The Rehearsal

On Tour

This film is not public yet.  While complete, it is still making its rounds at festivals.  In the meantime, feel free to learn about the film and see some stills from production. Or, you can always contact me to learn more about the film or its expected release date.

A young actor prepares for an upcoming role, tormented by the persistent taunts of his harshest critic.

Mark Meardon and I created “The Rehearsal” for our Avant-Garde Cinema class at Virginia Tech, having previously worked together on a handful of earlier films, including "Clock-Boy". Amidst several other projects and commitments between our collective schedules, it was enjoyable work for everyone involved. The film was practically self-funded on a budget of roughly $300, utilizing most of my own personal equipment and props. In regards to location, “The Rehearsal” was filmed in two different black-box theater spaces on campus, courtesy of the Moss Arts Center, and the School of Performing Arts.


The story was particularly influenced by surrealism, while the cinematography drew upon elements of expressionism; these two art movements were studied extensively throughout the semester as we completed all stages of production. I also sought to instill horror elements into the film, inspired by what I learned throughout my enrollment in a ‘Horror Genre’ course the previous year. Finally, I was intrigued by the philosophy behind the Theatre of Cruelty, in that the film should serve as somewhat of an assault on the audience, in order to reflect The Actor’s true subconscious.

The Rehearsal Poster.jpg

Crew

Director

W. Trent Welstead

Writer

W. Trent Welstead

Producers

W. Trent Welstead

Mark Meardon

Director of Photography

Mark Meardon

Editors

Mark​ Meardon

W. Trent Welstead

Cast

Music

Nicholas Potthoff​

Sound

Alex Salvator

Joe Court

Key Grip

Alex Salvato

Hair & Makeup

Claire Jessie

Poster Design

Mark Meardon

The Actor

Jackson Tindall​

The Voice

Ryan Chapman

Selected Screenings & Awards

For the complete list, see my CV.

Screenings

The Hollywood South Film Festival

West Coast Horror Film Festival

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival

Awards

2019 Flamingo Film Festival

Best Editing | Winner

2019 ConCarolinas Short Film Festival

Best Actor | Winner

2018 Twin Tiers International Film Festival

Best Student Film | Nominee

Stills

Production Photos