And Then I Woke Up is a 22-minute short film from writer-director, Christopher J. Aran, starring Prentiss Thompson, Douglas Walker, Corine Donovan and Sean Patrick Hopkins. It was assembled for production by Aran with Casting Director, Aimee Musil…
It was a true ensemble performance that created a feeling of unity yet allowed the characters to shine as individuals in support of the central Prentiss character.
And Then I Woke Up | Roles
The story centers around Prentiss (named after leading actor Prentiss Thompson) and his relationship with his family, (played by Douglas Walker as the Father and Corine Donovan as the Mother), and his co-worker and colleague Ben (played by Sean Patrick Hopkins).
Prentiss is smart and tireless with a generally happy home life he treats with ambivalence in the wake of his ambition. Like many Fathers who traditionally worked outside the home, he too neglected his relationship with his son by leaving most of the family car and feeding to Prentiss’ Mother.
While there is very little time in the film to fully explore these relationships, the parents love and support for each other is evident, enabling the focus of the movie to emphasize the father-son relationship and its stilted dysfunction.
The relationship between Prentiss and Ben is ironically much more casual and familiar and casual, beginning as employee and supervisor and ending in abiding friendship tempered by their common experience.
And Then I Woke Up | Actors
Prentiss’ performance glues the cast together, in and odd mix for example of intimacy and distance with Corine’s character who craves her son’s attention yet doesn’t call him by name. Her performance is especially effective in placing more importance, like her character, on others around her.
Sean and Prentiss on the other hand are played so well, as almost mirrors of each other, that at times they could be taken as representative of the same character, Ben as perhaps the inner rationality and conscience Prentiss’ neglects even in himself.
And certainly the conflicted paternal support and disapproval played by Doug remains tense and ambiguous to the very end – until reconciled perfectly in the last three words of the movie.
Individual information and bios for each cast member is available by clicking the links below (in order of appearance):
With and in all respects, And Then I Woke Up reflects the story of the actors’ fine performance, each deserving of sincere thanks and appreciation allong with the entire Production Crew for their contributions and professionalism.