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Friday, January 22, 2016

Aspiring Actresses, Unite! "Supporting Roles" Brings The Funny Fast & Furious!

"SUPPORTING ROLES: HORRORS" (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Length- 3:44
Company:  Luolluie Productions

Supporting Roles is a comedy web series created by actresses Sarah Adams and Brandi Hollsten.   With a tone somewhere in between TV's The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, this first episode sees Sarah and Brandy preparing for a particularly challenging horror movie audition and waxing poetic about the difficulties of hormonal problems.

We're no strangers to Sarah Adams' work -- she's performed in a number of short films (you'll find the links at the bottom of this review) -- but this is the first time I've had the pleasure of seeing Hollsten.

So how does this comedic team turn out?  Does Supporting Roles bring the funny?

SO MUCH FOR THE GLORY

Hell yes, it does.

"Horrors", the first episode, is a witty take on the indignities of being an amateur actress.  There's not much I can say here without spoiling the jokes -- literally there's almost NOTHING I can say, because almost every line has a good joke or leads to one, the writing is that fast and furious and streamlined.  There's a pretty inspired gag with a plunger and physical comedy in addition to genuinely amusing dialogue.

Add to that the fact that director Travis Aitken and Director of Photography Jake Wilganowski create a visually attractive picture that's easy to watch.  There's a good use of space here, and a nice simple pull away during the makeup scene that turns what might otherwise be a dull moment into a laugh out loud gag.  Comedy is what this short is about, and it delivers on every level.

ONE LITTLE GRUMP

That being said, it's so short that there's no room for literally ANYTHING else.  There's no character development, we don't get to know anything about either Sarah or Brandi, and since we don't get any information about the characters, we don't get much in the way of personalized motivation.  Without motivation, we can't have concrete conflict.  Without conflict -- say it with me, people: we have no story.  Without a story, we don't have a real, stand alone film that can survive offline.

Even so, it's still a successful genre piece because, first of all, it's here to make you laugh and it does that big time, and second because of the great performances from its leads and finally the extremely high production quality of the film itself.

This is also just the first episode, which means there's more yet to come.  Some character depth in future episodes would be nice.  That being said, the speed and the wit of the comedy is much appreciated!

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 2 / 5.  The jokes are very funny, but there's no story here.
Directing: 3 / 5.  Aitken's visual style kept the show going with his efficient use of on-screen area, and some nice manipulation of space to lead into the gags.  
Editing: 4 / 5.  "Horrors" is so short, it definitely doesn't overstay its welcome.  The coloring looks great.  All the cuts create a smoothly transitioning piece that keeps the action moving at a breakneck pace that keeps those jokes hitting hard!  
Sound/Music: 4 / 5.  I really liked the original title song by Calley Bliss -- it fits the mood of the show perfectly.  The dialogue and sound effects are recorded professionally.
Acting: 4 / 5.  Another great showing by Adams, and Hollsten shows herself to be just as capable of an actress.  The two of them work great together and I hope they make many more episodes -- and movies -- together!

Final Grade: 3.4 / 5.

Don't forget to check out "Supporting Roles: Horrors" and follow the creators on Facebook!

When you get done with those links, check out Sarah Adams in "Ostinato", "Fish in the Sea", "Nobody Can Deny" and our exclusive interview with her right here!



Thanks for reading! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant. Most recently, I've worked with LMC Productions and Mad Antz Films in Australia. I helped mold Goodybag Productions' award winning screenplay "The Teacher" and Michael Maguire's feature length script "The Wolfpack", which is still in development.

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