Remission

Directed by John Charter

Inspired by co-creator of the film artist Paul Kaiser's struggle with PTSD and his real-life mission to reconnect with his daughters, three creatures are manifestations of an unknown soldier's war trauma and his vast, lonely pilgrimage toward emerging from a purgatory loop.


Director Statement

The project was instigated by Paul when he came to me with the “simple” idea of making a short film with creatures for his daughters. I would direct and he would handle all the art — the creature design, production design, and drawings. As a close friend of Paul’s, what kept me especially motivated was his heartbreaking ongoing battle for joint custody of his daughters. He has not had contact with them in years and tirelessly makes brilliant artwork for them that gets returned in the mail. I admire how Paul owns his own part in this matter, but at this point, there is no justice until he and his girls are reunited. My greatest hope for the film is that his daughters will see it and one day understand how much their father loves them. The choice to include the creatures is an effort to connect with his girls on their level now, if they get to see the film as children. And if they watch it in the future as adults, the intent is that they will comprehend some of the deeper ideas within the film, allowing their inner child to connect with their father’s love.


About the Director

John Charter

John Charter is a film director based in Los Angeles. His visually driven style has shaped art films, commercials, and music videos. His recent films include Exile, Barbara, and the creature art film Remission.


Credits

Director | John Charter

Art/Production Design/Costumes/Music | Paul Kaiser

Writers | John Charter and Paul Kaiser

Cinematography | Rainer Lipski

Cast | Alice Kidd, Paul Kaiser, Zach Smith, Sidney Cumbie, Javier M. Santoveña Ursa Major, Raffael Ponce-Valencia, Mackinzie Dae, Alan Maxson, Marcus Ray, Jim Charter, Jonathan Gaietto, Molly Kidd, Ellie Kidd, and Chiara Sechi

Producers | Sarita Choy, Paul Kaiser, and John Charter

Assistant Director | Dan Finkel

Production Coordinators | Jess Vanacore and Amber Kidd

Gaffer | Robert Oliva

Drone Operators | Allyson Maynard and Jordan Galloway

Camera Assistant | Marcello Peschiera

Hair and Makeup Artist | Jacqueline Holden

Dressmaker | Janine Brown

Art Department Assistants | Jonathan Gaietto, Roberto Ortiz, and Daniel E. Knosp

Boat Captain | Matt Arnold

Underwater Diving Support | Mike Gerz

Behind-the-Scenes Photographers | Jessica Katharsys, Juliet Frew

Behind-the-Scenes Videographer | Juliet Frew

Color | Nick Sanders @ Ntropic LA

Color Producer | Kevin Miller

Color Assistant | Manny Vinas Barreras

Sound Designer | Morgan Johnson @ Barking Owl

Music Engineer/Mix | Brad Dujmovic

VFX Supervisor/Animation (Animated Desert Sequence) | Reynier Molenaar @ Pixelmutt VFX

Animation Artwork | Paul Kaiser

Special Thanks | Ntropic LA, Barking Owl, Pixelmutt VFX, Sven Dreesbach, Jim Charter, Claudia Charter, Ward Charter, Stephanie Charter, Jesse Jesster, Alexis Nelson, John Gehrke, Sheryl Bowman, Shannon Bowman, Molly Miles, and Marion Swank

Dedicated to Isabelle and Eowyn

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