Newport Beach Film Festival "Play: The Power of Ideas"


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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020


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Directed by REVERSE's Johan Stahl, the film shows the underbelly of divorce when a little boy retreats to his toys — his imagination triggering a jarring series of events in the outside world. Working closely with ad agency Garage Team Mazda, Stahl sought to find the right balance juxtaposing traditional dramatic cinema techniques with elements of the gore genre. By showing the disparity between the parents’ world and the boy's world, the film expresses central themes around imagination, cinematic storytelling, and the core theme of the 2019 Newport Beach Film Fest, “The Power of Film.”


Garage Team Mazda
Chief Executive Officer: Michael Buttlar
Chief Creative Officer: Erich Funke
SVP Creative Director / Writer: Melissa Webber
Creative Director / Writer: Daniel Bremmer
SVP Director Integrated Content: Larry Struber
Account Director: Cory Sampson
Director of Project Management: Elizabeth CarrErnst
Art Producer: Jessica Mirolla

Director: Johan Stahl
Executive Producer/Founder: Thibaut Estellon
Producers: Larry Gold, Luigi Rossi

Director of Photography: Shelly Johnson, ASC
Costume Designer: Michelle Thompson
Production Designer: Nora Takacs

1st Ast Camera: Michael Martino
2nd Ast Camera: Gus Bechtold
Loader: Brendan Devanie
DIT: Nate Kalushner
Gaffer: Steve Kagen
SLT: Kyle Allinson
Best Boy Electric: Adam Lenee
Key Grip: Bob Babin
Best Boy Grip: Matt Malsbury
Grip: Seth Cole
Location Sound Mixer: Fernanda Starling
H&MU: Melissa Gwizdowski
FX Makeup: Marcel Banks
Wardrobe Assistant: Alison Holmes
1st Assistant Director: Chuck Henrey
2nd Assistant Director Gus Bechtold
Set Decorator: Sarah Sharp
Prop Master: Caitlin Laingen
Special Effects: Zac Knight
Production Manager: Porcelain Brisbon
Production Coordinator: Matthew Cheaton

jumP Editorial
Editor: Erwin Fraterman
Executive Producer: Therese Hunsberger
Producer: Natasha Sattler
Assistant Editor: Roy Herbert
Assistant Editor: Kristin Yawata
Apprentice Editor: Jill Sarao
Flame Artist: Thom Reimerink
Editorial Intern: Anja Boltz
Editorial Intern: Emily Kaberlein

VFX Supervisor: Grant Miller
VFX Supervisor: David Lebensfeld
Sr Producer: Kieley Culbertson
VFX Producer: Brigitte Stanovick
VFX Producer: Kymberly Murphy
VFX Coordinator: Robert Cohen
Compositing Coordinator: Ashley Nizich
Compositing Supervisor: Zhe Chong
Compositors: Ben Stommes, Patrick Louie, Krisztian Csanki
CG Coordinator: Anna Harari
FX: Paul Baran, Kevin Pinga
Animations: Lucas Smarker
Layout: Viviana Torrellas

Company 3
Senior Colorist: Stefan Sonnenfeld
Executive Producer: Ashley McKim
Senior Producer: Katie Andrews
Senior Producer: Matt Moran

Juice Studios
Mixer: Scott Burns
Producer: Vanessa Carey

Yessian Music & Sound Design
Executive Producer: David Gold
CCO / Partner: Brian Yessian

Casting: Face In The Crowd Casting
Casting Director: Maryclaire Sweeters

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