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.

That’s 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 takeout’s 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 today’s 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 highprofile 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. I’m
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, I’ll be proud to see Sauce as my first long form film credit.

- Jerry Digby