Coffee Break (United States | 2016, 5 min)

Directed by: Jason Ortiz

Interviews

Coffee Break with Jason Ortiz and Charles Schulz

When the coffee runs out...it's war!

Interview:

Coffee Break by SlapNuts Comedy.  Directed by SlapNuts creator Jason Ortiz. Written & Performed by the SlapNuts Comedy team; Daniel Ortiz, Jade Chow Young, Charles (Chazz) Schulz, Julie Tran, Patrick Felix, Hassan Green.  SlapNuts Comedy: Volume One is currently in production.

Interview with: Charles Schulz

Interview by: Megan Boyle, Short Sketch Comedy Curator

Q: How did you come up with your sketch idea??
Patrick Felix, one of our part-time writer/performers came up with the idea. He was at work when a co- worker started to “fake fight” with him. He played along, reacting to every hit as if it were real, and after a few laughs went back to work. He brought it up during a pitch meeting and within minutes we began to workshop the sketch.

Q: What dictated your choices in how you filmed your sketch?
?We knew early on in the writing what we wanted the sketch to look and feel like. There were specific films and genres we wanted to mirror, and so we partnered with some extremely talented young filmmakers who worked tirelessly to bring that vision to life.

Q: What hurdles did you face while making this sketch?
Our Director had hemorrhoids. Does that count?

Q: There is truth in comedy, what sort of truths were you hoping to touch on with
this sketch?
?Who hasn’t wanted to go to war with a co-worker at some point in their lives? It’s a pretty universal concept. The truth is this sketch could have taken place in so many locations; High School, Grandma’s knitting circle, Congress.

Q: Do you have any plans for sequels or additional sketches surrounding these
characters/themes?
Nothing concrete, but we always do our best to create memorable characters and scenarios. We’ve already talked about, “What else can happen in this office?” Nothing’s off the table...

Catch Coffee Break at the 8 th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival!