Inspiration and Pre-Production:
To be totally honest, I’m not entirely sure where this idea came from. I think it had something to do with wanting to show tension between roommates. In a lot of roommate conflict (or even conflict in general), it often comes with misunderstandings or miscommunication. So, I wanted to see if we could make a story out of it. It had been awhile since we attempted to do some heavier story-telling and script writing, so this seemed like a good opportunity to flex some creative and literary muscle.
I collaborated with my buddies Christian and Eric (who, at the time, was studying abroad in Shanghai; thank goodness for Google Docs!) for fine-tuning the script. While we were finishing up, we threw around ideas for who we’d like to see play these roles (considering the script was dialogue-heavy and would require some pretty convincing acting skills). We chose Joel (from Pretentious) and a freshman at Poly, Chris (check out Chris on YouTube here).
Joel had just started living off-campus this year in SLO and he and a bunch of the other guys were ready and willing to open up their new home to us for the better part of a Saturday morning to film. We had a great crew who managed camera operation, boom operation, and lighting, and it really helped to exemplify the collaborative effort I was hoping to build through Vocal Eyes Media. It only took us about four hours to complete filming, especially since Joel and Chris were very adamant about delivering their lines well (and thanks to Emily for doing some great on-the-spot acting coaching).