This short was inspired by a painting in Stewart's garage which she painted. It's of a man just rousing from sleep and is surrounded by a predominantly black canvas. The painting was, in turn, inspired by a poem she wrote about that moment you wake from sleep and the ensuing thoughts that an individual has.
Kristen Stewart co-authored an academic paper describing the processes used to redraw key scenes in the film in the style of the impressionistic painting that inspired the film. (It was written with Bhautik J Joshi, a Research Engineer from Adobe, and David Ethan Shapiro, CEO of Starlight Studios, and is titled "Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in Come Swim".)