A while back my Director of Photography, Jacin Buchanan, approached me about directing an idea he had. It was about a couple sitting at home sometime in the 1950's (or a twisted version of the 1950's) and realizing they had just missed the "one day only meat sale". I told him I thought it was a funny idea and I would love to direct it.
Flash forward a year or more: We finally got around to shooting it. God knows what took us so long. It was a fairly simple shoot. One location. A crew of two. Two actors (My girlfriend Victoria and myself). A few simple props. Some basic sound design.
Victoria was wonderful. Her deadpan delivery as the housewife was a perfect counter to the more ridiculous and upset husband that I portrayed. Jacin's cinematography was a gorgeous spin on the 50's style we were trying to evoke and Marc Hormuth captured some great sound, pristine dialogue, even the nuances of my pipe puffing.
Everything went off without a hitch, which is a rarity in production. The pieces just fell into place in Post as well. I stumbled across the perfect little jazz number for the music track after clicking on the first choice in a music library. I searched further, thinking it's never best to stop at the first option put in front of you but, after sorting through numerous tracks, nothing topped that first one. It was perfect.
While I felt like the idea was fun to begin with, the final product far exceeded my expectations. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do. (Click on the picture above to view The Meat Sale).