Monsters Looking for a Little Love

By VFS Web Team, on October 14, 2010

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Toward the end of their year in Writing for Film & Television, Amy Doherty and Elsa Morena concocted a unique concept for a project that would draw upon the talents of many students and grads from five other VFS programs: Makeup Design, Acting, Film Production, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, and Sound Design.
The idea? Monster video dating. Amy and Elsa amassed a VFS army to help put it all together. The result is a hilarious, gross, and somewhat endearing spin on 1980s-era dating videos.
Amy took some time out of her post-VFS life to talk about Monster Date and how she and Elsa rounded up all this talent. She also provided us with some behind-the-scenes photos you can view on our Flickr page.
Hi, Amy. Can you explain where the idea for this project came from?
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And as we were in our last term at film school, we decided to reach out to other departments to join us.
How did students in other departments react to the concept when you first approached them?
Amy: Students in the other departments reacted to the concept very positively. Perhaps they were excited to work on a fun, silly student film that didn't feature death, drugs, or hobos.
How much of what we see in the video was improvised by the actors?
Amy: In the video about 5% was improvised by the actors, but I won't tell you which lines. Any lines that make you laugh, just assume we brilliantly wrote them.
Jokes aside, the actors were great, and after they had warmed up and were in character we asked them a few questions as we wanted a naturalistic feel despite the crazy makeup and costumes. Also, quite a few of them come from a sketch or theatre background and we wanted to give them a chance to really creatively collaborate with us on the film.
The makeup is obviously a huge part of this. Can you talk about Makeup Design student Susan Manning's contribution as a Key Makeup Artist, along with the many other makeup artists who worked on this?
[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2790","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignleft size-full wp-image-13593","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"220","height":"220","title":"Monster Date ","alt":""}}]]Amy: Susan Manning, besides being very talented as a makeup artist, was fantastic in rallying other brilliant Makeup Design students to join the project.
We knew early on when we saw their previous work and their visions for this project that we were very lucky and the film was going to look great. They really exceeded any expectations and I know of at least one Makeup Design student who has gotten a job from this!
Do you have future plans for Monster Date?
Amy: We just hope people enjoy it, and that our lonely monsters will get a date. And for it to be remade into a 3D feature with James Cameron for ridiculous money.
Congrats to Amy, Elsa, Susan, and everyone else who took part in this great short!