09 Jun Short Film ‘Return’ Explores the Meaning of Life Through Family and Friendship Bonds
After exploring how our relationships and families bring about the ultimate meaning of life, director and photographer, Dillion Buirski, alongside a team of talented individuals brought the short film, ‘Return’ to life.
‘Return’ follows the story of a protagonist who is submerged in a nightmarish world where he is constantly chasing and running after a better reality, in which he keeps replaying memories of a simpler time with his partner, his muse, and his family. He lives in a constant turmoil of trying to return to a life before the chaos.
Replaying memories of their most sacred family moments, he keeps wishing he appreciated all the seemingly insignificant events. His anguish builds up and then reaches a breaking point, upon the viewer is taken through self-realisation that what is most important during a crisis, are the steady rhythmic beats of our relationships.
The film was shot as a passion project before the world as we know it was turned upside down. The post-production direction has taken a few twists and turns over the past two months, as the team realised the film is incredibly relevant as a social commentary to the current world crisis and the collective challenge that has brought about so much change.
Director – Dillion Buirski
Production – Anja Marais / we are_
Directing Assistant – Luka Scott / we are_
DOP – Jason Hearn
1st AC – Patrick Spilsbury
Loader – Nicholas Spilsbury
Gaffer – Badger Bloemraad
1st Lighting Assist – Kyle Brooks
2nd Lighting Assist – John Ndakama
Assistant – Carl Martin
HMU – Robyn-Lee Crocker
HMU – Zainab Fife
Styling & Art – Corine Stijnen
Post Supervision – Calvin Shushu / we are_
Editor – Luka Scott / we are_
Editor Assistant – Annika Botha / we are_
Voice Over Artist – Théo Le Moing
Voice Over Artist – Noé Malthiery Gomez
Colorist – Kyle Stroebel / Refinery
Sound Design – Stephen Webster / The Workroom
Translator – Kenza Fakira
Vehicle – Andrew at Buchanan Studios
Talent – Rein Langeveld, Mycah Pia Benzon, Rafaelle Langeveld, Kristin Langeveld and Miguel Langeveld
Film Equipment – Panavision, Peter Lambert, Badger Bloemraad