|Cast: ||Christopher Neiman, Chris Warner|
|Crew: ||Producers: Linda L Miller - Screenwriters: Adolfo Martinez Perez - Cinematographer: Sherri Kauk - Editor: Adolfo Martinez Perez - Composer: Roque Banos
It was a wonderful day, the sun shone, the birds chirped... until the best-friend-asking-for-a-favor from hell showed up. A battle of wills unfolds as terminally sick Phil demands help to have a death with dignity, and bulky but meek Marty wriggles his way out of the emotional headlock. Both, the sick man who wanted to avoid pain at all costs, and the insensitive friend who wanted to stay out of trouble, will get precisely their just desserts in this dramedy. If you feel uncomfortable laughing at no laughing matter, we did our job: your discomfort is our pleasure.
Adolfo Martinez Perez: It seems like a lifetime since I arrived in Los Angeles from Spain in 1991 with the dream of making my own movies some day. In the meantime, I was trained as a film editor at the American Film Institute, I won short fiction literary awards such as the Camilo Jose Cela, in Spain, I made a living as a storyboard artist working in a variety of hollywood films, from Alien IV to Terminator Salvation, film in which I also directed one of the second units, joining the Director's Guild of America, I earned Associate Producer credit in films such as We Are Marshall, and in my free time I wrote scripts on spec to which to attach myself as a director and I financed, wrote, directed and edited Pain Staking to showcase my skills.
Pain Staking is a battle of wills between two men. The story could be equally compelling from either perspective (guy with cancer is shocked at his friend's insensitivity, decides to teach him a lesson... or, guy is having a good day until the friend-asking-for-a-favor-from hell showed up). I chose not to stay at one or the other point of view, but to approach this as a chess match, focusing alternatively on each character so that you can understand the position of both. It is somewhat removed, but hopefully that gives you a better chance to reflect on the issues being raised. Interestingly, most people who see it take sides. But it could go either way, depending on the person.