Friday, July 6, 2012

Mary Last Seen

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.
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."
-Sean Durkin 
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.

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?

UPDATE November 2015

Mary Last Seen is now on Vimeo! Watch it at 

Related Links 
Mary Last Seen @ IMDb
 Martha Marcy May Marlene @ IMDb

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