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