Salad Days Are Gone
Salad Days Are Gone (2018) is a horror short film written and directed by Jacob Mueller (his 3rd short film effort), and co-written and produced by his frequent writing partner Brendan Mulchrone. It stars Kyle Ringham, Bluu J, Sal Palmieri, and Hannah Williams. It follows three young skaters, Trip, Rusty, and Kirk, as their boredom of living in the suburbs leads them to rob their friend Zoey’s house while her and her family is on vacation. Their friendships and sanaties are tested when something sinister and voodoo lurks in her basement. According to filmmaker Jacob Mueller, the inspirations for the film include contemporary youth films and 70s grindhouse horror films.
Plot: Rusty, Trip and Kirk are three high schoolers who are looking to kill time in their midwestern suburban town. They spend their days longboarding, drinking beers, and vaping in parks and fields. One day, their boredom reaches a boiling point and they decide to rob their mutual friend (and Trip’s ex girlfriend) Zoey’s home while she is away with her family. They go through with the plan; however when a voodoo doll inhabits a safe in Zoey’s basement, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues and various characters must fight for survival in a fit of violence, betrayal, and above all, evil.
Production and crew: The production of Salad Days Are Gone lasted three days, and was shot on August 20th-August 22nd in the summer of 2018. It was shot on location in Glen Ellyn, IL at Jacob Mueller’s family home, the Padera household, and various fields and parking lots around the town. The budget of the film was around $500 total. Besides director Jacob Mueller and producer Brendan Mulchrone, the crew consists of Mario Galli (producer and assistant director), Robert Izquierdo (executive producer), Nick Russell (director of photography), Phil Mueller (production manager), Nick Heftrig (assistant camera), Luke Mueller (script supervisor), Rose Konvalinka (production sound mixer), Jeff Cerza (Boom Operator), Maria Mueller (craft service) and Selena Mueller (production assistant). The film was produced in part by SN@P! Film LLC and Odyssey Studios. Most of the crew consists of director Jacob Mueller’s friends from film school and his family members.
Post Production: The post-production work was done by Jacob Mueller and his frequent collaborator and friend Richie Schumann. The musical score was done by esteemed SoundCloud artist Renitence. Post production was about a 3 month process.
Release and Reception: The film was released publically on December 31, 2018 to YouTube. Since then, it has generated 188 views and has received multiple comments. Friend of Jacob Mueller, Patrick Weimer comments: “Absolute fire yet again!! Love it”. YouTube user RoChe' ChiTown comments: “Good job BluuJay!”, praising lead actor BluuJay’s performance. The film was also released on the Letterboxd film review database, where people freely spoke about their opinion of the film. User Ben Scanga states, “Mueller has so much vision and risk in his storytelling it's almost alarming, thousand percent respect and then some for this one boys, whatta crazy, lovely short !”. User hannah states, “yo this fuckssssss”. Jacob Mueller also held a private screening at his producer Mario Galli’s apartment in October of 2018, where friends and crew gathered to celebrate the finished product and the film received much praise.
Salad Days Are Gone (2018) - Short Film
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