Behind the Scenes on Half Smile

We’re pleased and excited to have created the original short film, “Half Smile”, written and directed by Owen Royce as part of this years' Z-Fest VII.

“A favor for a friend becomes a bonding moment for two men,
as Charlie confronts the past he long forgot.”

Filming took place on January 28, beginning with a 7:30 a.m production meeting with shooting starting at 9 a.m. With the help of all 22 people on set, we wrapped at 7:30 p.m. Most of the day took place outdoors, in the freezing weather, at the Dem-Con Responsible Waste Processing and Disposal Company in Shakopee.

Having grown up elsewhere, Joe was confused by his native colleagues’ short sleeves and liberal re-application of SPF 70, but endured their gentle teasing about his parka and long underwear with his typical good nature. He bravely kept his pinkie toes’ impending need for amputation to himself until almost lunchtime, while Ryan extolled the supportiveness of his flip flops, wondered if his nose would peel and said no less than 16 times after 4:30 p.m., “I can’t believe it’s still light out.”

We’re very proud of how it turned out. Half Smile premiers on Friday, March 10 at 7pm at New Hope Cinema Grill. We'd love for you to join us.

Still Photography by Dallas Smith.

Ryan Grams

Ryan is truly an artisan of the moving image. Whether he's serving as cinematographer, director, editor or all three at once—Ryan’s work reveals an incredible ability to make the intimate feel spectacular and the spectacular feel intimate. From short-films and documentaries to commercials and other branded content.