Celtx, the screenwriting and production software company, recently interviewed Brandon Polanco, the Production Assistant who got to direct Bryan Cranston in his short film. Here's a quote from Brandon about how the whole thing came about:
The inception of the film was a little magic, being in the right place at the right time, and a whole lot of work. Last year I was working on the film Cold Comes The Night as a production assistant, and during the process of the filming we had a hurricane named Sandy looming in the background. The producers decided to keep us on location, which inspired a little known actor named Bryan Cranston, who was one of the leads on the film, to make another film. Bryan wanted to shoot a short film and give the PA’s a creative outlet.
What does an aspiring writer-director do when presented with an opportunity of a lifetime like this? Naturally, he sat at his computer all night and wrote a short film called WRITER'S BLOCK.
I wrote, drank, and poured my heart into a weirdly poetic script that depicted my emotions towards the writing process. I woke up the next morning to a phone call from Chaz Rose, a fellow PA and one of the people who would become a producer on the short film, he notified me that Bryan wanted our scripts. I put my script in Bryan’s hands; he smirked at my state and asked “rough night?”