A small-town mortician has all of his best conversations with people on his slab. But how are they getting there?
Starring Curtis Amrstrong, David St. James, C.J. Bau, Tom Kiesche, Harper Roisman, Phillip Friedman, and Christina Varvais.
Directed and Edited by Ben Rock, Written by Jonathan Mangum, Produced by Alicia Conway, Director of Photography Frazer Bradshaw, Production Designer Stan Frietag, Makeup Designer Kimberly Eckhout, Original Score Composed by David Keeton, Sound Designer Scott Jarrell, Web Designed by Daniel Karcher.
Directed and Edited by: Ben Rock
Written by: Jonathan Mangum
Produced by: Jay Bogdanowitsch
Director of Photography: Kevin Burke
Production Designer: Alicia Conway
Sound Mixer/Designer: Jeremy Gilleece
Set Designer: John DiDonna
Toy FX Supervisor: Eric Baker
This is a short film I directed in 1998 before moving out to California. I recently (yesterday, actually) had it re-transferred from its original elements (35mm film) so that it could live on the internet in HD at least. And the transfer we had done back in 1998 didn't do the work of the DP (Kevin Burke) or the Production Designer (Alicia Conway) justice.
It premiered at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (now LAFF), screening on a beautiful 35mm print in 1999, had a respectable festival run, and opened some doors, did its thing only to be relegated to the island of used-up short films in 2001-ish.
I know this isn't perfect and there's plenty I would change about it if I were shooting it today. This isn't an attempt to "fix" anything about the film, just to show the actual film we made 14 years go as accurately as we can. Nothing was added sound or picture-wise that wasn't there in the first place except a credit for the HD colorist who did the transfer. I may go back and "dustbust" this at some point - haven't decided yet but there's some dust on the negative that you'll see. If I end up doing that, I'll remove this sentence and the last one too.
Special thanks to Ben Hogan at Panavision for the donated cameras, Mike Smith at Kodak for the great deal on film stock, Theatre Downtown for the free shooting space, Haxan Films for the kind use of their Media 100 editing system.