SMILEY




   
Co-Producer
    Melissa Friedman
     
    Associate Producer
    Devin Daley
     
    Written, Directed & Produced by
    Carrie Lynn Certa

       

  STARRING:  
 

Katrine

Lisa

Leo

David

Barista

BETHY POLUIKIS

ANGELA RACHELLE

RICK STEADMAN

JOHN PATRICK MORAN

JONATHON SAIA

 

  Synopsis
 
A couple's interaction online can lead to confusion with emoticons.

   

  The story of Smiley
  By Carrie Lynn Certa
  :) , or better known as "Smiley", was originally written as a stage play back in 2004 after a real life experience of miscommunication of a flirtatious smiley and winky emoticon. "Smiley" was originally performed on the New York stage at TSI, an off-Broadway theater, which specializes in work shopping up and coming writers. 
   
  "Smiley" was never intended to be turned into a short film but when a spot opened up for Ursa's December Production Series and the perfect four actors walked into the audition room, Carrie dusted off the script and instantly re-wrote it for the screen.

 

  BLOG
 

Melissa Friedman

Pre-production Blog  November 18, 2010

 
As the Co-Producer of :) (Smiley) I am happy to report that it is moving along very well. We have four amazing actors and most of our crew in place. We have our second reading this Sunday at one of our shooting locations, The Amsterdam Café, which is where, I am told, is the same location as our director’s first film “SpyForLove”. It was not planned to shoot at the café, we just lucked out! Our second location was also easily obtained and we’ll be shooting THREE of our shorts using the office location. All for the bargain basement price of …. nada.
   
  The crew, actors and vendors have been so helpful, which is not common in such a production savvy city. We are counting our blessings! In a spirit of giving back, we hold several of our meetings at the Amsterdam Café and it is also the location of our first networking party within the production series.
   
  Yesterday was our first location scout with our DP, Director, 1st and 2nd ADs and of course, myself. The shot list is almost complete and the only thing we need now, is a good Production Designer! Our visual effects are looking amazing which only get us excited all over again. Can’t wait to start filming!
   
 

Carrie Lynn Certa

Post-production Blog  January 16, 2011

  Well, it looks like we missed a step with the blogs but, eh, no one complained so I'm not going to stress about it.

 

Saw the first rough cut yesterday and the concept is working. It's not your stereotypical film and I was a bit concerned the stage to screen story wouldn't work. We have Rough Edit #2 due in two weeks where I can really see if the laugh lines and concept works now that we've solidified the tone and pace. 

 

This is the nail biting stage for me so excuse me if I'm not overly excited like I am on set. :)

 

   
  SET PHOTOS - SHANNON LILLY

1st Day of Shooting - the Guys

 

(John Moran, Rick Steadman and Carrie Certa)

   
 

(Rick Steadman, John Moran and Carrie Certa)

   
  Production Blog  December 19, 2010

By Carrie Lynn Certa

  In the can. That's right, "Smiley" is completed. It was one of the easier shoots in the production series but it had its issues with a two hour delay in the camera and lights being set up on the first day and then the Burbank Airport on the second day. (For some odd reason, planes are not something we as producers can control.) Either way, I think what we have is going to be a terrific film.
   
  We've already had our first post-production meeting and it was great to see the editor, composer and SFX Supervisor excited about the project. THIS is the fun part and I can't wait to share it with all of you.

 

Happy Holidays!

   
  SET PHOTOS - SHANNON LILLY

2nd Day of Shooting - the Ladies

   
 
 

Our loveable Barista (Jonathan Saia) and two Co-stars (Bethy Poluikis & Angela Rachelle)

 

 

A special mention goes out to the Lui's for flying out from the East to help us out on the crew. Thank you!!

   
  Post-Production Blog  January 30, 2011

By Carrie Lynn Certa

  Post production is going swimmingly! I'm already on the second edit and we're getting very close.

 

It's been a true learning experience because it's so hard to translate stage to the screen. I'm not sure if I've been successful in this adaptation but as with "SpyForLove", I have a feeling Deon Vozov will once again, save the day.

 

I do have to make a special mention of my new BTS editor Javier Rivera who with one edit, nailed it. I will be posting that in the next couple of weeks for all of you to view.

 

Thank you again to everyone who's help with these productions! I couldn't do it without you.

   
  Post-Production Blog  April 2, 2011

By Carrie Lynn Certa

  Ahhh! Okay, so shorts are here to be a learning experience. I got it and I can admit when I messed up. My original concept for the edit simply wasn't working. It lost all the funny in the script with too many 'things' to look at!

 

So I've started from scratch. It's been quite frustrating since 1) I'm not the fastest editor in the world and 2) I am very picky when I do edit. Picky as in, frame by frame, type stuff. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to edit myself but alas, here I am.

 

The new edit is working. I've had to cut a few lines to keep the flow of the story going and the funny is creeping back into the edit. I am happier and hopeful that this final edit, with the help from Wesley - the editor of "Undisconnected" -, is one which will have the audiences laughing with familiarity since we've ALL had conversations and miscommunications due to the loveable Smileys.

   
  Post-Production Blog  July 2, 2011

By Carrie Lynn Certa

  Smiley has been done for awhile which is shocking with all of the graphics needed for this short to come to life. One very important lesson I learned was Blu-ray... it's the way to go. This is a short that really does need to be seen in HD. I had NO idea how bland our SD life was. Now I just need to wait to hear what format we're premiering in because, not just Smiley, but all of these films look amazing in HD.

 

See you on July 28th!

 

  CREW:  
  Director of Photography
SHANELE ALVAREZ
  1st Assistant Camera

KASEY O'REILLY

AMY WILK  

  Gaffer JESSE SMITH
  Grips

DEVIN DALEY  

GABRIELLE LUI  

  Camera Provided by EVS ONLINE
  Coordinators

GISELLE RIVERA

ERIN SELLOW

  Wardrobe Designer LISA MCFADDEN-WHALEY
  Production Designer PATRICK ANDREW HIGGINS
  Art PA HENRY LUI
  Still Photographer/BTS Camera SHANNON LILLY
  Hair & Make up

CLAUDIA NAVARRO

JEANETTE VIRGEN

  Media Manager JACQUI KRAUS
  Sound Mixer & Boom

CHRISTOPHER ROBBINS

ROBERT WARNACK JR.

  Music by DEON VOZOV
  Audio Mixer & Sound Designer ANDY HURTADO
  Visual Effects Supervisor NEMA DARBAN
  Animator JOHN DUNN
  Storyboard Artist RASHSAN EKEDAL
  1st AD JONATHON SAIA
  Casting Provided by THECASTINGDIRECTOR.COM
  Production Assistants

COURTNEY SHANE

RYAN WILLIS

     
 

FILMED ENTIRELY IN LOS ANGELES, CA

     
  Special Thanks

AMSTERDAM CAFE

PANDORA CERTA

LU DUFFY

FERN FRIEDMAN

STEPHEN FRIEDMAN

MARK SHELTON

DAVE SZAMET

MICHAEL VALENTINO

     
   

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