Short films matter. Vimeo wants you to know it. So do we. That’s why every week we’ll take a look at some of the short film world’s best and brightest. This week, we bring you Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer’s breezy, one-take comedy, Pregame.
The Plot: A group of friends ring in the New Year to varying degrees of success.
Here’s hoping you all had fun kicking 2017 to the curb last night, but we hope your night went a little better than some of the characters’ from Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer’s Pregame. The film follows a group of friends trying to get it together (or keep it together) on New Year’s Eve in hopes of making a few new memories in the final moments of the year. Like most New Year’s parties, those moments are rife with couples pondering their future, single friends trying to hook up and others trying to get to a better party.
With the clock ticking away, Chan’s and Rhymer’s witty, insightful script frames those stories in a mix of flawlessly executed gags, crackling dialogue and just a hint of “so awkward it’s funny” scenarios. Each of those scenarios is given a distinct, emotional edginess by Pregame‘s impressive cast of up-and-comers. And every fading moment is captured with a potent, visceral immediacy by the film’s real-time countdown and “one-take” structure. Those elements combine to give Pregame a patently authentic feel; but in spite of that authenticity, the film only feels real in the way that your memory of a party is real; like you didn’t see everything that went down and don’t quite remember everything that you did see, but you can play the night as a whole in your mind. That’s sort of what Pregame is; and that’s what makes it so damned special.
Meet The Crew:
Written & Directed by: Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer Starring: Scarlett Bermingham, Christine Bullen, Maya Erskine, Brian McElhaney, Nick Reinhardt, Aaron Schroeder, Patrick Woodall Cinematography by: Guy Godfrey
I hope you enjoy Pregame! And no, this is not the first time Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer have landed in the SFOTW slot here at Cut Print Film. As it happens, Pregame was the opening film of a planned “one-take” trilogy from Chan and Rhymer. They followed it this year with our SFOTW selection, Post-Party. That film finds most of the same cast and characters a few months later nursing hangovers after a wedding party. Chan and Rhymer took their “one-take” mastery to new levels in Post-Party. It should be exciting as hell to see just how the pair close their trilogy. While we’re waiting on that film to materialize, you can catch some of Chan’s prior work over at his Vimeo page.
While you’re kicking around, be sure and check out a few of the thousands of the other short films – animated, live action and documentary – their team has curated for your viewing pleasure (via desktop or mobile device – SWEET!). You’re sure to find something interesting. And you may just stumble across the next great filmmaker.