The writer-director uncovered a unique coping mechanism for his meltdown: write about it and post it on the screen. While he was still working, he found it best to preserve his self-confidence by himself. When his mother returns, he discovers the dark secrets she has forgotten. It''s also resurfaced as a result of his casting and difficulties as a first-time director.
What''s the basis of Hypochondriac? Addison Heimann: The short version of [Hypochondriac] is based on my mental breakdown. After an injury at work, I lost all of my arms for six months, and "Dr. Google" told me I was dying from ALS. My mother left me a bunch of voicemails, and my mental breakdown worsened. I turned that into an emotional retelling of my mental breakdown. All the
BC: How do you modify the casting? Zach [Villa] was set to star in the role of Will in March 2020, but the event was tragic. We began casting Zach via tape, and he became melded and his portrayal sounded solid. By the time doctors got cast, we began adding everybody else. I''m grateful to have such a strong team to work with us.
BC: What has helped you from your TV experience into this film? Heimann: I had to get people to say "Yes" to someone who has never directed a film. What made that happen was that I had a strong script, and that''s what others told me, and it''s great to have positive reinforcement. I got over the stress of "I don''t need to do everything," because I was grateful for it.
BC: Is there any particular sequence or sequence to get through than others? Heimann: The feverish dreams, the more imagined scenes, were the most difficult for me. Occasionally, the violence between the mother and the son passed through, as well as cutting into the arms. I was able to get through the moments of depression, and I was eventually relieved. I was able to recover from the damage, but I was relieved. I was not grateful for the fact that they did it for me, as much as I could
BC: Is it easier to be in control behind the camera, or is it easier to sort of escape into a role in front of the camera? Heimann: That''s a good question. I gained satisfaction by doing Q&As and such when I''m behind the scene. I also gain satisfaction by seeing everyone there holding my hand. I''m grateful to see that being in control, however.
XYZ Films, which also stars Paget Brewster, Marlene Forte, Madeline Zima, Yumarie Morales, and Chris Doubek, is currently on theaters and digital and on-demand on August 4th.
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