Filming begins on the last film of the year, Last Year.
I’m pleased to introduce our last film of the year, (fittingly titled) Last Year! New Year’s comes early in our latest little comedy, which was inspired by the following set of constraints:
• The entire internet goes down. All of it, nobody has internet. – Eric B.
• Someone is about to remember everything they forgot, in a rush, and it’s not going to be pleasant. – Josh T.
• Someone is about to run into their doppelgänger while on a date. – Dave N.
• A character is a major fan of someone who has been dead a while, but is unaware of their death. – Tiara
• Three characters must be siblings and live in the same apartment/house. – Barbara W.
• A character must spend an entire scene not knowing something that’s completely obvious to the audience. – Carl M.
• Every scene takes place exactly one year before the previous scene. – Ben C.
This one was a blast to make, largely due to the dedication and talent of our wonderful cast and crew. We shot the film as three separate long takes, so preparation and careful planning on everyone’s part was uniquely and specifically important.
So pop some bubbly and I hope you enjoy Last Year.
More behind the scenes moments from the Unsustainable shoot, including dumpster diving and awkward dancing.
Production Diary 50 features the initial cast read-through of Unsustainable as well as the first day of shooting. The actors of the film share insights on their characters, discuss the constraints that shaped the film, and learn new things. Like how to ride a bike.
Summer is here, and so is Finite Film’s latest production, Unsustainable! This lively, quirky eco-comedy was inspired by some pretty off-beat constraints, which made for a challenging (and fun) screenwriting process:
• One character loves knock knock jokes. – Deborah
• One character has an ambiguous sexual orientation, and no one can figure out if they are gay or straight. – Eric Y.
• Someone is about to set fire to lots and lots of money. – Conner Q.
• Someone has just forgotten the name of the person they’re in the car with. – Daniel C.
• A character must wake up naked in their car parked in a busy parking lot without the key. – Rye B.
• Every character must hold the same particular item at some point in the film. – Philip
• One character must be eating every time he/she is on screen. – Emma
Somehow all these things came together into a comedy that is, in many ways, about my generation (often referred to as “Millennials”) and what we’re going to do with our lives as we begrudgingly become “adults.” It’s also about a mysterious foreign spy with an ambiguous sexual orientation who loves knock-knock jokes. It’s about a lot of things.
Thanks, always, to the entire Finite cast and crew for pouring their all into yet another ambitious film, especially our three fabulous leads Alan Kaiser, Olivia Schlueter-Corey, and Mary O’Malley for bringing these characters to life!
Alright – sit back, relax, make yourself a mojito, and enjoy Finite’s summer comedy, Unsustainable!
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