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. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s illustrator and vignette-creator for the film - Nathan Marsh - created original vignettes for the DVD and Blu-ray menus, extending the world of the film into the home entertainment experience.
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.