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Monday, September 29, 2014

Molly C. Quinn short "The Shift"

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"The Shift" (2015).

Molly C. Quinn played Alexis C. Castle on "Castle" from 2009 - 2016, and she appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." However, those two career highlights are not all she has done by a long shot. "The Shift" (2015) is a short film that Molly C. Quinn did with screenwriter, producer, editor and director Francesco Calabrese. "The Shift" is filmed in a retro '60s style that is fairly convincing, including the title card shown above which has the distinctive "Color by TECHNICOLOR" logo and other details down pat. The entire short is shot in a very vivid color scheme, with lots of neon and so forth which subconsciously marks the era.

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Molly C. Quinn in "The Shift."

However, not all of the details are perfect, including the fact that kitchens back then weren't nearly as spacious as the one in the film is, especially in such a small house. I know, I'm such a nitpicker. But they did get the phone right. So there's that. And they probably had a budget of about $5, so I'm really just saying this tongue in cheek. This is a notable effort to recreate a retro film style - with a twist.

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The vivid neon colors and wood paneling mark this as coming from the early '60s.

Overall, a great job. I love being transported back to the early '60s. Nice to see that Quinn enjoys doing these shorts which test her acting chops just a tiny bit. However, be forewarned, it is kind of weird, with a truncated exposition and desultory ending. There is some good acting, though, and overall "The Shift" is pretty enjoyable and kinda weird in a good way.

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I wish "The Shift" were a lot longer - best recommendation you'll ever hear from me. I'm thinking that same thought is what they want to have happen, that is, to convince someone to fund a complete project. We shall see.

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Put "The Shift" on the widest screen you can.

Have fun.

THE SHIFT from Francesco Calabrese on Vimeo.

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From the page:

1964. An ordinary day turns out to be anything but, when Joe comes home to find out that his wife Betty hasn't been cooking dinner. And there's a very good reason for that.
THE SHIFT
Written, Directed & Edited by Francesco Calabrese
with Molly C. Quinn, Ryan Welsh & Whitney Hoy
Produced by Eppich Films & Withstand
in association with Durable Goods
Dop // Patrick Jones
Costumes // Suzy Sachs
Production Design // Ricardo Jattan
Music // Mark Yaeger
Sound // Erik D. Magnus
Post // Proxima Milano

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Molly C. Quinn sporting a fabulous pin, perfecto for 1964. I think it should go on the other side... but I'm no fashion critic.

Give "The Shift" a whirl if you like Molly C. Quinn!


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