While reading the script, the first thing that struck me was ”I never knew that was part of OCD”.
I was aware not all OCD sufferer’s live in minimalist white houses they clean obsessively every day, but I wasn’t aware of the voice within their mind that never seems to turn off.
Can you imagine constantly having the voice of your nagging mother in your head, except it’s not your mother… it’s you, and when you put your headphones on… it’s still there!
The truth is unless you deal with OCD, it’s very hard to imagine what it’s like for someone else.
For Want of a Nail takes the viewer completely into the mind of Marty, what he’s going through and why he has created an almost unobtainable standard.
One could observe Marty at the beginning of the film as almost arrogant, but by the end, I want the audience to empathise and understand his actions, instead of judging them.
One of the biggest challenges was the exposition, I’ve spent years working on “Less is more”, but the point of this film is to let the audience know exactly what is going on in his mind.
Marty still has a subtext and doesn’t share everything with us, there is a dark place inside, that he will never show to anyone..even us.
With most of the film being voice over narration, I had to visualise how, and why Marty is moving around his house during his everyday routine. Every tiny kinetic action, from washing his body (with vo commentary) to how he types. All of Marty’s physical actions have a reason or a drive behind them.
The voice over was recorded a few days before shooting and played during filming to ensure all timings were correct and his actions, match his thoughts.