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A Musical Short w/ Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Ryan Kattner of Man Man. A young artist finds inspiration while creating a new song.
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THE FILM

Studio Apartment is a fresh take on the musical, exploring what it means to create alone and together. The short stars actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ryan Kattner (Honus Honus) of the band Man Man. 

LOGLINE: Amidst many distractions, Samantha struggles to find her voice recording a new song. She encounters a mysterious stranger who reminds her of why she loves to create music.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as SAMANTHA
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as SAMANTHA

 "You think this is pointless?"

Honus Honus as The Stranger
Honus Honus as The Stranger

"This song is stuck up there. I can't figure it out. This happens every morning. I can't think of what it is."

The Central Question

What do you do when you've forgotten why you started creating in the first place?  

Project Summary

Samantha is a young songwriter trying to record in her apartment. Frustrated by the interruption of her sister and her own sense of self, Samantha decides to take a walk. On her walk she meets a stranger sleeping in a bush who can't remember the name of a song stuck in his head. Samantha remembers the song, it's one of her father's favorites. She and the Stranger slip into a musical, singing "Jackie Wilson Said" by Van Morrison. Reminded of her love of music, Samantha returns home, ready to create. 

It's a Musical

Listen to some of our music from the film below!

"So It Goes" performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Written by Ryan Kattner)

Influences

Our short is influenced by the films of Busby Berkeley and films such as 'A Woman is a Woman', 'Band Apart', 'Punch Drunk Love', 'Mystery Train', and 'Singin in the Rain.'

A Woman is a Woman
A Woman is a Woman
Mystery Train
Mystery Train
A Band Apart
A Band Apart
Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain

Why I want to make this film

A note from our director:

This story explores themes of failure, struggle and family dynamics. Musicals have long been a marginalized medium, but I feel they are the perfect way to bring forward the internal struggles of a musician while letting life slip into something more surreal.

I feel this short is a great chance for me to express myself creatively. It is going to be a huge and challenging undertaking but I believe in the story and the characters. The music Ryan has created is powerful. Mary is a terrific talent that I am so lucky and excited to work with. I want to make this film so that I can bring all the skills I have learned together and push myself further than I ever have before. 

Check out our crew!

Writer/Director - Justin Carlton
Producer - Lindsey Villarreal
Cinematographer - Ruben Contreras
Editor - Ryan Brown

Production Designer - Chris Pearson

http://chrispearsonart.com/About-Chris-Pearson

Costume Designer - Stephanie Quick

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3641203/

Why we need you!

With your help we can help make our short a reality! The money will go to choreography, rehearsals, equipment, paying and feeding our lovely crew AND not to mention bringing the film straight to a screen near you! All small projects need a little love so show us a little love! We'd really appreciate it. 

Just makin' it rain
Just makin' it rain

Risks and challenges

The Challenges of making this film will be executing a musical scene with choreography and singing. As well as having that aspect of the film fit with the rest of the reality of Samantha's story.

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    HONING YOUR CRAFT! - You'll get a Thank You card from our crew and a digital download of the film that you can add to your own library of inspiration!

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    LET'S GET TO WORK! - Thank you! You'll receive a digital download of the film and a CURATED SPOTIFY PLAYLIST from the filmmakers and cast including select songs by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Honus Honus of Man Man.

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    THE CREATIVE PROCESS! - Thank you so much! You'll receive all of the above and a CUSTOM 7 inch record of all of the songs in the film signed by our cast!

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    THE AHA MOMENT! - You'll get all of the above PLUS a custom screen printed T-shirt lovingly made by our director Justin Carlton. ONLY 50 SHIRTS WILL BE SCREEN PRINTED! Get them while you can!

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    A BODY OF WORK! - Thank you for your support! You will receive all of the above (minus our limited quantity items). The first ten people to donate at this level will ALSO get a signed copy of one of Man Man's Vinyl LP's or CD's (your choice)!

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    LIFE AS AN ARTIST! - You will get a thank you listing in our film credits AND Honus Honus and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will record a PERSONAL greeting for your cell phone! Thank you so much for your generous support!

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    VISITING ARTIST! - You are such a renowned talent, we can only hope to be graced by your presence! You will get all of the above (minus limited quantity items) AND be placed on the guest list at one of Man Man's shows* when they come to your town. We get to see you in person! *(Guest list is subject to available tour dates)

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