|Still from Mary Last Seen|
Watching the Extras for the movie 2011 movie Martha Marcy May Marlene...
|Poster for Martha Marcy May Marlene|
and they featured the precedent short Mary Last Seen. The short is not a prequel or sequel, but exists as its own story within the world of “Martha.” Before the film the director presented a message. (pictured below. I purposely didn't take a great pic because I retyped what it said below.)
I decided to make the short film "Mary Last Seen" in the summer of 2009. At the time I had been working on the script for "Martha Marcy May Marlene," a film which would eventually become my first feature. I had not shot a narrative short in several years, and at the time, production on "Martha" was at least a year away. I was eager to direct again and wanted to create a short film that related to the world of the feature, but also something that could stand on its own.After his message I wanted to see it to see what kind of film he shot in two days for $500 and—it was really good. Yes it looked like it was shot for only $500, but the technique and the acting was on point. Everything he did was very economical for that budget, yet innovative in style. That's all I can say without you seeing the short and seeing what I mean. Great piece.
I wrote the script for the short in a few days. We gathered together a crew of five people, cast a few actors, borrowed my sister's car, and drove upstate with a budget of about $500 (which was all we had left on one credit card at the time). We shot for two days and came back with the footage for the short. It was a wonderfully collaborative and pure filmmaking experience, which set the tone for how I would approach making "Martha."
As far as I could tell it's not available online, but IT IS on the Martha Marcy May Marlene Blu-Ray (That's how I saw it) and I assume it's on the DVD as well.
What did I think of Martha Marcy May Marlene?
#nfotd #MarthaMarcyMayMarlene was really great, one of the BEST of 2011, bolstered by an OUTSTANDING performance by ELIZABETH OLSEN!
— Dankwa Brooks (@DankwaBrooks) July 2, 2012
UPDATE November 2015
Mary Last Seen is now on Vimeo! Watch it at https://vimeo.com/87582861
Mary Last Seen @ IMDb
Martha Marcy May Marlene @ IMDb