General Hospital > HD Captures > 2015 > July 1
Remember “9 to 5,” the classic 1980 office comedy where beleaguered worker bees fantasize about really taking care of the boss? Think of “Shevenge” as “9 to 5”on steroids. Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) presents an outrageously twisted tale of sweet revenge. Sharing wine and sympathy one evening, Sam (Emme Rylan), Charley (Jessica Sherif) and Taylor (Megan Lee Joy) discuss their not-so-perfect boyfriends and interesting ways to pay them back for their unacceptable.
In addition to staring in the piece, Rylan, Sherif and Taylor are all producers on the short. Benson came on board to direct.
“I was brought in as like a hired gun towards the end of the pre-production process. So the girls had actually come up with the idea. They hired David Greenman, who’s an actor and writer, to do the script. Some of it was culled from their actual experiences, some of it was made up by David. Some of it, I don’t know where it came from,” Benson said when reached by phone for an interview.
The directot said that everybody worked together on the story, which they wanted to be less than 10 minutes long. “I came in as the bad guy and cut stuff,” Benson explained. “When you are making something for very, very little money and you have three days to do a fight sequence, you really have to pick and choose your cut points. If you try to shoot everything and cut later, you are going to be overwhelmed.”
Benson also points out that Don Money, their editor and one of the producers, is the real-life partner of actress Emme Rylan. “I know that none of it is based on him because he’s an awesome dude,” she said, laughing. “We were very lucky to get him also.”
Three different types of guys are represented in “Shevenge,” but the director said they weren’t going for stereotypes. “The first guy is kind of a lech. As a woman, you have dated at least one of those guys, who loves ladies so much that he can’t bear to not share himself with the world,” Benson said.
More than anything, she continued, they were more interested in why these women are in these situations. And why they are unwilling to leave. “As a therapist I went to once said, ‘You’re like a little kid who sees a giant pile of poop and says ‘I think there’s a pony in there.’’ That’s the most amazing analogy. As women, we are optimistic to a fault, so we wanted to explore that in these moments.”
And sometimes, Benson added, they wanted to say that sometimes women are wrong: “The guy that wants to get the blood out of her outfit with some club soda, he’s a nice guy and doesn’t deserve to be burned alive.”