Relapse is a microbudget short film serving as part of the requirements for Jack Auger's Honors Undergraduate Thesis with a concentration in Film. The short film follows a man who has recently relapsed in his alcohol addiction and is struggling to find a way back into recovery. The drama is loosely based on Jack Auger's own struggle with addiction and recovery issues.
Relapse has been produced for under $5,000 and was designed to be produced as simply as possible, using only three locations, a minimal lighting set up, and a short list of shots. A large part of the film is told through flashback sequences that allow for the audience to understand the symbiotic nature of people in Alcoholics Anonymous that help each other get sober and stay sober. Through the flashbacks, the audience is able to understand that the main character, James, is living in a relapse, but once was able to help others get sober. By the end of the film, one of the people he helped get sober, Elliott, returns to help him find a way back to recovery.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Nicholson School of Communication and Media
Length of Campus-only Access
Auger, Jack, "Relapse: An Exploration of the Symbiotic Nature of Sponsorship in the Sober Community" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1326.