Synopsis: About Us Cubicles. A mostly empty office. Phones ring only to be answered by montonone voices. A man sits alone at his desk. A brown paper
bag his only friend. Employees with looks of sad desperation move folders from one desk to another. Sometimes nothing registers in their faces.
Emptiness. All life and hope drained from them. Robbed by their 9 to 5 jobs. And this is what they are like on their lunch break Here at Reliable Insurance, each day is the same. Each hour drags until released for the evening, to come back and do it all over again. However, today there is hope. Today, two men, relative strangers, connect on their lunch break finding an unlikely bond. A
friendship that could finally change their lives. Or at least their lunch break.
Message from your Director: On one level, one could say that Sauce is an allegory for the decline of a high work ethic that was once the hallmark of the American workforce. A time when employees were masteres of their craft and proud of what they accomplished. A time when the customer was king and their satisfaction paramount.
Thatís all well and good, but I simply saw it as, "Damn, I hate it when my takeout order is messed up." It was the fact that we can relate to the situation that the main characters are in that was my main draw when I first read the script- I have a crappy job, annoying co-workers and even my takeoutís messed up.
When I first met with the producers, their excitement about the project was palable and I knew from the very beginning that they were dedicated to bring out the best in everyone involved. Of course, the budget was small, but we pulled in a lot of favors to get high amounts of production value and not have to compromise creatively. As a commercial director working in todayís market, I shoot alot of HD. However, this was my first time shooting with the Sony Genesis; we were actually one of the first short films to do so. The Genesis records in a 4:4:4 color space, which gave us amazing lattitude during the color grading process to create a cool look for the movie and making sure the picture holds up when projected on the big screen. In fact, another coup was that we were able to color correct at Co3, a company that regularly works with mega budget blockbusters and high-profile commercial clients.
Along with the milestones, there were also many hurdles we had to over come in order to bring the film to completion: such as being kicked out of a location after already booking it and dealing with the increased post workflow when working in a 4:4:4 color space. Iím proud to that say that my crew, the producers and actors did an amazing job and when I look back to my IMDB credits a few years from now, Iíll be proud to see Sauce as my first long form film credit. -Jerry Digby
Title: Sauce (verb): to make agreeable or less harsh
Run Time: 12 minutes and 2 seconds
Genres: Comedy, Satire, Action
Niches: African American, Asian, Asian American, Black, Christian, Gay/Lesbian, Hispanic, Latino, Women, Senior/Aging
Meet the Team:
Andy Lemon - Cinematographer/DP
Growing up in the rural Midwest, Andrew Lemon surrounded himself with the visual arts. From pen and ink illustration to teaching himself photography he searched for a medium of expression. That search ended the day he discovered film making. As a perfect blend of art and science, cinematography has allowed Andrew to tell stories with mood and emotion using light and lens as his paintbrush.
As a life-long student of image making, Lemon studied graphic design, painting and photography. However, it was through high definition technology that he has been instrumental in projects with such directors as Peter Gilbert, Spike Jonze, Rodrigo Garcia and Marcus Nispel.
Currently Lemon is again embracing art and technology by moving forward into stereo 3D cinematography but all the while keeping
Jerry Digby: Director, Editor, Producer
Born in North Dakota, graduated High School in Germany and having lived everywhere in between, Digby has seen and experienced many things, which translate into a unique eye and perspective on life that he feels is an asset for manifesting his creative vision as a director. Having worked as a graphic designer, vfx artist, illustrator, editor and producer; his creative background is as varied as the many places heís lived and is an important asset for a filmmaker in this digital age. Digby is fortunate to have a body of work that includes many accomplishments from illustrating the first home page for Sony Music Germany when he was a teenager, designing toys in NYC, to producing a graphic novel that was adopted into a feature film by 20th Century Fox. Currently, Digby lives in LA where he directs commercials and film projects such as the recently completed short film, Sauce, which is about to begin its run in the film festival circuit.
Paul Howard: Executive Prodcuer/Writer/Actor
Ask Paul Howardís parents, and they will tell you Paul was destined to be a performer. As a child he grabbed his toy guitar and performed Beatles songs for them on a makeshift stage; as a teenager he gained local notoriety for his uncanny ability to emulate Michael Jackson down to the smallest nuances of his performance; and when he ultimately left his Sacramento home to attend the University of California, Irvine as a drama major, his fate was sealed.
After college, Paul moved north towards the bright lights of Hollywood, where his interests in the entertainment industry continued to grow and evolve, the one thing that hasnít changed however is Paulís devoted passion to the performing arts. He has built a life working in the industry, and has been seen in film, television, music videos, local theater and his modeling work has appeared online and in national publications. Many of his credits can be found at the film reference site IMDB.com as well as his official website, GetPaulHoward.com.
Paul continues to challenge himself with new and exciting opportunities to take him to the "next level." One such example is with the release of his short film "sauce (verb): to make agreeable or less harsh," which he co-wrote, starred in, and executive produced. This was the first time Paul wore the hat of executive producer, but even with itís many challenges it wonít be his last.
ĎSauceí was one of Paulís biggest challenges in this difficult industry, but like everything in his career, it was a labor of love. ĎSauceí helped in Paulís desire to constantly evolve and grow in this ever changing industry and world. The film is a testament to Paulís creativity, ambition, passion and that evolution
Jane Park Smith as Jessica
Somewhere between listening to a ga-zillion campfire stories and moving from her birthplace in Korea to the U.S. when she was two, Jane birthed the dream of telling stories through writing, acting, and interpretive movement.
Jane Park Smith believes each gift and talent is created within for the purpose of serving and uplifting others. Formerly an internationally recognized TV news reporter, Jane has parlayed that experience into a dynamic career as an accomplished actress, model, speaker, and entertainer. She says, "Live Fully, Love Wholly...No Limits! Her developing entertainment career parallels and fuels her drive to nurture the desires in the hearts of others and birth them into greater possibilities! Janeís modeling work is seen worldwide in hundreds of print ads for companies including Tupperware, The Ritz Carlton, Marriott Hotels, and on magazine covers, including Martial Arts World and Create. She has acted in over 10 films and numerous national commercials.
Jay Pennick as Bill
A member of SAG and AFTRA for over twenty years, appeared on stage, screen, TV and radio in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. Comedy background with the improvisational comedy troupe, "The Laughing Stock" in Boston; writer/performer on early Nickelodeon television series "Livewire;" In recent years worked with Second City alum as a writer/perfomer on the resurrected National Lampoon Players live comedy group.
Behind the scenes, worked seven years in post production on the CBS series "Rescue:911," four years on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," and one truncated season on "Candid Camera." Former newspaper reporter with the Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune. Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) graduate with BA in journalism.
Paul Howard as Peter
Ask Paulís parents, and they will tell you Paul was destined to be a performer. As a child he grabbed his toy guitar and performed Beatles songs for them on a makeshift stage; as a teenager he gained local notoriety for his uncanny ability to emulate Michael Jackson down to the smallest nuances of his performance; and when he ultimately left his Sacramento home to attend the University of California, Irvine as a drama major, his fate was sealed.
After college, Paul moved north towards the bright lights of Hollywood, where his interests in the entertainment industry continued to grow and evolve, the one thing that hasnít changed however is Paulís devoted passion to the performing arts. He has built a life working in the industry, and has been seen in film, television, music videos, local theater and his modeling work has appeared online and in national publications
Corey Joseph as Joseph
Adam Klugeras male employee
Ingrid Tejada as female employee