Do Not Disturb Reviews, Interviews & More

Do Not Disturb: Getting Picked Up... by the WB

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I don't know how many people read that title and realize the magnitude of it. For those who have been following my Making of Do Not Disturb Blog, I started with an idea and decided I was sick of waiting on people to do things -- I was going to make my own movie. Soon I'll have the official announcement up on the site, on a press release and out to who ever will read it, but before the next...

Do Not Disturb Trailer Premiere

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It's finally time for Do Not Disturb to start heading out into the world! After all of the blood, sweat and tears it's ready to be judged, loved, ridiculed, who knows! We've officially screened the film for cast and crew and hopefully in the near future Do Not Disturb will make it's way out into the world via festivals and/or some other...

Do Not Disturb - And Then it Was Finished

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Wow... I never though -- especially after the past few days, weeks, hours, not sure, time is lost on me -- that I would ever be able to say "I'm done". Technically it's still rendering, but in all intents and purposes, it's done! Do Not Disturb, my first film, the thing that I've put my everything into, my heart, soul, my savings account, and the last 9ish months of...

Do Not Disturb: Photos from Fundraiser and Prizes Online Now

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Do Not Disturb: Maureen and Mali
Last Friday, the cast and crew behind Do Not Disturb got together with friends and family to try and do what every film has to do at some point... RAISE MORE MONEY. Although we're done shooting, nearly done editing, and quite honestly, nearly done all around, we needed help getting through color correction, sound design, and some other important steps. We threw a...

Do Not Disturb: Pickup Shoot Photos

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Do Not Disturb: The Basement Shoot
After as brief hiatus for the holidays, Do Not Disturb is almost fully edited with music, Foley, and an awesome animation by Andy Windak on it's way. After looking through all five films, although I loved what we shot, I wanted a little bit more of a set up for the film as a whole and each story individually soooo... welcome to the underbelly of our currently...

Do Not Disturb: Making of Death Takes a Holiday Inn

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Death Takes a Holiday Inn: Brandon and Alison Get Bloody
***Updated: New Video made by Laura Aguirre Added*** Our fifth and final film of Do Not Disturb, entitled Death Takes a Holiday Inn, written and directed by Brandon Nicholas, starring Diva Zappa, Jason Alan Smith, and myself, Mali Elfman, was wrapped a couple of weeks ago and we finally have a little behind the scenes...

Do Not Disturb: Stepping Back and Looking In

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Last Wednesday I wrapped my first film Do Not Disturb. Last Thursday and Friday we tore down our beautiful beige set which took so much time to build. We returned all of our set decorations and almost all of our props (our PA Brent even managed to return the snickers bars we used on set!). I did keep some of the props for myself, our "Do Not Disturb" sign is hanging...

Do Not Disturb: The Making of Intrinsic

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Intrinsic: Troy Garity as Mobster
We're getting close to the end of our "making of" videos for Do Not Disturb. Below we have some behind the scenes footage of Jon Mann-Krieger's Intrinsic starring Jason Alan Smith, Diva Zappa, Troy Garity and myself, Mali Elfman. All the films are currently being edited, I saw a rough cut of one of them last night (won't tell you which) and...

Do Not Disturb: Photos from Final Two Films

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Intrinsic: Jon and Mali Behind the Scenes
We just wrapped Do Not Disturb two days ago and while on a major come-down and tearing apart our set, I received a few stills from our grand finale taken by photographer Brendan Holmes. Our final two films, Intrinsic by Jon Mann-Krieger and Death Takes a Holiday Inn by Brandon Nicholas both use the same cast in two...

Do Not Disturb: The Making of Prom

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The production of Do Not Disturb has come to an end, and we've managed to keep you updated every step of the way. One of the last shorts the crew worked on was entitled Prom, which was directed by Laura Henry. The cast included John Reese, Diva Zappa, Jonathan Majors, Lucinda Rogers, Adela Guzman, and Lissette Schuster. They shot a behind the...

Do Not Disturb: It's a Wrap!

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Cast of Intrinsic and Death Takes a Holiday Inn
Above you have Diva Zappa, Jason Alan Smith, and myself, from Brandon Nicholas' Death Takes a Holiday Inn and Jon Mann-Krieger's Intrinsic! It got rather sticky towards the end... literally, Diva and I were stuck onto almost everything we touched due to the massive amounts of fake blood poured (and squirted) all over. I managed to stain my...

Do Night Disturb: Tough Day on Set

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Do Not Disturb: Mali Elfman Before the Damage
The other day we brought you a photo that featured Mali and co-star Jason Alan Smith on the set of Intrinsic. The short is one of the many features that's included in the mega film, Do Not Disturb. We hinted that the next time you saw Mali she would look battered and bruised, and we've delivered! Check out the damage below...

Do Not Disturb: Intrinsic and Death Takes a Holiday Inn

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Only two days left on my project Do Not Disturb. Today we're finishing off Jon Mann-Krieger's Intrinsic and then moving on to Brandon Nicholas' Death Takes a Holiday Inn. Yesterday was my first day acting on my very own project and despite not being able to sleep the night before and some butterflies in my stomach...

Do Not Disturb: Oceans Away Photos

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Oceans Away: Eric Balfour and Lindsay Pulsipher
Hey everybody! Yesterday Mali posted some quick info about the short Oceans Away, which is a part of the Do Not Disturb feature. It stars Eric Balfour, Lindsay Pulsipher, Diva Zappa and is directed by Petro Papahadjopoulos. In our last update we brought you some behind the scenes footage of the cast and crew on set and now we've got a couple...

Do Not Disturb: Making of Oceans Away!

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Just got back from a long day of shooting Petro's short for Do Not Disturb (looks so cool), entitled Oceans Away with Eric Balfour, Lindsay Pulsipher, and Diva Zappa. Despite the holiday lull, we managed to find our crew and make the film happen. We have a quick turn around before tomorrow so I'll write more in the morning about the...

Do Not Disturb: Making of Duccios Madonna

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We've officially wrapped day one of Do Not Disturb and Eric Balfour's, Duccios Madonna has been made! Amazingly enough it all came together pretty damn well. Thanks to an amazing cast and crew, we managed to get all of our shoots by the skin of our teeth, with no major break downs or explosions. Tomorrow we'll be giving the studio over to...

Do Not Disturb: Lights and Last Looks

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Today has been one of the longest days of my life but I can proudly say that IT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING. Despite the minor fires that erupted earlier, everyone is on track and ready to get moving on Do Not Disturb! We begin shooting tomorrow morning at 7am. I got to approve my first call sheet today :) And yes I LOOK like I'm just laying around on the bed in the picture...

Do Not Disturb: Set Dec and Paint

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Another update from my first production Do Not Disturb! There's no such thing as weekends or late mornings on a Mali Elfman Production! We've been onset since basically since they would allow us. It's all coming along... almost on time. Yesterday we managed to actually get ahead of schedule, but due to problems with the carpet (they gave us two separate ones!...

Do Not Disturb: The Set is Up!

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Hey everyone! In case you haven't read my first two posts about Do Not Disturb, I'm a simple little online journalist who nearly 2 months ago now decided to make a film herself. I know I haven't been very good about keeping your updated, but this whole "producing a film" thing is rather time consuming! :) The set officially went up today, two days early thanks to Ray and Kent over...

Mali to the Movies: Do Not Disturb Begins

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Had a production meeting with all our DPs, Directors, Producers, Sound and AD this weekend. With a production like ours it makes for a full room. Overall, this had been an amazing project. You always hear that movies are made in post, well I'm here to tell you if you don't have all your shit together in pre-production, your production and post will all be screwed. Given our time restraints,...