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.