The APARTMENTS is a feature film created by Jerry Smith (Damnation Woods), and written and directed by 8 individuals into one Film.
The Apartments has been a brainchild of Jerry Smith since 2009, when he came up with the idea of a film divided into multiple segments written and directed by a group of artists and filmmakers, into a cohesive film. It wasn't until 2011 that Smith, after completing filming on his first feature, Damnation Woods, finally found a group of artists that he felt could take the project and add their own spin on their respective segments. Adam O'Crowley, a longtime collaborator of Smith's; Derek Hill, a talented writer/director in his own right; Norberto Aguiar, an artist and local DJ who has a very abstract and creative eye; Scott Suggs, an actor in Smith's Damnation Woods and quite possible the funniest person around the central valley; Alyssa Plascencia, a very talented actress and photograher; Daniel Marroquin, a longtime collaborator Smith's; and Andrea Luna, a collaborator of Smith's and a talented theater actress.
The film is being split into 9 segments, each one written and directed by a different person, the first and last being tackled by Smith. They vary from terrifying to comedic to disgusting and offensive to shocking and surreal.
All funding will go towards casting/locations/equipment rental.
I've always been a fan of anthology-type films such as Creepshow, Tales from The Dark Side, The Twilight Zone or even newer films like Trick R' Treat or Chillerama. Since I make films, and I know a good amount of people in the Central Valley of California who are filmmakers as well, I thought it would cool to do a feature comprised of nine 10-15 minute shorts that would roughly and loosely have a running theme or plot to tie them together. I brainstormed the whole thing in 2009 but couldn't find people whom I felt would represent the project the way I wanted it to be represented, so I put it on hold and did various other projects.
After wrapping my first feature, Damnation Woods, I was thinking of the next project I would work on, and the idea of The APARTMENTS came back up from my collaborator Adam O'Crowley, so I decided to dust it off, and see if I could find a new group of artists who would make a good team. I found everyone I wanted to work with, asked them to be a part of it, and here we are. -Smith
Yes and no. When I came up with the idea, I wanted to have every segment be VERY different than the previous. I felt that if every segment felt and looked the same, it would be pointless to have multiple people do it. So the first thing I told everyone, was to make it their own. Whether it be grotesque or hilarious. Gory or comical. While we are all tied by the Valley we are in, all of our approaches are different, and I think it will definitely show, in a very pleasing way. -Smith
We are currently beginning pre-production and are working on making sure every story is up to our own standards, and are working on our ideas. The next step after that will be casting. It will be a fun process due to us having to cast 9 different segments. I like working with familiar people to me, but we will see. -Smith
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