Headlights started as a creative writing challenge for me to improve my screenwriting. I originally wasn't going to make Headlights into a short but I was very eager to go back to the director's chair and shoot something. I wanted to write Headlights serious in tone while having mysterious/surrealism. When I was brainstorming for a story, I was very hard on myself, doubtful for not thinking of anything right away. So I give those feelings to the main character, the drunken man, a man tortured by his past and drowns his sorrow with alcohol.