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seanparkerfilms
02-04-2013, 10:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e4HiQW24ds

Hey all! Hope you enjoy the first wacky creation from myself & friends in Hapstance Films. And if not, rest easy that no, there was no script, nor did we get together for the purpose of making this. It just sort of... happened.

(Took about 90 minutes to film, then a few weeks of on-and-off editing to trim it down from the absurd amount of improv there was to work with.)

Nick Soares
02-04-2013, 10:45 PM
Hahaha, I enjoyed it! Subscribing now :)

Nick Soares
02-04-2013, 10:49 PM
Dude, are you kidding me! Reunion made me laugh so hard I just woke up my baby! You got some great talent my friend

Paul77
02-04-2013, 10:52 PM
I thought this one was pretty good. But I finally found Reunion on his channel, it was genius!

Nick Soares
02-05-2013, 12:14 AM
Ok Sean.

After reviewing your videos I found you have a talent, a talent that I started with when I was doing what you are. I highly suggest taking a break from the short videos and making a feature, or even if its 60 minutes. You are funny, and you understand what funny really is. You are also great at suspense, so I am curious, what would the main reason you haven't started a feature yet?

seanparkerfilms
02-05-2013, 01:23 AM
Thanks a bundle for the praise! Really appreciate it.

Funny you mention it, I actually have made a feature! But I'll admit that we've done pretty little promotion for it . It's called Coup de Cinema and has a trailer here:

http://vimeo.com/22768170

It's had a couple small festival & local Portland screenings in 2011, and is actually going through a final round of long-overdue tweaks right now (we're going to call it good sometime this month). We aim to finally make it available to the public this year, though what form that availability will take is yet to be seen.

In the meantime, we're doing these shorts to hopefully build up a bit of an audience who'd be interested in seeing it (and boy, short form sure is a nice way to take a break from a huge feature!), but I'd really love to get back into telling full-length stories again.

Troy
02-05-2013, 02:56 PM
Haha that was hilarious! You diffidently have a great way with comedy.

Nick Soares
02-06-2013, 01:24 AM
This made it to the Featured section! To the TOP!

seanparkerfilms
02-06-2013, 10:41 AM
Huzzah! How exciting. Thanks!

Director
02-20-2013, 08:02 PM
Made me laugh :)

Vance Baryn
02-21-2013, 02:03 AM
I really like your stuff. How do you find such great actors? That's always the hardest part for me and it really makes or breaks a film.

seanparkerfilms
02-21-2013, 01:51 PM
Glad to hear it, and I agree. I've been lucky to meet a lot of talented, easygoing actors over the years. My go-to actor Austin is a longtime collaborator and childhood friend, but most of the people I know now have been from the feature I shot in Portland three years ago. I met them just by putting out a call for actors on some talent sites and Craigslist, and I've continued to work with several of them to this day.

Recently we held some auditions for a bunch more shorts, and we were really surprised by the turnout -- about 50 people, almost everyone quite darn talented. It's hard to say what exactly attracts the right talent, but one thing I heard several times from actors I've worked with (and it makes total sense!) is that an actor's initial impressions are pretty crucial in determining their interest in a project -- whether it's word of mouth, seeing prior work from the filmmakers, or even just a casting call. With our feature, it was our first real movie, and so we really had no previous work to back us up, and yet we still met a lot of fantastic people. So, I really can't emphasize enough that having a professional, well-written call for actors is incredibly important to that. Make sure to include all the necessary information, but also go into some detail about exactly who the characters are, what your projected shooting schedule is -- really, anything that an actor would be curious to know -- without overloading them with unneeded trivia. And for goodness sake, get someone whose opinion you trust to be a proofreader and make sure there isn't a single typo or grammatical error in that call!

Alex
03-13-2013, 10:22 AM
Sean. I came across your videos by a google search and finding this site then finding your videos. I think you have some great talent and I would love to see some behind the scenes of when you are filming.

Thank you

Alex

seanparkerfilms
03-14-2013, 12:34 AM
Thank you! We'll see about doing some BTS stuff. We're probably going to launch some sort of videoblog soon, so stuff like that should make its way in.

Anonymous Filmmaker
04-20-2013, 11:15 AM
That's just the type of thing that does well on YouTube: funny and random. Nice work!

Adam Spade
05-13-2013, 05:40 PM
haha

brianknapp
05-13-2013, 05:43 PM
Will be showing my friends next lunch! Very funny!

UniqueAmI
05-15-2013, 01:48 PM
That was funny and extremely well done. Great job. It made me thirsty.

AWLeath
08-08-2013, 05:36 PM
LOL, dudes just standing there getting sprayed with water 100 times!

MD Morgan
08-09-2013, 08:52 AM
It made us laugh!

Lonely Picnic
06-05-2016, 03:27 PM
I took a look around your Youtube page and really enjoyed your stuff. Your sense of humour is right up my alley. It's a little disheartening that you don't have more views and subscribers but I hope you keep going!

seanparkerfilms
06-05-2016, 04:24 PM
Thank you Lonely Picnic, always nice to hear something like that.

I think a lot of our obscurity comes down to a lack of business savvy. Successful YouTube channels tend to be as much of a business as they are about creative output. By and large, we'll do a video when we feel like it, instead of sticking to a firm schedule, and we've never really delved into marketing the channel yet (though maybe we should...), so in terms of getting big on YouTube, we mostly have ourselves to blame. In any case, we'll keep going though! Our focus is shifting toward developing TV and film projects, which is why we're not super active on YouTube at the moment, but I'm positive that no matter what size we are, we're going to keep putting up new silly things for a long, long time.

bryman1
08-18-2017, 01:15 AM
not what I was expecting, a little scared to go to the bathroom now lmao

TEHFatGhost
01-08-2018, 09:24 PM
Great video! Loved the quick cuts in the beginning!