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  • A Rose for Sarah
    A Rose for Sarah Who is Tom waiting nervously for at the diner? The answer may surprise you, and their interaction will shock you even more...

    “A ROSE FOR SARAH was my Directing project with Columbia College Chicago’s Semester in L.A. in 2008. It was shot with the cooperation of my friends and classmates on Big Picture Sound Stages in Burbank, CA with the financial and resourceful backing of our school. The sets were built by fellow production design students, and professional crew members were hired so we could learn to work in a studio atmosphere. SAG (union) actors were also used in this film, bringing the production value to an all-time high. We were shooting on the RED One camera which was cutting edge for its time in 2008, but my lack of post knowledge at the time caused me to release only a standard definition upload. I’ve now re-mastered the short film for your enjoyment. I hope you get a kick out of it like the original reaction it received when it screened in front of my peers.” – Shawn Montgomery, Director

    Please Note: "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" is written by Rupert Holmes and is copyright its respective owner.

    Production Notes

    TRT: 3 min. 38 secs.
    Camera: RED One
    Format: R3D File, 4K Capture

    Post Production: Final Cut Pro 7, HD Finish

    Written and Directed by Shawn Montgomery.

    Starring: Paul Sass, Toneey Acevedo, Leslie Stevens, Jerry Newton, and Alison Schultz

    Director of Photography: Michael David Lynch

    Production Designer: Jessica Greske

    Edited by: Joe Chambers

    Produced in association with Columbia College Chicago
  • Ashes
    Ashes After a botched assignment, professional assassin Jack Speedman resigns himself to the inevitable arrival of his protégé, undoubtedly sent to finish him off. But Jack has one last lesson for his student.

    For production photos and more go to http://www.beyondthenametag.com/media/short-films/ashes

    Written and Directed by Shawn Montgomery
    Story by Brandon Fisher

    Shot and Edited by Drew Lahat

    Starring: Bill Campus and Lala Hensely

    TRT: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • What Goes Around...
    What Goes Around... After finding out his girlfriend is assaulted at a party, Brent takes the matter into his own hands...or does he?

    This was a project for a Production 2 class at Columbia College, shot on 16mm color film with a Bolex camera. All sound was done post-sync, nothing was recorded in camera.

    A Beyond the Nametag Production

    Directed by: Shawn Montgomery

    Starring: Ben Schmitt, Matt Mertes, Lyanna Erin Martin, Ryan Matthew Ziegler
  • Cigarette Blues
    Cigarette Blues Written, directed, shot and chopped by Shawn Montgomery.

    Starring: Matt Mertes, Chris Wardzala, and Fred Fisher.

    TRT: 1 min. 46 secs.
    Camera: Bolex 16mm
    Format: 16mm B&W Reversal Film
    Sound: Silent

    Facts: Shot in one day around the Columbia College Chicago campus. This was filmed for a Production I class and was shot on 16mm film. The film was later transferred digitally so it can be seen the way it is today. This is one of the first films Shawn Montgomery ever made, and although crude in execution, it still remains one of his favorites to this day.
  • In God We Trust
    In God We Trust A surgeon struggling with faith after the loss of a patient must find a way to cope when his own wife goes under the knife.

    Written, directed, shot and chopped by Shawn Montgomery.

    Starring: Mike Mertes, Ryan Montgomery, Trista Montgomery, Pamela Montgomery, and Lindsay Fisherman

    TRT: 6 min. 13 secs.
    Camera: Bolex 16mm
    Format: 16mm B&W Reversal Film
    Sound: Silent

    Facts: Shot over a few days in rural Illinois, including Sage Products Inc. of Cary. Halfway through production, while changing rolls of film for the next shot, Shawn realized that the entire roll they had just shot got jammed and was deemed useless. They had to reshoot the scenes that following weekend. Strangely, the woman who dies on the operating table is Shawn's mother, whom died of heart failure just two years after filming.
  • Journals of the Fallen
    Journals of the Fallen A military veteran must come to terms with his demons after the truth about his friend's death in the service surfaces.
    This short film was done for a Production 2 class at Columbia College. It was shot on 16mm color film and all sound was done post-sync.

    A Beyond the Nametag Production
    Directed by Shawn Montgomery
    Starring: Joel Rosal, Ryan Ziegler, Rick Ferraro, and Craig and Trista Montgomery