Six years ago, in the cool early spring of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, I set out to Direct what would be my last “student” film at Columbia College Chicago. It would be for a comedy directing class, one I particularly enjoyed, taught by Terry Miller. The short would be based off of a silly idea I had in high school about a boy’s stuffed bunny rabbit who springs to life as a serial killer. Sort of a tongue-in-cheek horror/comedy where TOY STORY meets CHILD’S PLAY. But why would this silly short film take so long to finally get edited and released? Well, that’s a whole different story.
Today on Twitter, Shawn announced that on Monday he’ll post a teaser image to a long-lost short film that is soon to be released. Check out the tweet below and stay tuned here, on Twitter AND Facebook for all of the upcoming announcements surrounding the project.
— Shawn Montgomery (@smontgomery85) July 10, 2014
We’re expecting an official announcement from Shawn exclusively to beyondthenametag.com shortly after the photo is released. Stay tuned!
Four years ago, Reaves Washburn, Ryan Mitchelle, Andre Avanessian and myself sat down at Jinky’s Cafe on Ventura Blvd. to discuss a short film I had been writing. It came from a neighbor’s story idea, about an assassin who botched his assignment and now has to face a certain death himself, most likely at the hands of his own student. The idea fascinated me and the great thing was it could be written in a contained atmosphere,which would keep the budget down for us poor LA transplants at the time. ASHES came to fruition.
I put most the film’s budget on my credit cards, probably totaling around $3,000.00. With the guidance and producing skills of Reaves, Ryan and Andre, we were able to put together the pieces to shoot a great short and I’m extremely satisfied with the end result. Drew Lahat’s cinematography really draws you into the cold-blooded nature of the story and the acts that occur on screen, highlighted by music from Mike “Unleaded Logic” Mertes and Elena Deg’l Innocenti, who was also gracious enough to lend us her home for shooting.
It took 6 months to edit so by 2011 was ready to go. I tried submitting to short film festivals all over the country but it never seemed to garner any attention. So alas, here we are, in 2014, where I am releasing for all to see on Vimeo!
I hope you enjoy the film. Please head over to http://www.beyondthenametag.com/media/short-films/ashes/ for a statement from the Director (yours truly), the “Making Of” and behind the scenes photos.
While some of you may have seen it in the past, Shawn Montgomery’s Short Film “A Rose for Sarah” has been remastered in 1080p HD. Check it out now on Vimeo and on its very own page HERE on BeyondTheNametag.com complete with production notes and photos.
Turnabout Media (@turnaboutmedia) has now featured it on its own playlist! Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for all of the latest Independent short films from all over the world!
— Turnabout Media (@turnaboutmedia) May 22, 2014
Our official Twitter handle, @BeyondNametag, broke the news today that a re-mastered version of one of our short films will be released on 5/21/14. Stay tuned to beyondthenametag.com, our official Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information!
— Beyond the Nametag (@BeyondNametag) May 12, 2014
Also follow Director and Beyond the Nametag owner/operator Shawn Montgomery @smontgomery85!