The Checkup (2012)

Walter visits his doctor complaining of headaches and blurry vision, only to be told his baby genitals have not yet fallen off. While consulting “Obscure Diagnosis Quarterly,” his three doctors try to determine if this could be a rare case of Deadly Swine Syphillis or maybe it’s just a pesky case of Jumping Frenchman Syndrome. Will Walter need surgery, or will his loving wife Margaret intervene in time?

Background and Production

In October 2011, Mike and I approached Colby-Sawyer College Professor Donna Berghorn with the idea of making films based on student written short plays. The idea was to introduce students to independent filmmaking by showing them step by step how to produce a film from concept through post-production. We decided to test the idea on two of our own short plays, “The Checkup” and “It's Not Not Safe” which were produced by Colby-Sawyer College that winter.

CSC Senior Joseph Delaney became the projects' student coordinator, assistant director and editor of the two films – which he used as his final senior project.

Production began in December with students, alumni, staff and community members helping out as cast and crew.

The Checkup was shot in one day, using the college’s nursing laboratory as a set.