FedUp: Ryan's CongestedCat Directorial Debut

Back in March of 2014, we shot my short film titled FedUp. It was a great learning experience as it was my directorial debut with CongestedCat Productions. It’s a simple premise of two friends who are constantly woken in the early morning to their new roommate’s packages that get more and more out of hand. It’s part absurdist and part stoner humor. 

Starring David Mangiamele & Jason Zednick as the leads with Michael Lester (S.K.A.) making a special appearance. 

After completing principal photography, one of the AC’s expressed his interest in editing, so I reached out to him after the shoot and we began to cut the film. Unfortunately, just a few cuts away from picture lock, he fell off the face of the earth. He was completely unresponsive to any emails, calls or messages on social media. This certainly threw a curve ball into my plans to hit certain deadlines for festivals. That’s when I reached out to a good friend and constant collaborator, Sean Mannion. He’s worked on various shoot’s of Christina’s and he was interested in cutting something together, utilizing his graphic skills and creativity.

For the most part, the FedUp shoot was a fun-filled environment and my first time dealing with dialogue, multiple characters and even some improvisation. Although there were ups and downs, both in the production and post-production process, everything is starting to come together now.

I’m proud to say that we’ve finally hit picture lock and we’re throwing in the last few finishing touches before submitting it to fests.

Here are a few stills from the short. Hope you enjoy them!

- Ryan