What Is Immediately Afterlife?: 5 Things to Know About Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario’s New Film!
As if Shay Mitchell (Emily) and Troian Bellisario (Spencer) didn’t already have enough to do trying to evade A’s clutches in Pretty Little Liars, the actresses are teaming up to star in a new short film, Immediately Afterlife. Filming started this morning, according to Shay’s excited tweet. Here are the five things you need to know about it!
1. Shay and Troian play Marissa and Bennett, respectively, the sole survivors of a religious cult’s mass suicide attempt. The short film follows the girls in the immediate aftermath when, according to the film’s Kickstarter page, “confused, relieved, angry and unfulfilled the two followers question each other’s motives for joining, living and surviving under the control of their Leader. Faced with their own doubts, Bennett and Marissa must confront their feelings and fears while deciding what life to live after (near) death.”
2. The film was decided over dinner! Writer-directors Kyle Hasday and Matt Stewart are crew members on the show, and came up with the idea for the film after Shay and Troian encouraged them to direct something of their own by offering to star in it.
“Two of our very good friends who work with us every day on Pretty Little Liars are Kyle [Hasday] and Matt [Stewart],” Troian told the Huffington Post last month. “They want to direct movies together and they're such wonderful people and they work so hard with us every day. We often go out to dinner with them and have movie nights and we said, ‘Why don't you guys write something and shoot something? We'll do a movie with you.’”
3. Immediately Afterlife is a regular Rosewood reunion! The film also stars Troian’s onscreen dad, Nolan North (Peter Hastings). In addition to playing the Leader of the cult, Nolan offered his voice (he does voice work for a number of video games, and is an accomplished voice impersonator) as a voicemail prize for one of the lucky Kickstarter contributor. Which leads us to...
4. The $50,000 budget for the film was raised through Kickstarter, with the makers offering tons of prizes for contributors, including a dinner with the cast and directors, a visit to the set, and an invitation to the screening. Lucky ducks!
5. Filming on the short started today and is set to go for three days. The finished product will be submitted to festivals later this year, but if you can’t wait that long, check out the video prologue for Immediately Afterlife on Kickstarter, and revel in Troian and Shay’s awesomeness.
Or, you can catch Troian and Shay on the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.