co-producers: Laura Hope, Michael Rowe
“Sleepy Stories was an idea that occurred to me while visiting with a relative.
After a long day of travel all I wanted was to sleep but he kept taking trips down memory lane, speaking in a soft, calming voice. I wondered if I got up to brush my teeth if he would follow me into the bathroom, never breaking from his story.
That image was so funny to me that I tried to think of a way to build it into a short film. About two months later my subconscious put everything together and I was able to write Sleepy Stories fairly quickly.
I submitted the script to Crazy8s and was fortunate enough to be one of six filmmakers chosen to make the entire film (production and post-production) in eight days, with donated services and some cash. They were extremely supportive and I don’t think I would’ve been able to get the exact film I wanted without them.
In terms of style and tone, I felt it was important to have no score because I wanted the film to be quiet, like Bertram’s voice. I wanted moments of silence and I wanted it to feel like it could really happen.
Although it’s a bit of a silly concept, I didn’t want music to make it seem even sillier.
I also believe it’s important to approach comedy as you would drama in terms of camera work and editing. By that I mean the camera shouldn’t move unless there’s a reason and you should always strive to have the best angle to tell your story.
I feel films should flow, and faster editing doesn’t make something funnier; it’s all in the performances, so let them have space to breathe. There’s no reason why comedies can’t be beautifully made.”
About Andrew Rowe
Andrew Rowe moved to Vancouver, BC from St. John’s, NL in 2006 with the intention of going to film school.
He decided to withdraw from school and instead invest his money in equipment. He formed the comedy troupe Wild Driver in 2008, and has written, directed, edited and acted in over 25 sketches and short films with the group.
His work has screened at various film festivals in North America and Europe.