The second in a series of short films, Post-Party delves into the chaos that often follows a night out, or in this case, the reception of two friends’ wedding. It begins following Erica (Scarlett Birmingham) into a messy and chaotic AirBnB the morning after the reception, trying to rally the troops into cleaning up and getting ready to leave. Inevitably, hangovers, gossip, and leftover drama from the night before overpower her efforts, as more and more people wake up and add tension to the list of things left to be cleaned up. Remnants of Erica and Brady’s fight linger, Alicia’s hookup with her ex Nate opens a slew of unanswered questions, and newly single Sam is still reeling over accidentally wing-manning a bridesmaid to clumsy Dylan.
Directors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer filmed Post-Party in a single, nine-minute take, maintaining pace and interest through carefully choreographed character entries and exits. Being pulled every which way by each new and returning character elevates the film from a solely a viewing experience to a more immersive one, giving the viewer a feeling of physically following the action. Due to this, what easily could have turned into a soap opera-esque drama is presented as a much more realistic scene that many viewers will easily be able to relate to.
Post-Party marks another step up for Chan and Rhymer, following their first film in this series, Pre-Party, a similar one-shot short following the same characters before a New Year’s Eve party. In making the ambitious leap from a four-minute one-shot short to Post-Party’s ten-minute take, it is evident that the team has grown more confident in their abilities and narrative, and have found their unique strong suit in chaotic yet captivating one shots.
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