Re-Election is a unique story about an election day trapped in a mysterious time loop. It's told from the point of view of Jamie, a mid-level campaign staffer. The re-election campaign is going well and things are looking bright until the team is blindsided by an unceremonious loss — everyone is dumbfounded, except Jamie. This comes as no surprise to her because unbeknownst to anyone else, she has been repeating this election day again and again — reliving every moment, conversation, and turn of events, ad nauseum.
Re-Election is a story about conviction and the acquisition of experience — how we learn from our
mistakes as well as our successes and how we to make our next move. It's a story about small-p politics with huge implications. It's about discovering your voice and using it to reshape your destiny.
We wrote and shot the first episode of the show (which you can watch above) and then ran a very successful Kickstarter campaign to fund more episodes. Bolstered by our fans' support, we've finalized a further four episodes that we will shoot in the spring of 2014.
You can see a ton of production stills, get more information about the show, and connect with the production team on the Re-Election Facebook page!
"The amulet gave him everything he'd ever wanted: strength, freedom, protection. But it also gave him one thing he never asked for. Eternal life."
This film is somewhat of a sequel to a tiny video I shot a few years ago called The Amulet. It was shot in Chicago in the spring of 2012 with a minimal crew. I built the gun prop myself and did all the special effects with a mixture of After Effects and 3D Studio MAX.
The original score was was composed by Bryan Gleason, a local Chicago musician, and some of the
sound effects were created by P.K. Hooker, whose credits include the Transformers films.
The film was accepted to and screened at the Los Angeles International Underground Festival in the summer of 2012.
Throughout the production process, I posted effects tests and some rehearsal footage. These included an initial effect for the gun (which I vastly imroved upon later) and a rough test of the hand hologram. And there's even more stuff on our Facebook page.
For anyone familiar with the show, this intro will be instantly recognizable. For my 25th birthday, I decided I'd do something a little special and edit all of the photos taken that evening into a frame-perfect reconstruction of the How I Met Your Mother intro sequence.
The process involved masking out various elements from every photo, then arranging the photos in 3D space in order to mimic the camera moves and timing seen in the show. Here is the original intro to the show for reference.