Oct 8 2011

Photo by Mark Neilson

Sean Stanley

Photo by Mark Neilson


Jun 15 2011

A Stock & A Jack: On the Row #12 & 35

Sean Stanley

Since we’re posting pics from the flicks this week, I decided to post a couple more from A Stock & A Jack that haven’t been on the blog. (top picture: actors David Lahti and Tyler Parr; bottom picture: actor Jake Cain at bat)

Photo by Mark Neilson

Photo by Mark Neilson


Mar 28 2011

A Stock & A Jack review in The Beat

Sean Stanley

Meg Pirie did a review on A Stock & A Jack after coming out to the screening on Saturday night. Here is a link to the Beat magazine… A Stock & A Jack review

Some highlights: “my perception of snakeskin boots is now divided into two definite stages: Pre-A Stock & A Jack and Post-A Stock & A Jack.” “Jack is a hard drinking, foul-mouthed badass” “Cain, Parr, and Lahti do a commendable job embracing their characters and are able to convey humorous moments via well-timed deliveries.”

Here’s Meg Pirie’s full review:

A Stock & A Jack Premiere
Feat: David Lahti (Dumpie the Bear, Sheepshit), Tyler Parr (Fully Insured, Ignoreland), and Jake Cain (Head or Gut)

Written and Directed by Sean Stanley
Produced by Mark Potter
Graphic Design by Warren Stanley
Original Score by Eric Conway
Additional Music by Martin Rae
Executive Producers Gavin Ap’ Morrygan, Jeff McClinchey, J Louis Srygley
rakehellrow productions
Run Time: 25 mins

This past Saturday, APK Live hosted its first indie film premiere with a screening of A Stock & A Jack (2011 rakehellrow productions), written and directed by local filmmaker Sean Stanley.

Shot in London and in and around Melbourne over summer 2010, A Stock & A Jack is a testament to Stanley’s body of work…a body that defies classification into any one genre. What I can say with certainty is that my perception of snakeskin boots is now divided into two definite stages: Pre-A Stock & A Jack and Post-A Stock & A Jack.

Stanley describes the broad theme of this short as “idling twenty-somethings with misplaced kinetic energy.” This promise held true throughout.

A Stock & A Jack begins on a night like any other. Benny (Tyler Parr), a bored attendant at the easily recognizable Westside Gas Station Convenience Store, finds himself biding his time during a quiet shift. His routine idling is abruptly interrupted with…a robbery. Fast forward to find Benny and friend Georgie Boy (Dave Lahti) engaging in mid-day debauchery with a group of friends. A head is shaved, there is braggadocio chugging, and yes, even a punch is thrown.

After a narrow escape from the house party, the boys end up at a quiet bar (it’s local watering hole Marino’s). Enter Jack (Jake Cain), Georgie Boy’s rebellious cousin. Back from a frenetic sojourn in LA, Jack is a hard drinking, foul-mouthed badass and the catalyst for ensuing events.

Stanley’s use of titles throughout the film—such as the cheeky ‘Drinking in the middle of the day’—act as useful sign posts that help delineate the stages of this story. By the end of the short, as tension builds and characters’ pasts start to reveal themselves, linear chronology is set aside in favour of well-timed flashbacks.

Cain, Parr, and Lahti do a commendable job embracing their characters and are able to convey humorous moments via well-timed deliveries. When Georgie Boy tells Jack that he has been keeping with busy with photography—“I even got some photos in the old Free Press,”—you can’t help but snicker.

References such as this and the unabashed use of the city’s quirky landmarks—like the Westside, for instance—are part of this filmmaker’s aesthetic. Rakehell’s 2010 short Dumpie the Bear was shot on King Street and The Accountant, the 2011 Fringe 62-Hour Film Contest Audience Choice Award, begins at the train station on York St. “I don’t want to exhaust a location and re-shoot there over and over just because I can but so far I keep finding nice discoveries,” Stanley says.

As Part I in a possible two part series, the ending of A Stock & A Jack left me wanting more. Nevertheless, I hope this local artist continues to make filmic discoveries in and around this city.

(3 out of 4)

Photo by Mark Neilson


Mar 28 2011

A Stock & A Jack premiere

Sean Stanley

Thank you so much to everybody who came out and supported our new flick, A Stock & A Jack, last night. The house was packed, and I’m glad so many people could be a part of the screening. I had the pleasure of sitting beside my producer’s parents, and if there is one film I do not want to be sitting near anybody’s parents for it was this film. Haha. The debauchery is in full force… it’s a rock ‘n’ roll film and isn’t for the faint of heart – I had to apologize to my girlfriend’s mother about the sex scene… but it was nice to see that the film was so well received – a very warm applause and a couple ‘woos’ followed the credits. A lot of people seemed eager for part 2… so that’s good. Now, it’s time to sign, seal, and deliver the film off to the festival world and go back to adapting the story into something larger.

A couple quick notes – I was happy to see so many moments connect with the audience, and especially how the audience took to some of the characters. I love Eric Conway’s score. And it was nice to see that Davey’s left-handed slider got a belly laugh from the audience, Tyler’s reaction to Jake’s story connected, and Jake’s misadventures along with Rusty James’ performance got an audible reaction.

Special thanks to Marc Gammal and the APK Live for being a wonderful host with a great new venue.


Mar 22 2011

A Stock & A Jack screening

Sean Stanley

A STOCK & A JACK premiere screening
APK Live [340 Wellington St (York St. entrance)]
March 26. 2011
7pm
$6

Join the Facebook page for the event!

Designed by Warren Stanley


Mar 3 2011

A Stock & A Jack poster

Sean Stanley

A Stock & A Jack trailer from rakehellrow on Vimeo.

“A Stock & A Jack” (2011)

Feat: David Lahti (Dumpie the Bear, Sheepshit), Tyler Parr (Fully Insured, Ignoreland), and Jake Cain (Head or Gut)

Written and Directed by Sean Stanley
Produced by Mark Potter
Graphic Design by Warren Stanley
Original Score by Eric Conway
Additional Music by Martin Rae
Sound Mixing by Ray Kilroy
Best Boy Drez Peregrina
Key Grip Heinz Mayr
On Set Photographer Mark Neilson
Executive Producers Gavin Ap’ Morrygan, Jeff McClinchey, J Louis Srygley
rakehellrow productions
Run Time: 25 mins
(click to enlarge)

A STOCK & A JACK premiere screening
APK Live [340 Wellington St (York St. entrance)]
March 26. 2011
7pm
$6

Join the Facebook page for the event!

Designed by Warren Stanley


Nov 29 2010

ASAAJ pickups:

Sean Stanley

We’ve been pickin’ up the pieces around here and finishing flicks, here is a picture of Jake Cain and Dave Lahti on set for a pickup of A Stock & A Jack. We plan on screening the film in late March 2011.

Busty Chocolate

Busty Chocolate


Sep 27 2010

41 hours and $65 to go!

Sean Stanley

Well, folks, we’re in the proverbial homestretch, with less than 41 hours to go and only $65 left to reach our goal over at www.indiegogo.com/ASAAJ (aka our A Stock & A Jack fundraiser site). Thus far we’ve raised $1,285… I’m overwhelmed by the amount of donations we’ve received from our multiple supporters. Your contributions keep us making films and your support here seriously helps us reach the finish line on the movie. Now in post-production, working on audio, I am very excited for everyone to see the film… especially our supporters, the people who invested their hard-earned dollars into this project, who believed that this will be a show – well, for you people, I can’t wait til the lights go down and you get to see the havoc ensue, and the wonderful performances of David Lahti, Tyler Parr, and Jake Cain.

A very special thanks to our executive producers:
Gavin Ap’ Morrygan
Jeff McClinchey

Now, if you don’t mind, I have to go get a pie to take in the face for Gav. Thanks again everyone. Hoping to show the film before the year’s end. Most likely November.

a_stock_and_a_jack
Photo by Mark Neilson

Update: GOAL!!! 31 hours, $0 to go!! We reached our goal tonight!!! Thank you to everyone who helped fund our new flick – we’re overwhelmed by your support!!! Thank you supporters, you know who you are, and you’ve saved me from abject poverty. Much love. Now, I must go buy a pie.


Sep 15 2010

Rockin’ the Stock/Jack music.

Sean Stanley

One cord to another

Spent the day yesterday with Maestro Orlando, aka Eric Conway, head of Bloodwood Productions. Eric is the man behind the music for rakehellrow Productions. Having scored Sheepshit (2008) and Bolt Cutterz (2009) in their entirety, he has also contributed songs to such films as In The White Room (2009), and Dumpie the Bear (2010).
knobs and levels

Eric is currently creating the entire soundtrack to A Stock & A Jack and it’s sounding like the good stuff. Getting together with Eric and creating the score has been one of my favourite parts of the movie making process for a long time now – one of the highlights is certainly seeing the final film with Eric’s music there. I know it’s obvious to say, but the films wouldn’t be what they are without his music – one of my favourite things about the short film Bolt Cutterz is his score.
Flip ya for real.

This time out, there is a bedrock of punk rock with tones of british new wave, hard rock, even lounge, with undercurrents of nineties rap, and the universal S & M sounds. It was great getting to hear hints of things to come.
Pass the Mic

Trailer for A Stock & A Jack, featuring music by Eric Conway and rap sensations Ok Cobra:

A Stock & A Jack trailer from rakehellrow on Vimeo.


Sep 10 2010

A Stock & A Jack trailer

Sean Stanley

Here it is folks, the trailer for A Stock & A Jack… the featurette we’ve been working on all summer. We set up a site for interested parties to help fund the project – we have 18 days left to go over at www.indiegogo.com/ASAAJ – please help out if you like what you see. Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far – we wouldn’t be able to finish the project without you.

The film is about two cousins, one from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks, and when he comes back to town, all hell breaks loose. Featuring: David Lahti (Dumpie The Bear, Sheepshit), Tyler Parr (Fully Insured comedy troupe, Ignoreland), Heinz Mayr (Dumpie The Bear, The Gift), and Jake Cain (All Night Every Night). And was shot in and around London and Melbourne, Ontario.

A Stock & A Jack trailer from rakehellrow on Vimeo.

A Stock & A Jack
Written and Directed by Sean Stanley
Produced by Mark Potter
Associate Producer Dwayne Lachance
Graphic Design by Warren Stanley
Best Boy Drez Peregrina
Edited by Sean Stanley
On Set Photography Mark Neilson
Original Music by Eric Conway