Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fringe 2009 - FFA 1 - Stalled - An Elevator Story

"There's a really weird girl talking to me. She's wearing a lot of colors."

Free Bird Productions

Stalled - An Elevator Story

Elevator, n: a metal cage; transports between two somewheres.

But what if it stalls?

Find out in this comedy as seven unlucky strangers await their rescue. Sometimes nowhere is exactly where you are meant to be.

This was actually pretty clever as a preview. Rather than try and do something that might not make sense out of context, or get cut off because they ran too long, they created a scene that introduced all the characters and the concept.

The "really weird girl wearing a lot of colors" stood by the "elevator" (or rather, the place the imaginary door to the elevator would be) and warned the various other characters away, saying the elevator was stalled. It also repeated the title of the show a great many times (never a bad idea). Characters came and went (a dippy sorority girl on her cell phone, a stressed out businesswoman, and several more). At the end, a character handed off a newspaper to the girl, and she opened it up, and revealed the title of the show yet again, scrawled on the newsprint in big letters.

So you know exactly what you're getting into here. Actors and characters of a variety of ages and genders, quirkiness abounds, and you can start to imagine what it'd be like if all these people were trapped in an elevator together. All that, and out on the yellow warning light. Nicely done.

Their show page

They should have the clip of the preview up on the Fringe's YouTube page soon. Meantime, you can check out their video trailer...

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