Starring Mark Balunis, Robert Sean Campbell, Chad Eschman, Anthony Larice, Maren Lovgren, Molly Murphy and Kurt Gravenhorst. Directed by Mark Schwab.
"Soap" was inspired by the hard-edged character studdies of John Cassavetes. Shot in 3 days and in-sequence, the story centers on four friends as they return from the funeral of another friend who has died suddenly from a brain trauma. Throughout the day and evening, we observe these four different types as they desperately attempt to "live it up" in honor of their dead friend. However it soon becomes obvious that these people have been so numbed by virtual technology and social media that they have forgotten how to interact on a regular human level. The evening soon unravels into drunkeness, anger, and sexual hang-ups involving some ill-hired prostitutes.
This was also an actor's experiement. Although there was a story outline and some scripted scenes, the actors were required to improvise the dialogue within the confines of the character's motivation and goal within the scene. Also, actors not present in the scene were not allowed to be on set in order to keep reactions to information as real as possible.
The Last Time I Saw Soap - 81 minutes - 2011