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’s and Andrew Rhymer’s ensemble comedy Post-Party.
The Plot: A group of friends try get their acts together the morning after a party.
Way back in December the filmmaking team of Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer released a slick, one-shot short film called Pregame into the Vimeo world. That film followed a group of friends as they slowly implode in the moments leading up to New Years. Pregame would’ve been my pick of the week back then except that I didn’t actually watch it until January 2. No disrespect to Pregame, but its New Year’s Eve setting seemed a little less relevant after the eve itself.
Needless to say, I was happy to find out that Chan and Rhymer got the team back together for another one-shot comedy in Post-Party. Their latest chapter picks up with the same group of friends – original cast and then some – waking up from another night of shenanigans. Though a few months have passed since their New Year’s meltdowns, not much has changed. They’re still a little self-involved, still a little too snarky for their own good and still a bit of a mess. They’re still a lot of fun too.
The film opens with a single goal – get everyone up and get their rented condo clean before check out. What follows is equal parts chaos and comedy. Chan and Rhymer again take the one-shot approach for Post-Party only this time they go bigger by adding cast, upping the action, expanding their runtime to nearly 10 minutes and keeping the camera on the move for every single second.
That last bit is no small feat. Cinematographer Guy Godfrey was charged with weaving his camera in and out of multiple rooms, around a cast of 11 actors and even ventured into to the open sunlight for a key scene. That the lighting is consistent throughout the film is a stunning technical feat in and of itself. That every moment unfurls with a jazzy, day-in-the-life fluidity makes Post-Party a bit of a miracle.
The actors hit their marks, they nail their lines and they fill in the edges of the film’s technical feats with palpable emotional energy. It helps that most of them are playing their part for a second time. Post-Party finds each player completely at ease with their characters and with the intricacies of each relationship throughout. That comfort allows a warmth to flow through the film, and that warmth lends every awkward silence and sideways glance an air of authenticity and makes Post-Party a spirited, endlessly re-watchable little film. One that feels bigger than its short form nature.
Meet The Crew:
Written & Directed by: Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer Starring: Jon Bass, Scarlett Bermingham, Maya Erskine, Roe Harmtrampf, Leah Henock, Anna Konkle, JP Quicquaro, Nick Reinhardt, Arron Schroeder, Brian Williams and Patrick Woodall Cinematography by: Guy Godfrey
I hope you enjoy Post-Party! Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer impressed with Pregame earlier this year, but Post-Party is a total knockout. It’s funny and it’s warm and it’s fully realized. It’s almost flawless in its execution. And it’s proof that the directing team is more than ready for a big screen endeavor. But that big-screen project may not happen just yet. Rumor has it the directors envisioned these one-shot projects as a trilogy. So keep an eye out for the final chapter sometime down the road. Be sure to head over to Chan’s Vimeo page to catch the first part (Pregame) too, ’cause its a great introduction to these characters.
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