A nine year old in medieval England excitedly goes to hand out his birthday invitations only to discover all of his friends have succumbed to horrible medieval deaths. Luckily the town peasant has a surprise in store for him.
5 questions with Medieval Birthday Party producer, writer, Cassie Ramoska at the half-way mark.
Friday, March 10th, 2017
1Hey Cassie! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make Medieval Birthday Party? This was our first animated short to collaborate on, having initially worked together creating the SAG feature film "June, Adrift" a few years prior. The idea for the short came from after we learned about the "dancing plague" and how difficult it must have been to keep track of which neighbors of yours were still alive during this period. We found our amazing animator, Anton Makarau, through Matt Davies, who we worked with on our feature. Both insanely talented people.
2You are the produced and also co-wrote this film with Amanda McCann. How do you two know each other and what was your writing process like? We initially met and bonded over our love of cats during a brunch in the valley. I (Cassie) volunteered at a local shelter at the time and Amanda became a volunteer shortly thereafter. Combined we own 4 cats total and are trying to not acquire more as we feel our cat quota has now been reached. We both shared a similar sense of humor and love of the absurd, becoming writing partners/collaborators during our feature film and various short films following it.
3What the hell is the dancing plague? The dancing plague took place in 1518 and was started by a woman named Mrs. Troffea, who danced her heart out between 4 and 6 days. She probably lost a lot of weight but this is not a diet or exercise regime we would recommend. While she danced, 34 others caught the plague from her that week, and they too began dancing uncontrollably. Soon 400 people were dancing! 15 people were dying a day from exhaustion, and probably hunger. What?! They didn't even have Bruno Mars back then. So many questions- who was playing music that whole time? Who buried the bodies if everyone was dancing?
4There were a lot of brutal ways to die back then. Which in your opinion was the worst way to go? It's a toss up between the iron maiden and the iron mask. Having to be shut inside a metal vessel would be a nightmare on it's own, but then the maniacs added spikes inside it.
5What's next? Independently, we are both working on television scripts while we continue pursuing animated projects together. ADULT SWIM, CALL US. WE HAVE ALL THE IDEAS. LIKE 2 NOTEPADS AT LEAST.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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