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Routine (2020)

During a mysterious pandemic, Cassie’s quarantine life has turned into a routine, day in and day out. Nothing new seems to happen, until she realizes she’s out of coffee. And she’s determined to get her cup of joe, even if she must face the horrors of th... read more

Completed On: 29 Jun, 2020

Duration: 4 min 33 sec

Genres: Animation, Experimental, Fiction, Short, Web ...

Country: United States

Director: Russ Emanuel

Submitted By: Russell Emanuel

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During a mysterious pandemic, Cassie’s quarantine life has turned into a routine, day in and day out. Nothing new seems to happen, until she realizes she’s out of coffee. And she’s determined to get her cup of joe, even if she must face the horrors of the outside world. Because “she’d kill for a cup of coffee.”

In this part-animated live action short, anything goes.
  • Directors
    Russ Emanuel
    Staycation, Wisper, Girl With Gun, P.J., Chasing the Green, The Legends of Nethiah, Restoration of Paradise, Occupants, The Assassin's Apprentice, Collar, Routine
  • Producers
    Russ Emanuel
    Staycation, Wisper, Girl With Gun, P.J., Chasing the Green, The Legends of Nethiah, Restoration of Paradise, Occupants, The Assassin's Apprentice, Collar, Routine
  • Writers
    Emile Haris
    Staycation, Wisper, Leverage, Perfect Red, Whiskey Neat, Hit List, Occupants
  • Cast
    Paige Laree Poucel
    Staycation, Ham Jam, Selfies Fever, Callmeister, Lighter Than Air, Taglock, Running Bad
  • Cast
    Alan Courtright
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  • Cast
    Bill Victor Arucan
    Staycation, Compatible, Clown Motel 2, The Assassin's Apprentice II
  • Film Type
    Animation, Experimental, Fiction, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres
    Horror, Comedy
  • Runtime
    4 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date
    29 Jun, 2020
  • Production Budget
    250 USD
  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Country of Filming
    United States
  • Film Language
    English
  • Shooting Format
    Digital 6K
  • Aspect Ratio
    1:85 to 1
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Milledgeville-Eatonton Film Festival
United States
Milledgeville, Georgia
11/01/2021
Georgia Premiere

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival - Quarterly Campfire Tales Series
United States
Santa Ana, California
10/31/2021
Santa Ana Premiere

FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia
United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/15/2021
Pennsylvania Premiere

Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival
United States
New York, New York
09/19/2021

Pasadena International Film Festival
United States
Pasadena, California
09/10/2021
Pasadena Premiere

Indie Gathering International Film Festival
United States
Westlake, Ohio
08/21/2021
'1st Place: Micro-Drama' Winner

Imaginarium Convention Independent Film Festival
United States
Louisville, Kentucky
07/10/2021
Kentucky Premiere

FilmQuest Film Festival
United States
Provo, Utah
05/22/2021
Utah Premiere

Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival
United States
Portland, Oregon
05/13/2021
Oregon Premiere
'Best Horror Series Micro Episode Award' Winner

Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
United States
Muskogee, Oklahoma
04/22/2021
Oklahoma Premiere
'Micro-Short: Best Covid-Pandemic Film' Winner

Kansas City FilmFest International
United States
Kansas City, Missouri
04/13/2021
Missouri Premiere

Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
United States
Idyllwild, California
03/08/2021
Idyllwild Premiere
'Roger Taylor Best Original Score Short, Juan Ruiz Anchia Award Best Cinematography Short Film' Nominations

Chandler International Film Festival
United States
Chandler, Arizona
01/22/2021
Arizona Premiere
'Best Horror Short' Nomination

Big Apple Film Festival
United States
New York, New York
11/13/2020
New York Premiere

Glendale International Film Festival
United States
Glendale, California
10/31/2020
West Coast Premiere
'Best Short, Best Director Short' Nominations

Coney Island Film Festival
United States
Coney Island, New York
09/11/2020
World Premiere

Director's Biography

Russ Emanuel is an award-winning American director, producer, and independent filmmaker, having directed such actors as John Heard, Robert Picardo, Vincent Pastore, Glynnis O'Connor, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Jeremy London, Ryan Hurst, William Devane, Marina Sirtis, Sean Kenney, Armin Shimerman, and Gary Graham. He grew up in both Japan and the United States and graduated from U.S.C. to study Cinema-Television. He founded Russem Productions in 2002 to promote his films including GIRL WITH GUN (2005) and documentary RESTORATION OF PARADISE (2014). Presently, STAYCATION (2022) - the sequel to ROUTINE currently being filmed - marks Emanuel's sixth foray into feature filmmaking, after directing P.J. (2007), CHASING THE GREEN (2009), THE LEGENDS OF NETHIAH (2012), OCCUPANTS (2015), and WISPER (2020).

Director's Statement

This film is a test of our new 6K pixel resolution camera package which we happened to get right before the Covid-19 outbreak. We decided if we were going to do a test, we ought to create a meaningful film, one that fit in with the pandemic times. Therefore, teaming up with my longtime filmmaking partner Emile Haris, along with our lead actress, newcomer Paige Laree Poucel, we set about thinking about what life has become under quarantine – one of “routine”, but one where we thought artistically outside the box, and subverted expectations, even under the 5 minute length of this film.

With additional voice talents of Alan Courtright and Bill Victor Arucan, as well as working again my longtime composer Vasilis Milesis, employing a wonderful song “The Moon and Back” sung by Ana Maria Escobar, along with DC/Marvel Comics Artist Dave Beaty who literally draws the “third act” of the film, we hope the audience will enjoy this brief yet poignant story that reflects our present realities.

We are also currently filming the sequel, a feature film called "Staycation" with our three "Routine" leads reprising their roles, as well as newcomers Olivia d’Abo (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Wonder Years, Conan the Destroyer), Sean Kenney (Star Trek: The Original Series), Tracee Cocco (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: First Contact), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), Kelli Maroney (Fast Times At Ridgemont High), and Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 and 2).

-- Russ Emanuel

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