The story of a growing friendship between awkward high school senior Greg and his gravely ill classmate Rachel required a tone that was neither overly sentimental nor melodramatic. The creative solution focused on the protagonist’s filmmaking ambitions, who - along with his friend Earl - made dozens of short, creatively effervescent parodies of great works of international cinema. Company Wide Shut worked with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s illustrator and vignette-creator for the film - Nathan Marsh - for original vignettes for the Blu-ray, DVD + iTunes menus.
Six original vignettes were made for the disc, recreating key environments seen in the film as illustrated, paper cut-out constructions. The watercolor dioramas were then puppeted before a continuously panning camera, with strips of colored paper added in post-production to seam the vignettes into a singular, two minute experience.